Make Everything Is Possible-Samsung Galaxy S7
It’s difficult for any company to follow up on a huge success with something even better. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones were revealed on the same day as the LG G5. Samsung had a great 2015 with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and, although it’s not a huge upgrade, things are about to get better with the Galaxy S7.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is cheaper than the Galaxy S7 Edge, available to pre-order from Samsung now at £569 and £639 respectively. Those who pre-order before 5 March will get their handset on 8 March ahead of the 11 March official on sale date, and will get a free Samsung Gear VR headset. Over the years, the Galaxy S-series has changed a fair amount with each new generation on the design front – enough that you can tell between them reasonably easy. Not so with the Galaxy S7, which looks very much like the Galaxy S6. Also see: Best smartphones 2016.
That may sound negative, but the S6 was one of the most desirable phones of 2015, with its gorgeous sleek looks combining metal and glass rather nicely.
Although it looks the same at a glance, Samsung has made some tweaks to the design of the Galaxy S7, some of which will be very important to its users. Also see: Funny things to ask S Voice.
What Samsung hasn’t changed is the way the back of the phone easily gets marked and grubby, which is a shame. The glass back also means that the Galaxy S7 remains a slippery customer, and will likely slide off a sofa arm without a case. The back is now curved like the Galaxy Note 5, but the phone is a bit thicker than before at 7.7mm (compared to 6.8mm). It seems the firm might have made the phone thicker to reduce the camera bump and make more room for a larger battery.One of our favourite new features is how it handles auto-brightness, and both the S7 and S7 Edge include a new feature called Personalised Automatic Brightness Control. This remembers your preferences at various levels of ambient light, then ties those settings to the current reading from its ambient light sensor.
As is typical since the S6, if you want something more unusual, the Galaxy S7 edge provides a dual-edge display which not only looks a lot fancier but also provides some additional functionality. It’s also larger at 5.5in so there may not be an S7 edge+.
Going toe-to-toe with the LG G5, the S7 also has an always on screen so you’ll get the time, date and notifications all the time. Samsung is using tech which started life on the Gear smartwatches and though it sounds like a battery drain, the proximity sensor will shut the display off when the phone is in your pocket and it will also switch off at night.Taking a trip to the engine room, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in charge with 4GB of RAM to back it up. That matches up with the LG G5, one of the S7’s key rivals for 2016. There’s also an Exynos 8890 version of the Galaxy S7 for some markets.
The regular storage option remains at 32GB which is the same as the Galaxy S6. Luckily you don’t need to worry too much about which one you choose because of the welcome return of the Micro-SD card slot which can take up to 200GB memory cards. It seems likely that most consumers will simply opt for the cheapest and smallest model.
The Galaxy S7 matches up with the LG G5 on the connectivity front with 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, an infrared port and Cat 9 LTE. As we’ve come to expect it has a fingerprint scanner inside the home button and the heart-rate monitor remains but the IR blaster for controlling your TV is gone.The Galaxy S7 we spent time with at MWC had the Exynos 8890 processor. It’s an eight-core chip built on the 14nm manufacturing process. Four of those chips run at up to 2.3GHz, and four are clocked at a more battery-saving 1.5GHz.
Besides,almost every Android smartphone launching in 2016 will come with version 6.0 Marshmallow which is the latest edition – launched on the Nexus 5X and 6P. The Galaxy S7 comes preloaded with Google’s mobile OS.