During the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain last month, one of the biggest announcements made was the roll out of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Don’t be surprised though if you didn’t give it much attention because this new flagship phones look just like its previous models — the S6 and S6 Edge, with the same metal frames, glass backs, and overall design language.

Design

 

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models feature a familiar metal and glass design. However, for those who haven’t used any S6 series smartphones before, this feature will be a delight. It is light and compact with a good built quality. Consumers won’t feel that they are actually using a 5.1-inch smartphone.

Even the bigger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge can be easily handled and used with a single hand. The new flagship feels premium and can be called a polished version of the older S6.

Display

 

Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge boast a Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It’s crisp and bright with good color reproduction, along with superb viewing angles. However, the display panels attract fingerprints and gets dirty very easily.

Samsung could have chosen a better oleophobic coating to counter this. The Galaxy S7 offers a 5.1-inch display, while the bigger S7 Edge comes with a 5.5-inch display.

Useful Edge Screen

 

More meaning has been given to the edge screen of the Galaxy S7 Edge. It offer better multitasking with the option of adding more app shortcuts on the edge screen, which can be accessed on the rigt side.

The Galaxy S7 Edge offers Apps edge, Task edge, People edge (contacts), Yahoo! News and Edge panel — where users can add more functions further.

Hardware and Specs

There are two different processors being used by Samsung for different regions. In various regions, including UK and the rest of Europe, Samsung is using its own latest processor, the Exynos 8 Octa. This is an octa-core (2.3GHz quad, 1.6GHz quad) 64-bit, 14nm processor, with super fast LTE speeds.

Samsung claims that the CPU is 30 percent faster than the processor in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, while the GPU is a whopping 64 percent faster. The other model, which we understand to be heading elsewhere, including the US, sports a quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It also has a boosted GPU and a faster X12 modem for LTE speeds of up to 600Mbps, much like the Exynos SoC.

The latter model will feature Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology but both have new, faster wired and wireless charging capabilities.

One interesting addition to both phones is a tiny heatsink with water cooling that will keep the GPU temperature down during particularly graphics intensive operations – such as gaming.

Storage

There are models with 32GB and 64GB storage options. Samsung has also reintroduced the ability to increase storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB in size. It was done without changing the overall design too, as the SIM slot also doubles as a microSD card slot this time around. The SIM card tray now has two housings — one for a nano SIM, one for a microSD card.

One thing to note about microSD card storage on both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is that Samsung has opted not to implement adoptable storage as found on Android Marshmallow. This tech enables an external card to act exactly like the internal storage, but it cannot then be used to transfer files or data between devices manually — you can’t take it out of the phone, put it in a PC and back again without the files you are transferring being wiped.

Samsung claims its customers would rather have the option to use the card to copy files between devices.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and weighs 152 grams, while the bigger Galaxy S7 Edge is backed by a 3,600mAh battery and weighs 5 grams more. Both support wireless charging with fast charging capabilities. The latter is capabe of playing HD video for 13 hours straight.

One of the new features that Samsung has introduced this year, an always-on display where notifications, time, date or personalized screen are permanently shown on screen even when the phone is off, does not impact the battery much. It just uses 1 percent of the battery power per hour.

Camera

 

Samsung has added several features to improve the quality of the rear camera further. The new flagships use Canon’s Dual Pixel technology for better lowlight photography and videos. Samsung aims to offer high quality images under lowlight conditions with a wider f/1.7 aperture lens and bigger pixels.

Overall, the camera is fast and the image quality is good. There is a new mode called Motion Panorama that adds movement to traditional panoramic photos.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:15:32 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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