By Stephen Schenck | March 1, 2013 3:40 PM
So far, it’s seemed like smartphones offering rugged features like waterproof or dust resistance have lived over on the Android side of the fence, leaving users of other platforms to deal with bulky cases to get the same protection. Nokia may be looking to offer some of that peace of mind to Windows Phone users, as we’re hearing that the company has partnered with P2i to release a phone featuring water-repelling nano-coating.
Instead of focusing on keeping water out, P2i’s technology is more concerned with keeping water that gets into your phone from causing any harm. Its coating process creates a hydrophobic layer over sensitive electronics, protecting them short-circuits. In the past, P2i’s efforts have attempted to make electronics resistant to incidental contact with water, but its new Dunkable process allows devices to survive full immersion.
Reportedly, Nokia has signed-on to use this system on a future phone, and rumors suggest that it could very well be the PureView-sporting EOS. A super-high-res camera doesn’t sound like the best thing to get wet, so we’re a little leery of this claim, but this would be a nice feature to see on any of Nokia’s future Lumia devices. As you’ll see in the video below, it sounds like Dunkable could still be a way’s off from commercial availability, so maybe this will appear on a 2014 Lumia, instead.