1. Micro SD support up to 200 GB
2. Compact feel despite large display
3. Outstanding camera
4. Improved Edge menu
5. 1,000 mAh bigger battery than the S6
6. Water Resistant
1. Little change in TouchWiz UI
DISPLAY : Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen QHD Dispaly , 16M colors
SIZE : S7 : 5.1 inches
S7 Edge : 5.5 inches
OS : Android Marshmallow , V6.0
CHIPSET : Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 ( US ) , Exynos 8890 Octa
MEMORY : 32/64 GB Onboard internal ,
MICROSD : Upto 200GB
FRONT : 5 MP, f/1.7
BACK : 12 MP, f/1.7
OTHER FEATURES :
BLUETOOTH : v4.2
FAST CHARGING ( BOTH WIRED AND WIRELESS ) : 83% in 30 MIn
BATTERY : S7 - 3000 mAh
S7 Edge - 3600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
UnPacking – Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Mobile World Congress ( MWC ) 2016 has started and what better way to open than the UnPacking of SAMSUNG Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. An electrifying , scintillating and an out of the box thinking which by far has been the best event yet. Samsung has always had a craze for theatrics during their unpacking events, from big LED screens around the entire auditorium to having an orchestra play live in the event. Samsung does know how to make a event spectacular and if we thought we had seen everything well then the 2016 UnPacking event sure did prove us wrong.
This time though the auditorium was the same as last year, the setup was totally different. The stage was set up in the centre with the audience around it, a total 360. Initially as the audience entered the auditorium all they saw was a huge 4 sided LED screen a rectangle shape to be precise. As the event started a clip was shown about the journey of Samsung from the worlds first watch phone to the Introduction of a new generation of phones The GALAXY NOTE to the device which puts us users in a new world the Gear VR. The clip ends with SAMSUNG logo displayed in pitch dark and that’s when the show begins. The rectangular box opens outwards and below it there are another set of LED screens and as this was opening up, it also was raised up unveiling the stage set for the presenters. This was simply spectacular to watch, one only Samsung could have pulled off.
“We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun. We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience,”- DJ KOH, President of Mobile Communications
The event began with DJ Koh talking about his role in Samsung and how Samsung has grown since then. As event went on the next surprising element was the use of THE GEAR VR. The audience each had a Gear VR beneath their seat and was asked to put it on. Little did they know that was how they were going to experience the Unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 EDGE, a brilliant idea of incorporating the unveiling and the push for Virtual Reality using the Gear VR.
This by far was the best UNPACKED Samsung Galaxy event yet.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are not radically new designed phones rather they are a refinement of the Samsung S6 and the S6 edge which in my opinion is not a bad thing, in fact the S6 was considered to be a well-crafted phone at that time. There were a few problems such as the edgy corners, the non-removable battery, the LACK OF AN SD CARD and not being water resistant all of which was found on the S5. This decision did affect the sales of Samsung last year and after listening to the public they are back with a product which has no issues as of yet.
The S7 and the S7 Edge looks more like a jewel in your hand than a phone. My personal favorite is the S7 Edge, the way the screen curves on both ends gives the user an immersive experience and now with the elimination of edgy corners makes it easier to hold.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is equipped with a 5.1-inch QHD Super Amoled display, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display panel.
Both these displays show off the Always-On display which helps you to check notifications, time and date without waking the device up.
The Always-On display does not eat into the battery thanks to the Amoled screen which only lights up that particular area and the rest remain off giving deep black color thus enriching the experience. Unlike last year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at 5.5-inches is actually larger than the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7.
On the processor front the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are powered by both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and Samsung’s very own Exynos 8890 SoC depending on the region. For all those of you who are crazy about storage space and do not believe in Cloud, Samsung offers expandable storage using a microSD card ( up to 200 GB) along with 32GB on-board storage. The memory card holder can also be used as a sim card holder which enables a dual sim capability ( select regions )is attached with the primary sim card. Both these phones come with 4GB of RAM. For some reason Samsung has decided to do away with the IR blaster.
A 12 Megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ Rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature. On the front side, there’s a 5- Megapixel selfie shooter which also features a f/1.7 aperture. The protrusion of the camera lens has been minimised and now does not awkwardly stand out like how it did in the Galaxy S6 series.
