Samsung’s Galaxy A14 5G — the newest entry within the firm’s A-series lineup — is a very fascinating funds cellphone for 2023. It’s a $200 Android 13 smartphone with an expansive display, 5G assist, a brand new design, and a fairly strong digital camera array for the worth.
Whereas there’s sufficient going for the Galaxy A14 to make it a contender for anyone in search of a contemporary wallet-friendly smartphone, it’s not possible to construct one at this value with out making a couple of compromises. A few of these are to be anticipated: the panel is a 720p LCD, and it’s capped at 64GB of storage. Nevertheless, the cheaper price tag can also have you ever questioning an important query: Is the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G waterproof?
Sadly, that is one space the place Samsung has reduce a fairly large nook. The brief reply is not any, the Galaxy A14 5G isn’t waterproof. Nevertheless, the fact is a little more difficult.
Just like the Galaxy A13 that got here earlier than, the Galaxy A14 5G has no IP ranking, which implies it has not been licensed as waterproof, and even water resistant, in any method. That’s a stark distinction to the corporate’s flagship S-series telephones, practically all of which carry an IP68 ranking that permits them to outlive prolonged dunks whereas additionally being utterly dust-tight. Even the Galaxy A53 5G will get an IP67 ranking, which is nearly pretty much as good, whereas Samsung’s foldables — the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 — are available with an IPX8 — extremely immune to water, however not examined in opposition to mud.
The dearth of an IP ranking doesn’t imply the Galaxy A14 5G might not supply some small quantity of water resistance; it merely signifies that Samsung hasn’t had it examined and licensed as such. Ingress Safety (IP) testing prices cash, so avoiding it’s a straightforward method to shave a couple of dollars off what it prices to develop a funds smartphone. A bit rain isn’t prone to do any hurt, however don’t anticipate it to outlive immersion in water. In both case, although, you get it moist at your personal threat — there are not any ensures it would survive any publicity to water and even mud, and it most likely doesn’t assist that the built-in 3.5mm headphone jack offers one other method for water to get inside.
Water resistance isn’t the one space the place the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G is light-weight. The cellphone is made fully from plastic, and there’s no indication that it’s something particularly sturdy, just like the Gorilla Glass 5 discovered on Samsung’s solely barely dearer Galaxy A23 5G.
As an alternative, the display has a layer of protecting movie and an oleophobic coating that ought to defend in opposition to gentle scratches and fingerprints. For something past that, you’ll want to produce your personal display protector. Plan so as to add a case additionally, as there’s no indication that the Galaxy A14 5G affords any measure of drop resistance, and in case you’re involved about taking your smartphone out into the wild, you’ll be able to at all times decide one up that’s waterproof too.