According to the user guide for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the phone can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30-minutes, and escape unscathed. In Consumer Reports' lab, two Galaxy S7 Active handsets were put in a pressurized tank to simulate a depth of just under 5-feet. They were in the tank for 30 minutes. When they were taken out of the tank, it was clear that water had infiltrated the screen and the devices had issues with their power buttons.
The user guide for the phone notes that "despite this (IP68) classification, your device is not impervious to water damage in any situation," which sounds like a statement designed to allow the manufacturer to cover a certain part of its anatomy. On Friday, Samsung issued a statement which said that the Galaxy S7 Active was thoroughly tested and that it stands behind the IP68 certification placed on the handset. The company added that it will replace water-damaged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active units under its standard limited warranty.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is an AT&T exclusive in the U.S.