Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge teaser 001

Sticking to its tradition, Samsung today officially announced its next-generation Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. An evolution of last year’s Galaxy S6, the new phones retain Samsung’s quad HD Super AMOLED display while fixing some of the annoyances of the Galaxy S6.

Notably, this includes IP68 water and dust-proofing and support for microSD cards via a hybrid SIM card tray to boost storage capacity up to 200GB (in some select countries, the tray can be used with a dual SIM card).

The battery is still non user-replaceable, but the cameras have been improved. Yes, the camera hump is still present on the back, albeit much less pronounced than on the S6. The overall look and feel of the new handsets hasn’t changed much from the Galaxy S6’s seductive metal-and-glass industrial design.

Slightly faster chips

As you have probably guessed, both phones are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and are driven by Qualcomm’s 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM or, in some regions, by Samsung’s in-house built 2.4 Ghz oct-core Exynos chipset.

Always-On Display

While the Galaxy S7 has the ultra-sharp 5.1-inch quad HD 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution screen at 575PPI just like its predecessor, the Galaxy S6, its Edge variant features a larger 5.5-inch screen at 534PPI. Still, the Galaxy S7 Edge is smaller than Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus due to edge-to-edge display that’s curved on both sides.

Samsung is touting a new software feature, the Always-On Display, which permanently shows a clock with notifications, a calendar or an image on the device’s screen while consuming 0.5 percent of battery per hour, according to Samsung’s internal tests. As a nice touch, the Always-On Display shuts down itself when the phone is in your pocket, as determined by the built-in proximity sensor.

Game Launcher, a new add-on for gamers, lets you manage battery consumption and minimize notifications and gamers can also record or share their screen to play with others. Samsung has also delivered its own version of Apple’s Metal API: the new Vulcan API promises to make possible high-performance graphic games with lower battery consumption.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyohHyQl-kc

Better cameras with BRITECELL technology

As for the enhanced cameras, a brighter f/1.7 aperture lets in 25 percent more light and the sensor’s aspect ratio has been changed from a wide 16:9 format to the 4:3 ratio. The cameras shoot 4K and have optical image stabilization. The company is also using a technology called BRITECELL, which is similar to Apple’s Focus Pixels, that it claims allows for a three times faster focus.

Samsung Galaxy-S7 camera-vs-iPhone-6s-Plus camera

More importantly, Samsung has actually decreased pixel resolution from 16 megapixels in the last year’s models to twelve megapixels in favor of using larger pixels that let in 56 percent more light, which boosts image quality in low-light situations. As per Samsung, the Galaxy S7 captures 33 percent more light than the iPhone 6s Plus.

Wireless charging and batteries

The new phones also feature support for wireless charging with fast charging technology and are outfitted with bigger batteries (which are not user-replaceable) that Samsung claims will help leave the battery woes of the Galaxy S6 generation in the past.

Compared to the Galaxy S6’s 2,550 mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 packs in a beastly 3,000 mAh battery package. And the bigger Galaxy S7 Edge model has an even larger 3,600 mAh battery vs the 2,600 mAh one in the Galaxy S6 Edge.

The phones continue to use micro-USB and don’t have a USB-C port, as was rumored.

Product videos

Samsung posted a series of videos highlight key new features.

Design

Dust and waterproofing

MicroSD card slot

Wireless charging

Cameras

Always-On Display

Edge UX

Games

Accessories

Tech specs

And here are technical specifications for the new devices:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge tech specs 001

Samsung’s full Unpacked 2016 keynote is available on YouTube.

Samsung also announced the Gear 360, a 360-degree camera and Samsung Connect Auto, a connected car solution “designed to be the intelligent center of your car”. Three days ago, the company unveiled the new Gear S2 Classic smartwatch with support for 3G cellular data via the brand new eSIM standard.

Availability

The Galaxy S7 will come in Black or Gold variants. The Galaxy S7 Edge will be offered in Black, Gold and Silver colorways. Both phones will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions and will price-match last year’s flagship Galaxy handsets, Samsung has said.

The South Korean company will start to take pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Plus on February 23 ahead of the devices’ debut on all four major carriers in the United States starting on March 11.

Oh, and people who buy an S7 or S7 edge between February 23 and March 18 will be treated to a free Gear VR headset with a bundle of six games. For the time being, the Gear VR only works with the new Galaxy S7 phones and their predecessors.

