Samsung announces the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Galaxy S7

Samsung has today announced their newest flagships, the S7 and the S7 edge at the Mobile World Congress 2016.

For starters the design of the phone hasn’t changed much from their earlier flagships, the S6 and the S6 edge(+). But it packs in some stuff people were wanting for a long time, as well as some new and returning features.

The two features that have returned are the microSD card slot, which supports up to 200 GB expandable storage, and the IP68 water certification. The SIM tray is a hybrid, which means you can put in your nano SIM and a microSD card in the same tray.

The phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, or in some regions the Samsung Exynos 8890. Both phones come with 4 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, and a “Dual Pixel” 12 MP camera. The screen on the regular S7 is 5.1 inches while the screen on the S7 edge is 5.5 inches. Both screens use Super AMOLED technology with a resolution of 2560×1440. The mobile radios are LTE Category 9.

We were disappointed to find out that the 128 GB option is not available this year, as well as the 64 GB model being limited to a few countries/regions.

The S7 has a 3000 mAh battery while the S7 edge packs in a 3600 mAh battery. Both phones use microUSB instead of USB Type C, and feature an “Always On Display” which we really need to look into this further. It feels kind of gimmicky right now, as it may affect battery life. But since the screen is Super AMOLED, it shouldn’t use much battery, but again we have to see how it performs in the long run.

The S7 and S7 edge will be available on March 12. However both phones will be available to purchase early in the UK on March 10.


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