Both the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge aesthetically evoke the product line of their ancestor S6. Samsung has perfected their aspect by improving them to create a more original, beautiful, harmonious and refined product. Carefully selected materials, like their glass and metal finish, are among some of the things that do not make these smartphones envy anything from Apple.
The Galaxy S7 more or less maintains the same dimensions of the S6, with edges and angles reshaped to make the smartphone more comfortable to hold. Both the back and the front side of the phone were improved by making respectively the camera less bulgy and less evident the sensor for finger prints. The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1 inch HD Super Amoled screen.
Also Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge, the variation curved down the sides has also undergone a restyling. It has been slightly increased to 5.5 inches. Samsung’s designers worked to better improve the graphic compared to last year’s Edge, increasing the bend on the back of the phone to make the grip more comfortable. My impression was that the Galaxy S7 Edge is not unwieldy as I was expecting and it might also be more handy than the standard model.
For charging there is a classic Micro USB port. The company chose this option over the new USB Type-C as they believe it is still an unripe technology that can not bring any disadvantages to consumers.
The smartphone’s processor will vary according to the country, options being Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos. In the UK, the new smartphones have the Samsung-made Exynos 8890, which might seem like a crude compromise, but do not worry because according to AnTuTu benchmarks, the chip has shown a performance increase of around 60%. For both versions, there is 4GB of RAM while the data storage onboard is set at 32GB with the chance to expand thanks to the comeback of the slot for micro SD.
Consumers were not quite happy with the battery duration in the previous versions. For this reason, Samsung decided to boost the charge in order to increase autonomy. Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3.000 mAh while the S6 had 2.550 mAh, and S7 Edge has 3.600 mAh compared to the 2.600 mAh of its ancestor. Moreover, Samsung has kept the system of ‘fast charging’, which permits you to charge your phone to around 30% in about 15 minutes.
For the camera, Samsung decided to use a 12 Megapixel sensor, instead of the 16 Megapixel of Galaxy S6. Although, they assure that thanks to new technologies, the pictures will be much more realistic. The lens has a focal aperture of F1.7 and the innovative features of the camera capture more light and produce vivid and detailed pictures, even in a low light condition, indoors and at dusk. The pixels on the sensor of the image are all provided with two photodiodes instead of one. This means that the Dual Pixel sensor can focalise at the same speed and precision of the human eye. The sensor guarantees a perfect focalisation, even of the most rapid movements.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge use Android 6.0 Marshmallow as their operating system, the last version refined by Google. This time, Samsung decided to only add a few applications, reducing the possibility to personalise the system. This was due to a number of critics from consumers, who claimed that the pre-installed applications were only occupying memory, slowing down the smartphone.
For us to conduct the preview of the new S7s, Tech21 invited us along to take a look at their new cases on offer for the new flagship smartphones. For those who want to keep their phone protected, Tech21 has created an ultra thin, completely clear and smudge resistant covers crafted from FlexShock. This cover will help keep your phone safe from everyday drops, while enabling you to appreciate its original beauty. Impact Clear, thanks to BulletShield, an ultra efficient material used in bullet proof glass is one of the lightest cover ever made.
So, what are you waiting for? Rethink what a phone can do and go out to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge along with one of the new Tech21 cases.
Written by Cecilia Strada, photos by Zeynep Paksoy