Thursday 29 September 2016

Samsung's new flagships durability pushed to the limit in these tests

Mark O'Beirne

Published 14/03/2016 | 10:02

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are impressive devices, but can they survive a series of durability tests?

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are impressive devices, but can they survive the rough and tumble of real life and live up to the promised IP68 rating?

This video puts the two devices through their paces in a series of stress and durability tests. Warranty service SquareTrade pulled no punches as it submerged the handsets in water, threw them around in a container, dropped them on a pavement, and attempted to bend them.

Both handsets have been given an IP68 rating, meaning they can withstand being submerged under 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. But that is very much the limit. Even at that, the audio was distorted after the experiment.

In less positive news, Samsung’s newest flagships are prone to the same issue that caused the Bendgate controversy at the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Apple bolstered the builds of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Samsung hasn’t taken the same measures and both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge fail the bendability tests.

You can see the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pushed to the limit in the video below.

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