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Samsung Galaxy S7 goes official with performance boost and promising new camera

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Samsung Galaxy S7 goes official with performance boost and promising new camera

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has finally broken cover!

...and it's no surprise for those who were following the countless leaks and rumors : the Galaxy S7 does indeed have a 5.1-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 820 system chip under the hood and a brand new 12-megapixel camera with low light superpowers. And yes, the microSD card slot is back: you can use a card of up to 200GB onf the S7.

Snapdragon 820, microSD and large battery

Luckily, the Galaxy S7 does also come with a larger-than-before, 3,000mAh battery.

The design of the S7 is rather incremental: in fact, not much has changed from the S6: the two look nearly identical, but up close you notice how the phone is curved towards its edges for a more comfortable in-hand fit.

Then, there are the extra features: IP68 certification means that the phone is water and dust resistant, so you don't need to worry if you spill some water on it.

Here is a quick look at the most important specs of the Galaxy S7:

Samsung
Galaxy S7
PlatformAndroid 6 Marshmallow
Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g weight
Display5.1” QHD Super AMOLED (1440 x 2560)
SoCSnapdragon 820
RAM4 GB LPDDR4
Cameras12MP rear cam with Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.7 lens
5MP front cam, f/1.7
Storage32 GB
with microSD support
Battery3000 mAh
Extra featuresIP68 water resistance, Wireless charging

Camera


The new 12-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S7 brings a few important improvements, all helping one single purpose: better low light images.

New 12MP camera captures 95% more light, first Dual Pixel sensor

For Samsung, it is now time to look beyond megapixels: the S7 drops to a 12MP camera (down from 12MP on the S6), but what this does is that individual pixels are now larger, and this brings the advantage of better low light performance. Then, there is the wider, f/1.7 lens (widest ever on a phone) that further helps with light collection. The two combined together allow the new camera in the S7 to capture 95% more light than the S6. Finally, the camera also features optical image stabilziation (OIS), which helps the camera shoot faster, resulting in less blurry images.

Another curious detail is the added support for Dual Pixels. A first in the smartphone world, Dual Pixel is a technology borrowed from dedicated cameras that allows for faster focusing by combining information from two pixels on the camera sensor.

Quite nicely, the 5-megapixel front camera also features an f/1.7 wide-aperture lens.


Always-on Display


Another great trick that Samsung has pulled with the S7 display is Always-on Display. What this does is show you basic information like the time, calendar or notifications, without you having to wake up the phone. And since the S7 Edge has an AMOLED display, only a few pixels light up to show this information, so the battery drain from having Always-on Display is minimal. Additionally, the feature will turn off when you put the phone in your pocket.

Snapdragon 820


30% faster CPU, 60% better graphics

The S7 model will go on sale in the United States with the Snapdragon 820 system chip, Qualcomm's latest and most powerful chip. The processor brings a 30% improvement in CPU performance and up to 60% boost in GPU performance.

Price and release date (limited time bonus: Gear VR!)


Just as expected, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will go on pre-order at 8am EST on February 23rd, while the official release date is set for March 11th.

If you pre-order between February 23rd and March 18th, Samsung is also throwing in a bonus Gear VR headset ($100 value) and a 6-game bundle for VR worth $50.

The S7 will be available on all major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular, and it will also be sold in Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, Car Toys, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart.

Lastly, Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy will have the phone for users to take a first look on February 24th, while carriers will have the phone for users to experience starting February 26th.


source: Samsung

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posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:02 8

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My body is ready to see it in person!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:32 1

19. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 365; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Me too. I am not sure what to buy though: S7 or G5? Pro S7: Dual Pixels, Pro G5: Dual Camera and optional sound module from Bang & Olufsen.

Does anyone know which Memory Controller Samsung/LG is using? I hope they caught up with Apple. The memory controller is more important for system performance than SD820 in my opinion.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:42 5

22. shaineql (Posts: 415; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


IM SO EXCITED ABOUT VULCAN API :O

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:51 4

25. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 365; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Dude. Stop posting your Samsung propaganda below my posts! While I try to be objective and compare the devices in the market, it seems like you try to spread Samsung sales propaganda.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:20 2

28. Shocky (unregistered)


Same, well done to Samsung for incorporating this.

Other features for gamers are also very welcome.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:29

35. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Vulkan still has a way to go before it becomes a game changer. Maybe next year, but I don't see it being huge this year.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:08

38. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


None of your G5 "pros" are pros really. If that's all the G5 has then it's a sorry second. What kind of moron would listen to music on built-in speakers - that's right: a well-manicured "man"

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 15:44

44. QWERTYphone (Posts: 654; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL
FRAGILE GLASS CONSTRUCTION = FAIL

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:03

2. uvaman (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


PA is fast, blazing fast :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:03 5

3. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


They need to up the size of the battery.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:05 9

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


G5 has a 2800mAh battery. Try posting that comment elsewhere.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:06 3

7. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Lol idiot

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:08 14

8. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


This proves how stupid you are. I never said the G5's battery was adequate either.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:08 9

9. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Idiot for what? Saying I believe the battery should be bigger?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:10 3

10. Ordinary (Posts: 2430; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Lol dont bother with him. Its SamsungPhanboy alt. You can easily say just by instant upvote and talking bad about touchwiz...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:12 2

11. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3260; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


3000mah is more than enough. this is the first time the battery size has increased, since uber power efficient chips and displays have been present. This phone is going to last at least 2 days.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:20 12

12. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Don't bother with him? Who the eff are you?

I swear. PA members are getting dumber by the minute. All I said was one thing about the battery.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:24 3

14. Kumar123 (unregistered)


+1000 For using the word "Stupid".

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:28 8

16. Kumar123 (unregistered)


Another dumbass who thinks they own the comment section. They act as if you need their permission to post something. Don't say anything against Lord Samsung even if you don't like it. You can't complain here. If you want to complain try complaining other articles that features other manufacturers phone. Pretty much that's what they are saying.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:21

29. Shocky (unregistered)


They did, but people like you always want more.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:05 6

4. uvaman (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)


"down from 12MP on the S6" PA you mean from 16MP :P

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:05

6. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 2012)


notthing new. always on display is gimmick from the past alongside the hand wave gimmick. watch all the band wagoners jump on the pile now that sd is back while they said it was no longer needed on s6 when sammy removed it

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:30 2

17. Sidewinder (Posts: 502; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Maybe Samsung truly listens to customer feedback and it was the number one gripe from buyer after the non removable battery in s6

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:21

13. izim1 (Posts: 1070; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


How about they keep the vr and games and just give me $150 off?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:29 2

34. Shocky (unregistered)


You can always sell the Gear VR.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:12

42. joevsyou (Posts: 983; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


because what it really cost them for that VR is probably like $30, They are just taking a lost on the cost of it not the whole $150

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:25

15. Trex95 (Posts: 1056; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Black S7 for me. But I'm not going to buy any S7 for 2 reason
1- Sd card plus Samsung bloatwaer will decrees the berformance after couple of month of use.
2- 2 variant of S7 SD and Exnoyse that means no update for a year.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:52 1

26. lng101010 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


1- You can uninstall most of Samsung's bloatware. And you don't have to use the SD card. If I do, it'll only be to store photos/videos and music.
2- But SD will mean easier hacking.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:01 1

37. j2001m (Posts: 2999; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope as it does not use Emmc, it is Emmc that makes it crap after 2 months

I.e. It's all about ufs

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:32 1

18. Gonga (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


Now give us marshmallow samsung (s6 user)!!

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