Samsung has issued a statement to respond to reports of the Galaxy S7 Active failing IP68 water-resistant tests. The company claims that it stands by the rating, and will replace as Galaxy S7 Active device under the warranty in the case that water damage occurs.
The Galaxy S7 active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance.
Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur.
The Galaxy S7 Active had earlier failed a test from non-profit organisation Consumer Reports. Two devices were subject to a pressurised water tank that simulated being under 1.5m of water. Unfortunately, neither smartphone was able to survive the test and suffered water damage. This stood in contrast to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which had both passed the exact same test with flying colours.
Consumers have also been reporting that their devices have been suffering from water damage despite being subject conditions that were less strenuous than the Consumer Reports test.
In any case, this is only a single test and several anecdotes. It is unknown if the problem lies with the IP68 rating on the Galaxy S7 Active, or if there are quality control issues that results in reduced protection from the elements.