Samsung Galaxy S7 is the smartphone you’ll want to brag about. It provides a bigger, more stunning screen without compromise. Galaxy S7 is lightweight and is encapsulated by an envious, dual curved edge design. Combined with the latest technology to make your phone experience worthwhile, this is the best and latest phone in the Samsung galaxy S series making it an ideal smartphone to have
You can’t live without water or your smartphone, which is why the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have a certified water-resistant rating. They repel spills, splashes and drinks without a bulky protective case.
Just the way you want it
Close your eyes and picture the Samsung Galaxy S6, but the way you wanted it to be, not the way it came out. Now open them and look at the Galaxy S7. Better? Let’s see.
The Galaxy S7 marks the return of the microSD slot and water-proofing, and while the battery is still sealed, Samsung has been a lot more generous with the capacity for this generation.
Galaxy flagships have always led the way when it comes to imaging, their cameras always being among the top performers in the market. This time around, Samsung went backwards to play a different game of numbers: fewer but larger pixels, all 12 million of them capable of phase detection. Lightning-fast autofocus is the promise, and we’ve already seen the S7 deliver on it.
AMOLED has long since shaken off the stigma of being all punch and no precision, to actually bring the best of both worlds. The Always On displays are all the rage this season, and being able to light up individual pixels has always made this specific technology inherently suited for the job. “Why so late?” is probably the question to be answered.The FM radio is perhaps gone for good, the assumption apparently being that the jury has ruled in favor of streaming over the internet. The IR blaster is another feature due for retirement – the S6 had it, then the Note5 didn’t, and now with the S7 the trend is clear.
A software update has enabled the FM radio at least on T-Mobile S7/S7 edge in the US. It turns out the FM receiver hardware has always been there and was just not enabled at launch. The T-Mobile units are powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, so technically the option is there for all variants running on Qualcomm’s chip. Our international unit, however, runs on the Exynos 8890 and so far we haven’t heard of FM radio enabling update (if there ever will be one).
With the samsung galaxy s7, the S6’s shapes have been refined, gentle curves have replaced whatever sharp edges the old model had, the camera module now only barely sticks out – in other words, the familiar design was improved and refined.
Galaxy S7 unboxing
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in a newly-designed retail box, which slips out of a sleeve with the phone’s name embossed on it in bright colors. The actual box is covered by a flap – no more waiting for gravity to help lift the tight fitting lid of the older packages.
The phone sits on top and underneath there’s a separately packed headset (same as the one bundled with the S6), a fast charger, a USB-to-microUSB cable, and a USB-to-microUSB adapter, with USB OTG support. Using that you can turn the S7 into a power bank for charging other devices – the most obvious use case would be to top up wearables on the go, but also to salvage a friend’s phone should the circumstances call for it.
Samsung Galaxy S7 360-degree spin
Size has hardly changed – a mere millimeter in each dimension. The Galaxy S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, which is shorter and narrower than the Galaxy S6’s 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, but also thicker. That 1.1mm of extra depth pays back handsomely in battery capacity.
Five generations of Samsung Galaxy S models were made of plastic, and as the years passed that became an issue with industry pundits and users alike, insisting that the build quality and overall feel of the devices didn’t quite live up to their price point and spec sheet.
In came the Galaxy S6/S6 edge around this time last year, introducing a glass/aluminum body, a design later featured on the Galaxy S6 edge and further refined on Galaxy Note5. It is precisely the Note5 that the S7 takes after, with a few additional touches.
One of the most notable changes is on the front, where the Gorilla Glass 4 panel has been shaped in such a way that it slopes differently towards the sides than it does top and bottom. It’s the most minute of differences and you may need someone to point it out for you if you’re not the type to examine your gadgets up-close, but once you’re aware of it, you’ll appreciate the attention to detail.
The return of IP68 certification is another welcome change compared to the S6. The Galaxy S7 can be immersed in up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, making water-related accidents one less thing to worry about. That’s the 8 in IP68, but no one seems to be focusing on the 6, which means the S7 is also dust tight – great if you bake bread or make pizza for a living, for instance.
On the forehead, the Galaxy S7 has a nearly identical arrangement of the selfie camera, earpiece and proximity/ambient light sensors as the S6. And, like the S6, the S7 has an LED notification light to the left of the earpiece – a feature sorely missing on the A-series, for example.
