If you own a mid or high-end smartphone. Then the chances are, your device comes with an Ingress Protection (IP) Marking. The IP Code denotes the degree of protection provided by your device’s internal casings and enclosures against dust, intrusion, and most importantly water. In this article, we are going to talk about IP68 VS IP69 ratings – What is the Difference. Let’s begin!
Rule of thumb suggests that the higher the IP rating, the more secure your device is. But if you want to know more about the IP ratings and what they stand for, it’s necessary to break them down to bits.
As per IEC standard 60529, IP is always succeeded by two digits. If we take IP68 as an example, the first digit (tens), 6, denotes protection against dust, while the second digit (units) signifies protection against prolonged immersion in water.
IP68 vs IP69
The IP68 rating, which is the standard for upper-mid or high-end smartphones these days, signifies pretty intensive protection against dust, sand, and also water. However, an IP67-rated device stays intact for 30 minutes into a body of water (up to a meter deep), an IP68-rated machine can go up to 1.5m for the same amount of time.
IP68 should be enough for most real-life scenarios. But if you are looking for something extra-special, look for an IP69-rated smartphone. According to rumors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could come with IP69K. That makes it the company’s most rugged smartphone yet.
The second digit, 9(K), denotes that the phone would be able to withstand high-pressure, high-temperature jet sprays, steam-cleaning, or washdowns as well.
The IP69 rating is one level higher than IP68. The difference between the two relates to the level of protection against liquids and right now, ‘9’ is the highest protection available.
Both IPX9 and IPX9K ratings mean the product has been tested and is protected, against close-range high pressure and high-temperature spray downs. This is particularly useful in industries like the fire service. Where a phone might be at risk of severe wash-downs from high-pressure washers or hoses.
Honestly, no mainstream device would probably make use of the IP69 rating. But if you are prepared to spend over $1000 on a smartphone. It makes sense for the company to try to put your mind at ease.
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