"The Galaxy S7 packs in improvements like expandable storage, waterproof certification and an always-on display"
Almost year ago, Samsung wowed us with a brand new design philiosophy for its flagship Galaxy S6 that was sorely needed after the disastrous Galaxy S5. At its Unpacked event today, the company took the covers off the long awaited Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (first impressions), both which have retained the design of their predecessors, while adding a slew of refinements to improve the overall user experience. The result? A device that looks like Samsung's best smartphone yet, in more ways than one.
Like we mentioned earlier, not much has changed on the design front. One of the first things that you'll notice when you look at the device is the always-on display. Similar to what we've seen on Motorola smartphones in the past, the screen displays key information like the time, date. battery status and notifications by lighting up a few pixels on an otherwise black screen. This is possible because Samsung has used an AMOLED panel, and it also means that it consumes very little power while doing so. Speaking of the display, Samsung has retained the 5.1-inch screen size, as well as the 2K resolution, translating in a crisp pixel density of 577ppi. Needless to say, the screen is incredibly sharp with rich colours, and seemed buttery smooth during our usage.
Another feature Samsung's brought back to the Galaxy S7 is waterproofing – the device is now IP68 certified making it both water and dust proof – and therefore much more rugged than the S6. Coming to the performance aspect, the Galaxy S7 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, paired with a meaty 4GB of RAM. However, as always, in select regions including India, you'll get it with an Exynos configuration, in this case an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz. In terms of storage, you get 32GB and 64GB of storage, both of which can be topped up by 200GB.
A key area where Samsung has made improvements to the Galaxy S7 is the battery, which has been bumped up from 2,600mAh to 3,000mAh. A plus point is that the battery supports both fast charging and wireless charging. In terms of the software, the smartphone runs Android 6.0.2 Marshmallow, layered with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. The connectivity features on offer include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, 4G LTE and USB 2.0.