THEPHONE THAT EVERYONE DESIRES
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
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
Dual 4G LTE / Wi-Fi
5.5-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440)
12MP f/1.7 DualPixel ISOCELL (rear), 5MP (front)
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
AT A GLANCE