Samsung stands behind the water resistance and IP68 certification of the Galaxy S7 Active

Samsung stands behind the water resistance and IP68 certification of the Galaxy S7 Active
Last week, Consumer Reports said that it couldn't rate the rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active because the phone failed its test for water resistance. What makes this so strange is that the IP68 certification rating on the Galaxy S7 Active matches the rating given to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Both of those models passed the Consumer Reports test for water resistance and are currently the top two recommended smartphones ranked by the non-profit magazine. Had the Galaxy S7 Active passed the test for water resistance, it too would have joined its siblings at the top of the charts, according to CR.

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.


source: AndroidCentral

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  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
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  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
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155 Comments

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What the manual says isn't for covering Samsung's ass. IP certification is a type of waterproofing. It is simply a higher class of water resistance. It is an electronic device. It is not designed to be submerged in water forever. CONSUMER REPORTS according to Engadget, stated that kept the Active in water for more than 30 minutes. Also they used a tank that is suppose to provide the type of pressure you would get in actual 5feet of water. How do we know the tank was correctly Set? How hard is it for Consumer Reports to buy a tank that is 5FT tall that they could fill with water and actually accurately test the phone? CR is a crackpot. I am.suspicious because they other S7's did fine. But all.of a sudden the Active did not? The fact is, just because the phone is IP certified, doesn't mean you should just drown it in water. It doesn't need testing. After all, what idiot outside the crackpots on youtube, will be using a phone in 5 feet of water? If you use it in your tube, it's not 5 feet of water. Only an dummy would be in the pool with it. The phone was design to have a high resistance to water. It wasn't meant to be drowned in water regularly, to break the phone.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Buy a 5ft tank? That's silly. They performed the test the correct way. I haven't seen anywhere that they kept the phone submerged more than 30 minutes. If they did, then they need to retest with the correct interval. But, I've only seen one site that claimed that. CR's website claimed the submerged it for 30 minutes.

19. drkuthan

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

samsung fags and twats were born to be natural lawyers of this trite android s**t

28. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awwwwww. There, there. It'll be ok.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That would be isheep

9. phonehome

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29. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Now let's see icrap do that.

46. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dont need, apple can just make a viral news like "iPhone6S accidentally dropped from helicopter at 3000ft altitude, and found on 300ft deep lake bottom after 4months of searching and still work perfectly without any scratch"

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

The S7 can't win. First it's proven to have a sub-par camera (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Best-smartphone-ca​meras-compared-OnePlus-3-Xperia-X-Performance-Gala​xy-S7-iPhone-6s-Plus-LG-G5-HTC-10_id83011/page/3), and now the claimed water resistance is suspect. Good thing Samsung doesn't make their own OS, who knows what a disaster that would be!!

3. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't matter how much you cry, the Samsung flagships have better reviews, higher customer satisfaction than the iPhone.

6. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Lol, you obviously didn't read the camera review that Phonearena recently did. Check out the link I posted and then tell me how the S7 did compared to the iPhone.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I haven't, but I've read all the other reviews on the web, including dxomark. And the Galaxy S7 wipes the iPhone up in every one of them. So, you found an outlier. Good for you.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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16. tedkord

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I know truth to you is like holy water to a vampire.

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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67. tedkord

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80. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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86. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, you're ignorant.

109. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And you're belligerent.

21. ullokey

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What's with all the DC characters? You and Tekord and a couple more around and by the way Kltpzyxm

26. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think you're the first person ever to get the reference.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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100. meanestgenius

Posts: 23071; Member since: May 28, 2014

To everyone's dismay.

110. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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118. meanestgenius

Posts: 23071; Member since: May 28, 2014

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93. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yet you bother to read every article in here..lol U r a HYPOCRIT

94. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This idiot clearly has no idea what the word hypocrite means. I come here to get news on every phone brand and have a say, doesn't mean I have to like the way the news is written nor does it mean I read their reviews. Nice try in making a point though...iDiot.

43. willard12 unregistered

Is Tim Cook's photo collection with his iPhone on that link?

4. tedkord

Posts: 17526; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And Samsung does make its own OS for wearables, and it's better than WatchOS.

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