After lots (and lots) of rumors about the Samsung Galaxy s7, the latest flagship is here now and has finally made its onstage appearance. The South Korean company in Barcelona have introduced their flagship S range smartphone for 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Before we go further to it’s specifications here are few things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S7 | S7 edge.
To some extent the Galaxy S7 looks similar to it’s predecessor the Galaxy S6, especially based on design, with the metal edges, rounded corners and glass panels on both front and back, if you already own the S6 you wont be too surprised with the Samsung Galaxy S7, but truth is, The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge restored the missing features not found on the Galaxy S6 | S6 Edge.
Some of the added features include the microSD card slot and water resistance. The water resistant feature was last seen on the S5 but Samsung has upped the standard this time, The S7s’ IP-68 ratings are a notch up compared to that of S5’s IP-67 rating, meaning you can put the S7 and S7 Edge in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
Just like its predecessor the Galaxy S7 features an outstanding 5.1″ 2K Super AMOLED display, the S7 Edge on the other hand sports a bigger 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1440, 534ppi) ‘Dual edge’ curved display, bigger than the previous S6 Edge but with the same resolution as the S7’s 5.1″ display.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) delivers great color reproduction and brilliant differences between the light and dark elements seen on the screen. With the QHD resolution you should be certain web pages and pictures look crisp and clear. The S7 also features an “Always on display”, that means whenever the phone is on standby it either shows you a clock, notifications, your calendar or some pattern.
Performance / Storage
Previously Samsung used its own brand of processor for the S6, the Exynos 7420, the company has shifted back to Qualcomm CPUs with the Snapdragon 820. Galaxy S7 has an inbuilt memory of either 34 or 64 GB (depending on the model) and support’s up to 200GB microSD cards. With the UFS 2.0 file format you can be certain that reads and writes should also be faster. The 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM Combined with the new Snapdragon 820 will offer greater performance than its predecessor the S6. Memory hungry apps will have enough room to function.
The Galaxy S7 feature a 12-Megapixel rear camera, you might think this camera quality is lower compared to the Galaxy S6 which is 16MB, but hey, resolution isn’t everything here. The S7 cameras have fewer overall pixels and each pixel measures 1.4 microns, while that of S6 is 1.12 microns. With a wider 1.7 aperture lens on the S7 cameras, you are collecting significantly more light than before, this results in sharper and less noisy photos even in low light.
Galaxy S7 Camera also features dual-pixel sensor (same tech from Canon’s DSLRs), normally some pixels on a sensor collects light and image information while a small percentage of them work on focus, now each single pixel can simultaneously collect light while also capturing focus information. This enables the S7s focus on an subject even quicker than other phones.
The S7 Edge features a significantly bigger 3600mAh non-removable battery, larger than the 2,600 mAh battery provided in last year’s S6 Edge. The S7 on the other hand features a 3000mAh battery. According to Samsung, the S7 is capable of playing HD video for 13 hrs straight. The Samsung “Always-on display” allows notifications, time, date…… to be permanently shown on screen even with the phone on standby, one will be forced to ask the effects of this on the battery, it uses just 1% of the battery power per hour. S7 | S7 Edge feature fast charging with wired and wireless options.
That’s a few of the Samsung Galaxy S7 features, more can be seen from its specification below.
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S7
|Release date||Announced 2016, February 21st
Available March 11th 2016
|Dimension||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches)|
|Weight||152 g (5.36 oz)|
|Connectivity||GSM, HSPA, LTE, Nano-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|Screen size||5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Display tech||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Always-on display, TouchWiz UI|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass back panel (unspecified version)|
|Rear camera||12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/1.7, dual video call, Auto HDR|
|Storage||32/64 GB, microSD, up to 200 GB|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
|CPU||Dual-core 2.15 GHz & dual-core 1.6 GHz
Quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GH
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
Should S6 owners upgrade?
Well, that depends on the user, though the S7 smartphones are more faster, durable and feature more memory expansion, the standard model (S7) doesn’t look too different from the S6, also the S7 screen resolution is still the same with that of the S6. Now for camera quality lovers, more battery power admirers and massive media sensitive folks the upgrade might be worth it, especially when upgrading to the S7 Edge variant since it offers not just support for micro SD, but also a whooping 3,600 mAh battery and larger 5.5-inch display. For owners of the regular S6 who may be considering the S7, there’s really no need, well of course unless you can afford it and want to. The Galaxy S7 is around $670 and the S7 Edge comes in at $780.
Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S7 get Samsung VR free!!!
Samsung has also promised a free Gear VR (which usually sells for $99.99) For those who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7.
Samsung, founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. Samsung diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s. It’s product, Samsung Gear VR is a mobile virtual reality device developed in collaboration with Oculus VR. A compatible Samsung Galaxy device such as the S7 acts as the headset’s display and processor, while the Gear VR unit itself contains the high field of view lenses as well as a custom IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) for rotational tracking which connects to the smartphone via micro-USB.
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- Beautiful Design
- Outstanding Performance
- Improved camera technology
- Brilliant Screen
- Very Similar to S6
- Few new features