Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The most immediate difference you’ll notice between the Galaxy S7 Edge and its predecessor is the phone’s size. Bridging the size gap between last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge and the S6 Edge Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers a 5.5-inch display, making it noticeably larger than the “standard” Galaxy S7.

When it comes to display quality, it’s hard to beat Samsung, and thankfully the S7 Edge continues this legacy. While the S7 Edge’s Super AMOLED display remains very similar to the screen found on the S6 Edge, Samsung did bump up the size this time around, going from 5.1-inches to 5.5-inches. While this results in a lower pixel density of 534 ppi vs 577ppi on the Galaxy S6 Edge, the real world difference is negligible and if anything, the larger size means a better experience for watching movies, playing games, and pretty much anything else you might want to do.

One change found on the Galaxy S7 Edge over the S6 Edge is the new “always on display”. In a nutshell, the always on display gives you glanceable information such as the time, if you have any messages or missed calls, and there’s even options to display a calendar or even a picture/pattern.

The S7 Edge is powered by Exynos 8 Octa (8890) – consisting of quad-core 2.6 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 – and backed by a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU and 4GB RAM. In the United States and China, however, the Galaxy S7 ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – consisting of a dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo – with an Adreno 530 GPU and also 4GB RAM.

Probably one of the most controversial changes made for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were the removal of microSD and user-replaceable batteries. While the later of these is still absent in the Galaxy S7 Edge, the former has returned! In addition to 32GB of internal storage the microSD slot (which is combined with a hot-swappable SIM tray) allows you to expand memory up to 200GB.

The Galaxy S7 Edge offers an IP68 rating, meaning it should be able to handle full submersion in water up to three feet deep for up to 30 minutes. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should take this thing swimming with you or use it as a parlor trick to show off to your friends, but it does mean that if the worst happens, your phone should be able to handle it without any issue.

The 3600 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S7 Edge makes it easy enough to get through a full day’s use, and honestly with a bit lighter use you’ll have no trouble making it through a day and a half or more.

Samsung has decided to take a different route with the Galaxy S7 Edge, opting for a 12MP camera instead of the 16MP shooter found in its predecessor.

Of course there’s more to a great camera experience than just megapixels. While the count may be lower, this has allowed for much larger pixels for increased low-light performance, in a move similar to what we saw from Huawei and Google with the Nexus 6P. The camera on the Galaxy S7 also has an f/1.7 aperture lens, a change from the f/1.9 aperture found in its predecessor. Some of the camera’s other features include optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, and dual pixel technology. The end result is a camera with noticeably faster autofocus over competing flagship smartphones, especially in low light.

the Galaxy S7 Edge might not be the ‘perfect’ phone, but it’s damn close. If you don’t mind giving TouchWiz a shot and want a well-performing phone with great looks and just about every feature you could possibly want, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is worthy of your consideration.

DesignTechnical characteristics

LAUNCH Announced 2016, February
Status Available. Released 2016, March
BODY Dimensions 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 in)
Weight 157 g (5.54 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
– Curved edge screen
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, apt-X
Radio No
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery
Talk time
MISC Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver
SAR US 1.17 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.26 W/kg (head)     0.51 W/kg (body)
Price group 9/10

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