Ever since the Galaxy S5, Samsung has been equipping its flagships with water and dust-resistant capabilities to protect it from wear and tear. While there are active counterparts of said flagships, there are still those who would prefer a more simplistic smartphone rather than a rugged device as their daily drivers. Now, all thanks to a YouTuber, we get to see how Samsung made its latest flagship, the Galaxy S7, water-resistant.
JerryRigEverything, a channel on YouTube with videos that test brand new flagship smartphones to the extreme, has posted an in-depth look at what the South Korean tech giant has done to its Galaxy S7 to make it water-resistant.
The glass panels of the Galaxy S7 is where most of the protection comes from. They are kept together by a super sticky glue that’s all around the edges to keep it shut tight. Of course, the device also comes with several ports that it has to protect from water. Samsung does away with it by including a rubber seal at the charging port and the audio jack, and there’s a screen behind the speaker’s grilles to keep water out while still allowing audio to come out.
The video also notes that the Galaxy S7’s motherboard doesn’t have waterproofing. If water does get into the device itself, you can expect internal hardware damage. Thankfully, the handset comes with stickers near the ports that change colors whenever they come in contact with water, so that should at least inform you that water has already penetrated the Galaxy S7.
It’s important to note that the Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t waterproof. It only features an IP68 rating that makes it water-resistant, allowing the device to be submerged up to 1.5 metres deep for 30 minutes tops. At least, that’s something to go with when you’re out in the wilderness with the Galaxy S7.