MWC 2016: Samsung S7 and S7 edge have bigger batteries, better camera and waterproofing

The increase in the market competition a few years ago stamped the days when Samsung jumped into the competition with its Galaxy S line. Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first robust competitor to the iPhone and LG counterparts and since then even when the Korean giant is trying really hard, Samsung’s design for the S series has always been criticized as plasticky and cheap-looking for such expensive phones. Samsung finally last year woke up and moved from plastic to metal and glass to dress up the then flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. These were the phones of the year with stunningly beautiful designs that I personally believe should be showcased. Today, at MWC 2016, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were unveiled at Samsung Unpacked keynote and they are going to add even more grace to the then flagships.

MWC 2016 Samsung S7, S7 Edge
Galaxy S7 Edge (bottom) and S7

The most significant differences from the products can be seen in the S6 Edge where the screen size has been increased to 5.5 inch quad HD Super AMOLED display. The camera module has been cropped to remove the unnecessary bulging in the S6 Edge. The back of the phone is slightly curved for easy hand use. The S7 retains the 5.i inch quad HD Super AMOLED display and is almost similar to the last year’s model with a little more flattening of the home button.

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Both phones will have support for microSD cards with 32/64 gigabytes of maximum storage depending on the region in which the phone is sold. In the US the phone will rock Snapdragon 820 SOC while other countries will receive the Samsung made Exynos chips that were in the S6. The RAM has been increased to 4 gigabytes. Additionally, the phones will be water resistant for half an hour with up to 1.5 meters of depth. The screen is also dust resistant. Thanks to Samsung for not making the device having only USB Type-C connector as the company thinks that the technology is not quite ready for mass adoption as well as the Gear VR headset compatibility will be compromised by the Type-C connector.

MWC 2016 Samsung

The batteries have been significantly increased from 2,550 mAh to 3l000 mAh for S7 and from 2,600 mAh to 3,600 mAh for S7 Edge. These significant changes in battery are due to the poor battery performance in the last year’s flagships. The most significant change in the devices is done in the camera module. The camera is now a 12 megapixel sensor which is lower than the last year’s 16 megapixel but is promised to capture way more light for low light imaging. The new sensor and lens when combined lets in 95% more light than the predecessor which is already a great camera. The new camera has three times faster focus capability and has the same technology as the DSLRs. The camera also starts faster than any other phone in the market.

Samsung S7, S7 edge specs MWC 2016
Samsung S7, S7 edge specs

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The flagships come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. There are some shortcuts harnessed from the S7 Edge’s curved sides. Samsung also added always-on display that shows time, calendar and weather with some other important information. The phones will come in Black, Gold and Silver for S7 edge while S7 will not have the silver variant. The prices will remain same as the S6 and S6 Edge. The phones will debut in the country next month.


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