Galaxy S7 Edge: the Speakers Sound Distorted after the Phone Gets Wet

I knew pretty much everything there is to know about Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge long before Samsung officially released it, but this doesn’t mean that I am not amazed with the device in my hands. You know the story in case of being its owner too and one of the features worth focusing on is none other than its water resistance.

The Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone is waterproof with an IP68 rating and this means that there is no issue when it comes to submerging in up to 1 meter of water for no more than 30 minutes. Water proofing is a welcome return to the Galaxy series after the S6 lacked this feature, but are things as good as Samsung claims?

Many have wondered how water-resistant Samsung’s latest phone really is, especially with so many people complaining that the device’s speakers sound distorted after the phone gets wet. Is this a normal thing or a sign that Galaxy S7 Edge should stay away from water?

The S7 has a rubber seal around the charging port and the headphone jack in order to keep water out. To prevent water ingress through the speaker holes, the company has even included a screen behind the holes that stops water getting in but still lets the sound waves to get out. This design is a sign that you don’t really have to use ay fiddly flaps protecting the holes and ports on your phone, but it does mean that droplets of water can pool in them, particularly the speaker holes. This is what is making the sound to distort, so you are not imaging things, but you shouldn’t be worried either.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is only water-resistant, yes, but not waterproof, so this is completely normal. All you have to do to solve the problem is to have patience and let the phone to dry for around two hours if not even less than that. You can also dab it with a towel and don’t even think of taking in consideration to speed things up by blow-drying your phone.

It has been proven that the intense heat could damage the components, so why risking that? Even more, use the handset as it should be used – I remind you that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is rated IP68, so it should make it through a meter of water for more than 30 minutes and don’t transform that into a torture test. Don’t let it longer, don’t put it into your washing machine or intentionatelly drop it into the sink as long as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge might look like a survivor, but its days are counted too.