It’s just a day before Samsung Galaxy S7 goes live across the globe. The flagship, which was launched during an Unpacked event at last month’s Mobile World Congress, takes over from what was a revolutionary smartphone – Samsung Galaxy S6.
Samsung seems to have found a balance with its display size with respect to flagship devices. It has maintained a 5.1-inch screen it has been using since the Galaxy S5. The quality is still the same as last year’s model, but of course with some nifty additions that make it distinct. Even though a lot of the phone’s appearance takes after last year’s flagship, there is a lot that Samsung has changed under the hood.
Here’s a look at 9 new features that the Galaxy S7 brings to the table when compared to last year’s S6.
New, better-performing processor
Samsung Galaxy S7 is back with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 chipset. This is 2016’s flagship smartphone chipset and as opposed to last year’s octa-core, the new chip has only four cores. There will also be variants running on the company’s Exynos 8890 chipset, which is an octa-core, just like last year’s Exynos 7.
According to Samsung, the chips are equipped with liquid-cooling so as to prevent the Galaxy S7 from overheating, a problem that pushed Samsung to stick with its Exynos 7 CPU for the entire Samsung Galaxy S6 series.
Samsung has added an extra 1GB of RAM to this year’s S7, coming in with 4GB instead of 3GB that featured on the S6. This is good news for gamers as the phone promises better resource management alongside lower power consumption.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has a battery size of 3000mAh compared to the 2550mAh that Galaxy S6 packs. Just from the look of things, it is obvious Samsung wants you to use the S7 for longer hours as compared to the S6. For those who had hoped for the return of the removable battery, sorry but not this time, maybe with the Galaxy S8.
Samsung ditched external storage options for the Galaxy S6, instead opting for an Apple-like approach to internal storage. It seems this did not work out good as the microSD card slot is back with the Galaxy S7. You can now expand the storage with a microSD card of up to 200GB.
Always On display
As mentioned at the beginning, Samsung has retained a lot from last year’s Galaxy S6. While most of the similarities are with the looks, Samsung added a nifty feature to the display – Always On. With the Always On feature, a section of the Galaxy S7’s screen will remain on even when in standby mode. This means that taking note of things like time, date, notifications and so on doesn’t need pressing a button to bring the screen from sleep; instead, you only need to take a glance at the screen.
Water resistance and dustproof
Samsung Galaxy S5 was the last device to come with water resistance and dustproof features. After leaving the two out on the Galaxy S6, Samsung has brought them back on this year’s handset. Without losing the premium look introduced with the S6, Samsung has, in fact, stepped up the water and dust resistance rating, coming in with IP68. This means that the S7 can stay in water of up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes or even more and still come out “alive.”
Samsung Galaxy S6 was among the top performing smartphones as far as photography is concerned. But this was last year. Samsung has stepped up the flagship camera, coming in with lower image resolution and bigger aperture. Instead of 16MP, Samsung installed a 12MP lens on the back. However, the snapper has dual-pixel technology that has been praised for its better photography in low light thanks to the fact that the lens captures more light. When compared to the Galaxy S6, the new snapper has faster-focusing speeds regardless of the outside environment.
As owners of Samsung Galaxy S6 are still struggling with upgrading to the new Android Marshmallow OS, Galaxy S7 comes preinstalled with the latest Android OS. The new OS brings great additions, among them performance improvements, better app permissions system, enhanced battery management, and many others.
Faster 4G connectivity
Samsung wants their devices to have the best connection speeds possible. As a result, the company has dropped the Cat6 LTE speeds used on the Galaxy S6 and instead installed Cat9 LTE speeds. With the former, users only got download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps whereas the latter offers up to 450Mbps download speeds, but with similar upload speeds.