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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: all the new features

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: all the new features

Brace yourselves, Samsung came back with a vengeance, and a lot is hinging on whether the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge it just announced will be a success. The Galaxy S6 it unveiled last year around this time, was the boldest redesign it has ever undertaken with the Galaxy S line, but was met with a somewhat tepid demand due to general industry saturation, as well as the decision to seal the battery and offer embedded storage only. The surprising Galaxy S6 edge's initial demand caught Samsung off-guard as well, and it couldn't churn out enough bendy displays for it, adding to the initial sales bottleneck.

This year, however, Samsung is pulling out all stops with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, if not in terms of design, as the chassis concept is already premium enough, but rather by listening to user demands. It has focused efforts where it matters most in today's smartphones - the low-light performance of the camera, the battery life, and the durability of the device, and at the same time brought back the microSD slot for storage expansion. 

What more can you desire from a phone? Well, let's roundup all the important new features you will encounter in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and we'll let you decide if we are in for the treat of the season.

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:30

1. shaineql (Posts: 344; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Dual sim ?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:30 1

2. shaineql (Posts: 344; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


I mean im asking for confirmation , can you use microsd slot for dual sim?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:39 11

27. TomMax (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Nov 2015)


Usually Samsung make for its flagship devices another variant and add duos (dual-SIM) to the name, but the problem with Samsung phones is that they don't have a multi-user mode (guest mode) so you can't install dual apps for both SIMs like Whatsapp, Telegram and so on.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:31

3. combatmedic870 (Posts: 547; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Does the S7 have OIS??

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:35 6

7. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


yes sir

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:01 2

16. ashrafalhujaili (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


yes
the micro SD card slot can work as a slot for another Sim
so you either put dual Sim in it or one simple and one micro SD card

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:32 9

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


^ Hybrid Slot = Dual Sim

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:32 2

5. jeroome86 (Posts: 798; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Haven't heard about usb type c ?
Surely these flagships have it?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:35 5

6. senseiJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Nope.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:46 1

8. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1938; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Usb type c still doesn't support fast charging.....Right? Please correct me if i'm wrong. So sammy has opted to go with started micro usb.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:00 3

15. Subie (Posts: 435; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


I thought the Nexus phones supported fast charging and they have usb type c. It's just that they support usb 2.0 for data transfer speeds.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:26

24. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1938; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I looked it up typc c does support qualcomm quick charge(https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/quick-charge/faq) but samsung uses there own type of quick charge for exynos so maybe usb type c doesn't support exynos quick charge or whatever sammy calls it.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:02 3

18. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


,Mir think it's more about the ip68 port and the very bad leads over the Charging time

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:25

46. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


They wanted compatibility for the Gear VR as well. Type C is pointless if not USB3.1 anyway as Samsungs micro USB is faster than all competitors with Type C.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:48 2

9. DmitrLP (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


No impressed at all, i expected more...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:57 1

13. Wiencon (Posts: 1713; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


It's hard to be impressed these days becuase all tuose phones have to offer is just evolutio

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:21 11

22. -Shadow- (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


S6 had only one con, the small battery , S7 fixes that on top of adding water resistance and microSD card slot and overall performance boost, what is there more to ask for the perfect smartphone?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:17 1

30. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Only one con, but they added a bigger battery and microSD? Isn't that two? And neither the S6 or S7 has a removable battery, so isn't that 3?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:23 1

44. ibend (Posts: 3182; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and water resistant as bonus..

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:57

40. Xperia14 (Posts: 304; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


FM radio :'(

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:44

43. mitchytan92 (Posts: 74; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


But damn 32gb is crazy small. I normally save all my 3000+ Spotify songs offline and it takes up my whole memory on my Nexus 5 (32gb).

I know there is Adoptable Storage but the UFS 2.0 internal memory is just way faster. Using the MicroSD, won't it affect the speed as well.

