Samsung Galaxy S7 is now official, but it will begin sales on March 11. Before this date, there is still some time for you to check out whether you really need to get this phone or stick with the older Galaxy S6 or even S5.
One undeniable thing is that the S7 is simply a refined version of the S6. There is a better processor, camera, RAM, build and so on. Most importantly, the microSD card functionality and water resistance were brought back. But there is more to this phone than you can imagine. Here are the 5 essential things you should know about this new Samsung Galaxy S7 before you set out to pre-order or buy it towards mid next month.
Expandable storage, water resistance and dustproof are back
Samsung excellently redesigned the Galaxy S6, but this was at the expense of certain features such as expandable storage, water resistance, dust proof as well as removable battery. While the latter has not been added to the new Galaxy S7, the former three are in.
With an IP68 rating, the S7b can survive in drops of up to 1.5m of water for a period of up to 30 minutes. The phone is also dust proof, just like the 2014 Galaxy S5. As far as the SD card is concerned, you can add up to 200GB. The rear of the phone is also curved, just like the Galaxy Note 5 while the bump on the camera has also been reduced, making it almost flush with the entire rear.
The Galaxy S7 has a 12MP, down from last year’s 16MP. However, the former has an aperture of f/1.7, which is so far the best in low-light shooting. Samsung says the reduced number of pixels has helped reduce the amount of light being let in by up to 56%. The Sony sensor used also has faster focus speeds and is very accurate – which makes it a must-have for photography lovers.
Always On display
Samsung has introduced an Always On feature on its Super AMOLED display for the S7, a feature that means the phone stays on always, but with no detrimental effects on the battery life. Users will be able to see time, date and other notifications on this customizable always on display.
Samsung Galaxy S7 is meant for virtual reality and gaming
For lovers of games, the performance power the new Galaxy S7 brings to the table will send some shivers down your spine. Samsung has included a new gaming hub in its customized TouchWiz. Using this feature, owners of S7 will be able to shoot videos and funnel calls or texts into small icons on the screen, thus keeping you glued to the game.
Samsung Galaxy S7 is also compatible with the company’s Gear VR headset as well as Gear 360 Camera. The phone will be able to create VR content as well as show a live preview of what the 360 camera is seeing.
Bigger battery unit
Unlike last year’s 2,550mAh battery unit, this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a battery capacity of 3000mAh. This should be enough to power you throughout the day even when on heavy usage.