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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Launched

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samsung-galaxy-s7-hands-on-sean-okane5_2040.0One of the most anticipated phones of the year was launched at MWC Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are an evolution from last year’s Galaxy S6 line up. This time though, the S7 Edge is a larger phone as compared to the S7 with 5.5 inch SAMOLED Display compared to the 5.1 inch SAMOLED on the S7.samsung-galaxy-s7-hands-on-sean-okane17_2040.0While Samsung is following the similar design that was first introduced on the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is an improvement when it comes to design. The back of the phones has rounded edges that were seen on the Note 5. Other improvements on the design include a more flushed in Power button that doubles up as the fingerprint scanner and a much neatly designed Camera module that does not stick out awkwardly.Even though the Galaxy S7 Edge features a larger 5.5 inch display, it does so with minimal footprint and much better screen to body ratio making it easy for one handed usage. Overall the phones feel well designed and we love the end results. Both the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are powered by Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos Octa-Core processor (Presumably Exynos 8890), depending on where you are located across the globe. The phones also feature 4GB DDR4 RAM and various on-board storage options with expandable storage this time around. Best part though is that the SIM tray is a hybrid one, thereby one can choose to have a Dual SIM setup or Expandable storage as per user’s choice.Improvements are seen in an overall package as the battery too gets a bump with both phones featuring 3000mAh unit on the S7 and a 3600mAh unit S7 Edge. The best part of them all is the return of a feature we all missed last time around – Dust and water resistance. Both these phones feature an IP 68 rating thereby making it water resistant up till 1.3 meters for 30 minutes. Also they stick to Micro-USB as opposed the USB Type C revolution, possibly because the Gear accessories are compatible with the age old connector.samsung-galaxy-s7-hands-on-sean-okane27_2040.0The most significant improvement over last year’s S6 line up is the camera modules of the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. On paper the 12 MP camera is a down grade from the 16 MP unit used last year. But Samsung claims that the new camera with f/1.7 aperture allows for 25% more light than before and overall the camera can produce 56% brighter images as compared to last year’s unit. The unit also brings in 95% more light capture than the previous generations. Samsung says the new camera can focus up to three times faster thanks to its dual-pixel system that allows every single one of the 12 million pixels to act as focus pixels, similar to the system Canon uses in some of its DSLR cameras.As far as Software is concerned, both these phones feature Android 6.0 marshmallow with Samsung UI on it. This time though, the UI is minimalistic with almost no bloat ware and a much cleaner interface than earlier years. There’s an always on display setting that can display clock and calendar events even when the phone screen is locked. There is also an option to do away with the app drawer, something that was seen in the LG G5 and most of the Chinese Smart phones these days. Major improvements come to S7 Edge as the edge display can do more tasks than before and features a much wider panel for doing so. It feels more natural than before and now justifies the Edge display.Overall, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are improvements to the S6 line-up of last year in almost every segment from design to hardware to software. Samsung has pulled out a winner from its hat and things look good for Samsung. We will be testing these phones in our full review. Stay tuned and be Techy.

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