If last year’s S6 Edge was all about Samsung proving to the world that it can produce premium smartphones, then the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is about making up for what the former smartphone had to sacrifice.
We’re talking about the return of the microSD slot (up to 200GB expansion), water and dust resistance (IP68 rating), and few other features that were left behind during the transition from the S5 to the S6. Battery remains non-removable, to the disappointment of some users, but it does carry a bigger capacity. Fast charging, for both wired and wireless, is also pretty useful.
And it turns out the leaks were right all along. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge does come with a bigger Super AMOLED display, at 5.5-inches diagonal. It’s nearly the size of the S6 Edge+, which makes us wonder if an S7 Edge+ will still be launched alongside the Note 5 successor later this year. It now seems impractical, though.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have many of the same features found in the smaller Galaxy S7. For one, the handset boasts an Exynos 8890 octa-core processor. Both Antutu 6 and GeekBench 3 benchmarking software show this processor outperforms the chips that power the Huawei Nexus 6P, Huawei Mate 8 and LG V10. (A Snapdragon 820 variant of the S7 is available but only in the US.) For another, the S7 Edge employs a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that, while offering a lower resolution than last year’s 16MP shooter, captures better images in low light surroundings and focuses on objects three times faster.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Specs
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED (1440×2560), ~534ppi
- Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
- 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
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm
- Weight: 157g
- Li-Ion 3600mAh non-removable battery
When the S6 Edge came out, pundits weren’t too captivated by the function of its curved edges. It looked amazing, yes, but it never had significant uses other than providing a quick shortcut to apps and contacts. The S7 Edge fixes this issue by adding more substance to the Edge Swipe feature: better customization options, introduction of quick tools, and shortcuts to tasks.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is set to launch alongside the Galaxy S7 in the Philippines on March 19. Its official price is Php39,990 for the 32GB storage option. Pre-orders start on March 4.