Fandroid Snobs Rejoice As Samsung Reveals The Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge

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Looks like Samsung has shifted its focus from specifications to usability with the new releases. During the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge launch event, the South Korean company talked more about the design and features than the usual number crunching.

First up, the The Galaxy S7 edge comes with a 5.5-inch screen with curve on the both sides. The AMOLED panel has pixel dimensions of 1440×2560. This means that you get vibrant colours, excellent blacks, and impressive pixel density.

The Indian version will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 chip. US version will feature Qualcomm’s MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 SoC (System on Chip). For multitasking you get 4 GB RAM. The phone will come in 32 GB of 64 GB models. Galaxy fans will be pleased to know that the microSD slot makes a comeback.

In the camera department, you get a 12 megapixel camera with “smart” OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Found in high-end Lumia phones, this feature offers good low-light performance.

The design has been carried over from the predecessor, but is more refined. The best part is that this sleek metal-clad phone is IP 68 certified. This means that you can take your latest Galaxy S7 edge to the pool.

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Most of the specifications remain same for the Galaxy S7. The notable changes are a less fancy design and a relatively smaller 5.1-inch screen. Due to the smaller size, the S7 has only 3000 mAh battery compared to the 3600 mAh of its snobbish sibling.

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On the software front, both the handsets will ship with Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow). For better or worse, Samsung’s TouchWiz ncustomisation is here to stay.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will hit the stores in March, 2016. The pricing in Europe is EUR 700 (approx Rs 53,000) for the S7 (32 GB) and EUR 800 (Rs 61,000) for the S7 edge (32 GB) edition.

Chandrakant 'CK' Isi

Technology editor, movie buff, and wannabe space explorer.