Samsung has officially unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship smartphones – today at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016). After many sources tested it hands-on, confirms that Samsung can still make a great Android phone.
The Galaxy S7 is still all about refinement piece of hardware. It brings back the improved build quality again and the camera is, once again better tha last year’s S6 models. Interesting to see Samsung brought back the expandable microSD card support, from where you can increase the storage with a cheap card. But only made available of the two Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with 32GB of internal memory.
Other than that the Galaxy S7 is slightly thinner counterpart, the Galaxy S7 Edge. Here are some of its best things you need to know about, below.
Firs and foremost is the Galaxy S7 is omewhat different from the eyes of the Galaxy S6’s refined design of last year, which it lacks expnadable storage and water resistant. By using a hybrid SIM tray, the S7 can hold up to 200GB of expandable storage. Of course, it’s also IP68 rated, meaning it can survive a drop in 5 feet of water for almost 30 minutes of time. Well! You can even shower with the phone theriotically – though jets of water disrupt the capacitive touchscreen, so it wouldn’t be usable. It does survice the soak test.
Samsung has employed the Galaxy Note 5’s curved back and was able to shave a millimeter or two off the camera bump on S7’s back, which makes the phone much easier to hold, and certainly the most comfortable gadget as well. The big S7 camera bump in performance obsessively focused on low-light settings. Although it drops from 16MP to 12-megapixel, those bigger pixels let in 56 percent more light, as per Samsung itself. With a f/1.7 aperture and a rearranged sensor layout for faster focus speeds, the Galaxy S7 comes with th most curious camera system. The shutter was lightning quick, the color accuracy looked great in HDR, and the detail, even at max zoom, was undeniably impressive.
Several smartphone makers have tried to implement this to provide around-the-clock-information without completely draning the battery, but LG brought Always-On display into its G5 flagship, and Samsung is no different, has finally solved the puzzle. With the energy-efficient curved Super AMOLED QHD display and Sanpdragon 820 processor, the Galaxy S7 also comes with an always-on option that can eventually show the time, calendar, notifications, or even spartan wallpaper designs. Only downside is that the options are somewhat limited, and you can’t read notifications. It would be a big plus, if Samsung can truly bring all this info to the lock screen without sacrificing on battery life.
Forefront of using smartphone to power VR headsets, the Galaxy S7 will be compatible with Samsung’s latest $100 Gear VR headset and will also be hocking its own Portal turret, which is the newly launched Gear 360 camera. You can create your virtual reality stuff on the S7 with phone’s processor doing all the video stitching. When connected to the S7, you can also get a live preview of what the camera is seeing and cycle through different modes. You can get complete details to learn here.
In other words Samsung’s Gear 360 Camera wants to make everyone a VR creator. Despite that, Samsung also focusing on gaming, goes far beyond hardware. TouchWiz, the customized version of Android Marshmallow powers the Galaxy S7, utterly comes with a new Gaming Hub. The feature lets you shoot video and funnel incoming calls or texts into small on-screen icons, and you’re not knocked out of any serious Candy Crush sessions. Lots of these tools already packed into other apps, like Google Play Games, but Samsung’s integration is much easier to use, than others.
Now, Samsung’s doubling-down on its edgy decision by adding many more panels when you swipe from the side of the S7 Edge phone. New panels are even made by third-party developers. Features of edge is fully customizable and lets you build easy shortcuts to IFTTT-style commands. For instance, if you tend to send a lot of emails to your management, you can automate a shortcut that will automatically open your email client with your boss’s information already filled in.
Standard S7 comes with the improved apps edge (app shortcuts), people edge (contacts shortcuts), and all-new tasks edge. These shortcut sidebars are now twice as big, too, giving you free space to add even more shortcuts. With a bigger 5.5-inch S7 Edge, comes with a few more extras. For an improved edge experience on the larger screened S7 Edge smartphone, Samsung also decided to partner with Yahoo! Brings sports scores, breaking news, and a bunch of other options that make the “Edge” feature a less of a gimmick and more of something you’d want to grace.
The S7 with water resistance, expandable storage, and a better camera included, Samsung’s not reinventing the wheel here. The devices that are being used were loaded up with apps that many don’t really want, including Microsoft apps that you couldn’t even delete. Tweaked the design of TouchWiz to make it a feel a little more lightweight. In fact, Samsung also opted to keep using a micro-USB charger whil many other best Android phones have switched over to the new USB Type-C standard.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Specifications:
- 5.1-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) 577 PPI Super AMOLED always-on, pressure sensitive display
- Quad-Core Snapdragon 820 processor / Octa-Core Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) processor
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32/64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 200GB with microSD
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Hybrid SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
- 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, Smart OIS
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
- Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Barometer
- IP68 ratings water and dust resistance
- Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm; Weight: 152g
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0, NFC
- 3000mAh battery, Fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging
Samsung announced at its MWC event that you will also receive a free $100 Gear VR when you buy a Galaxy S7. Also confirmed the on sale date—March 11. Pre-orders start February 23rd in the US and Europe. Get free Gear VR and 6 games without any charge if you pre-order between February 23 and March 18.
Announced a ton of accessories for both S7 and S7 Edge, with Samsung Lens Cover accessory getting most of the attention. Samsung also unveiled accessories such as the usual LED View Cover, Clear View Cover, S View Cover, Leather Cover, Flip Wallet, Clear Cover, Keyboard Cover, Wireless Charger, Battery Pack and Backpack (battery case).
The unlocked version of 32GB Galaxy S7 in Europe will cost Euro 699 while the 32GB Galaxy S7 will set you back Euro 799.
Pricing in the US:
Samsung Galaxy S7
AT&T will offer the Galaxy S7 with its 30-month Next 24 plan starting at $23.17/month for the 32GB version of the device.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The same Next 24, 30-month installment plan is available for the 32GB Galaxy S7 edge, but it’s a bit pricier at $26.50/month.
The carrier will offer both devices in Black Onyx and Golf Platinum color options. The Galaxy S7 edge will enjoy an addition option – Silver Titanium.
While AT&T hasn’t yet listed the off-contract prices for the devices, we assume they’ll cost $699 for the Galaxy S7 and $799 for the Galaxy S7 edge.
Samsung Galaxy S7
T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy S7 starting $27.91/month for the 32GB model.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
As for the Galaxy S7 edge, it will start $32.50/month on T-Mobile for its basic 24 month plan.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Finally, Sprint will offer the the Galaxy S7 starting $27.09 per month.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The Galaxy S7 edge is again a bit pricier and will start at $31.25/month.
Don’t forget those who purchase it from BestBuy will also get a free 64GB microSD card.