Water could literally bounce off the Samsung Galaxy S9

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It's one thing being water-resistant, as phones like the Galaxy S7 are, but Samsung is looking well beyond simply having phones that can survive water.

Instead, using new technology that's just been taken up by the company, Samsung might one day make phones that actively repel liquid.

The company has exclusively licensed a superhydrophobic glass coating developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which has a water droplet contact angle of between 155 and 165 degrees, meaning that water will literally bounce off it.

Samsung plans to look into applying the coating to smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices, and it's easy to see how this could be beneficial.

Clean and clear

Water droplets can interfere with touchscreens, so repelling them should make it easier to use your phone in the rain or shortly after it gets wet, but the droplets will also carry away dirt and dust with them, essentially cleaning your screen.

ORNL also claims its superhydrophobic coating will reduce light reflection and resist fingerprints and smudges, so it sounds like it could solve many of the biggest problems faced by smartphone screens.

Having exclusively licensed the technology there's a good chance that Samsung will make use of it, and it could give the company an advantage over rivals.

We wouldn't expect to see the feature on phones for a while yet, but perhaps your Samsung Galaxy S9 or S10 will become the ultimate vanquisher of water.