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Samsung goes all out with Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.5" curved phone with Edge superpowers and massive battery

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Samsung goes all out with Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.5" curved phone with Edge superpowers and massive battery

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has finally gone official!

And yes, all the leaks and rumors were true: the Galaxy S7 Edge indeed comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen and a few 'edgy' tricks, Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 820 system chip under the hood and a promising 12-megapixel camera. Expandable storage is back with a hybrid SIM card slot, where you can plug in a microSD card slot of up to 200GB along with your SIM card. 

A massive, 3600mAh battery

Probably best of all, though, the Galaxy S7 Edge indeed has a massive, 3600mAh battery.

The design of the S7 Edge has not changed much from the S6 Edge, though: the two look nearly identical, but when you look up close you will find some slight modifications that should make a difference in daily use. The phone now features slight curves towards its edges, for a more comfortable in-hand fit.

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

With no further ado, here is a quick look at the most important specs of the Galaxy S7 Edge:

Galaxy S7 Edge
PlatformAndroid 6 Marshmallow
Dimensions150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g weight
Display5.5” QHD Super AMOLED (1440 x 2560)
SoCSnapdragon 820
Cameras12MP rear cam with Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.7 lens
5MP front cam, f/1.7
Storage32 GB
with microSD support
Battery3600 mAh
Extra featuresIP68 water resistance, Wireless charging


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

New camera captures 95% more light, features first Dual Pixel sensor for faster auto-focusing

Going down from a 16-megapixel sensor, this new 12MP camera has less, but larger individual pixels, and larger pixels have the advantage of better capability to collect light. Then, there is the wider, f/1.7 lens (widest ever on a phone): a wide-aperture lens allows more light in, which again is key for better images in dim conditions. The two combined together allow the new camera in the S7 Edge to capture 95% more light than the S6. Thirdly, the camera 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. Samsung claims the S7 Edge is faster than other leading phones when focusing.

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

More 'Edgy' functionality and Always-on Display

It's nice to see Samsung add more functionality to the Edge screen: the whole Tasks edge screen is now wider and offers one-tap access to applications, functions and news. You can quickly access your contacts, take a selfie or access the calendar, for instance.

Another great trick that Samsung has pulled with the display is called: 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 Edge model sold in the United States runs on 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 Edge 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 Edge 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, 12:04 10

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

That 3600mAh battery though!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:10

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3367; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Were you expecting anything less? I wonder what the screen to body ratio is.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:19 1

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I wish it would've been 64 gigs with sd expansion. Please don't limit the Note 6 to 32. Everything about it is great, other than that.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:05 2

8. TerryTerius (unregistered)

It does have an SD card slot. They showed that off during the official presentation. I don't think they stated what the actual on board storage was though. But I'm assuming it will be 32 or 64.

Although I wish it did still have an IR blaster like the S6 and moved to USB Type-C, I can't think of a single thing that the S7 doesn't have otherwise. Presumably next gen fast charging, fast wireless charging, SD card slot, 3600 mA battery, an ip68 certified water resistant body, apparently much better lowlight camera performance, a customizable always on display and a few other software tweaks they showed off for the presentation like the two rows in the edge panel. For me, it's as close to the perfect phone as you can get.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:18 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

My Note is a 64 gig, and my iCloud sync to it was almost 34 gigs. I'm not big on sd storage, that's why I opt for 64 or 128. The lack of an ir blaster again sucks big time, I forgot about that. To me, they're cutting corners like Apple does.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:10

11. TerryTerius (unregistered)

Never mind, you were right. 32 only. That does kind of suck.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:23 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Yeah it does, I'd prefer 64 minimum internal.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:29

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

What about force touch display??

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:41

5. jove39 (Posts: 1967; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Love that batter size.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:48

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

"Then, there is the wider, f/1.7 lens (widest ever on a phone)" ... unless you count the 2015 Nexus 6P which has an f/2.0, which also has considerably larger pixels too.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 12:59 9

7. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

You do know that f/1.7 is wider than f/2.0.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:06 1

9. TerryTerius (unregistered)

No, he doesn't. Which to be fair, is counterintuitive.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:07 1

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I guess I didn't. lol. I'll have to educate myself then.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 17:34 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

At least you were honest, and kept it real.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 17:47

24. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Just a little embarrassed, but people were respectful. At least I learned something new. lol

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:15

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 2028; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Ah. Just watched the unpacked event on the excellent Android Central site. What the heck wrong with your servers PA?

Anyways this looks like a excellent device no doubt. Welcome back SD card and water resistant too. But probably want get anything this year. If I did I would be looking at the Note 6.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 13:55

15. stardomains (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Nov 2015)

Quick Charge 2.0 or Quick Charge 3.0?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:04

16. Rocket (Posts: 419; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

I want the silver one!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:14

17. jpuv_ (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

Damn. Shut the f**k up and take my money! SAMMY!

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:52 2

18. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 155; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)

With all the specs and awesome design, i wonder, what else the consumers want? This phone got (almost) everything they want in a smartphone. Damn. Good job samsung, awesome phone, hope it sells good :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 16:40 1

19. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)

Samsung just slapped LG in their face. Quite literally

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 01:04

20. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

if only s7 had usb type-c,like G5 with quick charge 3.0,but like that micro sd and water resist is back the S7's

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 02:01

21. byazatt (Posts: 297; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I'm so into the S7 Edge. awesome.

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 09:54

22. gersont1000 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

For the T-Mobile customers, can you pre-order phones to get with Jump On Demand? And if you can, you think that we would be qualified to get the free VR headset?

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