Samsung Galaxy S7: Everything you need to know

Samsung Galaxy S7: Everything you need to know

After months of speculation, Samsung has unveiled the two latest flagship phones in its long line of Galaxy handsets.

Here’s everything you need to know about the SGS7 and SGS7 edge.

DESIGN
Although the two new handsets share a couple of design queues and are clearly in the same family, this year’s models are differently sized. The Samsung Galaxy S7, like the SGS6, is a 5.1-inch phone, while the Galaxy S7 edge has had a jump to 5.5-inches.

DISPLAY
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5-inch screen. They are both Super AMOLED – like just about every Samsung phone for many a year – and have the same resolution as previous models: 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD).

Like the previous Galaxy S6 edge, the latest edge phone has a wrap-around display that curves on either side.

SPECS
The processor found in each device is identical. Samsung claims that it runs 30 per cent faster than the Exynos CPU used last year, while the GPU runs a mighty 64 per cent faster.

In the UK and US, we strongly expect that we’ll get the better, higher powered processor, that’s octa-core (2.3GHz quad, 1.6GHz quad), 64 bit, 14nm. And with those official specs, it can’t really be much else other than the Snapdragon.

Previous reports claimed that as well as that processor, the phones each come with Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM. And while the former is still to be confirmed, the latter is official.

STORAGE
There will be models with 32GB and 64GB storage options. Samsung has also reintroduced the ability to increase storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB in size.

It has done so without changing the overall design too, as the SIM slot also doubles as a microSD card slot this time around. The SIM card tray now has two housings – one for a nano SIM, one for a microSD card.

BATTERY
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3,600mAh battery. Samsung told that the latter is capable of playing HD video for 13 hours straight.

One of the new features that Samsung has introduced this year, an always-on display where notifications, time, date or personalised screen are permanently shown on screen even when the phone is off, does not impact the battery much. It uses just 1 per cent of the battery power per hour. Both batteries have fast charging with wired and wireless options.

CAMERA
The camera is one area that has been improved on significantly for this year’s models.

Although the amount of megapixels to be found on the sensor has actually dipped – to 12-megapixels.

This is especially important for low light photography, with Samsung claiming that performance in darker locations is far better than ever before. The adoption of dual pixel technology, which is usually found on DSLRs and other dedicated camera sensors, also means that the autofocus on each of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is much quicker than on previous phones – even in almost no light.

The new low light abilities work for both stills and video. There’s optical image stabilisation on the rear camera too.

The front-facing camera on both devices uses a conventional 5-megapixel sensor.

SOFTWARE
The latest user experience, which is layered on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is about as bare bones as Samsung has presented in quite some time.

There are some of Samsung’s own apps and services still available though, with the most prominent being the new Game Launcher.

Gamers get their own hub that not only gives them a place from which to launch Android titles, but they can change options such as whether they would like to be disturbed by a phone call during a gaming session.

There are also new overlaid options available from within games too, including the ability to record gameplay footage while using the front-facing camera to in-lay picture-in-picture commentary of the player.

RELEASE DATE
Pre-orders open for business on 21 February with a general release date of 11 March. Those that pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone or EE by 7 March will get it a day later, on 8 March. That’s three days earlier than some others.

Direct prices from Samsung start at $807 for the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the S7 edge will set you back from $906.

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