SAMSUNG GALAXY S7
PART OF THE HUBBUB OVER THE NEW WAVE
of flagship phones can be attributed to the processor upgrades received this year. We refer to Qualcomm’s Snadragon 820 SoC, and Samsung’s very own Exynos 8890 processor. Before the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm commissioned Taiwanese manufacturer TSMC to make their chips, only to face issues with TSMC’s 16 nanometer manufacturing process. Qualcomm then looked to Samsung, who was already making its proprietary Exynos processors since 2010, with a new 14 nanometer LPP process. Today, we see Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones with two variants – the ones sold in our region uses the Exynos 8890, while U.S. sets come with Snapdragon 820. Either way, both chips are on par in terms of benchmark performance, but Samsung pulls ahead of LG simply because using the LG G5 would still mean using a Snapdragon 820 SoC that came out of Samsung’s factories.
Instead of adopting LG’s flashy approach at MWC 2016 this year, Samsung opted to play it safe for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge by capitalizing on the strengths of the S6 handset, while cramming as many practical features as possible. In no way is the S7 novel – it had some changes to the rear design, but it still looked almost the same as its predecessor. The new show pony was its Always-on Display, but LG managed to do the same screen feature, while reinventing what a flagship smartphone could be.
On top of its limited innovation, the changes made to the S7 felt more like a fix to old problems. However, here is where the new Samsung phones got interesting. The fixes were sensible, highly practical, and it answered almost every request their fans had for the S6. Water resistant and dustproofing made a return to the S7 and S7 edge since it was sorely missed on the previous device, and Samsung managed to make the device rated with IP68 certification with open ports that are safe for submerging in liquid. Even the water-resistant Galaxy S5 was nowhere as advanced as the S7 and S7 edge were. Expandable storage also made a comeback, promising a boost of up to 200GB via microSD card. It offsets the