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Source: Samsung

  • askep3

    Nice! I like it! I’m glad they didn’t copy 3D Touch, and added some nice features of their own!

    • diggitydang

      Having an iPhone 6s, I’m glad they didn’t copy it too. Not because I don’t want them to have what I have, but because it’s way overrated. I have little respect for Samsung as a company but doing their own thing and not just copying from Apple makes me admire a company more. This looks like a solid phone.

      • Your Mother

        Copying from Apple? like how apple made;

        IPad pro after Tab Pro
        Apple stylus after S pen
        IPad mini after Tab 7.7″
        IPhone plus after the Note
        Health kit after S Health
        Apple watch after Gear
        Multi window after multi window
        Power saving after power saving
        Floating video after floating video
        Apple note app after S note

        Samsung now has Gear VR, guess whose coming out with apple VR?

        Samsung has wireless charging, guess whose next

        Samsung uses superior OLED, guess who jumped on that bandwagon too.

      • I think you’re forgetting that just because most of those were released first doesn’t mean the other company was never working on them in the at all.. Now I did say some not all..

      • Your Mother

        Same can be said for 3D touch. Just because apple released it first doesn’t mean other companies wasn’t already involved with it–which Samsung was but decided on air view instead.

      • True glad I’m a fan of neither.

    • Your Mother

      Apple didn’t invent 3D touch, the license it from the same company that wanted to license it to Samsung.

      Samsung toyed with it back in 2013 but settled on Airview instead.

      • 3D touch will fade out just as Airview did. I doubt anyone even remembers there phones still has this lol.

  • JayDee917

    Samsung has really stepped up it’s game in hardware since the S6. It actually feels about on-par with Apple in terms of build quality, and actually blows iPhones away in terms of features. Also, that always on display, 4GB RAM, waterproof design and a beastly 36000mAh battery with fast charging or wireless charging really makes me jealous.

    Too bad it runs Android.

    • Valinor

      Yeah I feel the same way… Why is it android 🙁
      That camera is a killer though. If I ever switch its because of that.

      • TornBodies

        the cameras a killer on paper i wanna real world test it im gonna make my wife buy one and wait for the iphone 7

      • Your Mother

        Maybe you need to wait for the 7S or maybe the 8 because S6’s Note 4 & 5 and S7’s all beat every iPhone.

      • TornBodies

        samsung has been known to fake benchmarks these so called comparison images i dont trust ill do my own research

    • Benedict

      What’s wrong with running android?

      • InfinitePlusOne

        android is disgusting.

      • @sexyhamthing

        iOS looks like rubbish IMO, its entirely subjective.

        Control centre, the messaging app are just hideous, But thats just my opinion

      • Eman pani
      • Your Mother

        If so then why do you jailbreak to be like Android and why has apple copied over 60 Android features into iOS 7, 8 & 9?

      • JayDee917

        Nothing, really. I just personally prefer iOS.

    • Jackson Grong

      4GB of ram is nothing with the terrible ram management that Samung has, Android and TouchWiz alone will take 2GB.
      Look it up on YouTube, the S6 can barely keep three apps in the multitasking.
      (Video name: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 – Speed Test)

    • Rowan09

      They had a beastly 3500 mAh in the S6 active which I owned and it wasn’t beastly at all. This goes to show just slapping in a larger battery doesn’t mean amazing battery life. We’ll see how this new phone is optimized for the battery.

  • Newgunnerr

    Wtf this looks so much like the iPhone 6

  • John

    Don’t like the fact that they try and bribe consumers with a free gear vr headset if they pre-order.

    Suggests to me that Samsung arn’t fully convinced that their own products will sell unless they give an incentive for people to buy.

    We shall see how good this phone really is.

    • Valinor

      Yeah, but when they dont bribe you, you’ll complain that its so expensive and they dont give you shit for free.

      • John

        I actually wouldnt. I think its kinda sad if people want freebies. And if Samsungs consumers want freebies, then there is no point trying to say they are selling a premium product because they clearly dont have consumers with enough money to spend to make it a premium product. For example, i dont hear Apple consumers complaining the product is too expensive and want something free.

    • the hood

      ALL companies give freebies aware at certain times for certain reasons (mostly to lure in or get rid of stock) Didn’t apple just offer free Beats headphone with a laptop purchase for a return to school promotion. Better sell your iphone and get a windows phone. At least when Microsoft tries to bribe a customer no one takes it. 🙂

    • Your Mother

      iDiots will be iDiots.

