Dunking the phones in shallow water for several minutes during our review process didn’t do any harm, and now a lab has given both rigorous waterproof and breakability test and filmed the entire ordeal.
It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its curvier cousin are waterproof up to a point, according to the extreme duress tests conducted by warranty service SquareTrade.
Both handsets survived the promised “IP68 rating” by withstanding 1.5 meters under water for 30 minutes, but not a single minute more than that.
The pair of Galaxy phones were intact after a half hour submerged, but the audio was permanently distorted. That’s still excellent news for anyone who accidentally takes a dip in a pool.
More breakable than the iPhone
The same can’t be said for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, however. Both phones failed the same bendability tests, and the curved screen of the new Edge scored poorly in corner drop tests.
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7, meanwhile, literally fell flat on its face in the face down and cracked instantly during its drop test, and the two phones scored below average in the labs’ new tumble test.
The good news is that water won’t fry your brand new smartphone, but it’s no less breakable than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. You may still need insurance, or maybe just a strong Samsung Galaxy S7 case.