A not-for-profit firm, Consumer Reports decided to verify Samsung's claims that the Galaxy S7 Active is water-resistant to up to 5 feet under water for at least 30 minutes. Samsung had earlier released a commercial in which the handset was dropped in a fish tank and survived to tell the tale. The firm wondered it it was really the case and dropped two such handsets under five feet of water.
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Surprisingly, both handsets failed to work after the tests were completed. The firm observed that in the first handset, 'the screen was obscured by green lines, and tiny bubbles were visible in the lenses of the front- and rear-facing cameras. The touchscreen wasn’t responsive.' Similarly, the second handset turned on and off by itself regularly and traces of water appeared in its front and back camera lenses as well as in its SIM card slot after the completion of the test.
Apart from being water-resistant, Galaxy S7 Active features a shatter-resistant glass screen, a 4,000 mAh battery as well as IP68 rating for dust resistance. It's water and dust resistance capabilities are matched by the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices which passed similar tests conducted by Consumer Reports.
Despite the tests discrediting its claims of the Galaxy S7 Active being water-resistant, Samsung said that the test was a one-off situation and the handsets are usually highly water-resistant. “The Samsung Galaxy S7 active device is one of the most rugged phones to date and is highly resistant to scratches and IP68 certified. There may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be,” said Samsung in response to the tests.
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This isn't the first time that Samsung's premium devices have been questioned or put to rigorous tests. Just after the Galaxy S7 was launched, an AnTuTu Benchmark test revealed that Galaxy S7 handsets featuring Snapdragon 820 chips scored 55098 while those featuring Exynos 8890 chips finished at a meagre 37545 and even trailed Apple's A9 chips. The benchmark score reveals that a Snapdragon 820 can support high speed HD gaming or intense use of graphics 32% better than an Exynos chip.
A few days later, iFixit reported that in the Galaxy S7, Samsung attached the OLED display directly to the mid-frame to boost the Galaxy S7's water-proofing prowess, rather than following the standard procedure of sticking the display to an assembly secured with screws. This way, if the phone develops technical issues and needs repairing, you will need to perform a risky operation of removing the OLED screen, which means repairing the display, digitizer, microphone, USB port and soft LED buttons will be quite difficult.