  • schoeberlt

    Wait, did just Samsung realised that 12 MPs are more than enough for a smartphone? Well done idiots.

  • diggitydang

    But is it THINNER than the iPhone??? Yeah, that’s right!! Hahaha.

    I have been an Apple Fan(Boy) for a long time (and still am, I suppose, with a Macbook Pro, iPhone 6s, iPad’s and Apple Watch), but Apple is dropping the ball and focusing it’s efforts on dumb things (hopefully they surprise me but from the rumour mill, examples are getting thinner, removing the headphone jack, etc.). All while Samsung is pushing it’s way forward (bigger aperture, always-on display, bigger battery etc). I really hated Samsung at one point in time and how copycat they were, but can’t argue that this is a nice progression of what consumers want.

    Hope Apple picks up it’s game…

    • Valinor

      Yeah I’ve been hoping that since the iphone 5… Gave up on it.
      Now i just buy an iphone, because its not android.

    • Jerry

      Apple has always been about the user experience not the hardware. They know where the money is at, and is not on the techys.

      • Your Mother

        Users wanted those hummer sized phones Steve Jobs said nobody would want.

        Users wanted 4G speeds–why did apple take so long to deliver?

        They want widgets, swipe keyboards, and more freedom–what’s the delay?

  • My Wasted Fantasy

    Meh.

  • Alex Graham

    Absolute garbage

  • The good: expandable storage, basic water resistance, fast camera focus (supposedly), always on display, larger battery.

    The bad: design, thickness.

    Looks like a good phone on paper to me, but I’ve come to learn that doesn’t always transcribe to actually being a good device. I guess first reviews and real life usage will tell.

    • Benedict

      You can’t even use the term thickness when talking about 0,4 mm difference.
      Besides that’s, can you do an article about the LG G5? Seem interesting to me in contrast to the iphone.

    • the hood

      ‘Thickness’ is subjective, besides at some point the physical thickness of a phone must reach a limit for human dexterity issues. I have not read anywhere if a study/poll has ever been conducted to determine what the thinnest or thickest a phone can attain before rendering itself unusable.

  • :D

    If it had iOS I might’ve bought it

  • Jerry

    That is the worst water resistant example I’ve ever seen. Any phone without a water resistant feature could of survived that.

  • Jake Platt

    Looks like a solid phone, even if they have taken some significant visual inspiration from the iPhone 6.

    • Your Mother

      Such as?

      • Jake Platt

        Such as the first picture at the top of this article looks just like an iPhone 6. The curvature of the screen, the shape of the volume and power buttons, and if you look at it from the bottom you can barely distinguish the difference. I’ve seen your other comments, you are an Apple hater and that’s fine. I’m not bashing the new Samsung, I like it, but it doesn’t take a deep visual analysis to see that there is a great deal of similarities between the look of this new Samsung and the iPhone 6.

  • avd98

    I remember when they used to make fun of Apple’s lack of inovation, design flaws, hardware restrictions and marketing (ads specifically). Now we’re in 2016 and all i can see is a solid sheep company who used to mock other sheeps. Samsung is pathetic.

  • Sivasarma Nallaikumaran

    Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge – New features

    Another curious detail is the added support for Dual Pixels. A first in the smartphone world, Dual Pixel is a technology borrowed from dedicated cameras that allow for faster focusing by combining information from two pixels on the camera sensor. Samsung’s flagship sports wider aperture (F/1.7) and larger pixels which could translate to greater performance in low light.

    The flagship device includes new camera features such as Motion Panorama and Selfie Flash, to provide an entirely new phonetography experience. For starters there’s Motion panorama which captures the moving subjects in the panorama, instead of just butchering them in the stitching process – it’s like a panoramic video almost. Another feature, Motion photo, captures a three-second video before you’ve pressed the shutter – it also allows you to preserve a still photo. The built-in Hyperlapse mode is a first on a Samsung cameraphone as well, and it is a great add-on that makes digitally stabilized time-lapse videos.

    The new processors in the Galaxy S7 phones boast high performance but will also run cooler, using a “tube” that helps keep the phone cool in your hand, “Thermal spreader” Water-cooling technology to avoid the phones overheating.

    Galaxy S7 Has Gaming Features, Graphics Tweaking.

