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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: 7 Best Features

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Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in India yesterday. The devices are priced at Rs 48, 900 and 56, 900, respectively. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge successors come packed with top-of-the-line specifications and next-gen technology, along with a beautifully crafted design that is carried forward from the S6. We take a look at some of the best new features the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have to offer and whether the devices are worth your money.

Powerful Hardware

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The new flagship devices have improved on specifications wherever it could. The pair is powered by newly powerful Exynos 8890 Octa, Mali-T880 MP12 and 4GB of RAM. Check out the detailed spec table below.

Specs

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Galaxy S7 Edge

Display  5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display 5.5-inch curved AMOLED Quad HD display
Resolution  2560 x 1440 pixels   2560 x 1440 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor

In India : Exynos 8890 Octa

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor

In India : Exynos 8890 Octa

GPU Adreno 530  Adreno 530
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 32GB/ 64GB 32GB/ 64GB
Rear Camera Dual Pixel 12MP with f/1.7 aperture Dual Pixel 12MP
Front Camera Dual Pixel 5MP Dual Pixel 5MP
Expandability via MicroSD via MicroSD
Battery 3000mAh battery  3600mAh battery
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow  Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Dual Pixel Camera Technology

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Among the bumped up specs inside the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, one new technology that grabbed everyone’s attention at the MWC last month was the new Dual Pixel technology employed in the rear camera.

The Dual Pixel, essentially, is an improvement or a natural evolution from the Phase-Detection Auto-Focus technology used by many other smartphones. Firstly, Samsung downgraded from 16MP found in the S6 to 12MP in the S7. The decision to do this was to focus more on quality rather than quantity. The 12MP sensor brings 56% bigger individual pixels with1.4um pixels as compared to the S6.

The S7 comes with a wider f/1.7 aperture (the S6 had a f/1.9 aperture) that allows for a lot more light to come in, 25% more to be more accurate. This results in great low-light captures that are sharp and colourful. Much like the human eye, the Dual Pixel technology sends light from the lens to two image sensors separately to adjust the focus.

Water Cooled Systems to Rival Desktop Machines

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Phones running high-end multi-core CPUs are notorious for running a bit too hot under stress, and as we know, heat is the ultimate enemy of any gaming machine. No matter the exalted processing capabilities of a phone, or beefy battery packs that they come with, if it runs hot, you game not.

Samsung in its bid to fight this menace has come up with a system that’s not new to bigger desktop machines but is groundbreaking for mobile devices. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are equipped with  a very thin sealed copper liquid based cooling system, enabling these phones to run cool and fast without facing any CPU or GPU throttling. The system keeping the internals of the phone cool will also result in better battery life.

Vulkan API

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Mobile phones benefiting from the great advancements in silicon technology over the years have become smaller, thinner and at the same time grown more powerful. The latest generation of mobile phones bring with them specs which boast of computing power at times even surpassing that of the last generation consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PS3.

MicroSD is Back

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Samsung heard the cries of thousands of fans who were disappointed that the Galaxy S6 did not come with a MicroSD card slot. The Galaxy S7 series brings the slot back that allows up to 200GB of expandable storage. With read and write speeds having improved over the years, Samsung felt it was the right time to bring back the option.

It’s Dust and Waterproof

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The Galaxy S7 series come with IP68 rating which means the devices are dust proof and can handle a rainy day as well. The devices can be submerged underwater up to 3 meters. With premium devices such as these, an IP68 rating is what consumers would love to hear.

Design

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We keep design at the end as it is the one thing that isn’t all that new with the new Galaxy S7 devices. And that is not a bad thing at all. Last year’s Galaxy S6 series were praised for its brilliant design language that brought together glass and metal to form a beautiful piece of machinery.

It’s not surprising, then, that Samsung decided to stick to the same design language with the successor, Galaxy S7. The new flagship retains the looks, adds a MicroSD card slot, and packs next-gen specifications. But what the S7 also adds is a curved edge at the back that exquisitely blends into the metal frame and gives a great looking shape as well as improves the grip.

Meanwhile, The S7 Edge features the same dual edge design as its S6 counterpart but on a bigger 5.5-inch form factor and comes with a QHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 534 ppi compared to the 5.1-inch QHD 577 ppi screen that we saw on the S6 Edge.

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Sanket Vijay
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11 comments
Sarthak Mittal
Sarthak Mittal

What you are talking about is the CPU scores which are comparable in both. There is indeed a good difference between their GPU's. The GPU score of exynos is almost 15k points less than that of 820. Though benchmarks have little to do with real life performance but this gap is wide enough to not be ignored. :p

Shivam Krishn Agrawal
Shivam Krishn Agrawal

Sarthak Mittal bro it doesnt matter if it has exynos or snapdragon . You will not going to see any difference between the two though. Both have above 130000 benchmarks on Antutu already. And for ur info samsung only launchs its own made exynos chipset variant phones in india. So in india we will get exynos 8890 variant Hope it helped ! (Y)

Junaid Kt
Junaid Kt

There is duos written in backside and no galaxy s7

Mainak Crixallis
Mainak Crixallis

Again . Snapdragon gets Updates. And Exyons is dumped .. Just like S5 ,, Nor XDA dev support .. disgusting .

Himanish Amla
Himanish Amla

It is exynos in India, all online retailing websites have it written under the S7 specifications. Slightly disappointing.

Sarthak Mittal
Sarthak Mittal

I thought the same but their article mentions it to be 820. And I read somewhere Samsung is giving the Exynos version in England and some other countries and the rest of the world gets 820. Hence the confusion. 820 and Exynos have a really wide GPU benchmark gap. I'd be disappointed if its Exynos in India :P

Sarthak Mittal
Sarthak Mittal

Hey iGyaan.in .. does the Indian variant include SD 820 or the Exynos Processor?