Samsung may have nailed the design aspect of the Galaxy S6, but design alone isn’t enough to sell a smartphone, and the lack of exciting features on the S6 was a significant factor in the device’s lackluster sales. This time around, however, the company will be putting most of its focus on improving the hardware and software, and one of the way’s it’s doing that is by making the Galaxy S7 water-resistant. While we don’t have anything official to suggest this, we do know that Samsung has ordered a number of waterproof components for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and that pretty much tells us all we need to know.
Those waterproof Galaxy S7 – or at least water-resistant – rumors are starting to look increasingly solid. Import tracking site Zauba has revealed several “waterproof” components for devices with the tell-tale model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935, those associated with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge respectively. Samsung assembles its devices locally in India, so the import tracking data for a “waterproof SIM tray”, “waterproof mic” and “conductive gasket tape” certainly point to a water-resistant Galaxy S7. Rumors have already indicated an IP67 rating (dustproof and water-resistant up to one meter for up to half an hour). IP67 is the same rating found on the Galaxy S5, although it had a waterproof flap over its USB 3.0 port. The listing mentions other things too, like “waterproof octa” and “waterproof HRM” for the Galaxy S7 Edge. “Conductive gasket tape octa” is already known to be found in the Galaxy S5, as you can see on this service parts site and HRM likely refers to the heart-rate monitor. With the return of microSD expansion and water-resistance looking like a lock, are these details enough to make you think twice about the Galaxy S7?