Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge - hands-on with the official accessories & cases

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge - hands-on with the official accessories & cases
At MWC 2016, we spent some time in the company of Samsung's official accessories and cases for the Galaxy S7 & S7 edge. Samsung's made sure you won't be starved for choices when it comes to tricking out the fancy new smartphone you bought. However, there's nothing out of the ordinary with the stuff that Samsung's outed, either. There's the physical keyboard attachment, a bulky battery case, a window case, a window-less one, and a clear back case.

Samsung's physical QWERTY keyboard attachment made its first appearance last year, made to go with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Despite the lack of love for physical keyboards among manufacturers and casual user, the accessory must have proven popular enough as Samsung has repurposed it for the bigger Galaxy S7 edge. The back part of the attachment is fixed to the smartphone, then the keyboard slides over it, pushing the screen contents upwards and letting you type like in the old days. The keyboard is sold in two colors, Black and Gold.

Unlike last year's battery case for the Galaxy S6, the one for the S7 has an opening for the camera, which is, arguably, a sound decision on Samsung's part. It's big, black, bulky and it looks like it could take a beating!

The Window case protects the smartphones from all sides, while taking advantage of the Always-on functionality to let the user take calls, make photos, and view notifications without opening the case. The windowless one looks just like it, but without the cutout. It takes a design cue from HTC's dotted case, showing the time below the speaker cutout.

As for the clear back case, there's nothing of note about it. It protects your smartphone from the back, sides, and corners without hiding its stunning good looks.

Pricing information when it comes around.

Related phones

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)

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4 Comments

1. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Omg really?!??? Soooooo ugly an unintuitive

2. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It's an abomination

3. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

wow samsung and lg do know how to make ugly accessories...

4. mintveritas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Call it ugly and abominable all you want but they're going to sell like gangbusters to that crowd that never wanted to get rid of tactile keyboards in the first place, either because they're a little more "old-fashioned" or just want the efficiency of touch typing. As someone who works with folks like this on a daily basis, I couldn't be more pleased.

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