The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge got launched in India for Rs 48,900 and Rs 56,900 for the 32GB versions respectively. The Indian launch happened just about a few days after their global unveiling on February 21 in Barcelona, Spain. Both the new Galaxy S series smartphones are all about premium experience and high-end specifications, and we concur.
It was with the last year's Galaxy S6 smartphones that Samsung finally came out of the plastic shells to give way to a refreshed design that included metal and glass for a very classy and premium look and feel. The new generation S series smartphones are based on the similar base design but are meatier and more powerful than ever.
The Galaxy S7 Edge, in particular, is a heartthrob due its brilliant design and over-the-top specifications. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was pretty impressive but the S7 Edge is simply jaw-dropping.
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We were at the launch event of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in India, and got our hands on the smartphone to understand what new does the smartphone brings on table for its consumers. Here is why we think the phone is edgier than the Galaxy S6 Edge:
Beautiful is just an understatement!
Just a glance of the phone mesmerized us, and you will have a similar effect, we bet! The beautiful edged display design of the Galaxy Edge smartphones has been their highlight, and the Galaxy S7 Edge is not any different. It is as lovely as ever, with its display wrapped in a comfortable curved body design, which makes it more comfortable on hand than the Galaxy S6 Edge. The previous gen Edge smartphone featured a beautiful curved screen but had a flat rear panel, where as the S7 Edge is curved on both sides and has a curved back glass panel. The change in design is welcomed considering it makes the phone fit nicely into the hand. Besides the curvier design, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is slimmer and sleeker.
Bigger and better display:
The Galaxy S6 Edge was an almost carbon copy of the S6 with a similar 5.1-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S7 Edge is upgraded with a phablet-class 5.5-inch display, which is bigger than the 5.1-inch screen on the S7. The display is a Quad HD Super AMOLED offering 2K resolution, which is simply fantastic to look at. It offers brilliant visuals, is crisp, reproduces colour well, and offers great viewing angles, courtesy the curved display. Well, even the S6 Edge was quite a stunner in this regards!
More Power Inside:
The version of the Galaxy S7 Edge launched in India is powered by Samsung's new Exynos 8890 chipset paired with a massive 4GB RAM. Sadly, the company has not launched the Snapdragon 820 version in India, but the Exynos version is quite powerful and is equally competitive. With an improved chipset and higher RAM, the Galaxy S7 Edge looks promising and should work smoother than the S6 Edge, in terms of performance. During out hands-on, we found it pretty impressive and smooth.
Improved Camera, especially for Low-Lighting Photography:
The camera is another department where the Galaxy S7 Edge scores higher than the S6 Edge. Samsung this time has lowered pixel count and increased pixel size, only to enhance the photography experience. It introduced the Galaxy S7 Edge with a 12MP camera that boasts bigger pixel size to let in more light and improve low lighting photography. Also, the camera has f/1.7 aperture and introduces new dual-pixel autofocus technology. The aperture is good for low-light imaging, and the dual-pixel lets each pixel on the S7's sensor acts as an autofocus point, which in turn let the camera focus quickly even for motion photography. Besides, the camera still has optical image stabilization and can record 4K video, just like the S6 Edge.
Can Swim With You for 30minutes Straight!
This is the biggest change as well as advantage of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, in comparison to the S6 Edge. The new flagbearer boasts water and dust resistant capabilities, which is also the first time to be seen on Samsung's S series smartphones till date. The phone comes with IP68 certification that will withstand total submersion for 30 minutes under a meter and a half of water.
The Galaxy S7 Edge features a huge 3,600mAh battery, which is 38.5 percent larger than the Galaxy S6, which means it should give you last you for longer time without asking for juice. The S7 Edge still supports fast charging and Samsung's fast wireless charging, which is good. Over all, the upgrade in battery and battery life is undoubtedly a welcome move and is much appreciated.
Marshmallow flavored Android with Always-On Screen, Edge screen customization and more!
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow topped with the company's customized TouchWiz skin. We noticed slight improvements in TouchWiz UI, and it brings more power to the features for the side window called the Edge screen. It can be swiped in from the side to quickly access shortcuts to apps, get weather details, check sport scores, access news, and more. The panel is wider than before, which makes it more convenient to use and show more content on screen. Moreover, the phone has a new always-on display mode, which shows day, date, time, battery life, and calendar at all times, without having to wake the phone up. This screen is customizable.