Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Fails the Water Resistant Tests Twice in a Row

by Karthik Iyer 10

Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 Active, a rugged model of the regular variants. The device is available only through AT&T in the US. The company claims that the device is water resistant and can resist water up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. But according to a report, the phone failed the water resistant tests. The standard S7 and the S7 edge that the same claims of water resistance and passed tests.

Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that is well respected for its product testing, said Friday that it couldn’t recommend the Active because it doesn’t meet Samsung’s own claims. On the contrary, they rated the standard S7 and the S7 Edge β€œexcellent” on the same tests. Samsung says that all the S7 phones are signed to survive in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes, but according to the report, after a half-hour in water, the Active’s screen flashed green and other colors and didn’t respond to touch. Tiny bubbles appeared on the camera lenses. Just to make sure, that the variant they tested was not faulty, they tested another device to verify the test and surprisingly, it also failed.

Well it is likely that one unit could have been faulty but two units failing with the same test, something definitely seems right. But there are no claims from any other publishers or users etc. It could just be a coincidence that both the units were faulty or maybe the device is not as good as the company claims them to be. In either case, we will get a response soon from the company themselves, so we just have to wait.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active features similar specifications as that of the Samsun Galaxy S7 and the Edge variant. It packs a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is powered by a Quad-core 2.2 GHz & Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC and Adreno 530 GPU for graphics. It has 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD slot up to 200GB. It is available in Sandy Gold, Camo Green, and Titanium Grey color options. Stay tuned for more information on this.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Shibin A

    Lol… A device which is supposed to withstand these conditions(s7 active) fails the test whereas a device which isnt (s7 and s7 edge) passes the test?

    • Eldo Jacob

      Shibin,S7 and s7 edge also has water resistant feature and is designed to withstand these conditions..

      • Shibin A

        Eldo bro,i said”the device which is supposed”.. I know that even the s7 and the s7 edge has water resistance feature.. But the s7 active which is actually meant to be more tuf and for rough usage fails in a test which a nrml smartfone(s7 and s7 edge tho is water resistant) passes πŸ™‚

        • Eldo Jacob

          Kk,That’s true.All of them claims the same level of water resistance.I thought you wasnt aware of why told πŸ™‚

          • Shibin A

            Ok bro np! πŸ™‚

  • chiragkapuriya

    Seems like testing department had off during development of this device πŸ˜‰

  • Woodnote(hulone_)

    Biggest gimmick with total failures


    That’s interesting. Previous S6 active was pretty good in water resistance .

  • Uttarwar Anoop

    OMG this s not digestive they sud come out of this prb

  • Nitish Mishra

    Really surprising that the rugged S7 active fails the water resistance test while the normal S7 n S7 Edge passed…..