Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge bring many improvements over Galaxy S6, but nothing groundbreaking
Samsung has joined this year’s MWC with its anticipated Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge flagships. The new smartphones have many improvements over the Galaxy S6, but surprisingly you won’t find anything groundbreaking.
The first thing that you’ll notice on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is the metal construction and a 3D glass protection. The Korean giant brought the trend of using metal on its devices last year but has this time additionally added ergonomic curves to give an improved feel in the hand and offer a comfortable grip. Also, there are sealed ports to enable IP68-certified water and dust resistance, which was missing from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
After the design, the new Galaxy models have Always-on display that lets you view real-time notifications without waking up the screen. The same feature was debuted as Glance Screen on Nokia Asha and Lumia devices years ago and has just been featured on the LG G5.
Apart from the new feature, the Galaxy series smartphones have AMOLED display panels with 2560×1440 QHD resolution. The Galaxy S7 particularly features a 5.1-inch display with 577ppi pixel density, while the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a 5.5-inch display with 534ppi pixel density.
Both the Galaxy S7 models have 64-bit Exynos chipsets with octa-core CPU. The smartphones are likely to deliver an improved multitasking experience over the Galaxy S6 with their 4GB of RAM. Besides, Samsung has provided 32GB onboard storage and a hybrid SIM card tray to enable expansion through a microSD card of up to 200GB.
Although the Galaxy S6 is already started receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in some regions, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both come with the latest Android version out of the box. The smartphones also have the latest TouchWiz UX with Samsung KNOX and Samsung Pay integration.
Samsung has provided a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel primary camera sensor on both the new Galaxy series devices with Smart OIS (optical image stabilisation) and F1.7 aperture. The new technology that the company has used in the form of Dual Pixel is appeared to be a proprietary version of Phase Detection autofocus (PDAF). However, the South Korean company is claiming to be four times faster than usual PDAF and three times faster than the camera sensor found on the Galaxy S6.
On the alteration front, Samsung has ditched the Infrared (IR) blaster from the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. This means that you won’t be able to use the new Galaxy series offerings as a universal remote control. Nevertheless, you have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, NFC and the iconic microUSB port. A fingerprint sensor is also available to give enhance security.
The Galaxy S7 packs a 3,000mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3,700mAh battery. Both have wireless charging support and come with fast charging technology through wired and wireless chargers.
All this show that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are quite refined from their previous iterations but aren’t exactly innovative. Price is a big thing for the company to make both of them successful in the market as well as to maintain its leadership position. But official details would be revealed at the time of their launch in the middle of March this year.