On the battery front, the Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 3000mAH battery and the S7 Edge version features a massive 3600mAH battery both offering fast charging on both wired and wireless.
NFC, MST payment technologies & a fingerprint sensor are all present in the phone. The phone is also IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and the best part of this is there are no flaps to cover the ports.
The phone sticks with the traditional Micro USB port for charging and transfer of data rather than shifting to the all-new USB type-C, good decision ? Perhaps considering how young the adaptation to the technology is.
The Galaxy S7 is a little thicker than the Galaxy S6, this might be a problem for a few people who are keen on slimmer phones but for majority of the users who are not hindered by adding few mm of thickness the addition of a bigger battery capacity is a plus point. The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge come in four colors : Black Onyx, Gold Platinum , Silver Titanium and Pearl white . Samsung has decided to drop the Emerald Green as of now and has chosen pitch Black rather than the Blue found on S6.
The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge both run on the latest Android marshmallow OS with Samsung’s Touchwiz over it. Touchwiz 2016 is now a more toned down version of last years touchwiz atleast in terms of the choice in the colour palette. It is now a more subtle blue and white combination in the notification panel. There are new circle-square icons for the system apps. Apart from this it is hard to say what else has changed, the Default apps still look the same.
The highlight feature this time would be the Always-on display. The AOD as we call it will now help you by showing bits of information on the screen, you wouldn’t have to wake the screen up. There is some amount of customization provided by Samsung in which one can choose to display various clock interfaces, a calendar or a wallpaper.
A new Gaming launcher has been added which gives complete control to the hard-core gamers to run their full screen games.
Options like NO ALERTS DURING GAME, LOCK RECENT AND BACK KEYS, SCREENSHOT, and RECORD AND MINIMIZE GAME are features that are well thought off and will be very handy for the hard-core android gamers. Samsung collaborated with EPIC Games to take the gaming experience to the next level. Support for the Vulkan API increases the potential to play hi res, high detailed games on a mobile phone.
EDGE UX is a new addition to the software in this year’s model. With the galaxy S6 Edge we were stuck with only two options “people edge” and “apps edge”. With the Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung has introduced a new “tasks edge” which lets you have specific tasks which are pinned and can be accessed during any app. The edge panel can include up to 10 apps and additional apps can be downloaded. The Edge screen is still activated with a swipe on a small handle, but now can expand to take up larger portion of the display thus making it easier to swipe across. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge UX can be used to access the headlines, see sport scores and quickly access tools like a compass or a ruler, all of it done without opening an app or closing the existing app.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 had the mantle for the best smartphone camera last year and this year Samsung looks to continue it that way. The drop in megapixel count from 16MP to 12MP will worry those who are more spec oriented but once they themselves use it they will realise it is still the best camera out there. The individual pixels size is now 1.4 microns in size rather than the old 1.12 microns. This helps in bringing in even more light, hence brightening photos even in low light conditions. Samsung also boasts its new “dual pixel” sensor, which frankly means each and every pixel is used for phase-detection auto-focussing. This helps in having insanely fast focus.
The f/1.7 aperture offered in this phone allows the sensor to bring in more light. OIS is still very much present in the phone.
On the Camera software front, there isn’t much change to the software side of things. And I don’t blame them because why would they mess around with something which is good. It clicks photos almost too instantly.
The auto focus is incredibly fast thanks to the new Dual Pixel technology. Gimmicky?? Well usually Samsung has had the reputation of adding a lot of gimmicky features in the past but this time I don’t think the dual pixel technology is one of them.
It’s a technology found in professional cameras like Canon 70D. Samsung also offers cases with attached lenses. With all of this launched the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge appear to be the best in the market.
To Sum up,
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge appears to have ticked all the right boxes this time. Is it the best phone ? well it may be too soon to say considering we have LG’s newly launched G5 , HTC M10 which is yet to come and yes of course The nexus 2016 and the IPhone 7 but one thing is for sure Samsung did one hell of a job with Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge and it certainly is Samsung’s best Phone yet. We will have to wait to get our hands on the device for an in depth review also check out the Best Free Android Games of 2015.