Samsung have been at the top of the Android manufacturing game for several years now, continuing a success story that began way back with the Galaxy S2. Ever since they have looked to build on this, improving power and capability each year.
The Galaxy S7 range is Samsung’s offering for 2016, with the Edge version being the high end option with a curved AMOLED edge and glass to both sides of the screen. The S7 range manages to be a subtle iteration in design, bringing back once-removed features and delivering a sense of refinement to the positively received Samsung models of 2015.
If you’re looking for a brand new smartphone in 2016 and want to hit the ground running, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers the best in power, performance and looks in the Android space.
When Samsung shifted their design ethos with the S6, embracing premium glass and metal instead of cheaper, glossy plastics, they were widely praised by the industry and community.
The S7 is a continuation of this, refining the edges and button placements to create a smoother, slicker handset, whilst simultaneously adding in support for expandable storage and waterproofing.
The glass on the new S7 range tapers perfectly into the edges of the display, and with the S7 Edge, the curvature down to the final edge is so subtle it’s almost as if the phone moulds into the back panel.
With the Super AMOLED technology for screen manufactured by Samsung, there has always been an impressive depth to colour reproduction that LCD screens have never quite reached. There is also a marked improvement in power consumption too as S-AMOLED only delivers power to the pixels as and when they need it.
The S7 range makes use of an Always-On screen, realising the true potential of AMOLED technology. With an Always-On screen, it is actually still ‘on’ even when the whole screen goes black, so it’s ready to display instantly. You can even interact with the screen just by glancing at it.
Unique to the Galaxy S7 Edge is the all-new Edge UX, an advancement of the display found on the original Note Edge and last year’s S6 Edge. This allows you to create shortcuts on the Edge display to your preferred apps, contacts and other useful information to personalise and streamline your experience with the phone.
Samsung have been very keen to work on their smartphone camera technology in the past few years. This has often been one of the key selling points of any new smartphone, especially as many new phones have similar internal specifications.
For the S7 range, Samsung have actually lowered the camera sensor megapixel to 12, from the S6’s 16. This might seem like a backward step, however any camera aficionado will let you know that it’s not just megapixel rating that creates great pictures.
Samsung have increased the pixel size of the sensor, alongside improving the lens aperture to f/1.7. The result is a drastic increase in the amount of light received by the sensor, vastly improving low-light performance and allowing for more detail in standard scenarios.
A 16:9 wide format has also been chosen which allows for native widescreen shooting and video recording.
The new Dual Pixel system isn’t just for improving low-light imagery either, it also speeds up focussing. Every individual pixel of the 12 million that make up the sensor can act as a focus pixel, which is similar to leading technology in DSLRs.
With a flagship phone we expect to find the leading edge of modern mobile technology and so of course we have this on the S7 Edge.
You can find the S7 Edge on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. This beast-of-a-phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It has a 2.15 GHz quad-core chip with a incredibly powerful Adreno 530 graphics unit.
Running in tandem with 4GB of RAM, the S7 Edge is more than capable of running pretty much anything anything you can throw. This includes the most recent mobile 3D games, high definition VR content or multiple torrent downloads, with future-proofing for several years.
The S7 Edge includes a 3,500 mAh battery enough to get even power users through to the end of the day.
Both versions of the S7 support all standard connectivity features for a flagship smartphone. So you’ll find 4G / LTE data speeds (up to Cat.9 where supported), dual-band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, GPS with GLONASS and Beidou support, NFC for one-touch pairing and payments, Bluetooth 4.2 all ready to go.
Fast Charging and wireless charging for both Qi and PMA standards is also built in to the phone so no special accessories are required.
The included charger supports Fast Charging, which will also be catered for through official Samsung accessories and 3rd party units which follow to the official fast charging specifications.
The S7 range is also fully compatible with the Samsung Gear VR so you can experience exclusive 3D games and VR content from the Oculus Store.
It was integrated perfectly into the S6 range so it’s no surprise the S7 Edge features a high resolution fingerprint sensor as part of the home button.
During the initial setup of the phone you’ll be prompted to activate the sensor up with at least one fingerprint – this is completely optional though.
Once you have one or more fingerprints registered, you can use these for a variety of features such as unlocking the screen, authorising payments or accessing restricted apps and files.
You can even register other people’s fingerprints, to give them access. With Android’s profile permissions and Samsung’s additions to these, other authorised users can see a completely different version of your phone to you, hiding certain apps or folders, or not providing access to features such as the camera or gallery.
Samsung Knox is also available, as always for flagship Samsung phones. Knox is Samsung’s specialised container for your sensitive content.
It’s your decision to initialise Knox or not. If you do then you can transfer documents, pictures, contact information and messages into the secure Knox container, which encrypts them and keeps them safe should the phone ever get lost, stolen or otherwise fall into the wrong hands.
Not every phone has an IP rating and when they do they’re usually the more rugged and chunky looking devices. IP ratings denote ingress protection against water, dust and other small particles like sand.
The Galaxy S7 has been provided an IP rating of 68. This means it can be submerged in fresh water to a depth of 1 metre for half an hour, as well as resisting direct jets of pressurised water.
Reasons to buy the Galaxy S7 Edge
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung TouchWiz
5.5 inch QHD (1440 x 2560) with curved edge and edge interaction software
Always-On AMOLED display – instant notifications and screen response
2.15 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm processor – top of the range multitasking and gaming performance
Dual Pixel 12MP camera with smart OIS – better low-light performance and detail than any previous Samsung Galaxy
3,500 mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging (Qi or PMA)
Bluetooth 4.2 / GPS / Dual Band Wi-Fi / NFC
High resolution integrated Fingerprint Sensor – unlock your phone and authorise payments (Samsung Pay / Google Play)
IP 68 water and dust resistant – complete peace of mind
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm / 157g
Colour and memory variants
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be available in black and gold colours, with internal storage of 32 GB.
Every Galaxy S7 Edge can use a microSD card up to a maximum of 200 GB, like this SanDisk Ultra.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge continues the achievements of the powerful Galaxy line of smartphones for 2016 with sleek design and incredibly powerful performance. Get yours NOW!!!