Samsung has officially unveiled its latest flagship phones ahead of MWC – offering up the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge ahead of the world renowned smartphone event.
It was one of the worst kept secrets in recent smartphone history, with the entire world seemingly knowing all about the impending launch. However, Samsung went ahead and confirmed all of the leaks, revealing both devices in a glamorous Barcelona based occasion.
Whilst many fans knew of the S7’s existence, there was still plenty of conjecture regarding just what we’d be getting from the handset. That’s been put to rest now, with Samsung coming clean about the S7 specs and features.
The S7 sticks with basically the same screen as its predecessor, with a 5.1” Super AMOLED QHD effort making the cut. We do get an ‘Always On’ display however, which uses up just 1% of battery power each hour, keeping useful information available at all times.
On top of that, it’s Gorilla Glass which is used in the construction, making it as strong as we’ve ever seen. IP68 certification is included for protection from water and dust as well, making it an incredibly durable device.
Behind this is where the magic really happens, with a brand new Snapdragon 820 chipset, octa-core processor and 4GB RAM making the cut. Storage starts at 32GB once again, whilst unlike last year, the MicroSD card slot is included for even more storage.
The camera makes a notable improvement as well, utilising dual pixel technology for the first time on a Samsung device. The front lens also continues its strong performance, which is ideal for selfies. This makes the S7 the best performing camera phone from Samsung so far, although the launch of the Note 6 could have something to say about that in September.
A fast, wireless charging battery caps off the spec sheet – being the biggest yet on the Galaxy S line-up, offering a two-day lifespan. Also, switching to the S7 has been made easier than ever, with an information cable included in the box, letting almost any Android or iOS device send information onto the handset.
As it did last time out, Samsung didn’t leave us with only one handset to gawk at; showing off the S7’s curved screen sibling as well, aptly dubbed the S7 Edge.
Identical on the specs front to the S7, the Edge only really has a few differences, with the main one obviously being the larger curved screen display, which now sizes up at 5.5”. Like the S6 Edge, there are a couple of features that offer some kind of practicality to the curvaceous edge, with the quick settings panel et al being the most of them.
Like the S7, we get the dual megapixel camera tech and all the same specs, with a bigger battery to play with, to cope for that extra screen space.
Despite being revealed by Samsung, the S7 and S7 Edge won’t in fact be released until next month, with early March accomodating the phones' official release. This is because Samsung will need to ship the phone out to retailers and market the launch a little bit more.
Samsung is offering users the chance to get their hands on either phone three days early if they pre-order, whilst these pre-launch purchases will also come with Samsung’s Galaxy VR headset as well.
Prices start at £569 for the S7 and £639 for the S7 Edge, with each device being released on March 11th.