The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were heralded by a torrent of leaks before launch, but the end products actually exceed the expectations on a number of levels, including waterproof resistance.
Samsung touted that its new generation of flagship phones will get back the waterproof feature that it missed from the Galaxy S6 line. Predictably, curious techies put it to the ultimate test and took it for a swim.
Harris Craycraft is one inquisitive YouTube user who tested the water-resistance claims on the Samsung's latest flagship handset. He was not content with the official IP68 rating of the phone, so he decided to do a two-part test of his own. You can watch his experiment in the video below.
First off, Craycraft took a bowl filled with water and let the Galaxy S7 edge to rest in it for 20 minutes straight.
Proving that the IP68 was fairly gained, the Samsung smartphone continued to run untroubled after sitting for about half an hour in the shallow water. Craycraft wanted to push the device's limits even further, and to do that, he needed a pool. The brave user took the handset inside the swimming pool and used it to create a short movie.
The device exited the pool unscathed, proving that the Galaxy S7's water-resistance is sound.
BGR notes that Galaxy S7 behaved nicely during the hands-on preview, showing an especially capable camera. Craycraft's video underlines this point, as the device captures great images even when submerged. The test shows that the handset is resilient to harsh conditions, an advantage that could set it apart from its rivals.
It should be noted that the IP68 guarantees a device to be waterproof, but users must remember that this applies to a certain, limited depth. Should one take his Galaxy S7/ S7 edge to a deep water dive, there is a great chance for the pressure to get into its nooks and crannies. This would cause the smartphone to quickly become the most expensive paperweight ever purchased.
Apart from water-resistance, the most recent flagships from Samsung come equipped with powerful configurations.
The Galaxy S7 takes its processing power from a Snapdragon 820 or from an Exynos 8890, depending on the market. It packs 4 GB of RAM and a default storage space of 32 GB. Thanks to a microSD slot, users can expand the memory to a top 128 GB. The screen is a 5.1-inch, capable of displaying resolutions of 1,440 x 2,560p via an ARM Mali-T880MP14 GPU. The device draws power from a 3,000 mAh battery and comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow already installed out of the box.
Its bigger brother, the Galaxy S7 edge, works on an eight-core Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 that also features 4 GB of RAM. The two handsets share the default storage, but the extension capacity is bigger, reaching 200 GB. The screen is also larger on the S7 Edge. The 5.5-inch display shares the resolution and GPU with its smaller variant. The battery of the smartphone is heftier at 3,600 mAh, while the OS is the same - Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Should you be impatient to get your hands on the waterproof-tested Samsung Galaxy S7, know that the official European rollout of the device will happen next week, on March 11.