At least give us a 64gb version...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:53

10. Ordinary (Posts: 2138; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


No force touch=no buy

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:11 23

20. coyote (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)


You would not buy it anyway.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:26 1

47. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


So which other Android phone has Force touch and what do you need it for? It's a useless gimmick and you're obviously just an Apple troll.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:54 11

11. FluffyBled (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Liquid cooling indeed is a COOL feature :D!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:28 1

25. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


*Evaporative cooling, using heat pipes

Liquid cooling is different
But MS/Samsung market as "liquid cooling" since its sounds better for average users

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:32

37. FluffyBled (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


It's still something!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:55 4

12. dimas (Posts: 1816; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


First phone with liquid cooling technology? That's cool. 3000 mah battery? That's awesome. Just a full review and I'll buy this.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:02

17. Subie (Posts: 435; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Microsoft 950xl has liquid cooling.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:24 1

23. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I believe the phone with heat pipes as the Xperia Z2

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:59 2

14. insyt (Posts: 49; Member since: 16 Sep 2015)


So they on par with Xperia devices. This is more like it Samsung.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:08

19. Subie (Posts: 435; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Now they just need some underwater un-boxing videos like Sony did.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:50

33. maherk (Posts: 3365; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You wish lol

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:13 11

21. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


- Free Gear VR for preorders in US, Europe, and other locations, with a 6-game bundle worth $150!
- Water and dust proofing IP68!
- 3600 / 3000 mAh Batteries!
- SD Card upto 200GB or 2nd SIM, your choice!
- 5.5" / 5.1" QHD sAMOLED Displays w/ always-on tech
- Dual pixels, 100% photo area focus, f/1.7, OIS camera
- Fast wireless and wired charging

Excellent specs.
Samsung stole the show, beats all others hands down!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:16

41. greyarea (Posts: 166; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


Meh, I expect samsung to throw promotional stuff around with their capital. While the specs are decent, it hardly beats all others hands down or is that exciting at all.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:27

48. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Well, it does beat all others as noone else is close.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:36 2

26. MrFreeman (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


It may not contain a removable battery, but Samsung did listen to those who complained about an SD card and lack of water/dust resistance.

It's not the perfect phone you may have wished for, however, improvements are being made incrementally.

They delivered on some features and you should be thankful for that.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:42 1

28. jeroome86 (Posts: 798; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Still more interested in Note 6. Wonder if Note 6 be IP68 certified since theres a S -pen?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:08

34. Techielover (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


It will...hopefully

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:19 1

36. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Why would the S Pen prevent IP68? That's like worrying if the Note 6 will include microSD.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:00

50. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3703; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Isn't the answer obvious? It might be difficult to develop a seal around the S-Pen silo. If it was an easy thing to implement, we probably would have seen it in the Note 4 after they did it in the S5. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I doubt we'll see it in the Note 6.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:53 1

29. nedywest71 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Just no info about the strength of the display.
Gorilla Glass, Turtle Glass, whatever glass.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:24 3

31. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


USB Type-C fanboys: Stop crying about it. Why do you need type C? For what purpose?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:27 1

32. nate358 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Dec 2013)


Maybe I missed it... it has all on my list, but
1. Dual front facing speakers
2. USB Type C
3. Removable battery
4. Finger print scanner or Iris scanner

Am I wrong?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:15 2

35. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


I'm sure the S7 has the fingerprint scanner. But (useless) Type C and removable battery is found on the LG G5.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 03:57 1

49. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Of course it has a fingerprint scanner - the S5 and Note 4 had it already. Never understood the obsession with front speakers either. Who listens to music on built-in phone speakers? Removable battery, however, I fully agree upon. Stupid of Samsung to remove such a nice feature, but Type C is pretty useless so far unless it's USB3.1 and Samsungs micro USB implementation is the best of them all beating any Type C curently.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:38 2

38. Derekjeter (Posts: 805; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Will the S7 sim tray allow for dual sim instead of one sim and one SD card?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 00:34 2

45. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Yep!!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 17:49

39. Fellwalker (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Lazy reporting - the edge isn't a bendy display, it is curved. And pointless, but it's the only way to get a nearly 5.5 inch screen and a nearly decent battery size,.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:31 3

42. joevsyou (Posts: 670; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


that focus speed in that video was impressive!

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