It has been a busy day so far today with a number of announcements coming from various MWC attendees including a big one from LG. However, for a lot of people, this is the announcement they will have been waiting for. This is of course, Samsung. The South Korean company had now taken to the stage at their unpacked event in Barcelona and have introduced their flagship S range smartphone for 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Along with the main handset and in line with expectations, Samsung has also introduced a second variant, the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Following on from last year and the company’s dual device launch, Samsung has now finally unveiled both the major S7 handsets for this year. However, compared to last year, there are some notable differences between the two devices. Besides, the obvious difference of the dual curved edges of the S7 Edge, the 2016 models also notably differ in size with the Galaxy S7 Edge coming sporting a much larger 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. There is also a difference in the battery life between the two devices and a massive difference between batteries on the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy S6 Edge, as this year’s model comes sporting a significantly larger 3,600 mAh battery capacity. Additional specs which have now been confirmed include 4GB RAM, the use of both Samsung’s own Exynos processor and the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 820. On this point, the use of processor will be determined based on region. There is also 32GB internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera which is coupled with a 5-megapixel front-facing option.
However, some of the biggest differences between this year’s and last year’s models is the features. While the Edge comes with the same Edge-oriented features as last year, they have been greatly improved and worked upon and now offer a far more customized experience. As well as the confirmation of an ‘Always On’ display. The Galaxy S7 Edge has also now seen the re-introduction of a microSD card slot (up to 200GB), which will be a big positive for those who missed the use of expandable storage on last year’s models. Another re-introduction of sorts, is the Galaxy S7 Edge also now boasts water-resistance capabilities with the inclusion of an IP68 rating. Of course, this is a device which still comes running on Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI, although based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). While Samsung has formally announced the new Galaxy S7 Edge, details on regional availability are still coming in with carriers expected to confirm local availability and pricing later on today.