This is the time of the year when we all wait with bated breath to see what Samsung has in store for us with their latest flagship smartphones. MWC has usually been the launchpad for Samsung Flagships and it has sort of become customary for us to expect the same every year. After a series of leaks and speculations, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. On the design front the changes seem to be minimal and in line with the last years flagships. Have a look below.
The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge both come fitted with a QHD display, but the S7 Edge is equipped with a larger 5.5-inch display while the Galaxy S7 retains the 5.1-inch display from the Galaxy S6. Samsung had kept us guessing about the SoC since long and while some of us opined that Samsung will offer the Galaxy S7 exclusively powered with the Exynos 8890 whereas the benchmarks begged to differ. It is now known that both the phones will be offered with Exynos and Snapdragon 820 mated to a 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge offer 32GB of on board storage along with an expandable microSD card slot that can accommodate a generous 200 GB of additional storage.
The Thermal Spreader is yet another cool feature that is expected to keep the heat at bay and cool the processor as and when required. The Spreader is essentially a 0.4mm layer of water which will absorb the heat and turn into steam. We are yet to ascertain on the mechanism responsible for replenishing of the water. This feature should allow the S7 and the S7 Edge to run games without heating up excessively. Talking about the game centric feature Samsung has come up with a new feature that will allow gamers to record the gameplay without rooting the phone.
Samsung seems to have dropped from the Megapixel race and what we have on the flagships is a 12-Megapixel Primary Dual Pixel setup. Now before you start wondering, Dual Pixel sensors are being employed in the DSLRs and they help in achieving better focus. This enhancement in focusing is achieved by enlarging the area over which the autofocus works to nearly 80% of the total capture area. The secondary camera is a 5-Megapixel sensor no frills sensor which seems to be borrowed from its predecessor.
Samsung has backtracked on their decision to ditch the water resistant feature in the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, now the IP68 certification has been reintroduced in the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. Just for context, the IP68 certification means that both the devices can be submerged in water up to the depth of 1.5 meters and for a maximum time period of 30 minutes. Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge will be running Android Marshmallow wrapped in the lighter Samsung Touchwiz and will be backed up by a more powerful 3,600mAh battery pack alongside the wireless capability that made a debut with the Galaxy S6. The Sidebar menu in the Galaxy S7 Edge seems to have been improvised with an option to add new menu buttons.
It is interesting to note that Samsung’s gamble with the water resistant feature and the expandable memory card slot might not have worked with the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. When questioned about the exclusion of the same last year, the company had said that these were some of the sacrifices it had to make to achieve the sleek design and now it seems that Samsung engineers have finally learnt how to pack in the same innards without ditching the expandable memory card slot and the water proofing feature.