Impressions : Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphones of 2016 a few days ago – Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. This year, Samsung withdrew their idea of an S7 Edge+ which is actually a good thing because they differed only in size (mostly).

The Galaxy S7 packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB RAM, 3000 mAh battery and a 12.1 MP dual pixel primary camera with 2K resolution and 4K video recording and 5 MP secondary camera. The screen size is about 5.1″ with a quad HD display at 577 ppi pixel density. It comes with Android v6.0 (Marshmallow). It also has Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer and heart rate sensors.

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The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with similar specifications except a few features. The S7 Edge comes with a 3600 mAh battery and a 5.5″ display. Having a bigger screen, the pixel density is about 534 ppi.

Although these terms are beasts in terms of specs and performance, they lack quite a few features that was most anticipated by the users. The phones still do not have an IR Blaster. This feature is very common amongst the new phones these days and it is pretty useful too. Samsung did not implement the Type-C charging port yet. This can be a huge drawback to the phone as users wouldn’t prefer this phone as it would seem “Outdated”! But on a serious note, Type-C charging is much faster and this would be anyone’s expectation by default, don’t you think?

The S7 Edge is 1 mm thicker than its predecessor. This was done to accommodate the larger battery. This was a good choice because performance is more important than how thin the phone could get. Both these phones are now completely waterproof. So, you don’t have to worry about your phone getting damaged during the rain.

Both the phones have curvy rears now. So, it is easier to hold compared to the S6 and S6 Edge/Edge+. The previous phones would slip off easily and using them on one hand would be scary! However, the camera is pretty great and the autofocus is really fast.

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The overall design is more sleek. The bulge on the camera has decreased. So, it is easier to use them on a flat surface. These phones are a more refined version of their predecessors. Every fault that the S6/S6 Edge had was taken into account and dealt with. Now, we have more swipe through options at the edge of the S7 Edge which could previously be done with only third party apps.

Conclusion

This is one of the best phones out there in terms of specs. Though they have put various sensors such as heart rate monitor etc (which is pretty useless for a normal user) they did not include features like IR blaster and Type-C charging which is a big let down. But these are one the best phones in the market for a good Android experience. These phones will be launched in India on 11th March 2016.

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