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The water-resistant Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature a moisture sensor in the USB port

The water-resistant Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature a moisture sensor in the USB port
Although it's not as important as the microSD card support and the larger batteries, water resistance is definitely a notable improvement that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge bring over their predecessors. 

Given that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge both feature IP68-certified water resistance, it's not surprising that Samsung warns about drying up the USB port of wet phones before feeding them electrical current. The Galaxy S7 edge user manual reads:

"If you charge the device while the multipurpose jack is wet, the device may be damaged. Thoroughly dry the multipurpose jack before charging the device."

However, it was recently discovered that Samsung went beyond issuing a warning. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge come with a special moisture sensor that prevents the phones from charging when humidity is detected in the charging port. If you'll try to charge it right after giving it a bath, the phone will pop an adequate message and refuse to charge. 

Interestingly, some early users say that this humidity sensor is actually so sensitive that third-party charging cables that do not adhere to Samsung's specifications can accidentally trip the warning.


source: XDA

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:46 21

1. jeroome86 (Posts: 886; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Smart tech. Those little flaps on the S5 always end up breaking off anyways.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:33 2

9. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 75; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


I beginning to be jealousy of S7 edge owners. This phone still has about 2-3 weeks to be available in my country. Can anyone tells me if it is really a dual Sim hybrid?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:44 3

11. WPX00 (Posts: 234; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Yes it is, confirmed it with a Samsung rep. He said the SIM tray would be way too big if it wasnt hybrid since it would mean accomodating 3 different holes!

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 02:12 1

43. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2746; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


It does support dual sim? I thought it was sim/sd card only, not sim/sim.
Guess I'm about to cancel my sd card pre order.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 02:17 1

44. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2746; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I just looked it up but there is a single sim version and a dual sim version. So the standard S7 (edge) won't feature dual sim

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/samsung-galaxy-s7-galaxy-s7-dual-sim-variants-get-certified-report-791682

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:56 1

39. mrmessma (Posts: 170; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Mine has yet to break, 2 yr later, but... I rarely open it with wireless charging... that being said, I'll be happy to not have it.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 16:35

41. FluffyBled (Posts: 500; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I KNOW RITE?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:48 5

2. My1cent (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Wireless charging?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:55 9

4. Ordinary (Posts: 2203; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Its not wireless according to the experts. There is an invisble cord connected to the phone so the answer is no.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:18 13

5. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 523; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


as sarcasm doesn't translate in text, we can not tell if you are trying to be humourous or serious

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:25 4

6. Subie (Posts: 533; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


It's wireless because you don't have to plug anything into it. Yes the proximity has to be close to the charger. I'm sure people that have wireless chargers in the cars don't feel there's a wire going to their phone. No matter how good the tech gets there will always be a proximity distance to the charger for it to work. You're entitled to your opinion(propaganda) though.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:32 8

8. catze86 (Posts: 680; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


According a few of Android experts and Apple experts on PA. Asvlong as the wire exist, there are no wireless charging.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:51 4

12. Subie (Posts: 533; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


But it's not plugged into the phone.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 01:53 4

32. ibend (Posts: 3759; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right its all a big lie... wireless earbud isnt wireless since you need to plug cable to charge its battery. 4G also isnt wireless, since 4G BTS tower have gazillion cable connected to it. satellite isnt wireless since signal transmitter/reciever on earth connected to lots of cables...

/s

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 03:14 1

34. catze86 (Posts: 680; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I know. For them, the next contactless iPhone charger is the real wireless charger. Even thought in their homes, wire does still exists. Am I too dumb or are they too smart?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 09:26 3

36. bonsly16 (Posts: 65; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Those are ridiculous analogies... Wireless earbuds need not to be connected to the phone with a wire while in actual USE. The phone does not need to be attached to a cell tower to have cellular connectivity (sounds ridiculous). Satellites do not need to be attached to the ground station on the ground to be able to transmit a signal (sounds even more ridiculous). Hence, they are wireless. The phone needs to have CONTACT with a charging station (which is connected to a power source with a wire) to utilize induction charging, so basically wired charging.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 16:52 4

3. aleant36 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Sick tech

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:29 1

7. zeeBomb (Posts: 1834; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


WET TECH

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:52 1

13. Remmy (Posts: 119; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I wonder if it also comes with a pressure sensor to detect if the phone is still sealed or not.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:20 1

14. zig8100 (Posts: 227; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


How about in very humid climates? It might trigger that sensor and not let you chrage it. Even if its not wet.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:29 11

17. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


So you intend to charge in a sauna?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 21:30 1

25. canner (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


maybe....

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:54 1

38. MedLEB (Posts: 75; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


Dampness and moisture is in almost everywhere in the air (there is no 100% dry air), so -of course- that sensor could detect many levels of moisture and decide If It should block the charging or not.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:23 12

15. Fire5 (Posts: 288; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Samsung always innovating.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:23 2

16. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


I've had to replace the port cover on my S5 4 times so I'm just glad they got rid of that, and without it I can finally use docks again.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 14:58 1

40. mrmessma (Posts: 170; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


If you're keeping it around much longer, get a wireless charging back and wireless charger. With those two things I rarely open my port and I'm still on the original ~2 yr later.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:53 6

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8811; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung phones have always warned when you using a terrible charger. That's nothing new.

But good for them because I can see some idiot coming out the rain and the battery is almost dead and they rush to the charger and plug it in like a dummy.

Samsung is trying to make their phones idiot-proof. May be a good idea.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:58 2

19. Subie (Posts: 533; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Yup, after the S pen issue last year they want their bases covered as best as possible.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 19:51 7

22. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Its not even an issue. Its because of dumb people

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 20:44

24. Subie (Posts: 533; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Whether is was the fault of Samsungs design or just "dumb people" as you say, it was still an issue. Please look up the definition of the word issue. Here is the definition from the Cambridge dictionary: "a ​subject or ​problem that ​people are ​thinking and ​talking about"!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 03:11 1

33. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1171; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Its a very rare case of someone damaging their note 5 due to putting the pen backwards, and it wasn't a problem that people were talking about. With that logic of yours, dropping your phone by accident or not from the top of the eiffel tower and it breaks means it's an issue to you and Samsung should make their phone unbreakable?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 21:31

26. canner (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


forgive me but im out of the loop what was the S pen issue?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 21:52

27. Subie (Posts: 533; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Inserting-your-S-Pen-the-wrong-way-could-permanently-destroy-your-Samsung-Galaxy-Note5_id72999

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 19:15

21. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


I read this information already, few days ago, in this same very site. :|

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 20:37

23. hansip87 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


just wait until the sensor got broken..

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 08:46

35. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Watch Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S Water Test! Actually Waterproof ?

https://youtu.be/IJUxi0ktDzw

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 11:06

37. Swordylove (Posts: 171; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


Sony, take note.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 17:39

42. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Galaxy S7 edge gets dunked in a 9 feet pool, records a video to tell about it

http://youtu.be/9paa8lJQDt0

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