Lifeproof releases Fre for iPhone 5s $55

Lifeproof Fre waterproof case iPhone 5s touch id

After some initial redesign to incorporate the new touch sensor main menu button, Lifeproof has released a Fre waterproof case that fully protects the screen of the new iPhone 5s. The case is similar to the Fre for iPhone 5 but has a redesigned home button control that appears thinner, shallower, and lower profile.

This redesign allows for the iPhone 5s to confirm biometric identification of the user using the home touchscreen, a new security feature released on the 5s. Thus, the user can identify themselves and immediately unlock the phone, or lock into sensitive apps or accounts. The fre style case features a built in scratch protector that covers the main screen, which forms part of the waterproof structure of the case.

lifeproof Fre waterproof case iphone 5s all sides

Technical Specifications

Here are specs from the LifeProof website:

Dimensions: 5.4” x 2.6” x 0.5” / 137.5 mm x 67.1 mm x 12.2 mm

Weight: 0.96 oz / 27.2g

Water Proof: Fully submergible to 6.6’ / 2 m for 30 minutes

Dirt Proof: Sealed from dirt & dust particles – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

Snow Proof: Sealed from snow & ice – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

Shock Proof: Withstands drops from 6.6’ / 2 m – meets or exceeds MIL STD 810F-516

Testing: Each of LifeProof’s cases are water tested before arriving at your door.

Compared to the original iPhone 5 Fre, the main difference is that home button which may account for the slight drop in total weight (from 1.05oz). Or perhaps the Lifeproof team has found an area to remove weight from the design.

Colors and Pricing

LifeProof iPhone 5s fre waterproof case colors
Due to the similarity in manufacturing, the Lifeproof fre for iPhone 5s is being launched with all of the same colors as the original iPhone 5 model: