[/blockquote]Shortly after LG has announced its new LG G5 flagship, Samsung has also taken the wraps off its Android devices for the first half of 2016. Retaining last year’s bolder designs, bigger batteries and better cameras. There’s simply no doubt about it: Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are improvements over their predecessors in every way.
The company needed a hit, and while the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge might not get consumers en masse quite as excited as phones released by its nemesis, it didn’t take very long for us to realize that they’re the best Android smartphones the world has ever seen.
Samsung refined the designs of both handsets for 2016. The new models feature a curved glass back that sits in the hand much more comfortably than the S6 and S6 edge did, and the protruding camera lens on the back is now less than half a millimeter thick. Sadly, the backs of both models are still fingerprint magnets.
Beefed up spec sheet
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are identical with the exception of their displays and battery sizes. The S7 edge has a larger 5.5-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display, whereas last year’s Galaxy S6 edge had the same 5.1-inch screen size as the Galaxy S6, which is still the panel size used in the Galaxy S7. As a final not of differentiation between the two phones, the S7 packs a large 3,000 mAh battery while the S7 edge has an even bigger 3,600 mAh battery.
Both models will be powered by a 2.15 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor for the USA market and Samsung’s own Exynos chipset will power the rest of the phones. Both versions will feature comparable performance; Samsung says the CPU in the Galaxy S7 series is 30% faster than the chip that powered last year’s models, and the GPU is 64% faster.
Other highlights include Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage and IP68 dust and water resistance. Both phones also support expandable memory thanks to an included microSD card slot, which will be a big deal for Samsung fans who were unhappy that last year’s phones didn’t have support for memory cards.
Waterproofing is great and expandable storage is fantastic, but neither of those much-wanted features take center stage on the Galaxy S7. While I haven’t yet been able to test it extensively yet, it looks like the 12-megapixel camera is shaping up to be the real star of the show in 2016.
Less Megapixels better pictures
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus had what we believe to be the best camera overall on any phone we’ve tested, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus included. When it comes time to review the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, it looks like that “has” will become a “had.” Samsung has put tremendous effort into improving its class-leading camera in this year’s flagship models and from the looks of things, the company knocked it out of the park.
The 12 megapixel camera on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge features an f1.7 aperture that lets in 25% more light than the one on the S6. It also has larger 1.4 micron pixels that are 56% brighter than last year’s camera. In my brief time with the phone though, the most impressive advancement is the completely redesigned autofocus mechanism. The Galaxy S6 and most other smartphones use phase detection for autofocus, but the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge use dual photodiode pixel autofocus. In the real world, this should all translate to much better photos with much less noise that can be captured in a fraction of the time.
There are plenty more new features in the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, such as always-on displays that can show things like a clock, a calendar and notifications while barely using any power. The phones also have a nifty new power-saving mode that lets you play graphics-heavy games without using up much battery.
And where the batteries are concerned, Samsung’s new phones support fast wired charging (0% to 50% in 30 minutes) and even fast wireless charging, which Samsung says juices up a phone faster than some competitors’ wired chargers.
Also announced alongside the new phones is an accessory Samsung is calling the Gear 360. This tiny camera is capable of taking 360-degree photos and videos, and it connects to Galaxy phones where people can process them to create user-generated VR content that is sharable or viewable with a Gear VR headset accessory.
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