Recently unveiled on February 21st and officially set to be released on March 11th, 2016, Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 is currently in its pre-order stage. Both phones – S7 and S7 Edge – look and sound more than promising. Since they are facing tough competition this year, like iPhone 6S or LG G5, Samsung had to really step up its game.
Water and dust resistance is restored – the new S7 phones can now be submerged underwater. This feature was dropped by the previous generation of Galaxy S phones and is making a comeback now.
Battery capacity increase – the 5.2 inch new Galaxy S7 will feature a battery capacity increase of 20% and its big brother, 5.5 inch S7 Edge, one of up to 40%.
Optimization for games – as the new phones rely on more powerful processors than before – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor – capable of supporting the Vulkan API (an application program interface) as well as an increase in RAM up to 4GB, Samsung says that “this should reduce the toll complex games take on battery life”. For the same purpose, the S7 and S7 Edge also include a thermal spreader, basically a 0.4mm-thick tube of water that turns to steam and helps cool down the processor when needed.
Enhanced camera – the new S7 is said to feature a camera made to cope with poor light conditions, thanks to its bigger aperture of f/1.7. Another innovation is the dual pixel autofocus, which means that each pixel can be used to both record the image and determine focus rather than one of the two at a time.
Expendable storage is restored – also a feature dropped by the previous generation, storage expansion is a forte for S7. The new phones both accept microSD cards up to 200GB, which go in the same tray as the device’s SIM card.
S7 and S7 Edge both come equipped with Android 6 Marshmallow and use the latest version of the well-known TouchWiz interface.