The age old dilemma faced by mobile phone users is that if water seeps into the internals of the device it renders it practically useless. Nokia plans on doing something about this and is working on superhydrophobic technology on their upcoming Windows Phone Lumia handsets as well as their future PureView models.

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Future Lumia and PureView handsets to repel water

At a launch event of the budget Nokia Lumia 610 in Europe, besides unveiling the smartphone, Nokia’s Vice President of Western Europe, Conor Pierce revealed a secret project the brand was working on. He stated, “What happens when a drop of water lands on a lotus leaf… has baffled scientists for generations… but our team in Cambridge UK found a solution.” He went on to explain by claiming, “Nano technology lets us do it. Superhydrophobic technology makes water bounce, it stops it, rolls it off the device and leaves it water impregnant, that’s the magic, that’s what we’re going to bring to the party.”

If you were wondering when this technology on smartphones would be commercially available, the Vice President did not reveal any information regarding the same. However, he did mention that it would be featuring on their future Windows Phone Lumia smartphones as well as on their Symbian handsets featuring PureView technology.

A YouTube video by GSMArena shows exactly how this technology works. At the Nokia World 2011 event held last year, the brand demonstrated how a drop of water can actually leave the device coated with this superhydrophobic technology. The brand intends on using this coating on both the inside and outside of their future smartphones unlike the current waterproof models available nowadays.


The concept of coating devices to make it completely resistant to water is not a new concept and there had been rumours that the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S III would be waterproof by using a special coating. However, since that did not come to be, we can only hope these waterproof handsets are made available soon. 

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