Elegantly powerful device – that is how I would describe the all new Samsung Galaxy S7 which was officially launched today during the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 held at Barcelona, Spain. This latest flagship device of Samsung offers some nifty new features as well as some much deserved refinements of the year-old Galaxy S6.
Since the introduction of the S6 series last year, Samsung continues to stick with the same premium aluminium and glass materials in the Galaxy S7 series’ design. It sports the same vibrant 5.1-inch SUPER AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection but now with a curved back design similar to the Note 5 for a more comfortable grip of the device.
What separates it from the earlier generation is the coming back of the dust proof and water resistant feature (up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes) as well as the microSD card slot supporting up to 200 GB of additional storage. Other minor changes also include a less protruding back camera, a bigger battery capacity, and native support for virtual reality using Samsung Gear VR.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Specs
- 5.1’’ Super AMOLED screen display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890 Octa-core processor
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- GSM / HSPA / LTE network
- 12 megapixels Dual-Pixel rear camera @ f/1.7 aperture
- 5 megapixels front camera
- 4 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB internal storage
- Expandable storage via microSD up to 200GB
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
- Fast Wireless Charging
- IP68 certified dust proof and water resistant
- 3,000 mAh battery
One of the greatest selling points of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the introduction of its new dual-pixel camera system. While the S7 only has a 12MP rear camera compared to the 16MP of the S6’s, the new dual-pixel system together with its new camera sensor and lens offers better camera performance in terms of low light shooting environments. Camera focus is also 3x faster now comparable to Canon DSLR cameras.
In terms of software, the new Galaxy S7 series now runs the latest Android operating system which is Android 6.0 Marshmallow under TouchWiz UI. It also introduces the new Always-ON feature which shows your clock, notifications, calendar, or any custom image permanently on your screen. As battery-consuming as it sounds, Samsung assures that this feature only consumes half a percent of battery per hour so it is not something to worry significantly.
What I Like:
- Premium build
- Dual-pixel camera
- Dust proof & water resistant
- Expandable storage
- Easy to grip
What I Don’t Like:
- Fingerprint-magnet glass design
- Same old microUSB port instead of a newer USB Type-C
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 will come in two color variations – Black and Gold. It is set to be released for public purchase on March 11, 2016 with pre-orders starting as early as February 23 in the US. As announced also by Samsung, pricing scheme will be totally the same as last year’s Galaxy S6 which will cost at around $649 in the US for a contract-free device or around Php 34,990 here in the Philippines.
*Images courtesy of GSMArena.