Samsung Galaxy S7 edge hands-on

Mobile World Congress 2015 was an especially remarkable one for Samsung. They came out swinging in a big way by introducing not one, but two brand new smartphones with radical designs. Between them, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge featured everything its sibling in the standard Galaxy S6 offered, but it came with cooler aesthetics courtesy of its dual-curve edge display.

Just like last year, Sammy is announcing two new phones for MWC 2016. While last year’s handsets were closely similar, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge differentiates itself not only for its dual-curve edges again, but also for its larger screen size. One of our biggest complaints about the edge series thus far has been the lack of utility regarding its curved edges – with most of its features still being regarded as novel.

Despite that, Samsung is moving forward with its latest and greatest, which should be a force to be reckoned with considering its now uncompromising approach.

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Are we at all surprised by the design of the Galaxy S7 edge? Based on everything from what we can gather, the iterative changes present here help to move the design forward. No longer are our hands burdened by those sharp edges from before, just because it adopts the rounded curves around the back of the phone – introduced first by the Note 5. Not only does it look good, but it feels incredibly wonderful as well.

The good doesn’t stop there, as it features one incredible screen-to-body ratio. For something that packs a sizable 5.5-inch screen, it doesn’t feel gigantic much like the other phablets in its class. In fact, they’ve engineered it so that it’s 3.5mm slimmer than before. This stark change is quite evident putting an iPhone 6s Plus next to it, which looks obnoxiously massive in comparison to Sammy’s latest offering. And sure, it still has that premium feel to it – attributed by that metal bezel trim being sandwiched by glass.

Bringing back features that were absent with last year’s model, Samsung does justice by reintroducing an IP68 certification that endows it with dust and water resistance. Now, Samsung is careful about using the term ‘water resistance’ because they still refrain from saying it can be submerged. Rather, it’s there to protect it from minor splashes from water. We’re confident, though, that the phone will be able to withstand submersion just like the Galaxy S5 previously, even though Sammy isn’t too keen about the idea.

Also worth pointing out are some of the handset’s subtle changes, such as how the power button/fingerprint sensor is now flatter than before, as well as how the lens of the rear camera doesn’t stick out as much. And did we mention that they’re able to stuff an even beefier 3600 mAh battery into its svelte frame? Quite frankly, all of this shows that Samsung is undoubtedly delivering that no-compromise package with the Galaxy S7 edge.


Samsung doesn’t have much to prove when it comes to display, seeing that they’re one of the best in the business at it. For the Galax7 edge, it comes with a larger 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display with those signature dual-curve edges. Again, we can’t stress enough about the slick aesthetics brought on by them, but we’re more curious about how it’ll affect, you know, future variants – just like last year’s Galaxy S6 edge+.

We will, however, have to give kudos to Samsung for making this phone extremely compact in overall size. It’s exceptionally detailed, sharp, and exhibits the qualities that we’re familiar with already. And when you factor in Samsung’s track record for display making, we’re highly confident that this one will follow suit as well – in areas such as color temperature, luminance, and viewing angles.

Those dual-curve edges serve the same purpose as before, but new changes might help steer it away from that novel attachment. We’ll go into some more detail about it in the next section, but quite frankly, we have little complaints about the screen for right now.

Interface and Functionality

Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has seen its up and downs, with last year’s iteration leaning towards the up direction with its refined, simpler approach. That’s yet again the trend with this latest edition running in the Galaxy S7 edge. The experience as a whole is identical to its sibling in the Galaxy S7, but with one major difference – the edge UX. This time around, however, they’re maximizing a bit more of the real-estate, as well as going with a horizontal layout, by making the tab 550 pixels wide.

Functionally, the edge UX works in the same capacity before, but with a set of new stuff at the same time. Now that it occupies a wider amount of space, content is aggregated in a more logical arrangement. Acting just like before, the edge panel gives us yet another form of multi-tasking at our disposal, but newcomers like the ability to set a macro and third-party support will undoubtedly increase its worth. For example, the macro feature seems useful because rather than opening the camera and then switching to the front-facing camera to snap a selfie, a macro can be made so that launching it does exactly that function.

In a way, the idea of the edge panel might continue to be viewed novel to some, but it’s there for the convenience of users who actually use them. Not everyone is going to find these edge UX features integral to the experience, there’s still a long way before people fall into the habit of relying on them day in, day out.

More importantly, of course, is that this iteration of TouchWiz continues to be one incredibly diversified and comprehensive experience that covers the gamut. Samsung has always expressed its interest in meeting customer demand, so there’s no surprise that the Galaxy S7 edge has the arsenal to appease them. In looking at what’s available this go-around, it seems as though nothing has been eliminated, as many of the previous functions are all present here.

From its true side-by-side apps multi-tasking, the one-handed mode that shrinks the interface to a thumb reaching friendly size, and the various smart gestures, TouchWiz remains to be one of the most comprehensive packages out there – made better by having Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from the get-go.

