The biggest wait of the year 2016 which was expected to shake the world is over now, with Samsung announcing Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Both the devices are generally gathering favorable reviews from the staff of well known tech sites present there.In this post we are going to outline the specifications and some features which are supposed to be killer.
Specifications of Samsung S7 and S7 Edge
The devices especially the Samsung S7 is said to be an improved version of the previous device S6 since the overall design and feel remains similar.That said the Galaxy S7 is now easier to hold and the camera is far less protruding than the previous version.S7 still has retained its 5.1 inch screen size whereas the S7 edge has been given a bump to 5.5 inches.Both the device still have Quad HD resolution with the S7 Edge having a curved screen.
Both the devices are powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 SoC for the North American version whereas Samsung’s in house Exynos is expected to be powering the devices meant for other regions.The RAM although has been given a boost to 4 GB for both the devices.
Both the devices now have microSD slot which would be a major relief for hard core Android users.With the introduction of SD card slot, Samsung has gone with 32 GB internal memory for US while for other regions a 64 GB version might be in the pipeline.USB-C still does not make it to both the devices with Samsung citing the incompatibility of VR headsets as the main reason.Both the phones thus still have micro USB.
Other notable feature worth mentioning is return of the IP68 ratings for both the devices which makes them water and dust proof with submersion upto 1.5 metres.Thus both the devices have non removable batteries with battery capacities upped to 3000 mAh for S7 and 3600 mAh for S7 edge which is a significant boost indeed.
The cameras for both the devices have also been improved with Samsung deciding to go with a 12 megapixel shooter with better pixels of course than the previous version’s 16 megapixel camera.The camera lets in 56% more light for lower light conditions and 25% more light for normal lighting conditions.Samsung says the new camera can focus up to three times faster thanks to its dual-pixel system that allows every single one of the 12 million pixels to act as focus pixels.Also, the aperture has been improved to f/1.7 to let in more light as mentioned before.
The phone is expected to ship with Android 6.0 marshmallow out of the box with a software addon known as Always On Screen.This allows the device to always show information like Calendar, Clock and Notifications when the device is not in use.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Launch Date
The devices would be available in US from 11 March with pre-orders to be taken from 23 February.The S7 will come in black or gold, while the S7 Edge will come in black, gold, or silver options. The pricing is expected to be in line with the previous models.