Everything You Need to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung has announced that both the S7 and the S7 Edge will arrive in Europe and the US on March 11th, with pre-orders starting as early as February 23rd.

Samsung is not looking to rewrite the book with the launch of their new flagship mobile devices — they borrow liberally from the S6’s design (a beautiful specimen of cutting-edge tech) and feature set. Thankfully, the phone offers numerous refinements and improvements, and they restore features that went missing from the Galaxy S6 line (Important things, like a microSD card slot and water-resistance). Could this be the best smartphone Samsung has ever made?

Notable New Features

– Android 6.0 Marshmallow software
– 5.1-inch screen with 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution
– Either 32 or 64GB of storage, depending on the region
– MicroSD card slot for extra storage up to 200GB
– 12-megapixel camera (camera with an f-stop of F1.7, making night photography much better)
– Fish-eye and wide-angle lenses? Samsung has thrown that in as well.
– Water-resistant (IP68 rating) – you can submerge it in water for 30 minutes in 1.5m water.
– 3,000 mAh battery (versus 2,550 mAh on Galaxy S6)
– “Always-on” display shows time, calendar or images from the lock screen
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
– Dedicated gaming feature makes it easier to record sessions and screenshots; a do-not-disturb mode blocks incoming notifications
– Colors: black onyx, gold platinum

Game launcher

The other big feature on show is the Game Launcher, a sandboxed area where you can store your latest gaming titles you’ve downloaded and get access to a suite of tools to improve the experience. While in game you can lock the buttons, disable alerts and even record footage of your gaming experience.

Samsung Mobile is defying barriers once again with premium Galaxy smartphones that redefine the ways we imagine our technology. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will make you rethink what a phone can do.

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Design

Streamlined curves offer perfect grip and a slimmer feel without compromising a big immersive screen. It’s a powerhouse inside with expandable memory (SD-card slot), a Vulkan API for amazing gaming graphics, and a longer lasting battery. Take it in the rain, the shower, or the pool because it’s water resistant too.

Camera

Featuring a Dual Pixel 12MP phone camera with sub pixel technology found in professional cameras that activates just like your eyes for split-second autofocus. Shoot in the dark and own the night with larger pixels that capture more light for brighter photos.

Samsung Pay

Leave your wallet at home because Samsung Pay is now available virtually anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. It’s easy to use and secured by Knox Security.

Gear 360

Now you can truly break the boundaries of what a phone can do with the Gear 360 and Gear VR. Record your life with the 360 camera, preview it on the S7, and experience your memories like never before with the Gear VR headset.

Phone Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S7LG G5Apple iPhone 6SGoogle Nexus 6P
Display size, resolution5.1-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels5.3-inch, 2,560×1,440 pixels4.7-inch; 1,334×750 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560×1,440 pixels
Pixel density576ppi554ppi326ppi515ppi
Dimensions (inches)5.6×2.7×0.3 in5.8×2.9×0.3 in5.4×2.6×0.28 in6.3×3.1×0.28 in
Dimensions (millimeters)142.4×69.6×7.9 mm149.4×73.9×7.7mm138x67x7.1 mm159x78x7.3 mm
Weight (ounces, grams)5.4 oz; 152 g5.6 oz; 159g5 oz; 143 g6.3 oz; 178 g
Mobile softwareAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowApple iOS 9Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera12-megapixel16-megapixel, 8-megapixel wide12-megapixel12.3-megapixel
Front-facing camera5-megapixel8-megapixel5-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture4K4K4K4K
Processor2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor*Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processorApple A9 chip (64-bit)2GHz eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Storage32GB, 64GB (varies by region)32GB16GB, 64GB, 128GB32GB, 64GB, 128GB
RAM4GB4GB2GB3GB
Expandable storage200GB2TBNoneNone
Battery3,000mAh (nonremovable)2,800mAh (removable)1,715mAh (nonremovable)3,450mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensorHome buttonHome buttonHome buttonBack cover
ConnectorMicro-USBUSB-CLightningUSB-C
Special featuresN/APull-out battery, two rear camerasN/A“Pure” Android
Price off-contract (USD)TBATBA$649 (16GB); $749 (64GB); $849 (128GB)$499 (32GB); $549 (64GB); $649 (128GB)
Price (GBP)TBATBA£539 (16GB); £619 (64GB); £699 (128GB)£449 (32GB); £499 (64GB); £579 (128GB)
Price (AUD)TBATBAAU$1,079 (16GB); AU$1,229 (64GB); AU$1,379 (128GB)AU$899 (32GB); AU$999 (64GB); AU$1,099 (128GB)

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