The Samsung Galaxy S7 is indeed everything the Galaxy S6 was not, and even more. Samsung has just won the heart of many by reintroducing the Micro SD Card Slot, Waterproof feature and increased Battery.
The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at the just concluded MWC event in Barcelona, Spain on the 21st of February, 2016 was indeed one of the highlights of the event.
From price to design, hardware, specs and even more, we’ll be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S7. Could we have seen the best Smartphone of 2016 already?
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Pricing And Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available now for pre-order from Samsung at £569, cheaper than the Galaxy S7 Edge by £70.
Anyone who places a pre-order before 5th March would get their phones delivered to them on the 8th of March together with a Samsung Gear VR Headset.
The official release date of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 11th March, 2016.
There is this feeling that comes with being an early bed, but if suggestions by Idealo are anything to go by, you may just be saving some cash if you wait at least three months before you purchase your Samsung Galaxy S7. Indications show that Samsung Smartphones have a trend of falling price a few months after initial release; Idealo predicts we may see a drop in price up to 21 percent.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Design And Build
Elegantly designed with glass and metal, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has the same premium look as the Galaxy S6, infact at first sight you may not be ablemto differentiate both, but with a closer look, you should.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 was one of the best smartphones we saw in 2015. The Galaxy S6 saw the removal of some features that were in the S5, in as much as fans appreciated the Galaxy S6, the removal of some of those features were not well received.
With the Samsung Galaxy S7, we saw the reintroduction of these much craved features. Waterproofing was a feature of the Galaxy S5 which didn’t work so well and instead of seeing an improvement in that on the S6, we saw a total removal. We are glad to have the waterproofing feature in the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Another feature which was reintroduced is the Micro SD Card Slot. The Samsung Galaxy S7 supports Micro SD Card up to 200GB. Now Samsung Galaxy fans can enjoy expandable memory on the Galaxy S7.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is slightly curved and in comparison to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is thicker and heavier at 7.7mm and 152g respectively
At launch the Samsung Galaxy S7 is available in Black Onyx and Platinum Gold colours, we may see more colours later but for now that is all there is.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Hardware
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1in Super AMOLED screen with a QHD resolution (1440×2560). The screen is crispy clear and has a 576ppi pixel density.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a ‘Always on Display’ feature which makes the screen on at all times so at a glance you can see such notifications as time, date, missed calls, etc.
Since AMOLED technology does not consume energy to display black pixels, the energy consumption of the ‘Always On’ feature is minimal; the proximity sensor would also ensure that the screen goes off when inside a pocket.
The Galaxy S7 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM.
The internal storage of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is 32GB, many thanks to the Micro SD Card slot that supports up to 200GB of expandable memory.
Talking about connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has Bluetooth 4.2,11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, an infrared port and Cat 9 LTE. The Galaxy S7 also has a fingerprint scanner imbedded in the home button and a heart rate monitor. The IR Blaster for controlling home appliances is however not present in the Galaxy S7.
Many flagships have started adopting the reversible USB Type-C port, but Samsung is yet to adopt that technology, the Galaxy S7 has a Micro-USB port.
The Galaxy S7 has a non-removable battery of 3000mAh. This is a boost compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Wireless charging is a feature that is also supported on the Galaxy S7.
Samsung decided to drop the camera resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S7 from 16MP as was the case of the Galaxy S6 down to 12MP for the Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone with a Dual Pixel sensor and so would take perfect shots even in low lights. The autofocus is now faster and the front camera remains at 5MP.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Software
You can expect every flagship Android phone in 2016 to come preloaded with the latest Android O.S version – Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is not an exception. In addition to the Android Marshmallow Operating System, Samsung added its own TouchWiz user interface to the Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Specs
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 5.1in QHD AMOLED Display (1440×2560)
- 32GB Internal Storage
- Micro SD Card Slot – Supports up to 200GB
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 12MP rear-facing camera with f/1.7
- 5MP front-facing camera with f/1.7
- 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Heart rate monitor
- Fingerprint scanner
- 4G LTE
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow O.S
- 3000mAh non-removable battery
- Size – 142x70x7.9mm
- Weight – 152g
A good way of remaining relevant in the market is by listening to customers, and giving them what they want. Little wonder Samsung has continued to be a strong force in the Smartphone market. By bringing back features from the Galaxy S5 that fans sincerely craved and cried out for, the Samsung Galaxy S7 undoubtedly is one of the best Android smartphones 2016 would see.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review: Price, Design & Specs
- iPhone 7 Rumours: Release Date, Price and Specs
- How To Download an Instagram Picture on a PC (Windows & Mac)