Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 Hands On

Published on February 22nd, 2016 | by Shiva Singh


Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung has announced the successor to their flagship smartphone here at the Mobile World Congress 2016 at The Next Galaxy Unpacked event for media & partners – the brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

Just as expected with the leaks during the past couple of weeks, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in at a similar form factor to the S6. The Galaxy S7 comes with a similar 5.1 Inch display and a 5.5 inch display on the S7 edge with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The hardware itself is pretty much identical on the outside, with the addition of a curved back panel in similar fashion to the Galaxy Note 5. There will not be a Galaxy S6 edge successor with a 5.1″ display. 

The processor & many internal components on the new Samsung Galaxy S7 have been upgraded  – now with either a Samsung Exynos 8890 or a Snapdragon 820 processor (depending on the region, but we’re still not sure which version will hit the Middle East), bundled up with 4GB RAM plus 32GB of on board storage. Keeping mobile gaming in focus, Samsung has also announced the new GPU is nearly 64% more powerful than the Galaxy S6.

What most consumers will be pleased to know is the reintroduction of the Micro SD card on the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge, supporting up to 200GB of additional storage. The dual-function SIM tray works with either two SIM cards, or with one SIM card and one MicroSD card – a very similar set up to the OnePlus X.

Connectivity is just what you’d expect – 4G+ support with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. Another thing that has changed internally is the battery. While the Galaxy S6 came with a capable 2,600 mAh battery, the new Galaxy S7 will now come with a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 3,600 mAh battery on the S7 edge.

 The Camera 

The camera is now nearly flush with the glass panel at the back, and comes with a 12MP sensor. While the resolution may be less than the 16MP shooter on the S6, the Galaxy S7 makes up for it by having larger pixels, and a wider aperture of f1.7. With its dual-pixel technology, Samsung claims that the Galaxy S7 focuses up to 2x faster in the day, and 4x faster in low lighting conditions. In our tests, the camera performed really well – here are a few sample shots compared with an iPhone 6s.

Samsung Galaxy S7:

Tea - S7

Coffee - S7


Coffee - iPhone

Tea - iPhone

The Samsung Galaxy S7 also supports 4K video, just like its predecessor, and 60fps on 1080p video.  

The 5.1 inch Quad HD display also features an always on display, which features time, calendar, battery percentage and important notifications like missed calls and messages. According to Samsung, the Always On display consumes around 1% of the battery per hour.  

The new Galaxy S7 & S7 edge will also be IP68 water resistant (up to 30 minutes underwater at a depth of 1.5 meters) & hopefully dust proof. It will come in four colors – Black, Silver, Gold & White, and will launch on March 11 in the US & Europe. While launch dates for the Middle East are yet to be confirmed, we expect the new Samsung flagship to launch towards the end of March in retail stores and partnered with local carriers. Customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S7 will also receive a free Gear VR headset along with their pre-order.


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