After months of numerous leaks and speculation, Samsung has finally pulled the curtains off the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. As expected, the handsets look very similar to the S6 series with a few style enhancements. The company has chosen to focus on improving the phone’s innards, course-correcting some of the mistakes it made with the previous lineup.
First-off, microSD cards are back in business in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, offering expansion up to 200GB. Samsung has incorporated a hybrid SIM design to make this possible. It’s also equipped the phone with IP68 certification to make it dust-tight and water resistant up to a depth of 1.5m for 30 minutes. It’s additionally sealed off the inside components without affecting any ports outside.
Samsung has also tried to ward off battery life woes by supplying the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with bigger 3000mAh and 3600mAh units, respectively. As predicted, the brand has opted for a lower 12MP rear camera. It can apparently click superior photos in low-light conditions thanks to an aperture of f/1.7 and 1.4µm pixels in the image sensor.
The Galaxy S7 is additionally the first handset to feature dual-pixel technology. Commonly found in DSLR cameras, the feature means every pixel has 2 photodiodes instead of 1, resulting in super-fast autofocus. Also worth a mention are the new motion panorama and motion photo tools. The former lets users get a video and image while capturing a panorama.
The latter is very similar to Apple’s Live Photos. It records 3 seconds of footage before the shutter button is pressed and allows people to choose which point they want to preserve as a still picture. As for software, Samsung has incorporated an Always-On Display system which constantly showcases notifications, except when the device detects it’s in a closed environment like a bag or pocket.
Check out the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S7:
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Display: 5.1-inch super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– CPU: Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890
– Memory: 32GB/64GB, expandable till 200GB
– RAM: 4GB
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3000mAh
– Weight: 152g
– Size: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm
– Connectivity: 4G, dual-SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fiac, NFC, microUSB 2.0
The other big launch at the event was the Gear 360. This standalone device ships with dual 15MP fisheye lenses to shoot high-resolution 3840 x 1920p 360-degree video and 30MP snaps. The gadget houses a 0.5-inch PMOLED display and a 1350mAh battery. Recordings can be viewed via an app or through the Gear VR headset.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will go on sale from March 11 in the US. Anyone who preorders it from February 23 till March 18 gets a free Gear VR headset. The price of the smartphones will probably be announced soon. The Gear 360 is set to be available in Q2 of 2016.