The Galaxy S7 is just around the corner. Not sure whether or not to get excited about this year’s flagship Samsung handset? Let’s take a look at 7 features I think you’re really going to like.
Fast Wireless Charging
The Galaxy S6 introduced fast charging and it is awesome. The Galaxy S7 takes it one step further by adding fast wireless charging. Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that continues to emphasize wireless charging. The S7 and S7 Edge will make it more useful than ever before because now you can charge using multiple wireless standards (including the popular Qi standard as well as Samsung’s own wireless). On previous Samsungs, wireless charging felt a bit gimmicky because it wasn’t anywhere near as fast as wired charging. The Galaxy S7 changes that (although it’s still not quite as fast as the wired charger – expect to go from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, compared to 1 hour and 20 minutes with wired charging).
It’s Pretty Much Waterproof
Calling your phone IP68 water and dust resistant isn’t as sexy as calling it “waterproof”, but it’s more accurate. The Galaxy S6 was IP67 water resistant. The S7 is IP68 water resistant. Samsung has gotten better at sealing up its phones. You may have seen commercials advertising safely using your phone in the shower. Samsung doesn’t quite claim you can swim with it. However, IP68 protection means your device can survive up to 30 minutes in 1 meter deep of water.
The MicroSD Slot is Back
Samsung famously removed the MicroSD card on the Galaxy S6. Maybe it was all a marketing gimmick. Or maybe Samsung listened to fans. In any case, the microSD card slot is back: it’s at the top of the device this time. The removable battery has not returned. However, you can add up to 200GB of extra storage via the microSD card slot just in case the 32GB of default S7 storage isn’t enough.
Lock Apps Behind a Fingerprint Sensor
The S7 has a fingerprint sensor and it’s more useful than ever before. On the S7, your fingerprint sensor can be used to do more than just unlock your device, unlock Private Mode, and pay for goods. You can also use it to authenticate apps. That’s because Android 6.0 Marshmallow included an official API for fingerprint scanners, opening them up to the developers.
Always On Display that Uses Very Little Battery
Most phones can be set to have an always on display – they just burn a lot of battery. The S7 has an always on mode that’s useful without draining much battery. It lets you see incoming notifications, date and time info, news feeds, and other data without needing to touch your phone. The reason it saves battery life is because the display is dark except for the specific pixels that need to be lit up – so you shouldn’t notice a significant drop in performance. Of course, this mode can also be disabled if you want to maximize battery.
Samsung has had the best flagship camera for several years now. The S7’s camera aims to improve one area of the camera specifically: dark light shots. Surprisingly, the S7’s camera sensor is 12MP, which is down from the 16MP used in the S6. But Samsung uses a new dual-pixel sensor technology that captures light and detail more effectively, which means it should blow out the competition in terms of low light performance.
Use Samsung Pay Instead of Credit Cards
Don’t want to bring your credit cards out with you? Samsung Pay lets you pay with your credit cards using your phone. Most other phones rely on NFC, which means the store at which you’re paying needs to have a special sales machine. The Samsung Galaxy S7, however, uses Samsung’s MST technology, which works with any old credit card scanner – so Samsung Pay is the only payment method that works with pretty much any payment platform in the world today.
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