Samsung’s most awaited Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now official; Samsung launched its flagships for this year. Unlike last year this time Samsung is offering only two models there is no Edge+ this time, although it may come but as things stands now there are two Galaxy models.
Samsung Galaxy phones this year build up on the positives from the last generation of S6 devices with some major and nice improvements. In terms of design not much has changed but there are some little improvements like curved glass on the back and the less prominent camera hump in the back. The shiny on the camera and home button has also given way to more subtle look.
Specification wise Samsung is always known to bring the best and latest in their flagship phones and the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are no different in this regard. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 comes with Quad-core Snapdragon 820 for the U.S version or Samsung’s in-house octa-core Exynos 8 for the international version.
The phones have 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with support for 200GB external microSD card. Addition of microSD card support is a nice change from Samsung which dropped the external storage option in Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
On the rear there is a 12MP camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, and fast auto focusing with OIS. For selfies there is a 5MP camera with f/1.7 aperture. Although the rear camera sees drop in megapixels counts from 16MP to 12MP the company is confident of it taking better pictures and in low light the camera will produce far better images. With the new camera Samsung has reduced the hump on the back of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as compared to the last generation phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1” Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440p resolution and 577ppi pixel density. While the Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a slightly bigger 5.5” Super AMOLED screen 2560 x 1440p and 534ppi pixel density.
With the new phones Samsung has introduced Always-On Display will allow users to have quick look at basic information like time, calendar or notifications without even touching or waking up the screen. The Always-On Display will turn off when the phone is placed in pocket, purse or is placed upside down.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3000mAh battery while the S7 Edge is powered by a 3600mAh battery. Both the phones support Quick Charge 3.0 which will help in fast battery charging up to 83% in 30 minutes. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also support Wireless charging both Qi and PMA standards supported based on market area. Both the phones however come with standard micro USB 2.0 instead of latest USB Type-C which is bit of a surprise here. Both the new phones are IP68 rated against dust and water resistance.
Samsung with its new phones is pushing newer boundaries; along with the phones Samsung also launched Gear 360 camera and other accessories which we will cover in separate post. Also Samsung is offering free Gear VR on pre-orders of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge powered by Oculus, plus a 6-game bundle. So if you are planning to upgrade Samsung is giving a sweet deal.