Another year, another Samsung flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S7. Speculations, leaks and rumors already revealed nearly everything about the phone, but the official unveiling still offers many surprises.
At first glance you’ll easily mistake the Samsung Galaxy S7 for its direct predecessor, the Galaxy S6. That’s because both handsets use the same fantastic design, with only a few refinements in the former that make the difference. Instead of a flat surface, the S7 employs a rounder rear and edges. The display is the same—Super AMOLED at 5.1 inches diagonal with Quad HD resolution—but Samsung has added an always-on mode to show time, date and notifications, all while consuming only a percent of battery power per hour.
Speaking of battery power, the Samsung Galaxy S7 boasts a 3000mAh battery. Do we finally have a long-lasting Samsung flagship? Possibly. The company says the S7 can last 13 hours on playing an HD video nonstop. The phone doesn’t have long periods of downtime, because it supports fast charging for both wired and wireless chargers. And with the preinstalled Android Marshmallow, the S7 offers great power management. The bigger battery has made the phone a tad heavier and thicker though. The S7 measures 7.9mm at its thickest point and weighs 152g (versus the S6’s 6.8mm and 138g).
Does the S7 reign supreme in performance? With its top-tier processor and 4GB of RAM, you can bet it is.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Specs
- Android 6 Marshmallow
- 5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1440×2560 Quad HD), ~577ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) or Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa processor
- Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 MP12 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32/64GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 200GB
- 12-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE Cat.9
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Dimensions: 142.4 69.6 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 152g
- Li-Ion 3000mAh non-removable battery
Some people may be bummed out by the fact that the Galaxy S7’s camera has a lower megapixel count than the S6’s. But more isn’t always better. The S7 actually produces better photos by having a larger sensor size and vastly improved autofocus technology.
Protection against the elements is back in the S7. The phone has an IP68 rating—submersible up to 1.5 meters for 30 mins. Like the S6, the S7 comes in 32GB and 64GB storage options. They’re quite limited, but the microSD slot also makes a comeback to offer up to 200GB expansion.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is headed to the Philippines on March 19.