Samsung launches Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with IP68 water resistance, 12MP ‘dual pixel’ rear camera and Always-On display

Sticking to its tradition, Samsung today officially announced its next-generation Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. An evolution of last year’s Galaxy S6, the new phones retain Samsung’s quad HD Super AMOLED display while fixing some of the annoyances of the Galaxy S6.

While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t feature waterproofing, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are rumored to come with water resisting capabilities.

Also, to better differentiate between its lineup and to rival Apple’s offering better, Samsung has gone in for a larger 5.5-inch curbed display on the Galaxy S7 edge this time around. The Galaxy S7 continues to come with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, though it can now reach higher brightness levels. Another trick up their sleeve is their ability to remain always-on and show the time/date and other relevant information.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will feature an octa-coreExynos 8890 chipset, which is the company’s first chipset to make use of its own custom ARM cores running at 2.4GHz. In certain markets, Samsung will be launching the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip clocked at 2.15GHz. To avoid any heating issues, Samsung is also introducing a cooling system with its new handsets, which essentially involves a heat pipe with a special cooling liquid being present inside it. Other specs include a fingerprint sensor, 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, heart rate monitor, Samsung Pay support, 32/64GB internal memory and a microSD card slot.
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Better cameras with BRITECELL technology
As for the enhanced cameras, a brighter f/1.7 aperture lets in 25 percent more light and the sensor’s aspect ratio has been changed from a wide 16:9 format to the 4:3 ratio. The cameras shoot 4K and have optical image stabilization. The company is also using a technology called BRITECELL, which is similar to Apple’s Focus Pixels, that it claims allows for a three times faster focus.

More importantly, Samsung has actually decreased pixel resolution from 16 megapixels in the last year’s models to twelve megapixels in favor of using larger pixels that let in 56 percent more light, which boosts image quality in low-light situations. As per Samsung, the Galaxy S7 captures 33 percent more light than the iPhone 6s Plus.

Tech specs

The Galaxy S7 will come in Black or Gold variants. The Galaxy S7 Edge will be offered in Black, Gold and Silver colorways. Both phones will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions and will price-match last year’s flagship Galaxy handsets, Samsung has said.

The South Korean company will start to take pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Plus on February 23 ahead of the devices’ debut on all four major carriers in the United States starting on March 11.

Oh, and people who buy an S7 or S7 edge between February 23 and March 18 will be treated to a free Gear VR headset with a bundle of six games. For the time being, the Gear VR only works with the new Galaxy S7 phones and their predecessors.

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Source: Samsung


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