Samsung Galaxy S7 Officially Announced at MWC 2016

By on February 22, 2016 | 12:21 pm
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge announced
February 22, 2016 | 12:21 pm

Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) didn’t officially begin until today, but the news from the Barcelona event that everyone has been talking about actually happened yesterday, during Samsung’s press conference. Following months upon months of speculation, rumors and (more recently) huge leaks about what the S7 line of handsets would offer, Samsung finally showcased the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Given the massive success of both the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, the S7 and the S7 Edge aren’t exactly huge revolutions but the two phones do make changes – particularly in their overall designs – where it counts. For example, many critics have said that they find the S7 much more comfortable to hold than its predecessor and that it is even much easier to pick up off of flat surfaces. And speaking of flatness, the fingerprint scanner is now flatter and the horrid camera bump that makes so many modern, so-called ‘sleek’ smartphones look awful, has also been reduced. The Samsung Galaxy S7’s slightly curved back also makes it much more comfortable to hold.

As for the phone’s internal specs, the S7 and the S7 Edge both have a whopping 4GB of RAM and they are also powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor (or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in North America). Staying the same are the device’s screens as both phones have a quad HD Super AMOLED display (5.1 inches for the S7; 5.5 inches and curved on both sides for the S7 Edge), but the devices’ rear cameras have gotten a downgrade in numbers but (hopefully) an improvement in performance. The rear camera is now 12 megapixels (down from 16 megapixels) but Samsung says that the new camera and lens pixels let in 95% more light (combined) and are better for photos taken in poor quality lighting. The camera also reportedly focuses up to three times faster.

Other hardware changes include the return of some much-wanted features and tweaks for gaming. Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge bring back the microSD card slot, offering up to 200GB of extra memory support on top of the 32GB and 64GB versions of the phone. And, while batteries aren’t removable, they have been greatly improved as the S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery (the S6 had 2,550 mAh) and the S7 Edge has a 3,600 mAh (the S6 Edge had 2,600 mAh). Meanwhile, improvements such as the phone’s copper cooling system should keep the handsets cool during gaming sessions, while the phones also support game recording (you can also turn the front-facing camera on to narrate your gameplay videos).

More highlights include the No Alert mode (which stops notifications from getting in the way of app usage), the ability to lock the Recent and Back buttons, three graphics performance settings (allowing you to decide whether to prioritise power over battery life or vice versa), and an always-on display which will permanently display notifications, the calendar, the clock, or an image but shuts off when the proximity sensor is cover (e.g when it’s in your pocket).

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be available on March 11, 2016 and are now available to pre-order.

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