Samsung fined millions for claiming phones are waterproof

Especially during the summer, it’s tempting to use a smartphone while in the pool or on the beach. How else can we snap wicked shots in or under the water? However, despite how advanced technology already is, smartphone makers still don’t advise intensive underwater use. Samsung, after encouraging users to try it for themselves, is learning the hazards of giving a go-ahead to go underwater.

In Australia, Samsung is facing a US$ 9.7 million fine for running a series of ads that emphasized their smartphones’ water-resistant nature. These ads explicitly showed smartphone use while at the beach or while surfing.

IP68 resistance does exist (and has existed for a while), though. When pressed hard enough, users can safely expose their devices to water for a limited time and depth. However, the resistance comes with an important caveat that extends far beyond time and distance limitations: You can only use it in fresh water.

Thus, as the Australian authorities rightly claims, it’s inaccurate to depict smartphone use in saltwater or in pool water. They have also received several complaints from users that the devices broke down after being submerged in these types of water. It’s a case of misleading advertising.

The ads in question ran from 2016 to 2018. They advertised the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, A5 (2017), A7 (2017), S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. Now, smartphones are more careful about including the fine print for their water resistance.

Still, fine prints are fine prints, and advertising is advertising. Don’t submerge your phones in water, especially if you can help it.

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