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Gore-tex mics, thermoformed glass: 10 little-known design facts about the Galaxy S7 & S7 edge

Gore-tex mics, thermoformed glass: 10 little-known design facts about the Galaxy S7 & S7 edge

From the tapered ergonomic contours, to the slimmer camera module, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have taken quite some time to develop into what they are now - thin waterproof handsets with large batteries made with the most premium materials and sporting the highest-end specs, ready to deserve their $600+ starting price. 

Yes, the design story of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is an intriguing one, despite the saying that they look largely the same on the outside as the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.

Did you know that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge mics are wrapped in Gore-Tex? Or that they have a single tiny liquid cooling pipe to take away the processing heat while gaming? How about that they feature 3D thermoformed glass chassis, or that they have foolproof short-circuit protection inside? 

Check out the slideshow below, if you want to discover all the little-known, subtle design facts about the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that might make all the difference.

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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:34 10

1. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I have never liked jet black devices. Mostly because black prevents you from seeing the contours or details of anything. It kills the shine completely. I always liked that gorgeous sapphire blue-black they used instead. It's a shame it's gone.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:06 12

8. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Ironically, I'm glad they finally switched back this year. But also the onyx black isn't truly "jet black" in-person, the hue changes depending where your looking at it.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:49 3

17. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


I dislike black. I'll take any colour other than black.

Period.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:54 2

20. Clars123 (Posts: 596; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


Okay..........

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:03

27. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 353; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Yeah. The only reason I chose a black Z3C is because of the potential flash bleed rumors, and I wanted a black front panel. I didn't want the fruity color options, but I also didn't want a white front as it was gonna go in a case

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:44 2

36. 14545 (Posts: 1461; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Racist.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:43 1

13. fonelover (Posts: 192; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Icon packs ruin a lot, default wallpaper is also very frustrating.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:45

14. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 246; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


I always liked white color phones and never liked black color cuz I was not fan of AMOLED but now I love AMOLED displays and I consume a lof of media content on my phone so black colored phones give me more immersive experience.. I never thought I'll buy black phones but now if display is AMOLED then color should be black though nexus 6p is unique I can have white and black too. which I've ..

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 05:29

37. pongkie (Posts: 533; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


what they looked nice I just saw the actual sample and it's better than gold

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 00:00

41. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


Agreed.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:35 3

2. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Note 6 please :)

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 11:42

40. GTRagnarok (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Aug 2014)


"I have a dream..."

6" 4K AMOLED
6GB RAM
256GB storage + microSD
4000mAH battery
IP68

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 03:21

43. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Keep dreaming......nexus 6 was flop because its 6"

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:42 1

3. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Overhyped..will not beat iphone 6s

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:47 36

4. drifter77 (Posts: 185; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)


Made me laugh... you are the smart one in the family aren't ya?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:49

16. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


I think the smartest!!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:54 4

19. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


No, not really.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:29 3

30. FrenchGuy (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


He may be right. I just feel sorry for the rest of his family... :-)

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 23:39

39. kajam (Posts: 188; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


LOL. hilarious

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:49

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


trollololo

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:51 24

6. Xperia14 (Posts: 332; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Samsung did an amazing job, especially with the S7e.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:02 1

7. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


That underwater unboxing seemed stupid. Yes, the phone is waterproof. But I don't think the charger and other documentation is.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:21 15

11. pecapello (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Wow I guess we got a genius here, guys!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:29 2

12. hoomanPeasants (unregistered)


Oh come on, I'm blushing already.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:11 2

9. AZNHA (unregistered)


note6 gonna be awesome

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:47

15. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 246; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Probably or just like S7 edge maybe.. can they put 6GB RAM and 4K display.. if not what to expect from Note 6.. I think Note 6 will have same battery as on S7 edge..

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:11 7

10. twens (Posts: 955; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I have never been this intrigued with a mobile device. I don't care how much money I'll be loosing in selling my 6s plus but it is definitely going to be sold when this phone launches in my country. What an all round almost complete and perfect phone. Saw the camera comparison on supersafs channel and OMG! Apple should be ashamed of their camera performance.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:53

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You can sell your 6S Plus for over $700 depending on how much storage you have and how well you maintained it. If I were to sell mine right now, I'd sell my 64 6SP for $815 considering it's in brand new condition, with everything in the box untouched.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:32

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8367; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Good luck with that. WHo you think will give you $800?
I can buy a Rose Gold one for $750.

