A Samsung smartphone advertised as being water-resistant has failed a water immersion test by a leading product review site. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active stopped working after being put in a tank that simulated the effect of being about 5ft (1.5m) underwater.
Consumer Reports repeated its test on a second model, which was also damaged. Samsung said it was possible defective devices were “not as watertight” as they should have been. When removed after half an hour, the first phone’s display was non-responsive and marred by green lines. Bubbles had also formed in its two camera lenses.
The second handset subjected to the same test suffered similar faults.
Samsung’s website stated the Galaxy S7 Active, which is sold in the US but is not available in the UK, is IP68-certified.