After LG’s launch of the innovative and unique G5, here comes Samsung, the big fish of the mobile phone market (and the Android market specifically) with their twin flagship smartphones for 2016. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
- S7: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g
- S7 edge: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g
- S7: 5.1″ Quad HD Super AMOLED Display (2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 PPI)
- S7 edge: 5.5″ Quad HD Super AMOLED Display (2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 PPI)
- Always-on display (AMOLED pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
- 32/64GB Memory, expandable via MicroSD
- s7: 3000mAh battery, S7 edge: 3600mAh battery
- 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 2.0
- Fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor
- Waterproofing IP68
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
What has changed
The Samsung flagships carry over the design language from last years models and focus more on internal innovation not visible to the naked eye at first. The first change you’ll notice is that the S7 edge now has a bigger 5.5 inch screen instead of the 5.1 inch on the S6 edge with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 instead of 4. Thickness has increased (1.1mm on S7, 0.7mm on S7 edge) along with a weight gain (14 g on S7, 25 g on S7 edge), which in turn lead to considerably larger battery capacity (up by 450mAh on S7, 1000mAh on S7 edge).
The newer models have been waterproofed as well with an IP68 rating (resistant over 1.5m and 30 minutes). The processor has been upgraded to the latest Snapdragon 820. Camera improvements include a native 4:3 ratio sensor instead of a 16:9 with increased pixel size from 1.12µm to 1µm and larger aperture at f/1.7 from f/1.9. The camera resolution has been reduced from 16MP to 12MP in order to accommodate these changes. One of the most demanded feature, after it went missing last is finally back as the new models have a MicroSD card slot.
I think Samsung has done quite well to refine the design of its flagship phone from last year. Initial impressions from various websites show that the devices have a better feel in hand compared to the last gen. Samsung has tackled head on 2 of the biggest complaints from last year as well, namely the lack of MicroSD card slot and poor battery life. They’ve even added waterproofing to the phones.
All this does make these latest and greatest Samsung phones the complete package, but is this a home run? Probably, except for all those who bought last years flagship devices (S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+) as they would feel a bit cheated. As much as Samsung would like you to believe otherwise, most of these features and technological innovation was available last year. Instead Samsung opted to serve up slightly thinner and under-featured devices. They are backtracking this year by correcting their errors from last year, but I strongly feel the buyers of last gen Samsung flagship devices are hard done by.
As for an objective view on this years models, they are stunningly gorgeous metal and glass clad powerful smart devices that most buyers would be mighty satisfied with. The devices will be available starting March 19 but early adopters should be mindful as Samsung has a tendency to overprice their handsets at first and drastically drop the price in the next few months.
- Galaxy S7 32B – PHP 34,990
- Galaxy s7 edge 32GB – PHP 39,990
Galaxy S7 color options
Galaxy S7 edge color options