Samsung Electronics today launched their new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. This is one of the biggest Android releases for the year, simply because of the sheer popularity of the Galaxy brand, across the globe.
The Galaxy S7 boasts of some seriously good specifications, ranging from 4GB of RAM, a dual-pixel camera lens to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. But if you are looking to upgrade from Samsung's last-gen flagships, what all are the differences between the Galaxy S6 and S7? Read on to find out what exactly is new on the 2016 flagship by Samsung.
Samsung has been all about numbers and increasing them is what they do each time. But, this time around, on the Galaxy S7 - Samsung decided to do quite the opposite - well, sort of. The camera megapixel count on the smartphone has been decreased to 12 from the earlier 16 on the Galaxy S6. This does not translate to decreased image quality. The company has gone ahead and increased the sensor size to provide for better images.
The biggest complaint from ardent Samsung smartphone fans has been the timelines of new Android OS updates that come to their smartphones. In 2016 though, a new regime is expected. Samsung has been working closely with the Google Android team - for the past few months - to work on a smoother UI as well as providing faster updates to users.
As is the case with each cycle of the Galaxy S series, the latest one always comes with the greatest of mobile processors in the world. This year is no different - with the Galaxy S7 equipped with the Snapdragon 820 processor this time around. Coupled with 4 gigabytes of RAM, this combination is much more powerful than the previous SD 810 on the Galaxy S6.
The new Galaxy S7 is waterproof. Yes, it has an IP68 rating that translates to the phone being completely dustproof as well as waterproof up till 1 meter depth, for 30 minutes at a stretch. This is something that rough smartphone users will love, especially when you need to use your smartphone urgently without worrying about your wet fingers.
Something that consumers were missing badly since the Galaxy S5 has been the Black color variant of the smartphone. With the Galaxy S7, black is back. Coming in a shiny new Onyx Black color variant, the new Galaxy S7 will also have the usual Gold Titanium as well as a new Silver Titanium color option available to buy as well. The Pearl White color variant will only be available in international markets, outside of US.
The lords at Samsung have finally heard your pleas, expandable storage is back on the Galaxy S7. With only a single option of internal storage - capped at 32GB - Samsung has gone ahead with the microSD card slot that was missed by oh-so dearly on the Galaxy S6. The MicroSD card slot can now be found beside the SIM card slot.
First seen on the Sony Xperia Z5, liquid cooling is another big feature that Samsung has incorporated onto the Galaxy S7. With reports of excessive heating on the previous year's Galaxy S6, the company isn't taking chances this time around, by introducing this new technology to lower down the overall heating while usage. Liquid cooling will work via a small tube fitted besides the internals of the smartphone.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have bigger battery capacities, significant compared to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Compared to the 2,550 mAh and the 2,600 mAh batteries on the previous-gen, we now have much larger 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh battery capacities on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. While it is a big news for power users, removable batteries are still not a part of the deal, sadly.