Sam­sung Galaxy S7


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If you think the Galaxy S6 is a great smart­phone, you’d be de­lighted to know that Sam­sung one-upped it­self with the brand new Galaxy S7. While it may look sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor at first glance, Sam­sung ac­tu­ally man­aged to re­fine the Galaxy S7 while bring­ing back as­pects that were in great de­mand.

The phone’s RAM ca­pac­ity got a boost to 4GB, and ex­pand­able stor­age (of up to 200GB) makes a re­turn to Sam­sung’s flag­ship de­vice. It also comes in­ter­nally sealed with IP68 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The S7 feels en­tirely dif­fer­ent in hand; it’s a lot smoother, while hav­ing a bet­ter grip than the S6, and is secure even when we flipped the phone within our palms.

The dis­play on the Galaxy S7 is a 5.1-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel res­o­lu­tion) Su­per AMOLED screen at 577ppi. What’s spe­cial this time around is the Al­ways-On Dis­play, which shows the most per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion, such as time, date, day, bat­tery sta­tus, missed calls, and if you’ve re­ceived any mes­sages – even when your phone is idle and locked. In a nut­shell, AOD is like sweet poi­son: It drains life away from the phone’s bat­tery, but it’s def­i­nitely one of the nicer con­ve­nience fea­tures a smart­phone can have.

The Philip­pine vari­ant of the Sam­sung Galaxy S7 gets a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 8890 pro­ces­sor with 4GB of RAM. Rest as­sured, the setup blazes through both bench­marks and real-life us­age. In our SunSpi­der JavaScript test, the S7 is clearly the fastest An­droid phone yet; and in 3DMark, it out­classed ev­ery smart­phone cur­rently avail­able.

The Galaxy S7 now uses a 12-megapixel rear cam­era and a brighter f/1.7 aper­ture on the lens with Smart OIS (im­age sta­bi­liza­tion). The cam­era’s im­age sen­sor has 1.4μm pho­to­sites, al­low­ing the S7 to cap­ture 56% more light than its pre­de­ces­sor. It’s also one of the first smart­phones to have a Dual Pixel sen­sor for its rear cam­era. Dur­ing our test shoot, we found that the S7 has an aut­o­fo­cus so fast that we weren’t even sure if it was ac­ti­vated yet.

This S7 vari­ant sports an em­bed­ded 3000mAh bat­tery, which out­per­formed all the other phones in its class. The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 clocked in a good 40 min­utes more in our video loop test than the Nexus 6P, which has a whop­ping 3450mAh bat­tery paired with its 5.7-inch Quad HD dis­play.

Con­sid­er­ing all that has been crammed into the new Sam­sung Galaxy S7, it’s cer­tainly worth up­grad­ing to, even if you’re com­ing from the S6 or S6 Edge. Given the amount of ef­fort that went into mak­ing the Sam­sung Galaxy lineup ex­cit­ing once more, we’d still say Sam­sung has it in them to stay rel­e­vant to the de­mands of novelty – bal­anced against prac­ti­cal­ity.


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