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TL;DR: What’s Changed With The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge?


Short on time? Here’s a quick list of what’s changed with the new phones

If you haven’t heard Samsung has officially announced their newest flagships today, the S7 and S7 Edge. We already did an extensive hands-on for both phones, but if you’re short on time, here’s 5 of the biggest changes in the new devices:


microSD expansion

Samsung has heard the frustrations of potential buyers of their flagships, and has brought back the microSD expansion slot in the S7 and S7 Edge. You’ll need it, since the S7 and S7 Edge officially sold in the PH will only have 32GB of storage.



Another feature that was taken out from the S5 and put back on the S7 and S7 Edge is water resistance. The new flagships can now survive being dunked in a meter of water for around 30 minutes without any problems, though we don’t recommend you taking them out with you when you hit the beach or the pool.


Bigger display and batteries

While the S7 retains the smaller display of the previous generation, the S7 Edge now has a bigger, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. With the bigger display comes a bigger battery: the S7 now has a bigger, 3000mAh battery and the S7 has a larger battery still at 3600mAh.


A flatter camera

If you’ve always hated the protruding camera of the previous generation, you’ll be happy to know that the new flagships have thinner camera housings that lies almost flush with the main body. Speaking of the camera…

Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7

Lower resolution, better low-light performance

Samsung has decided to put a lower resolution camera on the S7 and S7 Edge compared to the previous generation. While the camera technically has a lower resolution compared to the previous generation, it delivers better low light performance thanks to the company’s Dual Pixel technology and a bigger than average sensor and pixel size.

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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  1. You’ve been tricked by “POST PROCESSING” lower resolution = smaller demand on the cpu. Therefore you got the SAME hardware and software only with less pixels to work with.

    1. You.Are.WRONG…….Photo sensor is totally revamped

      ”The advantage of the Dual Pixel image sensor in the Galaxy S7 is most evident when taking pictures in a low-light environment. The newest smartphone model is equipped with 1.4um pixels (a 56 percent increase in size compared to the Galaxy S6) and a large F1.7 aperture (which allows for 25 percent more brightness). Combined, these features enable for 95 percent more light compared to its predecessor, which subsequently results in a much brighter and sharper image. Furthermore, the new model employs autofocusing at considerably faster speeds, allowing for faster shooting.”

      Source : https://news.samsung.com/global/setting-a-new-standard-in-mobile-photography-the-camera-of-the-galaxy-s7

    2. lower resolution on same-sized sensors ARE NOT gimmicks, they work. just look at high-end point-and-shoots/travel-zoom cameras like the Lumix TZ70, they shoot quite well in lowlight as it has fewer but bigger pixels in the same-sized sensor.

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