Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Unveiled


As I wrote earlier in the week, Samsung released its latest flagship smartphones, The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Although they don’t come with a major overhaul, they still have some decent new features. Lets go through the specs;

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Design

The Galaxy S7 retains the 5.1 inch screen of its predecessor while the screen on the S7 Edge has been increased by 0.4 inches to 5.5 inches.  The phones both have their backs contoured to give a better holding grip and for easier one hand usage.

As usual, both phones have almost the same specs but there are some little differences. The S7 Edge’s edges can be used to quickly access apps, contacts and other stuff like the S6 Edge. Also the battery of the S7 Edge is bigger than that of the Galaxy S7 by 600mAh at 3,600mAh, both batteries however remain unremovable.

Improvements and New Features

The improvements and new features on both phones are:

  • Thinner Bezels
  • Smaller Camera Bump
  • Smoother Fingerprint Scanner
  • Wider curved sides on the S7 Edge allowing for a double row of icons at the edges.
  • Highest possible IP68 rating for water resistance allowing for submersion in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes.
  • The microSD card slot is back, Yay! The memory card slot has a capacity of 200GB.
  • Bigger batteries
  • Always On Display – The display will always be on to show time, date and notifications but don’t worry; the battery won’t get drained quickly because only some pixels will be lit and it will be automatically in sleep mode in your pocket.
  • Quad HD super bright display
  • The rear camera resolution on both phones has been reduced from 16 MP to 12 MP which will allow for better low light performance. The camera focus system has also been improved by using an image sensor with dual photodiode pixels to lock focus. According to Samsung, this will allow the S7 have a focus three times quicker than the S6
  • The S7 and S7 Edge US models will be powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor while the international models will run on Samsung’s Exynos chip.
  • The phones have better gaming experience as you can put on a power saving mode when playing a game for a long period to keep the frame rates low to reduce power consumption. There is also a feature which allows you stop calls and notifications from pausing your gameplay, recording during gameplay has also been added.
  • They both run on Android OS Marshmallow v6.0 and use Samsung’s TouchWiz User Interface. Both have 4 GB of RAM.

The phones have been released and are available in Nigeria with a price tag of 205,000 Naira for the S7 and 235,000 Naira for the S7 Edge.