There were a fair number of leaks in the run-up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Unfortunately for Samsung, the leaks appear to have continued.
According to a new report, the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active isn’t so water-resistant after all.
An IP68 rating means that the Galaxy S7 Active should be able to sit in five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. However, Consumer Reports claims that this isn’t the case.
The independent review publication placed the Galaxy S7 Active in in a water tank pressurised to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch – which is equivalent to being in just under five feet of water – for 30 minutes. When it removed the device, the screen was “obscured by green lines,” the camera lenses had tiny bubbles underneath them, and the screen wasn’t responsive.
So, a faulty handset, then? Not so fast. The publication repeated the test with a second unit, and experienced another failure. This time, the screen cycled on and off, there was moisture in the front and back camera lenses, and there was water in the SIM slot.
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Samsung tells the publication that it has had “very few complaints” about such an issue with the Galaxy S7 Active. It also pointed out that all such instances were covered under warranty.
“There may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be,” Samsung conceded, and claimed to be investigating the issue.
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