Samsung Galaxy S7
REFINEMENTS WE WANT
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 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.