In one of Samsung’s commercials for the Galaxy S7, it shows rapper Lil Wayne pouring champagne over his Samsung Galaxy S7 phone (Whuuuuut?). The point is, Samsung is hyping on the IP68 water resistance certification of the device. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the ruggedized version of the flagship, is certified on the same as well. It goes to follow that the outdoor-sy version of the phone needs the water resistance feature more, but it has failed a standard water resistance test.

Consumer Reports, a review entity giving recommendations for products that run correctly as they claim, made some tests with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, and suffice it to say the device did not pass these standard testing. IP68 certification means, among others, that the device is waterproof up to 30 minutes under 1.5 meters of water.


Consumer Reports techs placed a Galaxy S7 Active in a water tank pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, the equivalent of just under five feet of water, and set a timer for 30 minutes. When the phone was retrieved, the screen was obviously affected by water, as were the camera lenses, and the touchscreen wasn’t responsive. Standard operation procedures of Consumer Reports that they immediately do another test to a different unit of the same phone to make sure they are able to replicate the incident. Sadly, the same thing happened with the second unit.

Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active did not receive the recommendation of Consumer Reports. Samsung has replied, standing by their product and saying that the device is under warranty for such cases anyways. Samsung will investigate the issue, saying that “there may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”

SOURCE: Consumer Reports