Now we all know the hottest devices in the smartphone world right now are the newly announced Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from Samsung, and the G5 from LG. The S7 has gotten twice as much coverage, pre-release, from the countless leaks, to the official product video, leaked by Samsung themselves by accident.
There are also a ton of new features that have been introduced by Samsung with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Those of which include:
- MicroSD card support
- New camera optics
- New battery and charging technology
As we’ll run through these one by one, you can probably guess what to expect from Samsung’s 2 new offerings.
Aside from design language and hardware that have changed drastically, Samsung has brought to the table some new functionality geared towards productivity and convenience. Starting off with the re-introduction of a MicroSD card slot, as rumored. The devices come also with a single and Dual-SIM model.
The single sim models carry a dedicated MicroSD slot, while the Dual-SIM model utilize one of the dual-sim slots to support a MicroSD card. This was a big issue in the S6, and Samsung has learned from their mistakes. Without expandable storage, users have felt the misery of working with a fixed, non-changeable internal storage capacity with the S6. Now with the S7, the feature is back, and now supports a MicroSD card up to 200GB, which, added with the internal storage capacity should be enough to store all kinds of media for years to come.
Next up, we have the camera. Samsung has implemented a lower megapixel count primary camera (consisting of the Sony manufactured IMX260 sensor), in favor of better optics, better low light performance and a smaller aperture of f/1.7 which is very impressive. In an abundance of camera tests, the S7’s camera is proven to outshine a ton of devices with some of the best regarded smartphone camera sensors out there, including the likes of Apple’s iPhone 6S, which has just received 4K support.
Another cool feature we see here is the inclusion of Samsung’s Fast Charging, and Qualcomm’s proprietary next-gen Quick Charge 3.0 technology (dependent on chipset model), which can work seamlessly with Samsung’s already implemented Wireless Qi Charging, so you get the best of both worlds. In the past, you either had to choose between charging wirelessly, and not fuss with cables, or you had to choose charging at an drastically improved speed, but as technology advances, we can’t say we didn’t expect this to arrive sooner than now.
As for ports, unfortunately we’re not seeing an upgrade here. Most of us were expecting Samsung to pull out all the stops, and go nuts with the next-gen standard, USB Type-C, based off of USB 3.1 which offers a 10 Gb/s transfer speed. Most phones are already adopting this port (such as the Oneplus 2, and the Nexus 5X/6P.) Samsung has opted to stick with the generic MicroUSB 2.0 connector, as seen from the past generations ago.
This has both advantages and disadvantages, as USB Type-C hasn’t been made mainstream yet, users won’t exactly run into a USB Type-C cable everywhere they go, unlike MicroUSB cables which have been around for quite a while now. Maybe in the next iteration of Samsung made devices (expected to be previewed later this year in Q4.)
Check out this article to get all the details on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge specifications.
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