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2/16/2016
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Eric Zeman
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Samsung Galaxy S7: Water-Resistance Details Leaked

A video shows that Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will have protection from liquid damage.

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Days before the official unveiling, a Samsung-owned website in Indonesia revealed a significant detail about the Galaxy S7 -- the phone will be water resistant, if not waterproof.

The video is a promotional spot for Indonesia's competitive archer Dellie Threesyadinda. It shows Threesyadinda training for an event. In one sequence she's running through a forest with the phone strapped to her arm during a light drizzle. In another, she's analyzing her performance, holding the phone in her hand while rain drenches it.

She seems unfazed by any thought of damage the rain could be doing to her exposed phone. The scene strongly suggests the device is protected from falling water. (Seriously, there's a close-up of the phone getting soaked.)

(Image: George Clerk/iStockphoto)

(Image: George Clerk/iStockphoto)

Based on the sieve-like security over at Samsung, we already have a fairly clear picture of the Galaxy S7. It will look much like the Galaxy S6. This is important to point out because the Galaxy S6 was not waterproof, or even water resistant. That means Samsung made some significant internal changes. The 2014-era Galaxy S5 was water resistant, but that phone was made of plastic, not metal.

What we don't know is how Samsung improved the GS7 to make it water resistant. It could be following the same path Motorola has trodden for years -- spraying the innards with a sealant to ward off damage. This method would make the device resistant to rain, sweat, and spills, but not necessarily to immersion into water or other liquid. The promotional video did not show the GS7 getting dunked in a pool.

We asked for the phone to be water resistant in our wish list for the GS7, so it appears at least one wish has been granted. However, Samsung's track record with waterproof phones isn't the best.

The GS5 was water resistant, but the company has released at least three sturdier Galaxy S variants called the Galaxy S4 Active, S5 Active, and S6 Active. These phones have gaskets, hatches, and other, physical preventative features to keep water out. Even so, the GS4 and the GS5 weren't as waterproof as Samsung claimed.

[Read iPhone 7 Vs. Galaxy S7: Comparing Smartphone Rumors.]

Bottom line: The Galaxy S7 may be resistant to some types of ingress, but your best bet still is to keep it clear of water.

Samsung has a large event planned for Sunday, Feb. 21, during which the company is expected to show off the Galaxy S7 in full. InformationWeek will be on hand to provide live coverage of the news.

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Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio
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tjgkg
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3/3/2016 | 10:04:43 AM
Re: leaks
I think the S5 was "water resistant" but the S6 as the first sealed phone was water proof. In any case, regardless of the phone, I don't want to be in a position to test this out!
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shamika,
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2/27/2016 | 8:26:29 PM
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I agree. This is news for me too. I thought it was only "SONY" who had the water proof facility.
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nomii,
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2/20/2016 | 2:03:03 PM
Re: leaks
I don't know if the leak was planned or not, but my take is, the more people know about an upcoming phone, the better. It creates expectations, interest, doesn't it?

@makk63 I agree with your opinion. In my point of view leaking those capabilities which are unique definitely pay dividends for the company as customers start expecting some thing out of the blue from the brand but many a times small unknown brands come up with the copies of the capability faster then the actual brand and try to get maximum benifit out of it. I am not sure water resistance is that capability which is very unique and cannot be replicated. What do you say?

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mak63,
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2/19/2016 | 7:48:06 PM
Re: leaks
I don't know if the leak was planned or not, but my take is, the more people know about an upcoming phone, the better. It creates expectations, interest, doesn't it?
nomii
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nomii,
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2/19/2016 | 11:04:15 AM
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@Mak63 What do you think that leakage of its water resistant capability at this time before its launch can be planned. What kind of beneifits it can get with this kind of leakage if its planned?

mak63
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mak63,
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2/18/2016 | 7:27:07 PM
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I thought that the S6 was the first "waterproof" model from Samsung.
That's news for me. I always thought that the S5 was the waterproof one.
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tjgkg,
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2/18/2016 | 5:49:14 AM
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I thought that the S6 was the first "waterproof" model from Samsung. I would settle for "water-resistant" just to be safe otherwise i never had any water issues with any phone. You just have to keep it covered or put a good case on it. And I also have not heard anything else about other features on the phone.
mak63
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mak63,
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2/17/2016 | 3:30:32 PM
leaks
We're so close from the date when Samsung will unveiled the S7, that I'm surprised that only the water resistant feature is leaked.
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