It’s finally here. After months of rumours and speculations, Samsung has now finally unveiled its newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The next Galaxy devices come promising spectacular design language and next-gen performance and specifications.
The Galaxy S7 is all about refinement: The camera is, once again better. The build quality has been improved again, too. But most important of all, Samsung brought back the expandable memory slot, so you can increase your storage with a cheap micro-SD card. It’s also IP68 rated, meaning it can survive a drop in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.
|Display||5.1-inch Super AMOLED quad HD display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 820 with Adreno 530 GPU|
|ROM||32GB / 64GB (Expandable via Micro SD card)|
12MP Facing camera
5MP Front Facing Camera
|Battery||3,000 mAh (Removable)|
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
The Galaxy S7 uses a hybrid SIM try. By using a hybrid SIM tray, the Galaxy S7 can hold up to 200GB of expandable storage. Also with the waterproof rating, you could theoretically shower with the phone. The other thing where Samsung nailed it is the always on display. Lots of smartphones have tried to achieve this without completely draining the battery, but Samsung thinks its finally solved the puzzle.
With its energy-efficient AMOLED display and Snapdragon 820 processor, the Galaxy S7 comes with an always-on option that can show the time, calendar, notifications, or even Spartan wallpaper designs. The only downside is that the options are somewhat limited, and you can’t read notifications.
The cameras wedged into both of these devices are surprisingly nice, too, especially considering that Samsung went with 12-megapixel rear camera sensors instead of 16-megapixel affairs like last year. Here’s the thing, though: They’ve opened up the aperture on those lenses to f/1.7 and bump is gone.
The Galaxy S7 does not use USB Type-C, but sticks with the traditional Micro USB port. Samsung says this is because Micro USB retains compatibility with the Gear VR headset released last year, and that USB C isn’t quite ready for the mainstream just yet.
Samsung announced at its MWC event that you will also receive a free $100 Gear VR when you buy a Galaxy S7.
Apart from USB-C the only bad thing we think is Touch Wiz, but we still have to test on it. Stay tuned for the review.
Samsung is maturing as a phone manufacturer. They did amazing with the Galaxy S6, even if they did make sacrifices that peeved a lot of its fan base. The S7 is building on that success while re-introducing beloved features. They’re no longer selling gimmicky features, and are finally combating everyone’s #1 phone nemesis: poor battery life. Well done Samsung!
Pricing of the devices have not been revealed as yet. Samsung has also not revealed all the specifications so some are subject to change.