I didn’t get to attend Samsung’s Galaxy S7 launch event due to my flight being delayed and being stuck in Dublin, Ireland but I did spend a few hours playing with Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge today at MWC and yes, that made up for all the trouble.
First, let’s talk about the design. Design on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hasn’t changed much from last year’s S6 and S6 Edge. In fact, the only difference you can tell with naked eye is the fact that this year’s S7 and S7 Edge both come with curved back instead of being flat. This makes the phones a lot easier to hold and boy, I noticed the difference right away the first time I held it. It’s more ergonomic and naturally allows you to grip the phone. Other than that, you will notice the S7 has barely a camera hump compared to a huge one from last year. There’s also always-on screen just like the LG G5. Those damn Sam Spies at LG paid off.
Now, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge haven’t changed much on the outside but it’s what’s inside that counts. Both phones run the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 for U.S. models and also Exynos 8890 octa-core models for certain countries with latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. With 4 gigs of DDR4 memory, you will not be disappointed with its performance and graphic-intensive games were running flawless while I played games with them. And did we mention IP68 water-proof rating? The S7 and S7 Edge both are water-resistant up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water.
As for display, the S7 feature 5.1-inch 1440P AMOLED screen while the S7 Edge features 5.5-inch 1440P AMOLED screen. As usual, the screens are super crisp and brighter than ever, if you want the best screens on a smartphone, the S7 or S7 Edge will give you that. In my quick comparison with my Galaxy S6, the new AMOLED screens are indeed even brighter than last year, this also may mean more battery life through more efficient technology.
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