Can You Swim with Your Wearable? These Water Resistance Ratings Will Help You Find Out

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Samsung’s recently released wearables, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, are lifestyle companions packed with everyday health and fitness features to help consumers get the most out of their activities, like swimming. In fact, users need not worry about wearing their new Gear device in the pool, the rain or the shower, as both have a water resistance rating of 5 ATM (50 meters) under ISO standard 22810:2010 for wristwatches.1

But what exactly do these numbers mean? And what makes ATM water resistance ratings different from other kinds of evaluation standards, such as IP ratings? Read on to find out.

IP Ratings – Making a Splash in the Mobile Industry

In recent years, as more and more individuals have begun taking their smartphones and wearables to places where just a little water can cause huge problems, demand for water-resistant electronics has skyrocketed. As a result, a number of international standards have been put in place for testing water resistance, including the Ingress Protection (IP) rating established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

A device’s IP rating consists of two numbers and is given in the format IPXY (i.e. IP67). X is the rating for physical ingress, or how resistant the device is to penetration by foreign solid objects such as dust, and ranges from 0 to 6. Y, meanwhile, represents the rating for liquid ingress, or how resistant it is to penetration by liquids under various conditions, and ranges from 0 to 8. Below are charts that summarize these protection levels.


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This article and images were originally posted on [Samsung Global Newsroom] September 8, 2017 at 04:33AM

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