Camera Improvements, Water Resistant Design and Expandable Storage in Galaxy S7.
The new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge look familiar, but bring back water resistance and expandable storage, plus feature new integrations with the company’s virtual reality ecosystem. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made a guest appearance to promote a Samsung-Facebook partnership on virtual reality.
The major differences between the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge are the size of the phones. The S7 is 5.1 inches and the S7 Edge is 5.5 inches, and while both are thicker and heavier than their predecessors, they’re also narrower and shorter, with rounded backs that make them easier to use one-handed. The S7 Edge also has a screen with curved edges, which offer access to an updated edge screen with widgets and app shortcuts. In both cases, the screens are brighter and more efficient, with new always-on display technology, and the phones feature significantly upgraded batteries, plus features that are new or are reappearing after being removed from last year’s flagship phones.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Design
The S7 is 5.1 inches and the S7 Edge is 5.5 inches, and while both are thicker and heavier. There’s not too much between them in weight, at 152g and 157g respectively. Although they share similar designs, specifically on the rear, which is rounded on both devices, the curved display of the S7 edge makes for a much more striking design.
The S7, by comparison, is more conservative. There is water and dust proofing on each to IP68 standards, adding protection from the elements, a definite advantage.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5-inch screen. They are both Quad HD Super AMOLED displays. From at both side-to-side, you can barely tell the difference in sharpness or clarity, but the curved edge makes a difference.
Where the flat panel of the SGS7 looks great, the S7 edge is more exciting. Not only is that display bigger, but the way it drops off at the edges gives it a seamless feel. On the SGS7 your eye just runs across the display into the bezel, on the S7 edge, it doesn’t.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Camera
The camera is one area that has been improved on significantly for this models. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge sport a 12 MP on rear camera. The front-facing camera on both devices uses a conventional 5-megapixel sensor.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Software and Processor.
The Galaxy S7 (and Galaxy S7 Edge) runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI. Both the phones will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chipset. The phones come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 200GB via microSD card.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Battery
While the Galaxy S7 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 Edge is backed by a 3,600mAh battery. These are significantly bigger than what were found on the outgoing models, but they are still non-removable. Both the phones support fast charging and wireless charging.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Price and Availability
The S7 comes in black or gold, while the S7 Edge is offered in black, gold, or silver, which should make choosing a model relatively easy. The 32Gb Galaxy S7 will cost $27.09 from Sprint or $27.91 from T-Mobile over 24 months. The S7 Edge will cost $31.25 from Sprint or $32.50 from T-Mobile. AT&T has only announced pricing for its 30-month plans, and the phones will cost $23.17 per month for the S7 and $26.50 for the S7 Edge.
Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge: Conclusion
S7 or S7 Edge whichever you buy, you will get good experience. The regular SGS7 is smaller and more conservative, it might suit those with smaller hands and smaller pockets. The SGS7 edge has the advantage in battery life, and there are those added functions to support the edge.