    Samsung “Game Tools” Dedicated gaming feature makes it easier to record sessions and screenshots; a do-not-disturb mode blocks incoming notifications. The S7 also supports the Vulkan API for game development. You don’t need to care about the details, but what it means is that many new games are coming soon to take better advantage of modern multicore processors. The S7 is ready to support these games, and when they arrive they should look and play much better than almost anything you’ve seen on Android before.

    Samsung also offers the ability to tweak graphics performance between three settings so you can dial things back a little if you want to put battery life ahead of gameplay. The standard setting will run games at maximum resolution and at 60 frames per second. The “low power” setting reduces frame rate to 30 frames and dials down the resolution somewhat, while “extreme low power” sticks with 30 frames but drops the resolution again.

    The Exynos 8 Octa also integrates the most advanced LTE Rel.12 Cat.12/13 modem for cutting-edge speed in connectivity. It offers downlink speed of up to 600Mbps (Cat.12) and an upload speed of up to 150Mbps (Cat.13) with carrier aggregation, which will transform mobile user experience.

    Edge UX – Samsung Galaxy S7 edge users also get several new sidebar options that can be scrolled through to access apps, contacts, tasks or news feeds more quickly and easily.

    “Always-on” display shows time, calendar or images from the lock screen

    MicroSD card slot for extra storage up to 200GB and Hybrid dual-SIM slot (It won’t work in the U.S)

    Water-resistant (IP68 rating)

  • Martynet

    Well, I will still buy iPhone because it runs iOS, which I find so much better than Android. I know the features are coming a bit slower to iOS than android, but it is evolving and I’m still happy with it. Android is ugly and weird.

    • TechnoBuff

      That is the main reason why a lot of people still stay with Apple apart from the fanboys.. IOS and the Apple ecosystem.

  • John Smith

    LG G5 was great, but that LG logo in the front looks terrible, and Android is a deal breaker

  • jp2002

    Correction in your post – Vulcan is not samsung’s new API, its the replacement of OpenGl from Khronos.

  • Hmm the image burn in from the AOD worries me…

  • Daniel Hideki Tashima

    After 3 years using iPhones (5 and 6) and feeling outdated everytime a new Galaxy was launched, I’m really into buying the GS7.

    I had the oportunity to buy a 6S, but you know, buying a U$1000 phone (that’s how much the 16Gb model costs in Brazil) knowing that the only new features are a new camera with a bad low-light performance and no OIS, 3D touch (that I didn’t find a real usage for it – could be easily replaced by some jailbreak tweaks) and 2Gb of RAM, it simply didn’t sound a good way to spend my money.

    Other things that piss me off about Apple is that you only have 12Gb of free storage when you buy the 16Gb model (why they don’t make 32Gb models as standard? Only my productivity apps use 10GB in my ip6), it costs U$ 300,00 more than Samsung’s new Galaxy phones with 32Gb of storage (it’s not about Brazilian taxes since they cost basically the same in US), I need to recharge my ip6 twice a day (and man, how I hate when it turns off with 8% of battery left)….

    Once I only split beer on the volume side of my phone and it was enough to mess it up. Now my phone is always turning down the volume by itself and I can’t manually turn down the volume since the button is broken. The only reason I keep buying Apple is that I already bought every single app I need, but it’s time to give Samsung a chance (Andoid is not as bad as it was 3 years ago – that shit OS was the reason I bought iphone 5 at that time).

  • siddique

    Ehhh..!! Whats new ? Only improvemnt things …Atlest apple got 3d touch something new

  • Shingo

    Did i hear it bend?

  • Johnson Noel

    Android needs to update its app market. Get some exclusive apps. That’s one thing Apple has, apps that are beautiful on the iPhone. The android adaptation of a lot of apps aren’t that good. That’s my only problem.

    • Your Mother

      The Play Store is full of exclusive apps, apps that the app store will never have because of the limitations of iOS.

  • Manuel Molina

    Not gonna lie, I’m definitely interested in testing this out.

  • Dao Sasone

    Glad to see Samsung listening to users and upgraded the battery and brought back the sd. But they realy need to tone down on tw. Idk how marshmallow is but lolipop still lags with all the dam bloatware.

  • Damn Apple Watch gonna keep me from enjoying a great product.

  • AwesomeSauce

    I love the uniform icons, the premiums aluminum design, the home button touch fingerprint reader, Samsung Pay etc.. Samsung is so innovative its insane. They are miles ahead of the competition. Oh and it even comes in gold!!