The new Galaxy S7 Active is supposed to be a sturdy, dust- and water-proofed smartphone. However, a new report says not all Samsung Galaxy handsets are waterproof as claimed to be.
Galaxy S7 Active Water-Resistance Test
According to?Consumer Reports, AT&T-exclusive Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, which is supposed to withstand water drops and accidental falls, did not pass the custom water-resistance test.
This handset comes with an IP68 rating. This means the Galaxy S7 Active should withstand up to 5-feet of water submersion for about 30 minutes, without any damage to the internals or the external chassis.
Consumer Reports reportedly dropped the Galaxy S7 Active in a tank filled with about 5-feet of water, which was pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, to test the IP68 rating. After 30 minutes, the device was removed from the tank only to find green lines covering the screen. To top it off, the rear panel and the front-facing camera lenses were reportedly covered with tiny bubbles.
Folks at Consumer Reports once again made the test on a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active this time around. The device apparently failed for the second time as well. However, this time, the handset?s screen apparently turned on and off.
Furthermore, the SIM card holder was reportedly filled with noticeable water. Moisture could also be seen on the front and back camera lenses. The tested units did not function normally after the custom tests.
Should the Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Owners Be Worried?
Samsung?s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also come with an IP68 rating. These two devices passed the Consumer Reports? water resistance test. In addition, both handsets have been placed at the top of the portal?s smartphone rankings, rightfully so.
At this point, Samsung is investigating the issue specific to the Galaxy S7 Active. The South Korean tech giant has not received many complaints with this regard.
In Samsung?s own words: “The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active device is one of the most rugged phones to date and is highly resistant to scratches and IP68 certified. There may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”
Samsung believes the failure of Galaxy S7 Active could be an isolated incident. Hence, we will wait for further updates before concluding.
Water-Proofing vs. Water-Resistance
Terminologies “water-resistant” and “water-proof? may sound similar but they are different in many aspects. The confusion mainly arises because of the similar IP ratings they share.
With water-resistance, the device will be able to prevent fluid leakage, in case it was dropped to a certain depth underwater. The depth and duration of water exposure are?covered in the IP rating. Hence, it goes without saying that such devices are not water-proof, but water-resistant.
To top it off, when an OEM markets its device as water-resistant, it means that the gadgets have been batch tested. Meaning, only random samples are picked and tested out of the entire manufactured lot. In the case of diver?s watch or gadget, every single piece gets tested prior to packaging,?eBay noted.
No wonder, Samsung Galaxy handsets are not waterproof. Marketing terminologies confuse the customer as there?s no strict regulation to scrutinize such usages.