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Samsung Galaxy S7 Goes For A Swim In LG’s Washer

March 23, 2016 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak

It’s been less than two weeks since Samsung Galaxy S7 officially hit the US market along with its curved counterpart Galaxy S7 Edge, and many of the usual tests have already assessed the ins and outs of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. Benchmarks, crash tests, drop tests, water resistance tests… thousands of people have already experimented with software and hardware limits of Galaxy S7 and posted their findings online for everyone to see. And now, after all of that serious business is said and done, it’s time to have some fun. Ok, the latest test starring Galaxy S7 is technically of the water resistance kind, but it’s primarily made for entertainment purposes.

Namely, YouTube user Max Lee decided to make its latest Samsung flagship go for a swim in conditions which are a bit more extreme than those found at the bottom of a drinking glass or a regular bathtub featured in the recently released humorous S7 ads. Specifically – and Lee points out to not try this at home – he put the IP68 rating of his Galaxy S7 to test by throwing it into an LG washing machine and letting it spin around in 20 or so gallons of hot water for 45 minutes, i.e. the full duration of a standard washing cycle. In the video which you can see below, the Galaxy S7 emerged from the steamy insides of LG’s washer triumphant and still operating at full capacity as expected. Well, close to full capacity that is, as the device’s fingerprint scanner wasn’t as responsive as before though it’s possible that it will return to full functionality after a while.

Definitely not bad for a device that’s not exactly intended to be washed in accordance with modern industry standards for white clothing. So, if you’re one of those people who often leaves things like keys, change, and an occasional 800-dollar smartphone in your pockets and doesn’t bother checking them before throwing everything into the washer, Samsung Galaxy S7 might be just the phone for you. Try not to make a habit out of it, though; the Internet is yet to provide us with a video of the S7 surviving repeated washing cycles of a contemporary laundry machine. That’s probably just a matter of time but one would think that the results of that hypothetical test would be less stellar.