Are the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 water resistant?
Dust and water resistance has been a flagship-exclusive feature for a few years now, which meant that any Samsung customer who wanted to own a Galaxy phone capable of surviving a quick water dunk had to buy a Galaxy S or a Galaxy Note device — as long as it didn’t carry the ‘Lite’ label.
This wasn’t always the case, and as many of you will remember, Samsung used to treat some of its popular Galaxy A phones with an IP rating a few years ago. This has stopped around the time the Galaxy A lineup was rebranded in 2018-2019, resulting in phones such as the Galaxy A50, the Galaxy A70, and their respective sequels lacking any kind of IP rating.
Do the new Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 offer any dust / water resistance?
Yes, they do! In case you missed the official announcement yesterday, both the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 come with an IP67 dust and water resistance rating. It’s not as good as the IP68 rating previously boasted by devices such as the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) but it’s a whole lot better than nothing.
The IP67 rating explained
IP stands for Ingress Protection and it’s a rating used to define how effective an electronic device is at keeping foreign elements away from the internal components. The first digit after IP is used to determine the device’s protection against dust and other foreign particles, while the second digit relates to water resistance.
With that being said, an IP67 dust and water resistance rating for the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72 means that these phones are entirely dust proof. 6 is the highest rating for dust resistance and it provides full protection.
The water resistance scale is wider, going from 0 (no protection) all the way up to 9 (full protection against high-pressure, high-temperature jet sprays). With a water resistance rating of 7, the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 should be protected against water damage when immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Comparatively, Samsung’s flagships (and a few older Galaxy A phones) come with an IP68 rating. It means that they offer the same protection against dust but they have a higher degree of water resistance at greater depths of up to 1.5 meters.