With the Galaxy S6, Samsung created a phone that was unlike any of their previous models. An all glass + metal design, no removable battery or expandable storage, a new, faster fingerprint scanner, “the best camera” on a mobile phone and a beautiful AMOLED panel. This phone, although a bestseller for Samsung, had shredded some much liked features from the previous Galaxy models, like waterproofing and expandable storage on the S5.
Now, the Galaxy S7:
- Don’t go by the looks. Samsung has merely curved the back glass in the S7, unlike the S6. The camera bump has been reduced distinguishably and the home button looks a little more square. Aesthetically, the fantastic looking S7 has taken all the important elements from the S6, which is not a bad thing.
- Lots of S5 features are back! Yes, the Galaxy S7 is waterproof - IP68 rated - and can be sunk in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes. The interesting this is that instead of sealing the ports from the outside, Samsung went for internal waterproofing. So no flaps to block the water! Also, Samsung has brought back expandable storage with a micro-SD slot within the SIM tray.
- Ridiculously fast auto-focus: The all new f1.7 12 MP camera on the Galaxy S7 has one of the fastest autofocus available on a smartphone - thanks to Dual Pixel technology which enables 100% of the pixels to determine the focus point. Actually, it is so fast that you don’t even notice the stutter while focusing. Both cameras, front and back, are now f1.7 aperture which allows for more light to get captured by the sensor.
- You don’t need to talk specs. Just like the S6, the S7 in a powerful phone. 30x up in CPU performance and 60x up in GPU performance as compared to the S6, thanks to the Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 processor (depending on region). iPhone 6S competition? Yes. The battery on the S7 has also been increased (to 3000 mAh) from the S6, which makes the phone slightly thicker, but that’s not a bad tradeoff.
- There are a few things unchanged: No USB-C, no removable battery, exact same 2K display (not a bad thing), and still running a very “Samsung” Android skin. But these tiny drawbacks can be ignored compared to the phone.
- Forget the naming confusion. The Galaxy S6 had too many models under it name - the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ making it quiet a confusing deal. With the S7 - there are only two models: the 5.1” regular S7 and the 5.5” S7 Edge.
And that is it! The Galaxy S7 combines the best of hardware with Android Marshmallow, the most diverse mobile OS, and delivers to the consumers’ demands.
Although this phone is going to sell well, it isn’t a large update. If you already own an S6 model, you shouldn’t care to update your phone so early. Remember, the S7 is just an S6 with certain upgrades.
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