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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active loses its swimming certificate

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The water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active variant isn’t quite as watertight as we’ve been led to believe, according to new stress tests.

A Consumer Reports review found two of the devices stopped working when placed in a tank that stimulated depths of 5ft of water.

After half an hour submerged, the display became non-responsive and bubbles were also visible inside both camera lenses

Samsung advertises the device as IP68 water resistant to depths of 1.5 metres (5 feet).

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Now the firm is saying the particular devices used for the test may have been defective and "not as watertight as it should be.”

The Samsung Galaxy S7 active device is one of the most rugged phones to date and is highly resistant to scratches and IP68 certified,” Samsung said in a statement, while claiming it had received “very few complaints.”

Anyone experiencing issues can make a warranty claim.

Ironically, given the rugged nature of the handset, it failed where the regular Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets succeeded.

Both of those smartphones were given the same IP68 rating and passed the dunk tests.

The rugged Galaxy S7 Active is now available in the US, but is not up for grabs in the UK.

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