Bigger battery, faster processor and water resistant
Samsung introduces its latest addition to its flagship Smartphone line up with the gorgeous Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both new models have significant advancements in both design and technology as compared to its predecessor the S6 and S6 Edge which was launched a year ago. The new Galaxy S series also addresses the small battery capacity and limited memory capacity issues experienced with its predecessor.
When held, the S7 and S7 Edge fits comfortably in the palm of your hand without feeling too plastic, bulky or heavy. It has a clean sleek design with control buttons strategically placed to ease one-handed usage and an always-on e-ink screen to keep you abreast of notifications to boot.
Moving away from relying solely on Qualcomm for its processors, both the S7 and S7 Edge are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 Octa-Core processor, has 4GB worth of RAM and runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Both models have a significant improvement in terms of their battery capacity. The S7 has a battery capacity of 3,000mAh, up from 2,550mAh while the S7 Edge at 3,600mAh, up from 3,000mAh.
The S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and boasts a 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED display similar to its predecessor the S6, but with a higher screen-to-body ratio.
The S7 Edge on the other hand measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and boasts a 5.5” Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a larger display and a higher screen-to-body ratio as compared to the S6 Edge but with a much lower 534ppi as compared to S6 Edge’s 577ppi.
The camera on any Samsung gadget has always been one of Samsung’s strong suit. The S7 and S7 Edge has a Dual Pixel 12MP rear-facing and 5MP front-facing camera, which is sufficient to capture brilliant coloured and detailed images for any of your social media accounts.
You might be thinking that Samsung has down-graded its camera specifications, but that it is actually not the case. Both the S7 and S7 Edge are the first Smartphones to be built with the new Dual Pixel technology. Traditional Phase Detection Auto-Focus only uses less than 5% of its pixels for focusing, Dual Pixel technology on the other hand, uses 100% of its pixels for focusing. With this new technology, the S7 and S7 Edge’s camera will be able to capture images faster, sharper and regardless of where the object is in the frame.
A very significant feature for the S7 and S7 edge series would be the improvement in the camera’s aperture. Both cameras will feature a lower aperture value of 1.7f, which means that it would be easier to capture images or film videos under dim light conditions. This would come in extremely useful during outdoor dinners, when you don’t want to use the flash and blind your friends with it – we have all been there.
Here is a breakdown on its technical specifications with Apple’s iPhone 6s for comparison:
Apart from processor upgrades and a new improved camera, the S7 and S7 Edge has two other notable features.
Although there is only 32GB of internal memory, Samsung has brought back the ever so useful microSD slot in the form of a hybrid SIM card slot that can give you up to an extra 200GB of memory space.
Stealing the spotlight from Sony, the S7 and S7 Edge is waterproof with an IP68 rating. You no longer have to worry about your device spoiling due to minor water-related accidents, which also means that you can now take awesome underwater pictures when you are on your next beach vacation!
Availability and Pricing
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be available in Singapore from 12th March onward, registration of interest with local telecommunication operators and at Samsung Experience Stores are also available now. Both models will be available in three distinctive colours, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
The Galaxy S7 will retail for SG$998 and the Galaxy S7 Edge at SG$1,098.
Do keep a look out for our hands-on review for our Samsung S7 and S7 Edge in the coming weeks