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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review


Last year we saw the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the first time in the Korean-based company’s history to complement a flagship with another variant. While the S6 and S6 edge featured the same specifications, the difference between them turned out to be the slicker aesthetics that accompanied the S6 edge – as well as its unique edge features, and heftier price too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Having two very similar options to choose from makes for tougher decisions amongst consumers, but this year’s offering is substantially more ambitious. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge isn’t just an S7 clone with a dual-curved screen. Oh no! Rather, it’s a bigger sized smartphone this time around, which should help to differentiate the two right from the onset, as there’s now more of an incentive (given its cost too) to eventually go for the S7 edge.

Samsung knows the importance of variety, evident in how they brought out the larger Galaxy S6 edge+ back in the fall to give consumers another option to think about. But with the introduction of the S7 edge, Samsung is replacing both the S6 edge and S6 edge+, leading us to believe that this year, it'll be the S7, S7 edge and Note 6 that are going to form the company's high-end line-up: three phones spanning three different sizes; unlike last year, when we had four phones covering just two sizes.

The package contains

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Rapid wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Stereo headphones
  • User guide

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review

Improved premium design made better with a water-resistant construction.

From the surface, it might not appear as though there are remarkable changes to the S7 edge’s design, but there are in fact several subtle refinements that carefully address some of the shortcomings with last year’s design. First and foremost, the same premium design is present once again here, boasting that attractive metal and glass package that ceremoniously elevated Samsung to a totally new level last year. Our particular unit, a gold platinum Verizon variant, shimmers in a distinctive gold hue when it’s tilted in the sunlight. However, it’s still something that attracts nasty baddies such as fingerprints and smudges – so a lot of care and wiping is necessary in keeping it clean.

Of course, the same slick aesthetics are achieved thanks in part to how its dual-curved edges just makes it look great near and far. The most notable change here with the S7 edge is its size, one that finds itself in middle of the S6 edge and S6 edge+. For a 5.5-incher, though, Samsung’s engineers continue to trim as much of the fat off the phone, almost giving off the illusion that it’s a phone with a smaller sized screen. In fact, its 76.09% screen-to-body ratio is recognizable when it’s placed alongside the iPhone 6s Plus, which boasts a 5.5-inch screen as well, but looks considerably larger due to its lower screen-to-body ratio of 67.91%. In comparison with something like last year's LG G4 and its 72.46% screen-to-body ratio, the S7 edge's compactness isn't all that impressive, but it still comes across as remarkably narrow and easy-to-handle device considering the screen size.

Believe us when we say that the S7 edge doesn’t look like your typical 5.5-incher! And it’s quite revealing when we hold the phone in our hand, as we’re able to grasp the entire width of the phone without having that feeling of stretching our hand more to compensate its size – such as the case with the iPhone 6s Plus. Sure, people with smaller sized hands will feel it’s still quite goliath in size, but we’re digging how they’re able to keep its frame within the bounds of reasonable.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
6.08 x 2.98 x 0.27 inches
154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

Apple iPhone 6s Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm
5.61 oz (159 g)


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review
While its size is what’s arguably the most different, we will note, however, that Samsung has drastically improved its feel in the hand. The last generation suffered from excessively sharp metal edges that made the phone unpleasant to hold, but this year, Samsung has finally polished those edges, putting an end to in-hand discomfort with the S7 edge. Throw in the fact that it also adopts the same curved edges on the back of the phone, something first introduced by the Note 5, the S7 edge’s in-hand feel is substantially improved.

Looking around the phone, everything from before is in its familiar location. From the power button on the right edge, to the volume controls on the left, and the speaker grill, mic, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack all positioned on the bottom, nothing is out of order with its placements. The fingerprint sensor, which is incorporated into the home button, is still just as quick and responsive as before. Interestingly, though, the button itself doesn’t protrude as much – it's almost flush with the surface, in fact. Meanwhile, the camera lens on the back is not as protruding as before.

