Samsung unveiled its eagerly awaited Galaxy S7 and rumored Galaxy S7 Edge at its pre-event Sunday evening at the Mobile World Congress. Mark Zuckerberg walked out onto the stage and surprised the crowd with the presentation. It is a world of connectivity, and Samsung upped its game with Zuckerberg.
The larger display on the Galaxy S7 Edge is larger at 5.5-inches (14cm), compared to the Galaxy S7’s 5.1-inch (13cm) display. The release of the Samsung 7 confirms it will retain its current size so portability is guaranteed. The S7 models will have an always-on display mode.
The consumer will notice The Edge version is also slightly curvier than before and its camera protrudes less far out. The enhanced “edge” gives shortcuts to email, different photo modes and third-party apps.
The loss of MicroSD cards dropped from the previous generation now reappears in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both accepting MicroSD cards, allowing their storage to be expanded, (Samsung says a 64GB model will be available in some regions, but the US will just have the 32GB).
Samsung added an enhanced feature so both models are waterproof which allows for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes at a time. The Verge lists, “the 7’s waterproofing includes sealed ports, so there are no fussy port covers over the USB ports or headphone jacks. The S7 does not use USB Type-C, but sticks with the traditional Micro USB port. Samsung says this is because Micro USB retains compatibility with the Gear VR headset released last year, and that USB C isn’t quite ready for the mainstream just yet.”
The new unboxed Galaxy S7 and GalaxyS7 Edge provide the gaming tech and a rear camera to insure better ability to handle low-light conditions. Their overall design, however, is similar to the Galaxy S6, as it was expected. The 7s new, larger 12-megapixel camera is a winner as it lets in 56 percent more light. The lens at f/1,7 aperture allows for 25 percent additional light.
Both phones’ new camera feature beats out a Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus, so you are ready for the shot. It allows for faster and better focus due to its dual-pixel system which is similar to Canon on some of its DSLR cameras.
Chris Yackulic is covering the Samsung7 from his site at Android Headlines review service, so I asked him to give a summary of the Samsung 7.
Chris reviews that the “display looks nice and sharp, and clearly looks like a Quad HD panel to our eyes.” He reports:
“Sticking with the software angle here, we were lucky enough to be sent a close-up view of the ‘About’ screen from the settings menu. Unsurprisingly, we can see that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is onboard, but we can also make out the January 1st 2016 security update level and even the KNOX version, which appears to be 2.6 here.”
Will Samsung find consumer acceptance of its enhanced models? “Samsung has a problem that is actually shared by most smartphone companies today,” said Carolina Milanesi from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. She added, “Each year’s phones look more and more alike and what gets tweaked is more of finesse to what’s inside, and that’s really hard to convince customers to pay extra for in stores.”