The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now official! Most of the details for each have leaked over past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t clarify it all. So, we have a “refined design, more advanced camera, streamlined software functionality, and unparalleled connectivity” over last year’s phones.
With the regular Galaxy S7, you get a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos Octa-core or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor depending on the market, 4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage plus microSD support up to 200GB, Dual Pixel 12MP camera (f/1.7) with Smart OIS, 5MP (f/1.7) front camera, 3000mAh battery, fast wired and wireless charging, IP68 water and dust resistance, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t much different, but it does have the bigger 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with dual edges and a bigger 3600mAh battery. The rest is the same.
What else is new, though? Well, the cameras are Dual Pixel, which Samsung says should provide brighter and sharper images in low light. Because they shoot in bigger pixels and with a brighter lens with a wider aperture, along with a faster shutter speed, you shouldn’t miss a shot. Samsung also added an always-on display, so you don’t have to touch your phone to get the time or see if you have missed calls/notifications.
As you probably noticed from the short specs list, Samsung brought back the microSD card with support up to 200GB cards and water and dust resistance at IP68.
Each phone will be available in black, silver, white, and gold.
(Full Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge specs.)
Samsung says that the S7 and S7 Edge will be available starting in mid-March, but carriers in the US are announcing March 11 as the day. Pre-orders will open on February 23. Here is all of the Galaxy S7 release date info.
Samsung Unveils Next Generation Smartphones at the Core of its Connected Galaxy Experience
February 22, 2016
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge couple sleek design with powerful performance including advanced camera features, water resistance, and external memory
BARCELONA – February 21, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd today announced the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Created for today’s consumer lifestyle, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge lead the industry with a refined design, more advanced camera, streamlined software functionality and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences.
“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,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “We empower consumers with technology to help them get more out of life and will continue to push the frontier of what’s possible.”
Advanced Camera: High Quality Images No Matter the Time of Day or Location
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. Thanks to the revolutionary Dual Pixel technology, brighter lens with wider aperture, and bigger pixel, the camera has a faster shutter speed and a more accurate autofocus even in low-light conditions. Motion Panorama, a new camera mode, brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving the user a completely immersive visual experience.
Refined Design and Function
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal – all in a sleek design with durability and ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip. From work to play, the device’s new Always-On Display, gives users a simplified, zero touch experience where they don’t need to worry about missing a call or important notification.
Without compromising design, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both have increased utility with IP68 water and dust resistance. Edge UX, the advanced edge experience available on Galaxy S7 edge, provides convenience and increased efficiency by creating easy shortcuts to users’ most loved functions such as email, selfie mode, panorama mode or third party applications.
Enhanced Performance: From Charging to Gaming
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge deliver fast wired and wireless charging technology. Additionally, the hybrid SIM card tray allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage and in some select countries, the tray can be used with a dual SIM card.
Samsung also made significant hardware and software updates to optimize gaming performance on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The powerful processer and bigger battery capacity ensure longer playing time, and the internal cooling system keeps the device from overheating. Game Launcher, a new add-on for gamers, allows users to manage battery consumption and minimize notifications. Additionally, users can record their gaming experience or share their screen to play with others. Paired with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Vulkan API gives users the ability to play high-performance graphic games with lower battery consumption.
The Galaxy Experience
Samsung continues to push the boundaries of hardware, software and services to create devices that are designed to improve how consumers connect, share, organize and get more out of life. The company is redefining what is possible, beyond the limits of today’s technology, by introducing a constellation of seamless mobile experiences.
Whether it’s the seamless connection between Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and the new Gear S2 Classic to monitor fitness, or connecting with Gear VR to “travel” the world – Samsung redefines what’s possible for the mobile experience and beyond.
Beyond the phone, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users can also get the best mobile payment service with Samsung Pay; it’s secure, easy-to-use and accepted almost anywhere. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with NFC (Near Field Communication), MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and Barcode technology, making mobile payments available to more merchants and consumers than ever before.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available starting mid-March 2016.