The Samsung Galaxy S7 series is set to hit the shelves globally on March 11, yet certain lucky customers who have pre-ordered either one of the two brand new Samsung flagships in some regions and through specific carriers may have enjoyed early access to the device. T-Mobile US started shipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge on the 29th of February, and starting today, customers in the UK who have pre-ordered the smartphone prior to March 5 can expect to receive their product in the mail at any time.
Earlier last month when the launch details for the Samsung Galaxy S7 series in the UK have been revealed by the Korean company, Samsung also revealed that UK customers who will pre-order the new flagship before the 5th of March will benefit from a special early delivery on the 8th day of the month. A quick look at the calendar and, sure enough, today is the day when these customers will start receiving their order in the mail. The Gear VR promotion pairing the new flagship phones with a free Samsung virtual reality headset is available in the UK as well, although the offer is limited to pre-orders placed either on the official Samsung Online Shop or through Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse. However, it's unclear whether the Samsung Gear VR headset will ship at the same time as the smartphones themselves.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available in the UK for the price of £569, whereas the larger Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is offered for £639. For the price, the new series includes an Exynos 8890 CPU with four Mongoose cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, and an additional quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU with frequencies of up to 1.6 GHz per core. The processor works along with 4 GB of RAM and a Mali-T880 MP12 graphics chip, as opposed to an Adreno 530 GPU used by the variant powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC. Storage-wise, users have 32 GB of on-board memory at their disposal, and up to an additional 200 GB of external storage via microSD. However, the Adaptive Storage feature introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow is not included on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, meaning that users will lack the option of unifying the external storage with the on-board memory.
For those looking for ways to keep their smartphones fresh and future-proof, Samsung also offers upgrade plans in the UK, allowing customers to pay a monthly fee in order to secure an upgrade to the next Samsung Galaxy S in the series, or the one after that.