Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Refine the Winning Formula

Samsung pulled something of a Renaissance with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge last year. It was the first time the South Korean company redesigned its flagship with premium materials, a far cry from the cheap plastic it used to paste on the S Series. The end result – the S6 series became the style de joure for Samsung, letting people know that it too made the best phones on the planet. But the S6 was not without flaws – no expandable storage, poor battery life, lack of waterproofing, to mention a few.

This year, Samsung is finally launching the next big flagship with the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge. And it has learnt from the S6’s stumbles by keeping the same design, and improving on it both in terms of hardware and software. In fact, the features that went missing in the S6 are now back on S7 – and that is mostly a good thing.

 

Processing Guts

Depending on where you live, the Samsung S7 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (in US) and Exynos (for international). This time you get 4GB of RAM.

Hardware Design

Samsung has made the S7 more easy to pick off a table, and comfortable to use. It has gotten rid of the dreaded camera hump and it now comes with a flat-as-nails fingerprint scanner. And yes, it still bears a remarkable resemblance to the iPhone 6. The S7 comes with a 5.1-inch, quad HD Super AMOLED display.

But the S7 Edge is the one with the more updated design. Even though it still has curved display on the sides with quad HD Super AMOLED, its gotten some changes from its predecessor. For once, its smaller than other 5.5 inch phones, with a slight curvy design this time around. Its also a phone that most people can use with one hand, even given its spacious screen.

 

The S7 Series Fixes the S6 Annoyances

MicroSD card support is back, a much needed feature. And the S7 comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, meaning you can submerge it for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water at a time. This time there’s no fussy port covers to worry about, only sealed ports for waterproofing. The S7 Series bucks the USB Type C trend, a move that Samsung explains was needed to ensure compatibility with the Gear VR headset from last year.

 

Battery Life

However, Samsung has not brought back the removable batteries with the S7, a move it started with last year’s model. To address the battery life concerns that plagued its predecessor, Samsung has upped the ante with increased battery size. This time around you get:

  • S7: 3,000mAh instead of 2,550mAh
  • S7 Edge: 3,600mAh instead of 2,600mAh

The S7 also retains the adaptive fast-charging and wireless charging features from Samsung that debuted with S6.

Camera

The camera has undergone some significant shifts in this year’s model. The S7 comes with a new 12-megapixel camera (lower than last year’s 16MP). However, Samsung reveals that the new camera on the S7 lets you:

  • Capture larger pixels for low light pictures, bringing 56 percent more light to enhance them.
  • make use of the fighter f/1.7 aperture, allowing 25 percent more light in your snapshots.
  • use the combined sensor and lens to let 95 percent more light than S6 camera.
  • use the improved 16:9 format rather than 4:3 ratio thanks to the improved sensor shape.
  • Focus on pictures three times faster thanks to its dual-pixel system, sort of like the DSLR on a Canon.
  • take pictures quicker, given how quick the camera app launches.

OS and Edge Features

For the S7 series, Samsung has baked in Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz. The S7 series  comes with a couple of Edge swipe features. In fact, the killer feature on the new S7 may very well be what Samsung calls the Always-On Display. You can use AOD to always show you a clock, notification or calendar on your screen, a process that consumes half a percent of battery per hour on the phones. Not to be confused by the motion-activated display on Motorola handsets, this one stays on all the time. The proximity sensor however, turns it off when its in a bag or pocket.

 

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samir heads the sponsored content department at ProPakistani. He also looks after the Life section.


  • Raja Amer Khan

    Beauty! Liked it.

  • qammar

    Awesome

  • Fakhre Alam

    Hello galaxy s7 and edge

  • Bil

    i used to have this ‘killer always on’ feature in my Symbian nokia n 8 . .maybe Samsung is following Apples footsteps in marketing its devices; making big fools outa people.
    Nonetheless, great improvement with water proofing & sd card enhancement . The design looks a bit like Note 5 , a bit curvy frm the back for a firm grip. .

  • Eli Ehsan

    Wow! those significant improvements. On par with iPhone 5 to iPhone 5S kinda way! Trololololllllllll

  • Rj

    Except wster proofing nothing new i am aware of sd slot but thats not an inovation its basic.. Why will people upgrage… Camra i dont think will compete with lg g5.

  • Ali_Amjad

    Samsung has done it again. Brilliant. both the devices are amazing. But I personally love the S7 Edge.

  • Imran Khan Kakar

    Jiye J5. JEEYEEE . .akhir basics hee use krna hai. .social apps. ?

  • Agha

    nothing New… G5 is innovative… Sony X atleast hav camera…Samsung just upgraded 1 digit = S7

    • Xain West

      Seriously? Camera, CPU,GPU,Ram,battery,waterproof,sdcard……..I think it’s a lot more than a digit.

      • Agha

        even Qmobile improve all that in every next model… when They hunt Apple, a bit out of the box is needed but we get the usual…

    • GGXD

      they put a dslr level lens and dropped the MP So it will take great shots in low light. The previous Galaxy S series has no Micro SD slot and new chip set is more battery efficient.

      • Agha

        Not Series the previous model… Only s6 had no card slot s4 s5 s3 all had…it was there all they way then they made a bad decision then corrected it… so the new sd slot doesn’t even count…

  • WG

    A note to the author (SAMIR YAWAR):

    The images you have used in the article are not your own. They were published on the website ‘The Verge’ and were also watermarked in the bottom right corner. You have just blatantly cropped the watermarked part and published those images as if they belong to you. The least you can do is write the following (or something similar) along with images: “Source: The Verge”.
    You have only spared the image where there are water droplets on the back of the phone because the watermark is not very clear.

    The same kind of plagiarism was also done by another author of propakistani in the article about the LG G5. I find it sad and incredulous that you people have no sense and morality regarding presenting others work as your own.

    • tazzix

      Nobody would think that propakistani sent a blogger to Barcelona, or paid one of the many Pakistani bloggers who went their. So there was no point to try to show it that way. All the MWC articles have copy / pasted content and pictures.

      • Bil

        So? its ok to mention the source,thats al what hez sayn

      • Stone

        The so called copy pasted content is through proper permission and credits to the original posting website which is something propakistani fails to do every time.

      • WG

        ‘No point’ !? The point is that someone’s hard work has been modified and is being taken advantage of without giving any credit to that person.

        How would you feel if you were the one who took the pictures of the phone and you found out they were being used just like over here without your permission and without giving you any credit?

      • WG

        Regarding the copy/pasted content, as ‘Stone’ below has mentioned, those people actually follow the correct standards by mentioning the source and also listing the URL/link of the source.

      • WG

        ‘All MWC articles have copy / pasted content and pictures’?

        So you are saying that have read ALL the MWC articles on the internet (and everywhere else) and you found that they ALL had copied content and pictures? Try to write facts next time and show some proof like I have done.

  • Dr.tamour

    The s6 seems to be better due to its display and sleek design, the user interface is just like copy cat of huawei p8 series ……..
    to be honest Mate 8 worth 60000 with 4g ram will be a better option sorry galaxy lover but i am reading about comparisons of mate 8 and s7 every where …

    i think we are about to see the upset by mate 8 i m afraid……

    every one is talking about mate 8 these days

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