Consumer Reports recently published the results of its testing of the Galaxy S7 Active and, after testing two different units, found that the phone was still prone to water damage. In fact, it seemed more likely to get damaged from water than the standard Galaxy S7, which is also rated IP68 against dust and water. Samsung recently responded to the report, noting that it will replace units if they’re damaged from water.
“The Galaxy S7 Active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance,” Samsung said recently. “Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 Active under its standard limited warranty, should water damage occur.”
That’s good to know, but it also doesn’t address what might be a real problem: consumers who buy the Galaxy S7 Active thinking it will hold up during a camping trip, only to possibly find that it fails after submersion in water. While Consumer Reports noticed this issue, we have not found any such problem with our test unit.