New Samsung Galaxy S7 Active May Not Be as Water Resistant as Regular Galaxy S7

One of the biggest selling points in Samsung’s current flagship phone lineup is the claimed water resistance of every phone in the Galaxy S7 family. Unfortunately, as this article observes, a recent test by Consumer Reports reveals that there may actually be some problems with this claim. The whole story becomes more ironic when one discovers that the first two members of the Galaxy S7 family do just fine in tests of water-tightness, and that the problem child appears to be the latest addition, the Galaxy S7 Active.
Fearing that a poorly assembled phone allowed the water damage, Consumer Reports testers obtained a second S7 Active and put it through the same tests with the same results. With a price tag of $795 and a promise of surviving 30 minutes below 5 feet of water, an S7 Active with a screen that flashes green “and other colors” on exposure to water might just lead to poorer than expected sales. It seems that Samsung is looking into the issue with Consumer Reports and will hopefully resolve whatever is going wrong here. It seems unlikely that Samsung failed in the design of the phone, and more likely that the culprit is some production problem which will be addressed and resolved quickly if it hasn’t already. If not, then this might be a good opportunity for Apple’s next iPhone to regain some ground from Samsung.

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