2016 Flagships: Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are official. Their design is more of an evolution as its based on the outgoing Galaxy S6/S6 Edge model and took some cues from the Galaxy Note 5. Aside from differences in screen size, battery size, and the dual-edge screen, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are similar in many ways. Like the Galaxy S6, Samsung's 2016 flagships are still made of metal and glass, thus prone to fingerprints but are now waterproof and dust proof, thanks to its IP68 certification. Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pack a Super AMOLED display of Quad HD resolution. The former has a 5.1-inch flat display while the latter has a 5.5-inch display with curved edges. Like the recently announced LG G5, both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also feature the Always-On Display function, which allows users to quickly glance at the time, date, and other notifications without having to wake up the device.
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Under the hood is a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (octa-core Exynos 8890 in some countries) with 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. Both devices can accommodate microSD cards of up to 200GB in size. When it comes to graphics, both Samsung devices will support the new Vulcan API for gaming, which gives users the ability to play high-performances graphics games with lower battery consumption. Both devices will also sport liquid cooling technology, which will soothe the CPU and GPU during heavy gaming. Software-wise, they run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the latest TouchWiz UI on top. There's now much less bloatware and the app drawer can now be removed. As an exclusive feature of the Galaxy S7 Edge, its Edge screen now offers wider use, including one-tap access to applications like camera, contacts, and news. Both smartphones also sport larger batteries. The Galaxy S7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery while the Galaxy S7 Edge is equipped with a 3,600 mAh battery. Both support fast charging and wireless charging.
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When it comes to camera, Samsung's latest technology would always be its greatest as seen on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Both smartphones pack a 12-MP rear camera with an f/1.7 lens, LED flash, and SMART OIS (optical image stabilization). The pixel size in this new camera unit is larger than before (1.4 micron pixels). These pixels are also able to collect 95% more photos than those in the Galaxy S6. Both Samsung devices also feature Dual Pixel technology, which results in a faster and more accurate auto-focus even in low light. Both Samsung smartphones also take 4K videos and have features such as Motion Panorama, Motion Photo, and Hyperlapse. In front, there's a 5-MP camera with an f/1.7 wide-aperture lens. It features Spotlight (Beauty Face), Selfie Flash, and Wide Selfie.
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In terms of connectivity, both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, Cat 12 LTE, and optional dual-SIM connectivity (varies per region). Both also have a fingerprint scanner and a heart-rate monitor. Samsung has also made it easy to move files from your old phone to your new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge handset through the Samsung Smart Switch app and a USB connector included in the retail box. It makes for seamless direct transfer of your contacts, message and call history, app and game settings, etc. Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be released globally on March 11, 2016. They will be available in four different hues: Black Onyx, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, and Gold Platinum. Pricing will vary by region but it will range from $650 to $1,000.


Til then...

xoxo Nash


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