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Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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The new stars in Samsung’s Galaxy is here

Just like clockwork Samsung has officially announced the newest members of their Galaxy S lineup: the S7 and S7 Edge. At first glance, there’s little to distinguish the designs of the new
flagships to the previous generation, though both phones have slightly improved designs compared to the S6 and S6 Edge, namely slightly rounded corners, bigger home button and a gently
curved back that’s similar to the Note 5.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Specs

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 2.6GHz octa-core Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.1/5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, QHD resolution, Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 200GB
  • 12-megapixel DualPixel camera, f/1.7 aperture, OIS
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • 3000mAh/3600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0, TouchWiz UI
  • Php 34,990/Php 39,990

The biggest change design-wise is found on the back of the phone, since the camera module now sits flush on the back of the device instead of jutting out a few millimeters as was the case with the S6 and S6 Edge. The frame has also been tweaked in terms of the materials used – it now uses a stronger, lighter magnesium alloy instead of the regular aluminum of the previous phones.

While the phones look similar on the outside to the previous generation, Samsung has put back two key features that users have been clamoring for since the release of the previous generation: expandable storage and water resistance. The phone can now take microSD cards up to 200GB to supplement the 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage in the devices. The phone is also rated IP68, meaning it can be submerged in water without any issues, though like Sony, Samsung does not recommend you go swimming with the S7 or S7 Edge.

Unlike the S6 and S6 Edge, there’s now a clear difference between the S7 and S7 Edge. While both phones still sport QHD Super AMOLED displays, the phones now have distinct screen sizes – the S7 has a 5.1-inch display, while the S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch display – and battery capacities – the S7 has 3000mAh battery while the S7 Edge has a bigger 3600mAh capacity. Both phones have Always-On capabilities for their display, which shows notifications at a glance without needing to unlock the phone.

The two phones will share the same components internally – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor. That’s paired with 4GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage. Samsung has reduced the resolution of the rear camera to 12-megapixels from 16-megapixels (which accounts for the smaller size of the camera module) but uses their own Dual Pixel camera technology. The camera’s sensor size is 1/2.5-inches big, which means that the individual pixels on the sensor is bigger than a typical phone. This theoretically should mean better low-light performance though at the expense of detail. Samsung’s also saying that the AF of the new camera module is 4x faster than the previous generation, and produces generally brighter photos.

In the Philippines Samsung is selling only the 32GB version of the S7 and S7 Edge. The S7 is priced at Php 34,990 while the S7 Edge is priced at Php 39,990. Both phones will be available come March 19.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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