LG already announced its latest phone, the G5, earlier today at Mobile World Congress, and now its Samsung’s turn to provide details of its latest devices, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Although the specs and design only feature slight improvements over last year’s models, the South Korean manufacturer did add some features that were noticeably absent from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge: expandable storage via microSD and water resistance.
Among the specs that are identical between the two devices are a Snapdragon 820 processor powering the phones, 4 GB of RAM, with internal storage options of 32 GB or 64 GB, along with the aforementioned microSD slot, a new Dual Pixel 12MP camera on the rear, which Samsung says will provide for sharper images in low-light situations, and a 5MP front camera. Both phones, of course, run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and include the latest Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity.
The main areas where the phones diverge is in screen size and battery capacity, although both have non-removable batteries. The standard S7 comes with a 5.1″ Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 2560×1440 resolution (577 ppi), while the S7 edge bumps the screen up to 5.5″, with the same resolution to give it a slightly lower 534 ppi). The S7 battery has a 3,000 mAh capacity, while the S7 edge gets bumped up to 3,600 mAh to account for the larger screen size.
In addition to the microSD slot (with support for up to 200 GB cards) and water and dust resistance (IP68), Samsung added an always-on display that allows you to see the time or select notifications without having to touch the device.
Both phones are expected to be available in mid-March, with availability likely to include all of the major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. Color options include silver, black, white and gold — although not all are expected to be available in all countries or at all carriers/retailers. Full details about the phones can be found at Samsung’s site here.
There is a pre-order promo that begins tomorrow, February 23, that will give people who pre-order either phone a free Gear VR virtual-reality headset, along with a six-game bundle — a package that Samsung says is valued at $150.
Below, you will find images comparing the specs of the S7 and S7 edge to last year’s models, a photo gallery of the new phones showcasing the different colors, and Samsung’s official press release with complete details of the S7 and S7 edge.
Samsung Unveils Next Generation Smartphones at the Core of its Connected Galaxy Experience
February 22, 2016
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge couple sleek design with powerful performance including advanced camera features, water resistance, and external memory
BARCELONA – February 21, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd today announced the newest additions to the Galaxy family of products, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Created for today’s consumer lifestyle, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge lead the industry with a refined design, more advanced camera, streamlined software functionality and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences.
“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.”
Advanced Camera: High Quality Images No Matter the Time of Day or Location
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge introduce the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. Thanks to the revolutionary Dual Pixel technology, brighter lens with wider aperture, and bigger pixel, the camera has a faster shutter speed and a more accurate autofocus even in low-light conditions. Motion Panorama, a new camera mode, brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving the user a completely immersive visual experience.
Refined Design and Function
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal – all in a sleek design with durability and ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip. From work to play, the device’s new Always-On Display, gives users a simplified, zero touch experience where they don’t need to worry about missing a call or important notification.
Without compromising design, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both have increased utility with IP68 water and dust resistance. Edge UX, the advanced edge experience available on Galaxy S7 edge, provides convenience and increased efficiency by creating easy shortcuts to users’ most loved functions such as email, selfie mode, panorama mode or third party applications.
Enhanced Performance: From Charging to Gaming
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge deliver fast wired and wireless charging technology. Additionally, the hybrid SIM card tray allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage and in some select countries, the tray can be used with a dual SIM card.
Samsung also made significant hardware and software updates to optimize gaming performance on Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The powerful processer and bigger battery capacity ensure longer playing time, and the internal cooling system keeps the device from overheating. Game Launcher, a new add-on for gamers, allows users to manage battery consumption and minimize notifications. Additionally, users can record their gaming experience or share their screen to play with others. Paired with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Vulkan API gives users the ability to play high-performance graphic games with lower battery consumption.
The Galaxy Experience
Samsung continues to push the boundaries of hardware, software and services to create devices that are designed to improve how consumers connect, share, organize and get more out of life. The company is redefining what is possible, beyond the limits of today’s technology, by introducing a constellation of seamless mobile experiences.
Whether it’s the seamless connection between Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and the new Gear S2 Classic to monitor fitness, or connecting with Gear VR to “travel” the world – Samsung redefines what’s possible for the mobile experience and beyond.
Beyond the phone, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge users can also get the best mobile payment service with Samsung Pay; it’s secure, easy-to-use and accepted almost anywhere. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with NFC (Near Field Communication), MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and Barcode technology, making mobile payments available to more merchants and consumers than ever before.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available starting mid-March 2016.