The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is aimed at those who spend at lot of time outdoors, and is designed to be more survivable than the regular versions of the Galaxy S7 line. Despite this, it turns out at the water-resistance on the S7 Active may not live up to the name.
Non-profit organisation Consumer Reports tested the water resistant capabilities of the Galaxy S7 Active – as it does with every other smartphone that claims to have the feature. The phone was submerged in a pressurised water tank meant to simulate the conditions of being under five feet (about 1.5m) of water. It was then left there for 30 minutes.
The IP68 rating of the Galaxy S7 Active means that it should have had no issues with the test. However, it turned out that water managed to enter the phone and damage the screen. Moisture was also seen in the front and rear camera lenses. A second test saw the same result, with water entering the device through the SIM card slot.
Interestingly, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge managed to pass the same test with no issues. The original selling point of the Active variant of Samsung’s flagship devices happens to be the IP68 rating; which has now found its way to the regular versions of the device.
Samsung has supposedly informed the testers that they have seen very few complaints about the water-resistance issue – and that all water damage has been replaced under warranty.
[Source: Consumer Reports]