The Mobile World Congress has begun and it’s already off to a great start. A few hours ago, LG unveiled their latest flagship smartphone: the LG G5. Now, Samsung has followed suit by unveiling its latest flagship smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have been officially announced inside a show at the Mobile World Congress 2016, which the entire world was watching.
With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung showed the world that it was more than capable of producing beautifully designed phones. So what exactly do the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge offer? From what’s been announced, they offer everything their predecessors did with a few extras.
At first glance, the Galaxy S7 doesn’t really differ much in terms of design from the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 has the same 5.1, quad HD Super AMOLED display as the Galaxy S6. However, upon closer inspection, one would find that Samsung has done some tweaks that make the Galaxy S7 more comfortable to hold. So if you’re upgrading from a Galaxy S6, the phone should feel familiar to hold.
The Galaxy S7 Edge, on the other hand, has gotten a few more updates in terms of looks. The Galaxy S7 Edge is getting a larger 5.5-inch quad HD Super AMOLED screen that’s curved on both sides. The Galaxy S7 Edge also features a slight curve around the edges. With this simple tweak, Samsung has made the Galaxy S7 Edge feel much more comfortable to hold, compared to its predecessor. Yet beyond these changes, the Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor.
As you’ve seen, the bodies of both phones have unique traits but they also have a few things in common. However, the most important feature both phones have in common is that they are waterproof. So you can take the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and now take selfies underwater, without any special covers. It’s healthier for marine life when you take your selfies with them underwater than on land.
Additionally, both phones will feature a micro-USB port for charging. Why has Samsung opted to not use the newer USB Type-C standard? Primarily, it’s to keep the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge compatible with the Galaxy VR helmet. Additionally, Samsung believes that USB Type C isn’t ready for the mass market just yet. That’s of course, debatable depending upon how you look at it.
Open up the body and you’ll find that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pack a lot more power. Depending on where you live, you’ll find a Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 processor powering a Galaxy S7. Regardless of the processor, both phones come with a whopping 4GB of RAM. With this much power packed inside both phones, you should enjoy a smooth experience with minimal lag, regardless of which version you pick – even when gaming.
The battery is where the differences between the two phones are visible once more. The Galaxy S7 has a 3000 mAh battery. The Galaxy S7 Edge, on the other hand, features at 3600 mAh battery. Both batteries are a very welcome upgrade from the ones their predecessors had. Additionally, both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge support Samsung’s adaptive fast charging and fast wireless charging features. In theory, this should mean with a quick charge both phones would survive a day. Whether that’s a full 24 hour day, with heavy use of their many features is something we’ll know later.
The biggest, though, seems to be to the camera. Unlike their predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with a 12 Megapixel camera. At first glance, it seems like a downgrade from the previous 16 Megapixel camera. However, Samsung has upgraded the camera to take better low light pictures and focus faster for clearer images. The new S7 camera shoots well in low light thanks to a f/1.7 aperture, larger pixels, and an upgraded sensor. The quick focus is thanks to the dual-pixel system which is typically used by DSLR’s.
So in theory, you should be able to take stunning pics. If you take too many and fill up the 32GB of storage, Samsung has another feature in the Galaxy S7 to help you out. A very basic yet handy feature called: expandable storage. Yes, both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature Micro-SD card slots to help you expand your storage space for more apps, selfies and everything in-between.
Finally, we come to the software side of things. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will have Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI running on top of it. There’s also a few improvements to Samsung’s edge-swipe features. The biggest update which Samsung is finally bringing to its phones is Always On Display. This means you’ll always see important information such as time and calendar appointments on your screen without having to unlock it. It’s a handy and low-power consuming feature, to remind you that you’re late for that meeting.
With that being said, pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will begin on February 23rd. The Galaxy S7 will be in black or gold colors. The Galaxy S7 Edge will come in black, gold, and silver colors. Samsung is also offering a free Gear VR offer with the purchase of a Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge between February 23rd and March 18th.
Samsung has yet to reveal the prices of either phone. However, it has confirmed that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be priced similarly to its previous flagship phones at launch. That is a fancy way of saying that you won’t be able to get the Galaxy S7 for cheap. Which begs the question: is the S7 actually worth its steep price? It’s true that both phones bring a bunch of new things to the table. However, many of the new features Samsung touts are either expected (a faster processor, larger battery) or has been available on its competitor’s phones (Always on display, waterproof bodies, expandable storage) for quite a while.
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