Earlier this week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
What can you expect from this year’s flagship? The truth is: not a lot is different from the Galaxy S6. But there are still some moderately significant changes you should know about.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S7:
The Hardware and Tech Specs
Here’s what we know about the tech specs and hardware inside the Galaxy S7 thus far:
-5.1 inch screen with 1440×2560 resolution (577ppi pixel density)
-12MP rear-facing camera (5MP front-facing camera)
-Android OS v.0 (Marshmallow) installed out of the box
-Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 Octa chipset
-Adreno 530 GPU
-Dual-core 2.15GHz and dual-core 1.6GHz CPU or quad-core 2.3GHz and quad-core 1.6GHz CPU
-3,000mAh Li-ion battery
If you look closely, you’ll see that the 12MP camera is actually lower in megapixels than the 16MP camera on the Galaxy S6. Samsung claims to have upgraded the sensor so that not only is the difference meaningless, but the S7 camera will actually be better. Since Samsung is basically the king of the mobile camera market, we believe them (and early reviews agree).
The two CPUs are also important. It could allow the phone to run more efficiently because it treats the CPUs as two separate entities (which they are). So the device can use one dual-core CPU to run in an energy efficient way (for things like refreshing the screen when viewing a static web page) while the other CPU focuses on performance.
MicroSD Card Support Up to 200GB
MicroSD card support is back! After Samsung eliminated MicroSD support on the Galaxy S6, we’ve got it back in the S7.
The Galaxy S7 will support microSD cards of up to 200GB in size – which is good because there’s a rumor that the S7 will only be sold in 32GB sizes in North America (although the phone is officially listed as having a 32GB and 64GB storage option available).
The battery on the S7, by the way, will not be removable. So we didn’t get that back.
The Galaxy S6 was IP67 certified and the Galaxy S7 will be IP68 certified.
That might not sound like a big difference, but it is: the Galaxy S7’s IP68 certification means that it can survive being submerged in 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. It means you can shower with your phone without worrying about damaging it.
It’s Cooled By Water
Water cooling is now officially inside your phone. The Galaxy S7 comes with a water-cooling device inside that relies on the powers of condensation and evaporation. This should help reduce temperatures even when the phone is under a high performance load.
It’s Always On
Samsung claims to have solved the problem where always-on screens drain your battery life. Samsung says its AMOLED display is more energy efficient than ever when combined with the Snapdragon 820 processor.
You can activate the always-on screen to display information like a calendar, notifications, or even certain types of wallpaper designs (think minimalistic wallpapers). You can’t, however, read notifications in this mode.
Of course, if you want to save a small amount of battery and don’t want to see your phone’s display all day, then you can turn this feature on or off as you desire.
A Curved Screen Version is Available – And It Has New Features
The Galaxy S7 will come with a curved screen option called – you guessed it – the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
That Edge is more than just a gimmick this year (although it’s still pretty gimmicky).
This year’s S7 Edge lets you swipe in from the “edge” of the screen to access more app options. You can expect apps to take advantage of this after the launch. By default, the apps you use most frequently are found on your Edge screen, and you can swipe to the left or right along the Edge to view other panels.
It Will Be Released on March 11, 2016
The Galaxy S7 was announced in February 2016 and we’ll have to wait just two weeks for it to launch. The phone will launch on March 11, 2016.
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