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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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
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. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

8. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 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.

17. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

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

20. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015



Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 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

36. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011


13. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

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

14. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 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 ..

37. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

41. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015


2. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Note 6 please :)

40. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

"I have a dream..." 6" 4K AMOLED 6GB RAM 256GB storage + microSD 4000mAH battery IP68

43. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

3. saif2711

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Overhyped..will not beat iphone 6s

4. drifter77

Posts: 401; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

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

16. saif2711

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

I think the smartest!!

19. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

No, not really.

30. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

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

39. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

LOL. hilarious

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015


6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Samsung did an amazing job, especially with the S7e.

7. hoomanPeasants unregistered

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

11. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Wow I guess we got a genius here, guys!

12. hoomanPeasants unregistered

Oh come on, I'm blushing already.

9. AZNHA unregistered

note6 gonna be awesome

15. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 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..

10. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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. :)

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