If you have eagerly been waiting for the day this year’s flagships – Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – will be officially released, you’ll be happy to know that it’s just Friday this week. However, the device has been available for preorders since February 23.
Even before this day comes around, it seems both Verizon and Best Buy are already ahead of the schedule. With these early preorders, the two will also be part of the deal that sees each and every Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge comes with a free Samsung Gear VR headset. This is also applicable to all consumers who buy any of these two devices, however, the deal is limited.
Samsung Gear VR headset promotion ends on March 18
Virtual Reality has become a thing of today, even though not so many people have been carried away by this technology. Samsung wants users to get accustomed to this technology while at the same time spreading the use of its devices.
As revealed, any preorders or direct purchases made with respect to Samsung Galaxy S7 and its brother Galaxy S7 Edge will see the buyer receive a free Gear VR headset. However, this deal will only be valid until March 18. So, if you want to get a taste of how great Samsung and Facebook’s Oculus VR are at VR, you need to take your chance while the deal is still in place.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Last year saw Samsung overhaul the Galaxy S series, ditching the plastic material used on Samsung Galaxy S5 and instead coming in with a metallic casing. Given the usual two-year span that many companies take to radically overhaul their designs, this year was expected to bring nothing but subtle changes.
From a distance, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 look like twins. However, a closer look will reveal that the latter has a curved rear, something similar to what the Galaxy Note 5 has. This makes holding this phone in one hand much more comfortable than its predecessor. As far as the premium look and feel of Samsung Galaxy S7 is concerned, the company did quite a credible job in retaining what the Galaxy S6 brought in.
If you are a fun of water resistance and dust proof features that made Samsung Galaxy S5 such a popular flagship, they are back in Samsung Galaxy S7. The feature is even better, this time jumping from IP67 to IP68 certification. According to Samsung, this phone can last up to 30 minutes in water of up to 1.5 meters deep. The microSD card is also back, this time with a massive holding capacity of up to 200GB.
You will also notice some minor changes with this year’s model. For instance, the home button is flatter than last year and so does the bulge on the rear camera. The removable battery is still missing, but the company stepped up the capacity of the unit to 3000mAh (3600mAh for the Galaxy S7 Edge). The display quality hasn’t changed a bit, with Samsung retaining the Super AMOLED 2K QHD display used on the previous flagship. However, this year’s model adds an Always On feature that allows for the device to always show basic information like date, time and other notifications that would otherwise require the user to wake the phone from sleep mode.
Last year, Samsung ditched Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 due to its overheating issues. This year, the Korean company went back to its usual iteration model, coming in with a U.S. variant that is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 820 and another European variant powered by its own Exynos 8. Both variants have a RAM of 4GB. Sadly, Samsung will only sell the 32GB variant in the U.S., luckily enough; the microSD card slot is there.
While many rated Samsung Galaxy S6 as one of the best in photography in 2015, this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 is even much better. Even though the megapixel amount has been chopped from 16MP to 12MP, the new dual sensor with f/1.7 aperture comes with probably everything you can ever want in a smartphone camera.