Arguably the biggest release to come out of Mobile World Congress this week was Samsung’s two new Galaxy S flagships- the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Our ever wonderful Editor-in-Chief, Justin Herrick, got the opportunity today to meet up with Samsung’s Suzanne De Silva at their brand new New York City office and get a first look at these glorious new devices. Hit the break to watch this awesome first look!
Look pretty sweet don’t they? I really think they are two fantastic devices. Just last week I wrote about the seven features I wanted to see in these upcoming flagships, and Samsung made this guy pretty darn happy. Almost everything I wanted to see, with a few minor exceptions, were packed into these feature rich devices.
Our own Jared Peters did a fantastic job explaining all the features that make these two devices great, but if you need a quick refresher I can give you just that.
Both of these devices borrow heavily from their predecessors in the design language. Both are made of the premium glass and metal that were originally found in last years Galaxy S6 flagships. The design evolves a bit here adopting the contoured back glass that we found on the recent Galaxy Note 5. The camera also is made more flush with the back of the device in this years iteration to make it a little sleeker.
Samsung definitely listened to long time fans, including me, when thinking about what features to put into the S7. Samsung brought back the waterproofing and the micro SD card slot that was last found on the Galaxy S5. While the battery doesn’t revert back to being user removable, the batteries were made significantly bigger then the comparatively small batteries found in last years model- 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S7 and a pretty big 3,600 mAh for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
The hardware powering these devices is going to be the same. You are going to find either the Snapdragon 820, in North America, or the Samsung Exynos 8890, for the rest of the world, paired with 4GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The screen resolution remains the same as last year, a beautiful super AMOLED quad HD display. Differentiating this years screens from last is the addition of low powered always-on display technology. The camera bumps down to 12MP from 16 MP, but Samsung claims the camera will be better than ever thanks to its dual-pixel camera technology.
These are pretty fantastic devices, and I am definitely excited to get my hands on one. Watch the video up top and let us know what you think of these bad boys! Then make sure to stick with us the rest of the week for all the rest of our MWC 2016 coverage.