Samsung confirms manufacturing defects on initial Galaxy S7 Active batches
The Galaxy S7 has indubitably been a success for Samsung. Both the standard Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been selling well all over the world and the Galaxy S7 Active has been available in the U.S. for at least a few weeks. It is so far an AT&T exclusive, so the model may not yet be available in some European regions.
As the name of the model suggests, the S7 Active is for those who live an active outdoor lifestyle where the extremely delicate build of a standard smartphone would be too risky to carry. Thus, the design of the S7 Active is more robust and with better resistance against the elements. According to Consumer Reports, however, an S7 Active test model actually failed an immersion test due to a manufacturing defect in the seal. This is compared to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, both of which are also water resistant and passed the same immersion tests from Consumer Reports.
While a single test is absolutely not representative of all units produced thus far, Samsung has admitted that there was a manufacturing problem on early batches of the S7 Active and claims that the issue has now been resolved. The manufacturer is promising free repairs and guaranteed waterproofing for those early adopters who may have a faulty unit.