Samsung has announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7, its flagship smartphone for 2016. Much like its past year’s flagship smartphone, the much-awaited smartphone comes in two variants: the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The smartphones will be made available in select regions from March 11, with pre-orders beginning from Tuesday. Pre-orders in some regions will get a free Gear VR headset bundled.
PIC: Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1-inch QHD Super Amoled display, whereas its bigger sibling the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 5.5-inch QHD Super Amoled display panel. Both now come with an Always-On display, which much like the LG G5’s display.
It comes with both its home-grown Exynos 8890 SoC, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, depending on the region. Both the Galaxy S7 models offer expandable storage using a microSD card. Notably, the two smartphones in some regions will come with the hybrid dual SIM feature, where users can either utilise one SIM card and one microSD card simultaneously, or, choose to use two SIM.
PIC : Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come in two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB – both of which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 200GB).
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are powered by an Exynos 8890 octa-core (2.3GHz quad-core + 1.6GHz quad-core) SoC or Qualcomm Snadragon 820 quad-core (2.15GHz dual-core + 1.6GHz dual-core) SoC, depending on the regions. Both the models have 4GB of RAM. As for the specifications, both Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come equipped with 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature. On the front side, there’s a 5-megapixel selfie sensor, also featuring a f/1.7 aperture.
Galaxy S7 include a 3000mAh battery, with support for fast charging both on wired and wireless. The Galaxy S7 Edge has 3600mAh battery, with same fast charging technology as its sibling. Both the models support NFC and MST payment technologies, house a fingerprint sensor and have IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
On the software front, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though Samsung has not yet detailed TouchWiz UI changes. On the connectivity front, the both the models support LTE with Category 9, which offers 450Mbps download speeds, and 50Mbps uplink.
“We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun. We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience,”
said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
“We empower consumers with technology to help them get more out of life and will continue to push the frontier of what’s possible.”
Samsung also introduce the Gear 360. It’s a standalone spherical camera that can capture a 360-degree view as a high-quality image or video. This footage, Samsung says, then be played on the Gear VR headset or through the Gear 350 app. The company says it will launch the Gear 360 in Q2 2016. Weighing in about 153g.