MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially unveiled

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There probably hasn’t been a more eagerly anticipated launch of a new device in the history of smartphones.

After months of leaks and rumours, Samsung finally unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets to the world at a special press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday evening.

If you had been following the rumours on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge then it is pretty much as expected.

Samsung has, however, surprised us with a few interesting additions, restoring a couple of features that it had previously dropped from the Galaxy S6.

Both of the new devices include a MicroSD card slot which allows storage on both devices to expanded up to 200GB. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are also waterproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes and do not require users to cover their charging ports.

Design

Galaxy S7

Side by side the Galaxy S6 and new S7 look strikingly similar. However, Samsung says the S7 has been “not just refined, but reimagined” and that the new phones “have taken a big step forward”.

As well as the design, Samsung has used the same 5.1 super AMOLED display as in the Galaxy S6, offering a resolution of 2560×1440 with 576 ppi.

One of the first places where the S7 and S7 Edge differs from its predecessor is its size. This time around the S7 Edge has a larger 5.5 inch display, whereas the S7 has a 5.1 inch display.

Improved curves

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung says the curved feature on the Galaxy S7 Edge has been upgraded so that users can now include their own shortcuts. It is also slightly larger than before which the company hopes will improve both performance and usability.

An ‘always on’ display is another new feature that allows unread notifications, as well as the date and time to always be displayed on screen. Samsung claims that this feature is so smart that it knows when the device is in a pocket or face down on a table and will only display notifications when it can be seen.

Better low light camera with new dual pixel autofocus

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera

It’s a case of less is more on the new rear camera of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Whilst the phones offer 12MP shooters compared to the 16MP camera found on the Galaxy S6, Samsung introduces two new innovations on its latest models.

First of all, the camera has a larger aperture of f/1.7 compared to f/1.9, which means it lets in nearly twice the amount of light. The pixels are also bigger (and nearly 30 percent bigger than on the iPhone 6S Plus) and should result in better photos in low light without having to use the flash.

Secondly, Samsung introduces a new ‘dual pixel autofocus’ feature which enables each pixel to both determine focus and record an image, rather than just being able to do one or the other. The new feature should result in smoother video and better quality focusing when taking stills.

The dual pixel autofocus has been developed by Canon and is the same technology found in the its DSLR cameras.

Samsung also announced that it will sell a special wide angle lense that can be attached to the back of the Galaxy S7 that take even more professional looking photos.

Improved power and performance

Samsung claims that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are 60 percent more powerful than their predecessor and also says it has “broken new ground” with regards to battery performance and capacity.

The 3,000mAh battery that was in the S6 has been replaced by a new, fast charging 3,600mAh battery. There is also a new cooling system that Samsung describes as “air conditioning for your phone” that is said to also help improve performance.

Both devices have 4GB of RAM with either a Quadcore Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos chip depending on what part of the world you are in.

A surprise to some, the Galaxy S7 does not include USB Type-C, instead choosing to keep with MicroUSB.

Release Date

galaxy S7 waterproof
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will go on sale in South Korea, US, UK and other major markets on March 11th. Pre orders are due to start in the next couple of days. No official word yet on release date in Thailand.

However, if it is anything like the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6, expect it to be hitting stores in Thailand by mid to late March.

ThaiTech will bring you news of the Galaxy S7’s Thai release as soon as we release confirmation from Samsung Thailand.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge specs

Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Display 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 576 PPI
5.5-inch Super AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 576 PPI
Processor US: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Most other regions: Samsung Exynos
US: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Most other regions: Samsung Exynos
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 32GB 32GB
MicroSD Up to 200GB Up to 200GB
Camera 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual pixel autofocus
5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture
12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual pixel autofocus
5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture
Battery Non-removable 3,000mAh battery Non-removable 3,600mAh battery
Fast charging Yes Yes
Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g
Software Android Marshmallow Android Marshmallow
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