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Samsung are the biggest Android developer out there, and last year the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were probably the biggest change to the Galaxy S range in the last few years. So it’s no wonder that this year the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been announced with few daring changes, unlink the LG G5.
Both phones ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and both with have either an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (quad-core 2.15GHz + quad-core 1.6GHz processors) with 4GB of RAM or an Exynos chipset, depending on where you're buying one. Both are available only with 32GB of internal storage, but amazing Samsung have recanted on the decision of omitting the MicroSD slot, and this year it is back.
Samsung have also brought back the IP68 water and dust resistance, which allows for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes at a time.
Samsung went with 12-megapixel rear camera sensors instead of 16-megapixel affairs like last year, instead they have opened up the aperture on those lenses to f/1.7 and bumped the pixel size on the sensors, all to improve low-light performance.
The screens are either a 5.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display, or a flat 5.1-inch panel on the S7, similar to the G5, both have always on modes to check the time and notification.
The bigger body on the S7 Edge allows for a larger battery, of 3600mAh vs 3,000mAh. This is a decent battery upgrade for both phones, and battery life was my biggest issue with the S6.
The S7 does not use USB Type-C, but sticks with the traditional Micro USB port. Samsung says this is because Micro USB retains compatibility with the Gear VR headset released last year, and that USB C isn't quite ready for the mainstream just yet.
The Edge also has some tweaks with how the edge is used, the previous drawer you could use on last year’s model is now twice as big allowing you to store up to ten people, apps or tasks, and 3rd party support is coming to this drawer too.
As you would expect, initial impressions are that these are extremely fast, and extremely powerful phones.
While the launch is nowhere near as exciting as the LG G5, Samsung have probably done the right thing by improving the already excellent S6.
No word on specific pricing but both phones will be launch March 11th.
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