Galaxy S7 may come with expanded screen warranty thanks to a more durable, watertight chassis

Samsung's Galaxy S7 might see the return of the waterproofing certification that the Galaxy S5 had, which went out of the window with the S6, along with the microSD slot. We were tipped recently by a Samsung insider that the phone will be dust- and water-tight, and now leakster Eldar Murtazin corroborates this speculation by saying that the Galaxy S7 will be IP68-certified indeed. With phones and tablets, this usually means that it could be submerged in up to five feet of water for up to an hour or so, without any detrimental effect on its internals.

However, the source goes further than that in the revelations about how rugged would the Galaxy S7 be. Eldar claims that the handset will be more structurally sound compared to its predecessor, thanks to a reinforced frame and rearranged internals. We already heard a rumor that the S7 might use a new magnesium alloy material for the frame, so these claims could have some merit. In fact, the phone has apparently been reworked in such a way in terms of durability, that it would be able to withstand drops without complete shattering of the glass on the front or back. 

Samsung, says Eldar Murtazin, is so certain of its new chassis construction, that in certain markets it may introduce a new expanded warranty for the device that will have the screen replaced at little or no cost if you drop the phone and break the glass within the first year of ownership. Given Samsung's monopoly on Super AMOLED screen replacement packages, and their cost, this will be a welcome news, if it materializes. In Russia at least, this "VIP" warranty will be given if you buy the phone through the official Samsung channels, says the source, but it's not yet known how the company will proceed for other regions. Well, all will be revealed in just three short weeks, so stay tuned for our complete coverage of the S7 unveiling and preview festivities come February 21st at the MWC expo.

source: Mobile-review (translated)

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Samsung had this offer last year in my country with the s6. It feels nice to have reassurance in case the display of my phone breaks. We all know at least one person using a phone with a cracked glass, don't we.

2. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

There will be 2 top phones, the top (Waterproof, PRO RAW mode QHD etc) and the rest (13Mpx, quad core etc). The top will last 3 or more years, the rest we will spend money each year to change it. Since I bought my Note 5 there's nothing new (for me) to look for, only trash news.

3. Gulliver

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Hm, I also have Note 5 but it's not like there is no room for improvement. I will only mention the features that the predecessor phones had ... Definitely looking for better (note) device coming in 2016

5. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

For sure ! Waiting SD Card and removable battery in next Note. What I mean is that everyday there's a new phone here or in gsmarena, but ... nothing like Note 5 or S6, S7 just the same garbisch copies.

4. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

If Samsung can provide sd card slot and waterproofing in S7, they will see another champion year in a row.

6. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

With the insane price of AMOLED screens I'm really hoping this is true. But I can pretty much guarantee they'll only have that warranty in South Korea.

7. artixine

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

If all these rumours turn out to be true, the S7 will be the best phone ever !... sd card, big battery,ip68,very solid construction, great camera, super powerful cpu and gpu,force touch,... it all sounds to good to be true if you ask me....

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

That IP rating is one of two acceptable reasons to not have a user changeable battery.

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