Samsung unveiled Galaxy S7 a few days ago and it will be officially released on Friday. This makes it the perfect timing to weigh whether there is need or not to dump your current Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S5 in favor of the new S7.
Just like many things turn out, this is a huge debate. However, if Samsung Galaxy S series is your beloved brand, here are some quick reasons why you should consider upgrading to the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 without any hesitations.
Expandable storage of up to 200GB
Apart from the Galaxy S6, the S series is known for its support for microSD cards. After recording dismal sales and realizing that the missing expandable storage was a huge contributor to this, Samsung has brought back the feature with a bang. Samsung Galaxy S7 can accommodate a microSD card of up to 200GB. This is for sure a lot of space, actually more than most users will ever need.
Many Samsung Galaxy S5 users scrapped the idea of moving to the Galaxy S6 due to the missing water resistance and dust proof feature. It is now back with Samsung Galaxy S7, offering an IP68 rating that proves to be the best at the moment, especially when compared to the IP67 rating on the S5. In addition, the latter device came with a removable battery, which means one has to be vigilant enough to ensure water doesn’t get into the phone via the removable back. The S7 has a non-removable battery and it is designed to withstand up to 30 minutes in water of up to 1.5 meters deep.
Unlike the Galaxy S6 which was a massive risk to take by the poolside, there is no trouble with the new S7. You can even receive a call when in the shower and have nothing to worry about.
Galaxy S7 is extremely fast
One of the obvious reasons you need to upgrade to the new Galaxy S7 is speed. The phone is faster than never before thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset that works on a 64-bit architecture. Unlike the previous octa-core Exynos 7 (S6) and Snapdragon 801 (S5), the new chip has 4 Kryo cores. The processor has also been built using the 14nm FinFET process and features an Adreno 530 graphics card with extended support for Vulkan 1.0 API to ensure better 3D gaming.
Much better photos in low light conditions
Even though last year’s model had slight improvements in photography, this year’s shaving of the rear snapper to 12MP seems to have worked magic. Low light photos looking messy will no longer be your thing with the new Samsung Galaxy S7. The S7’s camera pixels are 56% larger than what the S6 manages and can capture 96% more light. This means that you will end up with much brighter and clearer photos than what the Galaxy S5 and S6 offer.
Samsung also went for a Dual Pixel system that has amped the camera’s focus speed regardless of the lighting conditions.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has a battery unit of 2,800mAh. Galaxy S6 comes with a unit of 2,550mAh; however, Galaxy S7 has a massive 3,000mAh battery unit. From the look of things, the latest unit is 18% bigger than the previous model.
Fast Charging won’t be anything new to Galaxy S6 users; however, it will create a totally new world for those moving from Galaxy S5. The phone has Quick Charge 2.0 technology from Qualcomm that promises 75% faster charging as compared to using a standard charger. The S7 also supports Wireless Fast Charging and is compatible with lots of wireless charging accessories.
Always on display
Samsung gets an enhanced display panel to its flagships each and every year. This year is no different. In addition to equipping the phone with personalized automatic brightness control feature that records the brightness settings you use regularly and turns them into your auto-brightness preferences, the Galaxy S7’s panel also features an Always On display.
With the Galaxy S5 and S6, you must manually check the time, date or other notifications by waking up the phone from sleep mode. With the S7, this is no more. This information is always displayed on the screen, which means you won’t have to always wake the phone when you want to carry out the simplest of tasks.
Compatible with Samsung Gear VR headset
Virtual Reality is no longer the future, in fact, it is here. Samsung partnered with Facebook’s Oculus VR in manufacturing the Gear VR, which happens to be one of the best and actually most affordable VR headsets today. At the moment, its compatibility is still limited, but having a Samsung Galaxy S7 will let you use this device. In fact, current preorders of the Galaxy S7 will include a free Samsung Gear VR headset. However, this promotion is limited.
The QHD display of the S7, as well as its powerful Snapdragon 820, will ensure that you get to enjoy the best VR experience.
Samsung Pay currently has 5 million users with a little over 5 months into its operations. Even though this service is available on Galaxy S6, those using the S5 now have another reason to upgrade. The goodness of having Samsung Pay is that unlike Android Pay and Apple Pay which only make use of NFC chips, this service adds traditional magnetic card readers to its compatibility list.
All you need is to tap your Samsung Galaxy S7 alongside the terminal used with traditional credit cards and that’s it.
You get to keep your chargers and cables
Samsung Galaxy S7 was rumored to come with USB Type C, but this did not materialize. Instead, the South Korean giant stuck with the usual micro USB, which means you can still use the same chargers and cables on this device as before.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has a retail price tag of $649.99.