One key thing to note that’s missing this time is the IR blaster, something that Samsung has decided to scale back with its devices. Say what you will about this decision, it’s something that we’ve been accustomed to seeing in many flagships, so to find it omitted is rather telling about its worth to consumers.

The return of water-resistance & microSD slot

While the changes to the S7 edge’s design might be perceived as subtly refined, there are actually two notable changes that are worth mentioning. First and foremost, the nanoSIM slot on the top edge of the phone now doubles as a microSD slot as well, bringing back expandable storage to Sammy’s flagship. Another feature that went missing with last year’s S6 line, a water-resistant construction, makes its comeback in a stunning fashion.

With its IP68 rating, the Galaxy S7 edge ups its game by fashioning a water resistant construction to a premium looking smartphone. This means that it can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes with no compromise, ensuring that minor accidents, such as spills, will no longer be of concern to this prized handset. Best of all, there’s no worry about having to close up ports and such, much like what you have to do with many of Sony’s Xperia phones, seeing that it’s been treated for water resistance.

Not only does the S7 edge look stunning and feels incredible in the hand, but the reintroduction of a water resistant package just completes its no-compromise stature. Many phones have impressive designs, but few go to the same length as to what Samsung achieves with the S7 edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review


It’s a bigger screen, with those signature dual-curved edges that give it one slick look.

By now, we’re accustomed to Samsung’s expertise when it comes to displays. Each successive device thus far has been equipped with a better display. For the S7 edge, they’ve obviously fashioned a larger, 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display – putting its size right between the two previous edge phones.

While it seems like we’re reaching that threshold, especially when Quad-HD resolution is the standard amongst high-end phones, we have to look at some of the other aspects of the screen to distinguish its superiority. Most notably, when set to Basic screen mode, this AMOLED display exhibits colors that are very close to the standard sRGB colorspace, which is always a good thing. And, being AMOLED, contrast and brightness are remarkably preserved when viewing the display at an angle. The same doesn't go for color accuracy, though, as things get dramatically shifted depending on the angle you're viewing the screen from.

The only minor thing to change here with the display is its peak luminance and color temperature. Specifically, the S6 edge managed to produce a potent 553 nit luminance, but the S7 edge’s potency has lessened to 493 nits. On paper, the discrepancy might be thought of as grand, but in reality, the S7 edge’s screen is still more than visible on the sunniest of days – thanks in part to how it cranks up the contrast when it’s on automatic brightness. As for its color temperature, it’s actually an improvement at 6586K, besting its predecessor’s mark of 6799K. A color temperature close to 6500K means that color balance is spot on.

Overall, there’s very little to complain about the S7 edge’s display. When we look at it, the same amount of iridescence put out by it continues to be a major drawing factor. And when you combine its dual-curved nature, it only helps to enhance its allure in the space – wherein it’s still a rare sighting for any phone to feature a curved screen.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 493
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 502
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 593
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posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:03 4

1. Rafishant (Posts: 370; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

Where are the people who used to call this site iPhonearena?
So the highest score is not 7 anymore, and it is not only 9 for the iPhone!

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:06 60

2. letosaw (Posts: 127; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

iphone 6s got 9.3 and is far inferior in many ways :3

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:18 6

6. Rafishant (Posts: 370; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

I don't know why the battery test result was that disappointed?
I expected a battery life higher than the S6 Active?
Is the reason probably related to the SD820?

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:19 13

8. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)

Thats fake.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:30 3

15. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

they should benchmark the international version also.. the exynos will get much better battery life. but I don`t think this is a valid battery test because even if the SD820 is powerhungry it won`t fail against the 6S+, PA in a nutshell...

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 15:25 1

44. hellhr (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Feb 2016)

Samsung S6 edge, geekbench battery test, 7.5h. S7, non edge, exynos, same test, 10h20m. Just measeured...

