Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Now Officially Launched

Earlier today, Manila time, Samsung has officially and formally announced their flagship devices offering for the year and those are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. And just like the previous installments, gadget-related sites and blogs all over the world published so many unconfirmed rumors and speculations, even leaked photos on their websites, but today is the day where Samsung confirmed and debunked many of those reports.

As expected Samsung launched two smartphones at their Unpacked Event in Barcelona, Spain. Though these devices look very similar to last year's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with some noticeable enhancements, there are a lot of new and returning features we have heard about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. There are bigger pixels in the much-improved camera, water and dust-proof features, microSD card support, always-on, bigger RAM and bigger battery packs.

Below is the list of key specs found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and you will notice that almost every specification is found on both devices except for Galaxy S7 Edge's bigger display at 5.5 inches and bigger battery which is pegged at 3,600mAh. Galaxy S7, on the other hand, has 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, the same Quad-HD resolution and also with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and for the battery there is 3,000mAh one. And both running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with Samsung's TouchWiz on top.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

The camera department of these devices sports 12MP for the back and 5MP for the front. As soon as you hear that the rear camera resolution was downgraded from the usual 16MP to just 12MP, it is a bit dissapointing. But do not let that thing deceive you. Samsung says, the camera here is much more improved  than the previous Galaxy S phones. They are implementing a new technology of their own called DualPixel which are bigger pixels that capture more light even in low-light conditions and focuses on a subject very fast. Samsung claimed that one of the problems camera phones have is they are slow in focusing in low-light scenes, and that's one of the things they address on these two phones. Furthermore, the back camera is no longer bulging out unlike before.

The new display feature found on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is what Samsung is calling "Always-On", this simply means that the screen will always display the time and some notifications even when the device is locked, so that users won't need to press any key or turn on the entire screen just to see notifications and most of all the time. They also added that this particular feature does not eat so much battery juice, just about 1% per hour.

Returning feature is the IP68 certification or water and dust proof capability. This was I think first introduced in Galaxy S5 but was removed from the Galaxy S6, and now it's back. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge can now be used under the rain or under water for as deep as 1.5 meter and can be submerged for up to 30 minutes. And of course the microSD support, another thing missing in last year's Samsung flagships, users can now again slide in a microSD card on these handsets up to 200GB of size. And from what I heard, only 32GB variant (64GB will not) will be released in the Philippine market, but I think that's completely okay since we can have microSD card in case 32GB is not enough.

Samsung Galaxy S7 specs:

  • 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • 2560x1440 resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB and 64GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-pixel, dual-tone, dual LED and f/1.7 aperture lens
  • 5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture lens
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
  • WiFi, Bluetooth GPS
  • NFC,
  • Dual-LTE
  • Dual-SIM (2nd SIM supports microSD card)
  • IP68 rating
  • Fast Wireless Charging
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Black and Gold
  • 3,000mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • Dual-Edge Display
  • 2560x1440 resolution
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB and 64GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera with dual-pixel, dual-tone, dual LED and f/1.7 aperture lens
  • 5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture lens
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
  • WiFi, Bluetooth GPS
  • NFC,
  • Dual-LTE
  • Dual-SIM (2nd SIM supports microSD card)
  • IP68 rating
  • Fast Wireless Charging
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Black and Gold
  • 3,600mAh battery
As mentioned above, only 32GB variant will be released in the Philippines and according to Unbox.ph the Galaxy S7 will be priced at Php34,990 while the Galaxy S7 Edge is going to be for Php39,990. Both devices will be available starting next month, also if you want to get it via Smart postpaid you can now pre-register on Smart's website.

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