Samsung reveals refined Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung really tried with their Galaxy S6 range last year. Ditching expandable storage, plastic bodies and waterproofing, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were undoubtedly the most aesthetically appealing smartphones Samsung had made to date. They were, however undercut by some of the features they had stripped, coupled with a battery life that fell well below the competition. Sales weren’t great either, so it’s understandable to see why the S7 is more about refinement than reinvention.

Last night at MWC, Samsung revealed both the S7 and S7 Edge in a press conference delivered entirely through VR (the future?). Both handsets are set to launch next month overseas, and both retain many features of the S6 line. So much so that just looking at them makes it a little hard to tell the difference.

The S7 in particular is guilty of this the most. The S7 features the same 5.1-inch, quad Super AMOLED display, albeit with a slightly changed curve to the body that makes it easier to pick up off a table. The fingerprint scanner has been slimmed down and the camera bump reduced, making it a sleeker, more appealing package. The S7 Edge, however, changes a little. With a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED, quad HD display, the S7 Edge now has a slight curve to the body which makes it easier to hold in one hand. It’s meant to be far more comfortable than competitors with similarly sized screens, and early impressions suggest it’s done just that.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge revealed

Elsewhere it more about putting in what was taken out. Both the S7 and S7 Edge are now water resistant for up to 30 minutes at 1.5 meters, as well as expandable storage capable. A new slot on the top of the phone allows you to expand storage via a MicroSD card, which is great news for those not willing to shell out more for overpriced flash storage. The processor State side is also changing, with the top-tier Snapdragon 820 powering the S7 line. it’s still using the Exynos chips with 4GB of RAM elsewhere in the world.

The camera has been scaled back in terms of raw pixels, but for good reasons. Samsung is equipping the S7 line with a 12-megapixel camera that they believe lets in more light for better low-light shots. Around 56% in fact. The camera features a brighter f/1.7 aperture and some of the fastest focus and shutter speeds on the market. Samsung in fact took a page from the DSLR book in this regard, and the results seem to be outstanding.

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The biggest change, however, comes in the form of the battery. Although it will still need to be tested for viability, both the S7 and S7 Edge come with considerably larger batteries to handle your daily tasks. The S7 has been bumped up from a 2550 mAh to a 3000 mAh battery, while the S7 Edge enjoys an increase from 2600 mAh to 3600 mAh. If they’re able to use Android Marshmallow and Samsung’s TouchWiz to better use the hardware efficiently, then Samsung might have addressed their most glaring issue with their last line.

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge go on sale next month in the United States, and should be arriving on local shores not too long afterwards.

Last Updated: February 22, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    I might get this, depending on my financial affairs.

    I had the S1….loved it.
    I have the S4….still loving it (battery kinda old, but, the phone is 2.5 years old now)

    So, following the HL3 CONFIRMED methodology, I need to get this

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    The edge thing is very gimmicky.
    Other one is pretty awesome though.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Went S3, S5. S6 I didn’t like, but the S7 looks nice.

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      I liked my S5 quite a bit

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I still love my S5.

        Not sure what I’ll upgrade to in November though.

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          I upgraded about a week ago from my S5. But the phone is still perfect. Felt like I could go another 2 years with it.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, I could do the same, I’d just need to get a battery, which I can replace myself… unlike the S6, S7 and iPhones.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            My battery was suprisingly good still, but I looked after it well. Never ran it down, gave it charge whenever it needed.
            I’ve got a very cheap contract though, since I don’t use my phone much. Got a Huawei P8 now.
            Totally worth it.
            Way above spec compared to everything else in the same price range. And Android 😀

          • VampyreSquirrel

            My contract is relatively cheap too, but I mess around on my phone a lot with watching youtube and the like. I however disable or uninstall a lot of stuff I don’t like and it makes my battery last longer. I just prefer replacing the battery after 3 odd years (habit from UPS’ at work).

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Oh yea. True.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m still using my S3.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I gave my S3 away, but I still have my iPhone 4 (which I only use for music)

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          I’ve found iphones are a nice size to level uneven furniture with by shoving them in under the foot of said furniture. 😛

          • VampyreSquirrel

            The iPhone 4 is heavy for its size, but I think it’s all that damn glass.

  • Way too many phones being made. When the aliens find our extinct society they’ll think all the remaining cellphones are our now empty coffins.

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      Wait until they find all the naked photos people never bothered to erase off their phones.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        It’s all on iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive anyway… so they can probably see it all already

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          O_o

  • I have the S6 edge+, that curved screen is very pretty, but it’s annoying as crap if you don’t hold the phone correctly. And the bloatware is insane. All the apps like facebook and instagram who kiss samsung’s behind, can not be deleted. If you delete them they go straight back to the install list (and bypass your settings for apps to not auto update)

    Counting down the days of this contract to get back on iPhone

    • chimera_85

      Learn from your mistakes and get an iPhone 7 😀

  • Spy Master Tokashi

    Is there a point to upgrade your phone?

    Really, do you need a new S7 if you already have a phone that can whatsapp, hangouts, emails and do internet banking

    • Fox1 – Retro

      DITTO

  • chimera_85

    Still a kak phone

  • Dane

    It’s like going from a 980 to a 980ti with the perception that you will have a better experience with skype.

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