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 07:04 2

57. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

PhoneArena battery life tests are inaccurate. I'm getting 8 hours Screen 0n time on almost two days 0ff the charger on my SD820 GS7Edge, I'm very satisfied.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 16:04

48. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

Im pretty sure if a flash away from improvement. probably a rogue app consuming battery life for no reason.

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 18:28

74. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It looks like large portion of the other reviewers are getting higher battery life

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:18 33

7. NonFanBoy (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 May 2015)

S6 Edge had a rating of 9.3 and the only con that PA stated was the lack of micro SD card.
S7 Edge is an upgrade in every department and has a micro SD card slot and is rated 9.0.
There is no consistency in PA's rating.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:27 10

13. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)

I don't even care about their reviews, the have no parameter for it and so, they are just filling the space on this web meant for reviews.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 15:26 1

45. xocomaox (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)

Mostly because of the battery test that they ran incorrectly which skewed their perception of the phone. Once they update this review (test), I think they will change the review to a 9.4 or something.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 18:19 1

52. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

They guy who made this review is a caveman, Android Authority says the battery life is great.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:10 2

23. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

ONly 9 .. god.. how u want to see PA mobile phone that will receive 10 ???
how can this get 9 and pathetic iphone 9.3 with rubbish battery ?

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:18

25. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

How the helloes can itchave less battery life albeit having 600mah. IMA read my review elsewhere thx.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:08 3

3. Arschsalat (banned) (Posts: 158; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)

the battery is better as the iPhone 6s.
Fake Arena

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:16 18

4. lovro (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)

I think this battery test is very bad. On xda you have a bunch of screenshots of SOT time and battery usage. All of users are more satisfied than with NOTE 5 and S6 battery. :)

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:21 4

10. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

im getting the exynos version..this just sucks in browsing and battery life!
Also PA, please quit with the on-screen benchmarks compairing with phones that have half the screen resolution.. off-screen is the way to go.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:23

11. Chuck007 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

The Snapdragon model gets around 10hrs battery life. I don't know... but the Exynos can't possibly be that power hungry. Either way, I can't be anymore happier I pre-ordered the S7 Edge. Really looking forward to picking it up this Friday. :)

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:26

12. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

They are reviewing the SD820....

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:29 1

14. Chuck007 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

Check out the specs overview. They clearly listed the Exynos 8890.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:31 5

16. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

it`s wrong. it`s the SD820 read the text and look at the bench scores

"For US-bound Galaxy S7 edge devices, like the Verizon one in our possession, they’re being powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest in the Snapdragon 820."

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:42

17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

You're absolutely right. Sorry about the confusion.

I still don't know though... their results seem to be way off here. Others reviewers (Notebookreview, Android Authority, etc..) seem to be real impressed about its battery life.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:49 2

18. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

yeah don`t care much for PA`s score system, they really suck at all the benchmarks..take this with a grinch of salt :)

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:38

30. Shocky (unregistered)

Can't believe they're still using Antutu. :(

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 10:16

33. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)

so why ppl been talking how SD820 is super awesome how it is best .. and yet it only brings negatives to the phone ?
they should stay with 810 or same as in S6 edge then..

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:38

29. Shocky (unregistered)

It lists both actually, the model they're reviewing which they refer to throughout the review is using Snapdragon 820.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:59

31. Chuck007 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

Think they changed it. ;)

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 08:51

19. Lauticol (Posts: 376; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

Phonearena should use international variant for their reviews. At least not a Verizon phone.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:03 2

21. Clars123 (Posts: 938; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)

Phonearena...... Are you actually content with the quality of the review y'all just put out...because you don't have to be a genius to see that the battery life test is flawed...I got my S7 edge yesterday and the battery life is bloody outstanding started with a full charge yesterday at 8pm and it's 9am now and I have 69% and trust me I played with it all through the night

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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera12 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo processor
Size5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 inches
(150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm)
5.54 oz  (157 g)

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