THEPHONE THAT EVERYONE DE­SIRES

Sam­sung Galaxy S7 edge

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Once a year, smart­phone mak­ers come out with a flag­ship far bet­ter than the last one, its maker and the con­sumers they're try­ing to en­tice would swear that the de­vice is the best thing that's ever hap­pened to be built. After Sam­sung's an­nounce­ment of the Galaxy S7 edge at MWC 2016, and its sub­se­quent launch in Malaysia a lit­tle more than a month later, we have the phone in our labs this month to find out just why it is be­ing hailed as the “phone that ev­ery­body wants.”

If your in­ten­tion was to own some­thing unique and dif­fer­ent in de­sign, we'll tell you straight out that the Galaxy S7 edge is any­thing but. As its name­sake sug­gests, the phone has dual curved edges that ta­per out on each side, which gives the phone its dis­tinct look, but fact of that mat­ter is, the de­sign first ap­peared with the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge. If any­thing, the Galaxy S7 edge merely bor­rows from the (still) ap­peal­ing de­sign of its pre­de­ces­sor.

Flag­ship de­vices al­ways get the very best in hard­ware and specs, and that means a new and more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor pow­ers the Galaxy S7 edge. For the South­east Asian vari­ant, the model we re­ceived (as do all Malaysians) is fit­ted with Sam­sung's own pro­pri­etary Exynos 8890 SoC, which is al­most a tad more ef­fi­cient than Qual­comm's Snap­dragon 820 SoC, depend­ing on who and where you ask the ques­tion. 100 HWM | M AY 2 0 1 6

Since it's equipped with a new pro­ces­sor, you'd ex­pect the phone to per­form and blitz through ev­ery syn­thetic bench­mark, and you'd be right. On 3DMark's new Sling­shot ES 3.1, the Galaxy S7 edge im­pressed us with a score of 2,168, and close to 3,000 on the un­lim­ited ver­sion of the same bench­mark. These num­bers are truly im­pres­sive for us be­cause to date, very few flag­ship phones are able to achieve a score as high as this on the new 3DMark bench­mark.

For PCMark, AnTuTu, and Quad­rant, the phone gained a re­spec­tive 4,660, 112,663 (yet another first in our list), and 54,722, re­spec­tively. Epic Ci­tadel was also another pride point for the Galaxy S7 edge, as it man­aged to main­tain an av­er­age frame rate count of 60 fps, and mind you, this was on Ul­tra High Qual­ity and its na­tive res­o­lu­tion of 2,560 x 1,440 pix­els.

With the Galaxy S7 edge, Sam­sung's ac­tu­ally taken the lib­erty to re­in­state a few fea­tures that were seem­ingly left out in the pre­vi­ous flag­ship. First, the Galaxy S7 edge marks the re­turn of what is con­sid­ered to be a ubiq­ui­tous fea­ture for nearly all An­droid de­vices (bar­ring Google's own Nexus de­vices): ex­pand­able stor­age.

The sec­ond fea­ture to make a come­back is the IP68 water­proof and dust­proof rat­ing, some­thing which we put to the test dur­ing our time with the de­vice.

The third and fi­nal fea­ture is ac­tu­ally some­thing that you don't see on many of Sam­sung's flag­ship phones, and that's the hy­brid dual Nano-SIM sup­port, also known as DUOS. There is a catch to us­ing this fea­ture: if you in­tend to use a sec­ond SIM card in ad­di­tion to your main SIM, then you'll need to for­feit the use of a mi­croSD card, which is usu­ally taken up by the sec­ond SIM card slot.

In­ter­nally, one of the more im­pres­sive fea­tures that the Galaxy S7 edge ac­tu­ally of­fers is an adap­tive bat­tery, which is part of the re­designed Smart Man­ager app and func­tion. To

Net­work

Dual 4G LTE / Wi-Fi

Dis­play

5.5-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440)

Cam­era

12MP f/1.7 DualPixel ISOCELL (rear), 5MP (front)

OS

An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low

Price

RM3,099 (32GB)

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