Jul 8th, 2016

When the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active there were expectations that it would be even more durable than the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge due to its “Active” moniker. With its rugged design, and its IP68 rating, customers would expect for the device to last the advertised 30 minutes under water if need be.

The folks at Consumer Reports put this to the test while putting the S7 Active through its various testing practices. The results, however, were not pretty.

Consumer Reports technicians placed a Galaxy S7 Active in a water tank pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, the equivalent of just under five feet of water, and set a timer for 30 minutes. When we removed the phone, 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.

Obviously this isn’t great news for anyone who is relying on the Galaxy S7 Active to perform as advertised, but this just goes to show you that electronics and water aren’t friends. It’s worth noting that Consumer Reports states the Galaxy S7 Active was the only new Galaxy device to fail its water-immersion testing.

[via Consumer Reports]

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