Samsung reveals the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Samsung reveals the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung shows off its new flagship phones ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

MANILA, Philippines – At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, February 21 (February 22, Manila time), Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Samsung is banking on advanced camera features to help push the new device. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge use a 12 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The cameras are equipped with Dual Pixel technology – with each pixel having two photodiodes – for faster autofocus.

The phones also have an F1.7 lens aperture with a larger pixel (1.4um) to let you take brighter photos in less light-friendly conditions. 

Both are also water- and dust-resistant at an International Protection code 68 (IP68) certification, with both phones being dust-tight and allowing for submersion in water 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes.

THE GALAXY S7 EDGE. Image from Samsung Press Release

According to Samsung’s press release, the Galaxy S7 will use a 5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED display supporting a resolution of  2560×1440 pixels (557 pixels per inch). Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 Edge will use a 5.5” Quad HD Super AMOLED display supporting a resolution of 2560×1440 (534 pixels per inch), along with its Edge Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will sport either a Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) or Quad core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual) processors, depending on the territory. The devices will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It also takes advantage of 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 64GB (UFS 2.0) of onboard memory. The phone is also expandable with a microSD card, and supports sizes of up to 200GB.

THE GALAXY S7. Image from Samsung Press release.

The company is also touting larger batteries on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy S7 uses a 3,000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge sports a 3,600 mAh battery. Wireless charging on the devices are compatible with the WPC and PMA standards. 

Both also support faster wireless charging, with the Galaxy S7 taking 130 minutes to charge wirelessly and 95 minutes to charge using a wired connection. The Galaxy S7 Edge, meanwhile, takes 155 minutes wirelessly and 115 minutes with a cable to charge from empty to full.

The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge will be available in mid-March of this year. – Rappler.com

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.