Samsung is (almost certainly) going to be launching the new Galaxy S5 at the beginning of next week at the MWC Unpacked 5 event, and it would seem that the handset has a chance of being waterproof.
The latest speculation insists the phone will be water and dustproof, which would very much be taking a leaf out of Android rival Sony’s book, as the latter is keen on making these features part of its sales pitch with previous phones such as the Xperia Z1.
This rumour comes from an anonymous source who talked to ZDNet Korea (via T3), and of course this isn’t an entirely new concept for Samsung, as its Galaxy Active has an IP67 rating (meaning it’s dust and waterproof).
We poured cold water on this speculation (much like you may be able to pour cold water on your shiny new S5) when it cropped up due to a teaser web page on the German O2 site showing a handset being immersed in water.
And we’re still dubious, to be honest – a healthy dose of scepticism is always necessary where phone rumours are concerned, we find.
However, the fact that this one has popped up again does add some weight to the idea. And Samsung does have to do something fresh with the Galaxy S5, after all: “We’ve added a fingerprint sensor” (just like the iPhone 5S) isn’t going to cut it.
So perhaps an all-new waterproof metal chassis is where Samsung hopes to turn some heads in the design stakes.
For an overview of all the latest rumours ahead of next week’s event, check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 roundup.