Samsung Unveils Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

Rapid Yvonne
Posted on February 21, 2016, 7:04 pm
9 mins

Samsung have officially unveiled the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are similar in many respects, except the former has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD screen and the latter a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD screen — both offering  2560×1440 resolution.

The Galaxy S7 series phones have a standard storage capacity of 32GB, a metal finish with a 3D curve gloss back, and feature an always-on display that allows you to reimagine the standby screen.

Both phones offer waterproofing, dust resistance, expanded storage of up to 200GB with a dual SIM SD slot, and an improved battery.

The company has made some major improvements to several aspects of the S7 device including:

  • A 12 megapixel camera which it claims lets more light in allowing for a picture that is 95 percent brighter than the Galaxy S6 as well a faster autofocus
  • An “always-on display” where a part of the screen remains constantly on but at a low power level, draining less battery power
  • A bigger battery compared with the Galaxy S6 which allows for 13 to 15 hours of high-definition video playback
  • 5.5 inch screen on the S7 Edge and 5.1 inch display on the S7
  • A faster processor and better graphics card specifically to enhance mobile gaming
  • Expandable memory
  • Dust and water resistant

The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 3000mAh battery while the S7 edge features a 3600mAh battery. The phones support not only a fast-charging cable, but also wireless charging. The batteries are non-removable as Samsung felt that the best implementation of water resistance on a phone is a sealed battery.

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The phones come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow installed, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth version 4.2 LE, ANT+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), and USB 2.0.

Instead of adopting the USB Type-C port found on the newest laptops and some Android rivals, the S7 sticks with the Micro USB charging cables it’s used for years.

The phones are rated IP68, signifying that they’ve withstood submersion in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes, which Samsung boasted about in one of its recent overseas commercials.

The advanced camera system included in both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge features a super-fast autofocus and is designed to be used anytime day or night. The camera is now more flush with the phone and has a brighter F1.7 lens and larger 1.4 µm pixels on the image sensor, allowing it to capture sharper and better images, even in low light. In a demonstration, Samsung highlighted this capability against the iPhone 6s Plus. Comparison photos showed that the S7 edge focused more quickly than the iPhone 6s Plus and also produced less noise and a sharper image. The camera’s aperture has also been improved by 25 percent from the F1.9 in the S6.

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The devices have one of the first dual-pixel sensors, with a 12-megapixel rear camera, which enables it to capture twice the amount of information and focus much faster, improving the face-detection focus capability. One hundred percent of the pixels will be available for autofocus and image capture, something Samsung claims will eliminate blurry images.

Samsung has also taken into account gameplay on its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones. The company has added a new mode that really pushes the processor in both devices, allowing for smoother graphics and more efficient battery use. When game mode is implemented and the phone detects that you have downloaded two or more games, it’ll automatically group the games into a special folder, a feature you can opt-out of. The mode will also let you play games in full screen, minimizing notifications and reducing distractions.

When playing, you can screenshot your game, share a video of your gameplay to Twitch, enable a Do Not Disturb mode, and more. The buttons on the S7 and S7 edge phones can also be locked. Lastly, the phone allows you to control the frames per second to optimize performance. Calling the S7 the world’s fastest smartphone, Samsung said that it will support the Vulcan API, so you can enjoy those desktop games on your mobile devices.

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Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users also get the best mobile payment service with Samsung Pay. It is secure, easy-to-use and accepted almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with NFC (Near Field Communication) and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), making mobile payments available to more merchants and consumers than ever before.

Samsung+ is a free, mobile app empowering customers to get more out of owning a Samsung product. With Samsung+, users are always just a tap away from live tech support, device diagnostics, tips and tricks, exclusive content, giveaways and special offers.

With the S7 edge, Samsung has added several new user panels, including panels for applications, tasks, people (contacts), as well as third-party panels (several of which were already available in previous Galaxy series). You can have up to nine columns activated, and the company has said that edges can be created based on your location and Wi-Fi, allowing for further personalization.

The new phones will come in three colors: Silver titanium, black onyx, and gold platinum. However, while the S7 edge will be available in all three colors, the S7 will be limited to black onyx and gold platinum.

To mark the introduction of the S7 and S7 edge, Samsung is offering a special promotion: If you purchase a device between February 23 and March 18, the company will give you a free Gear VR powered by Oculus headset, along with a six game bundled package.

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Specs

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Category Galaxy S7 Galaxy S7 edge
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display 5.1-inch 2560×1440
Super AMOLED
5.5-inch 2560×1440
Super AMOLED
Dual edge screen
Processor Octa-core Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos Octa-core Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos
Storage 32GB 32GB
Expandable microSD up to 200GB microSD up to 200GB
RAM 4GB 4GB
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.7
1.4-micron pixels
OIS
12MP f/1.7
1.4-micron pixels
OIS
Front Camera 5MP f/1.7 5MP f/1.7
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
Bluetooth v4.2 LE
ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
Bluetooth v4.2 LE
ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
Charging micro-USB
Fast charging
Qi wireless
Powermat wireless
micro-USB
Fast charging
Qi wireless
Powermat wireless
Battery 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Water resistance IP68 rating IP68 rating
Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
Samsung KNOX
One-touch fingerprint sensor
Samsung KNOX
Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Weight 152g 157g

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Rapid Yvonne

Rapid Yvonne is our Android expert. Proficient in developing for the Android platform, Yvonne handles all our clients who have issues with developing for the Android platform. Born and raised in France, she has a tendency to mumble to herself in French, which seriously gets to the rest of the team.

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