The physical Home button, a staple of Samsung smartphone design, has been slightly modified too. Where on the S6 it had half-circles left and right, on the S7 it can best be described as a rounded rectangle – there are slight straight sections on either side, for all three people who care.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 houses a fingerprint sensor, of the tap variety – you don’t need to swipe, and do so with a particular speed like earlier Samsung designs. Instead, you press the Home button to wake up the phone and keep your finger on the button while it reads your print and unlocks.
It’s not always on, so you can’t skip the waking up part, which is something to get used to if you’re coming from most any of the Chinese brands or one of the latest Nexuses.
A familiar design
Around the back, the similarities with the Note5 are more apparent. The curved sides come straight from the latest high-end phablet and do wonders in masking the increased thickness
Samsung likes to make a point in promo materials about how the camera module now only sticks out by 0.46mm from the back, but the thing is that’s perhaps almost entirely because of the extra 1.1mm added to the waistline.
The arrangement on the back is also nothing new – the camera is centrally placed, the flash, and sensor array on its right. For the detail freaks, the insert underneath the lens front element is now black, regardless of the phone body paint – same as on the Note5, and unlike the entire S6 family, where it would match the body color instead.
The top of the Galaxy S7 now holds the SIM card tray, which also doubles as a microSD card tray – hooray! Our single-SIM review unit can hold one nano SIM and a microSD, while dual-SIM models have a hybrid slot – it can either take two nano SIMs or a nano SIM and a microSD. There’s also a secondary mic on top, but the IR emitter is gone, likely for good.
The bottom holds the microUSB 2.0 port (no Type-C port for better or for worse), the primary mic, a single speaker and a 3.5mm jack. None of these are aligned with any of the other, which may bother a particular demographic, but in such crammed spaces you take what you can get.
The right side of the phone is home to the power button, while on the left you get two discrete volume buttons. The placement is typical Samsung, the execution is in line with the company’s premium lineup. The frame itself has the exact same vibe as on the Note5, only scaled down obviously.
In the hand, the Galaxy S7 feels reassuringly solid, and you probably won’t mind the added heft, compared to the previous model. It’s also not all that slippery you’d expect from a dual-glass body – but fingerprints are an issue you’ll be dealing with daily.
Still 5.1 inches Display, even better now
Third generation in a row, the Samsung Galaxy S flagship comes with a 5.1-inch display and for the second time it has QHD (or 1,440 x 2,560 pixels) resolution. The subpixels are arranged in the familiar Diamond Pentile fashion, meaning the green subpixels are twice as many as any other single color.
You will be happy to see that Samsung is offering higher maximum screen brightness on the S7 when compared to the S6. The overdrive mode, which kicks in under bright sunlight if you have Auto brightness ON, goes a bit lower than what we saw on the S6.
The minimum display brightness is 2.1nits, which is perfectly suitable for late-night reading in a dark room.
Color accuracy of the screen is top notch as long as you opt for the Basic display mode.
Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chipset is paired with an LTE Cat. 9 modem. Theoretical maximums are 450Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. If you have access to an HSPA network only, you’ll get a maximum of 42Mbps and 5.76Mbps respectively.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 supports Wi-Fi ac networks for fast local connectivity. Wi-Fi, a/b/g/n at 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks are also supported, of course. Then there’s Bluetooth 4.2 LE (for smartwatches, sport sensors and such) and apt-X codec (for high-quality audio streaming).
NFC support is present and is used for Samsung Pay (in conjunction with MST), which lets the S7 replace your credit cards. It’s also useful for pairing with other devices and reading NFC tags.
The microUSB 2.0 port on the bottom of the phone supports fast charging and regular USB 2.0 transfer speeds. With the included adapter you can easily use the USB Host and OTG support – you can connect a mouse or a keyboard, USB flash sticks, or just use the Galaxy S7 as a power bank.
We noticed the Galaxy S7 lacks MHL support, which should render wired TV-out impossible. But since the wireless options are that rich, we suspect few people will miss it.
Battery capacity is one more key area where Samsung gives you more with the Galaxy S7. The smartphone packs a 3,000mAh power bank, a substantial increase over the S6’s 2,550mAh. Okay, the battery is still sealed, but that’s a lot easier to live with when there’s simply more of it.
It’s also quick to charge, even if the S7 only supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 standard and not the latest version 3.0. Samsung promises 0 to 100% in 90min for the S7, but doesn’t say just how rapidly those percentages climb from flat to, say, 70% where it starts to taper off.
Much like the company’s last-year flagships, the Galaxy S7 is also capable of wireless charging with pads compliant with both Qi and PMA. Samsung will also sell you a fast wireless charging pad, which can fill up the battery nearly as fast as a cable will.
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