It’s about that time — Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where many of the world’s major smartphone manufacturers announce their new wares. It’s Samsung’s turn, and so the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were born — or at least, revealed to the press and public.
Both phones retain core values from the year prior, but also improve drastically in performance, software and even design sectors. To begin, the S7 holds its 5.1-inch, quad HD Super AMOLED Plus display, but the S7 Edge is now the size of a phablet, sporting a 5.5-inch display, but still retains the quad HD Super AMOLED tech and curvature on both sides. 32GB of storage is the default for both devices, but microSD storage has been added to the same tray that houses the nano SIM, so that’s a plus. Also, IP68 water and dust resistance was added, meaning submersion up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes at a time — this is accomplished through sealed ports, meaning no flaps or anything silly of the sort.
A Qualcomm 820 Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM and improved battery capacity across the board (3,000mAh in the S7 and 3,600mAh in the S7 Edge, up from 2,550mAh and 2,600mAh, respectively); fast charging and wireless charging also make a return, but with micro-USB in lieu of a USB-C upgrade.
Looking for more drastic changes? Look at the 12 megapixel camera — 4MP smaller than last year’s — but with larger pixels, allowing for a brighter f/1.7 aperture and a 4:3 ratio. In a nod to Canon engineering, all of the 12 million pixels in the S7 line can also act as focusing pixels — this is called dual pixel technology, by the way.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow makes its debut with Samsung software customizations, including an Always On display for notifications and the time, which consumes half a percent of battery every hour, and shuts off completely if the proximity sensor is covered (like in a bag or pocket).
Launch details: the S7 and S7 Edge launch in the US starting on March 11th, with preorders beginning on February 23rd. The S7 will come in black or gold, while the S7 Edge will come in black, gold, or silver options. All carriers are hopping on board, per usual, making the crew a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint affair.
This all should be mighty interesting.