Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Today in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2016, amid lots of rumors and speculations, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launched. The South Korean company puts up an impressive show with a bits of virtual reality experience, and lot more teasers of what the future Samsung would be.

Now, let's talk about the much anticipated launch of this year – Samsung Galaxy S7. In first look, you'll be deceived to see it looking same like Galaxy S6, nothing much changed in the outlook. But, as per specs, there are many features to cheer about. It solves each and every problem people are complaining about in Galaxy S6, means it's a genuine upgrade. It's a refinement to a proven design of S6.
A thin tube of water keeps the new Galaxy S7 smartphone alway cool
Features

Samsung pulls out everything they could to take on their archival Apple, they claim to give iPhone 6 plus run for it's money with their flagship Galaxy S7 features. Here's what the devices comes loaded with

  • Screen size: 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.15 GHz + 1.6 GHz 
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage Options: 32GB/64GB
  • Expandable memory: Yes
  • Camera: 12 Megapixel rear, 5 MP rear, LED flash, dual pixel auto-focus
  • Battery: Non-Removable Li-Po 3000mAh 
  • Wireless charging, same as S6
  • Available colors: Black Onyx, Gold Platinum

What's New?

Long story short, let me list you out what's new about this device that it's previous predecessor S6 was lacking.

  • Storage: Unlike S6, the new Galaxy S7 accepts MicroSD cards with up to 200 GB of storage limit.
  • Battery capacity is higher than S6.
  • Waterproof: Have IP68 water resistance ratings, meaning they can be safely immersed to depths of 1.5m (4.9ft) for up to 30 minutes.
  • Display ON feature: Display always stays ON to show notifications and the time without needing to wake the screen up.
  • Faster Processor: Supports Vulkan API(application program interface) to display efficient GPUs, which currently all high end PCs and gaming consoles have.
  • Game Recorder: you can record the games you play on your device
  • Dual Pixel Autofocus: bigger aperture f/1.7, which is similar to DSLRs. Good for low light photography.
  • Gear 360 camera support: means you can live stream 360 degree videos directly on phone from Samsung's Gear VR

Release Date

The flagship phones will be available to see in Best Buy stores in beginning of February 24th, while carriers will have their launch on February 26th. End-users pay-as-you-go phones will begin from March 11th, which is the date when preorders are scheduled to be delivered.

And, the good news for VR fans, the early pre-order customers will receive free Gear VR virtual reality headset.

Pricing for US carriers are as follows:

Galaxy S7 (24-month installment plan): $23.17 per month on AT&T, $27.91 per month on T-Mobile, $27.09 per month on Sprint

Galaxy S7 edge (24-month installment plan): $26.50 per month on AT&T, $32.50 per month on T-Mobile, $31.25 per month on Sprint

First Impression Verdict

For the sake of balance, lets be realistic, Samsung has invited the critics to write the negatives by not changing any aspect of design. The phone looks similar to the S6. If you spot S7 in anybody's hand, trust me, you won't feel any difference. For most of the people, this lack of new-ness turns them off from buying.

However, the phone is loaded with promising features that can any day gives stiff competition to LG G5 and Apple iPhone 6. The new version S7 fixes lots of problems of S6 in theory, like battery is now seemingly big enough, the camera is tooled in a right direction for high quality pictures, and water proof, expandable memory are another thing that makes S7 ahead in race.

Samsung Galaxy S7 is not at all a new kid in the block, but an old design with tweaks, iterations and refinements.

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About Mohammed Rizwan

An Electronics Engineer by education, a part-time blogger by passion. He loves everything about technology, hence he writes about it. Interest includes Technology, Startups and Mobile Applications.
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