Processor and Memory

Samsung made it clear during our meeting that two chipsets will be leveraged for the latest Galaxy S7 line, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip for the US market, and its own homebrewed Exynos for just about everywhere else. This revelation is an intriguing one, more so when last year proved to be fruitful for Samsung going all in-house of the Galaxy S6 line.

The models we managed to check out delivered the swiftness and finesse that we come to expect in a high-end smartphone in this day and age. Naturally, the easy stuff is handled with ease, but Sammy also claims that the graphics processing of the handset isn’t going to be compromised because there’s Vulkan API access for gaming – as well as recording gaming footage in real-time.

Samsung committed what many folks thought of as a sin last year by announcing only internal storage for the Galaxy S6, but they’ve reluctantly made the switch back for the Galaxy S7 edge. While the base 32GB of storage that’s offered is generous, the microSD slot is back to provide us with the same level of leverage found in the past.


When it comes to snapping photos quickly and effortlessly, the Galaxy S line has always shown itself to be quite adept for the occasion. By now, we’re familiar in how Samsung has constantly remained relevant in the camera space with its smartphones – and naturally, the Galaxy S7 edge follows suit. The dated thinking of more megapixels is better is finally behind us, as the Galaxy S7 edge adopts a lower count one than its predecessor.

Well, it’s about time that people realize that there’s more to a camera’s performance than the sheer amount of megapixels it’s boasting. For the Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung has opted to go with a 12-megapixel rear camera, which is accompanied with notable features such as an f/1.7 aperture lens and a brand new. Combining those elements with a “Dual Pixel” sensor and 1.4 µm sized pixels, Samsung claims that its low lighting performance and focus are going to be class-leading in the space.

Putting that claim to the test, we witness for ourselves how the camera not only loads faster than the iPhone 6s Plus, but also absorbs more light in the process – resulting in photos that are brighter and exposed. To be fair, though, we’re seeing all of this action through the phone’s screen, so it’ll be interesting to see how samples look on a computer for a true comparison. Nonetheless, all of this points to the obvious that much of the camera’s focus is emphasized on low light performance, especially when Sammy agrees that most handsets in this day and age can capture some good snapshots when lighting is abundant.

The interface looks unchanged for the most part, boasting all the eclectic modes that Samsung is known for. Yes, manual controls are still present with the interface, but there’s no love given to the video side of things. Unfortunately, video recording is only set for automatic – so there’s no adjustment in any of the parameters while shooting video in real-time. We suspect that a variant, or maybe the Note line, will be graced with full manual video controls like those found in the LG V10. Don’t get us wrong, we’re confident that the Galaxy S7 edge will be a dandy of a phone for the occasion, but enthusiast might look elsewhere for now – or just wait for that matter.


You won’t have to wait long before your grubby hands are able to snatch a Galaxy S7 edge, seeing that Sammy is opening up pre-orders for the US market starting at 8:00 AM EST on February 23rd. That’s not too far away, which speaks volumes to Samsung’s market share, but the actual availability date for the phone will be March 11. Already, carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular are all on tap to sell the phone. As for everyone else? Well, there was no mention of it, but you can bet your behind that it won’t be long either.

Pricing hasn’t been revealed, however, it’s most likely that the Galaxy S7 edge will follow the same price point as the S6 edge from last year, which was higher than the S6 – so expect the S7 edge to be more than the standard S7. Unlike last year, there’s slightly more incentive to go with the Galaxy S7 edge not only because of the slick design brought on my its dual-curved edges, but also that it has a larger screen, and bigger battery.

As we’ve alluded to earlier, the Galaxy S7 edge is a no-compromise smartphone that’s an improvement over its predecessor. It’s not necessarily a giant leap forward, but rather, a tangible successor that addressed many of the missed opportunities. You know this will be one of the phones that’ll remain relevant throughout the year, and we can’t stress about the fact that it’s still one of the best looking – a testament indeed considering it now has a water-resistant construction.

What we’re really curious about, though, is how the increase in size will affect whatever variant Samsung decides to announce in the fall. As its name implied, the Galaxy S6 edge+ was a larger sized device over the Galaxy S6 edge, so we’re curious to see where it goes with whatever variant we might see – and how it’s going to be able to differentiate itself besides size. Now, before we all get ahead of ourselves, let’s just agree that the Galaxy S7 edge is all about no compromises.

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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. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

I hope touchwiz is better, and I might just upgrade!

4. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I m already in for this phone

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lol at your name, who do you think you are....ikki

24. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

it is. touch wiz has became a lot better since the s6 got released. looks more cleaner and made the interface less laggy

74. hellhr

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

In depth review, with benchmarks and camera samples, can be found on

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015


3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't you mean Vulkan API? Shame Europe doesn't get the SD820, would have preferred that one.

5. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

It's getting to the point where they should offer the consumer the choice, or simply stick with one processor across all markets.

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Europe gets garbage exynos this time. I bet the gpu is garbage as usual. Qualcom have sure done their homework this time.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Exynos is hardly garbage, but has very lousy custom rom support. That's the only reason I would prefer the SD

12. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Unfortunately its gpu has always been bad. A10 will kill both exynos and sd820. My God, 820 and exynos are around a9's level of performance.

15. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

I think A10 will be crushed by SnapDragon 830 ..... Easily .

17. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The competitor of SD830 will be Apple A11 and not A10. But I assume as well, that SD830 will beat Apple A10. It will not crush it but it will beat it.

25. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

No...the competition for the SD830 is the A10...they are usually annouced 4 months apart. I would expect the A10 to beat the 820. It's 8 months newer. Then 3 months later the 830 will come out and beat the A10. Then in 8 months the A11 will beat the 830. It's logical progress...

30. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

It is not about day of release but about technology available at the time of release. If the A10 is made with technology that Samsung/Qualcomm had access to when they launched their SoCs, then they are competitors. If Apple is incorporating technology into A10 that Samsung and Qualcomm could not use for the SD820/Exynos8, then SD830 and Exynos9 will be the competitors to A10.

77. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Sure, if you want to choose competitors on the basis of bragging rights (who made the best chip with the available resources), but that is a worthless and arbitrary basis as far as any consumer is or should be concerned. The only useful comparison for consumers is one strictly between products that are currently available. Naturally, that means each chip has more than one (usually two) competitors from each other chipmaker during its lifetime. And in reality, none of Apple's chips ever truly compete with anyone else's SoC's because they can never run the same hardware. Unless you buy your phone based SOLELY on the benchmark scores of the processor and GPU, it's pointless to compare them except to mentally masturbate about the company that one has pledged loyalty to. Who utilized the technology at the time is fun to geek out about, but it should be nothing more than that from a consumer standpoint. Arguing on behalf of brands' bragging rights is silly and futile.

57. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Who cares, I'm not into iPhones nor mobile games. If I want to play real games I fire up my game PC. So both CPUs are fine by me.

66. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

exactly mobile games are petty compared to pc games. in fact the original Nintendo offered better content than the crap that is available for mobile devices.

26. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

considering that the A10 isn't even out yet we will have to see. plus TSMC is making the chips now instead of samsung . at least for the iphone 7 at the moment

60. jeevanand88 unregistered

Run the screen with lowest resolution of what iPhone is running, and you will know which one is the beast!! Still i respect the fluidic performance of iPhone6s...

78. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

A10 performance not needed, it is used in a smartphone OS which can not even transfer files over bluetooth to 85% smartphone users

18. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

HOnestly DO YOU GIVE A f**k ABOUT custom bugged roms like cyanognemod , you want plain s**t android expirience on phone like this ? Lose all the optimization , vulkan api , samsung pay , camera , everything just to use custom rom ? Well if answer is yes buy generic android phone > G5 there will be s**tton of custom roms for it trying to achieve something more.

49. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Dude what the hell is wrong with you? STFU If he likes custom Roms, let him like them.

58. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't use Samsung pay, i use my own bank app for that. Vulkan api will be supported by custom ROMs.too. And so far custom ROMs have been working stable and better than most stock roms. Not to mention way better updates

67. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

custom roms with custom kernals and custom programs offer better usability and integration if you have the patience for it. consider the following the double tap wake that is not widely available is pretty much a standard feature in all but a few roms. the ability to under clock and limit overclocking features prolongs the life a rom to the point that it is comparable or even exceeds the screen on time from stock roms. faster and more complete android upgrades and usually less buggy and future proof than relying on manufacturers or service providers. removal of bloat and identification of potential dangerous programs like carrier iq was revealed through dissecting stock roms for the purposes of creating custom roms blacked out gmail black out keyboards. low light mode. manipulation of screen resolutions or having full control of the phone is another feature.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But Exynos 8890 is no slouch either.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The only reason I would like the SD820 is custom rom support. Otherwise both CPUs are excellent :) I did read the S7 won't support adoptable storage though. But I don't use that option anyway.

14. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

But custom rom support is already slim with each iteration of the galaxy flagships. The Knox and the locked bootloader is making it more and more difficult for proper porting of roms. Gotta see how the snapdragon and Exynos perform in benchmarks and real-life usage. I bet Exynos would be better at CPU intensive tasks and sd820 with gaming and other grapics intensive tasks

75. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually, I'm more saddened that Samsung went back to the SnapDragon. Dampened my spirits for the Note 6. After the SD810 issues which Qualcomm outright lied about, I refused to buy a product with their chipset inside...FORVER! I have a Note 5 and later this year, I will get an S6 Edge+ again to have as a rotating spare and I will just keep my Note 5 until it dies if need be. Of course since I am with T-Mobile, I can buy the Note 6 from Canada so I can ahve the Exynos version. I know Qualcomm makes good chips. Before the 810, I actually liked the SnapDragon and bought the Note 3 and Note pro 12.2 with SnapDragon because of its hardware prowness. But when a multi-million dollar company lies to the public openly, then I stop buying their products. This is why I dont buy Apple products as one of my reasons, don't shop at Wal-Mart and I wont buy a SnapDragon based product either.

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Is it T880MP14 or T880MP12 for Exynos version?

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