Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge: water resistance returns (video)

Last year Samsung focused on making their phones “pretty” at the expense of features like a removable battery, MicroSD card expansion, and water resistance. In answering user criticisms, two of those three lifestyle features will be returning for the Galaxy S7. With all of the crowds surrounding displays on the MWC 2016 show floor, it’s difficult to get up close and personal with every device, but Samsung reps gave us a short private tour so we could go hands on with their newest flagship phones. Thankfully they remembered to bring a small fountain, so we could observe the IP68 water resistance in action.

This is by no means a rugged phone, as standard flagship smartphones are built to be aesthetically pleasing. Though it is impressive seeing how well pieced together this combination of metal and glass is, considering it’s sealed against water and dust. Speaker grill, pin tool door for the SIM and SD card, microphones, home button, and camera module are all nicely finished off, while maintaining a water tight design.

Is Samsung on the right track here, refining last year’s Galaxy S? Will any consumers notice an additional millimeter of girth over the Galaxy S6? Here’s a quick look at the build quality and water resistance on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge!

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.