Brand hew they are $799, 100% untouched.

Yeah you probably could find a sucker, as they do exist. But I know what phones are worth.

The most it is worth to me is $500 tops...used. lol.

When I use to get my phones on contract, I always sold them for more than I paid by at least $150, even non-iPhones. Example. My Note 3 which I paid 299.99, I sold for $475. I sold my Note 4 which I paid also $399 for $575. I sold my S6 Edge 32GB for $550 and my S6 Edge+ for $700.I did them all on buy now pricing on eBay. But my S6 Edge+ was only 3 months old when I sold it. I also included a skin to cover the device front and back and a wireless charger which I got free.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:48 1

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Considering I already had six different offers in the past two weeks, I'd say you're a little mad that my iPhone has a higher resell value than your current phone. :)

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 19:57

35. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


One of the biggest reasons driving this trend is due to how Apple releases and prices its products. The company only sells one version of the iPhone per year. And the prices of these devices are strictly controlled by Apple. The full retail price of the current iPhone never drops until the next version of the device is introduced.

Who the hell compares technology vs brand?

You can keep up with Android if you ate earning good wages to change phone every 6 months.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:13

44. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8367; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Jealous? of What? Because some buyers are s**t stupid? I would never be jealous of that.

The iPhone 6S Plus 16GB is going for on average, $575 - $650.
I will add $50 per internal flash size upgrade and that puts the 128GB at $750 which is exactly what I said its worth.

Like I said, you can find a sucker to give you more. But not everyone is stupid.

A 64Gb Note 5 brand new is $799 while the 32GB is $699.
So only an idiot would pay you more ofor a used phone. The iPhone 6S Plus 128GB brand new depending on where you live is $899.

Why would I be jealous though? Why would I be mad? I'm not selling my phone.

My Note 5 is less than 6 months old. I can sell it for $700, which is still more than I paid for it.

But when I sell stuff, I am not concern about robbing anyone. I sell for a air price and every phone I ever sold on Swappa, Ebay and other locations I have always received more that the average going sell price because my phones are always in mint condition because I keep them in a case and a glass cover.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:42 2

21. marorun (Posts: 3151; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


1- All waterproof smartphone use Gore-tex
2- Sony already used similar heat pipe tech and this is just the logical evolution as at some point new SOC get faster and faster just like PC did in the past and its normal you need higher cooling.
3- others manufacturer thats dont use lil flap also use same material to make it almost impossible to rust.
4- Nice move to make it impossible to short circuit thats nice!
5- I like more rounded phone so good move again.
6- Ok its have edge on the screen but personally as long as its wont be really flexible i see nothing special there.
7- Hopefully the tactile feedback of those boutton will be good..
8- Nice colors but also finger print magnet..
9- Sony been doing same thing for years now so nothing special.

so yeah a few positive point but mostly nothing innovative.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:57

22. Xperia14 (Posts: 332; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


True, Sony has been using heat pipes from the Z2 and up and they have used the same tech for waterproofing for years. Xperia's (from the Z3+ and up) also have one advantage regarding to the waterproofing; the screen works when wet and you can take photo's with the dedicated camera button when the phone is completely submerged.

Anyways, I'm glad that the S7 is waterproof again and combined with the big battery, micro SD and sAMOLED makes it a great phone.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:33 7

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8367; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yeah Sony used a heat pipe and the phone still overheats.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:33 3

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8367; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Innovation wasn't the point. Protection was.
So negative aren't you.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:49

26. Ruturaj (Posts: 1277; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


No one said innovative, and title clearly says "10 little-known design facts".

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:30

33. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They did not say about the screen works in water with fingers and so does the cam, on the s7 also the vol keys cam be sued as cam buttons if needed, but the screen does work

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 18:40

34. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Lol Sony phones use heat pipe for cooling and yet they all overheat. Lol

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:16

29. Af1rPA (Posts: 672; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Water cooled heat pipes are a sham.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:30

31. Furbal (Posts: 921; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Sweet sweet goretex

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 15:16

32. xperiaZlover (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


Wow good innovation.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:43

38. pupkin (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


What about the hidden feature that the phone supposedly has 32gb of internal memory but actually the the user has 11gb for Apps. Yes it has Expandable memory i know. :(

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 01:31

42. MotoFoner (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 May 2015)


Those pretty girls would have to be paid to actually use an Android device... oh, right - they are being paid. Any fashionable, pretty girl uses only krApple iPhones.

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