6 great new Galaxy S7 Edge features that you won't find in other phones

Early pre-order for the Galaxy S7 Edge have already started shipping to customers and with the phone available in stores on Friday, March 11th, it's a great idea to know what makes it truly unique.

With smartphones maturing and all taking basically over one and the same form, it's great that Samsung has found the courage to bring a different design with truly unique features that no other mainstream phone has.

We've picked the six features that are truly unique for the S7 Edge and that make it stand out. In many ways, though, the S7 Edge is because of the polish it puts on the already introduced features in the S6. Still, here is what gives it that bit of different flavor.

#1: Edge UX

The Edge user interface made its debut in earlier Samsung phones, but it has truly matured in the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz interface on the Galaxy S7 Edge. While previously, it was a very limited affair with a single-column interface, you now get a two-column interface and the option to add third-party widgets including Yahoo Stocks and sports scores, all conveniently accessible with a side-swipe from the edge of the display. Of course, since access to the Edge UX is now open, expect to see more and more such panels or widgets if you wish appear up for download, and they are indeed quite neat and useful.

#2: Game Launcher

The Game Launcher is a brand new feature that arrives on the Samsung Galaxy S7 series and it is a true blessing for the more dedicated phone gamers. It comes with a separate menu that allows you to block notifications as well as block the capacitive keys while you are playing, so you don't accidentally quit the game. This is an extremely neat option when the action starts to heat up and you start tapping and swiping frantically on that screen. Also, the Game Launcher features a built-in screen record function that will allow you to capture your wins, tutorials and gaming achievements on video easily.

#3: Super wide, f/1.7 lens

Technically, the Galaxy S7 Edge is not the very first phone with such a wide aperture, f/1.7 lens, but amongst the mainstream brands that you can actually easily buy in the West, it is in fact the first to offer such impressively fast lens. What a wider lens such as the f/1.7 one on the S7 Edge does is allow more light in and hence is a huge contribution to the great-looking low-light images that the phone is able to capture.

#4: Hyperlapse videos built in

Hyperlapse, a fancy type of video recording that is basically a time lapse in motion, is a feature that has been available via third-party apps for quite a while, but it is the first time that we see it built right in the stock camera app of the Galaxy S7 Edge. This will undoubtedly make the experience smoother, more polished, and more useful to people. A creative hyperlapse can look really outstanding to show the busy city streets at night and bring that extra flare to your video creations.

#5: Motion Panorama

Another neat new option that only the Galaxy S7 Edge has is Motion Panorama. What this does is animate your panoramas with some movement: basically, Motion Panorama is a lot like a video that you can move back and forward by scrolling left and right on the panorama itself. It's particularly cool for events where you want to capture the mood of an event: a regular panorama would be terribly stitched with all the moving people, while a movie would not allow that easy navigation in the image.

#6: Dual Pixel auto-focus

Last but not least, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the first phone ever to come with Dual Pixel auto-focus. A technology that Samsung borrowed from the world of dedicated digital cameras, Dual Pixel auto-focus is impressively fast (and we don't get impressed that easily!). It's practically instantaneous and works in all sorts of conditions: it will refocus much faster in lower light as well. What is that useful for? Well, both photos and videos, where your subjects will be in focus much more often. And if you specifically want a bit of an out-of-focus look, you can switch to Samsung's awesome Pro camera mode and use the manual focus selection tool.

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)



1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Is hyperlapse the same one microsoft provides with their app?

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Some pretty neat stuff. Hope the Note 6 has it all.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am betting it will. But for the Note for me it doesn't need an sdcard if they just offer it in 128GB only for the same price. A dual Note Edge would be really cool too.

28. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

if they release the Note with Edge screens, then RIP S7 Edge.

5. Nopers unregistered

This was a lazy article at best.

6. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Most of that stuff is also present on the S7... at a lower price....

9. TerryTerius unregistered

Really. The (subjective) aesthetic enhancement of the curved display, edge UI and substantial difference in battery life would be the advantages for the S7 edge. Then again, I suppose that wouldn't have made for as interesting an article. I'm not sure what Price has to do with anything though. Not to be rude.

11. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

PA with the good copied cop routine.. They bash Samsung with one article while praising them with another just minutes after posting the article. Anyone who takes the words of PA seriously would be pulling their hairs right now

14. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

So this article is about features that the S7 Edge has that can't be found on other phones, which is incorrect because Microsoft had it and the HTC One A9 comes with Hyperlapse Video built-in.

21. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea I was going to say the same thing, the A9 has Hyperlapse.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I can say, I would have loved to have had the S7 Edge last year when I took my new family to Disneyworld for the first time. Having feature #4 and #6 would have been the best. Being on the rides that move constantly and you want to take pictures, you need a phone that can focus quick. At the time I had the S6 Edge 128 and my wife had the Note 4, and both just didn't focus fast enough for one of the rides at the Animal Kingdom where you go out on the Safari and see the animals outside and not in cages. The cameras just didn't focus fast enough and the OIS too also wasn't quick enough. So from now on, every camera Samsung includes certainly needs to have a faster focus or this dual pixel capability. Sammie has had the best cameras since the S5. I look forward to see what other benefits they can bring to the Galaxy cameras.

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