Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge: Release date, specs and everything you need to know 2016



Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
After months of speculation, Samsung has unveiled the two latest flagship phones in its long line of Galaxy handsets.
Much has been rumoured and leaked about the Samsung Galaxy S7 andSamsung Galaxy S7 edge devices in the build up to the Korean company’s Mobile World Congress 2016 press conference, but they are now official and fully revealed.
Contrary to early belief, there’s no Samsung Galaxy S7 edge+ yet – with a possible launch for that device touted for much later in the year – but with the extra-sized 5.5-inch screen on the S7 edge, perhaps it’s not even needed.
Anyhow, let’s turn our attention onto the two handsets Samsung has officially announced. Here’s everything you need to know about the SGS7 and SGS7 edge.

SGS7 + SGS7 edge-1 - SGS7 + SGS7 edge-1
Although the two new handsets share a couple of design cues and are clearly in the same family, this year’s models are differently sized. The SamsungGalaxy S7, like the SGS6, is a 5.1-inch phone, while the Galaxy S7 edge has had a jump to 5.5-inches.
Although the two new handsets share a couple of design cues and are clearly in the same family, this year’s models are differently sized. The SamsungGalaxy S7, like the SGS6, is a 5.1-inch phone, while the Galaxy S7 edge has had a jump to 5.5-inches.
The camera module also sticks out less on this year’s phones, with a protrusion of just 0.46mm to make them also flush. They are both also water and dust proof this time, adhering to the IP68 standard that means they can each survive for up to 30 minutes submerged in water as deep as 1.5 metres.
In dimensions and weight terms, the Galaxy S7 is 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 152g. The Galaxy S7 edge is 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs 157g.
As previously mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 5.5-inch screen. They are both Super AMOLED – like just about every Samsung phone for many a year – and have the same resolution as previous models: 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD).
Like the previous Galaxy S6 edge, the latest edge phone has a wrap-around display that curves on either side.
The processor found in each device is identical. Samsung claims that it runs 30 per cent faster than the Exynos CPU used last year, while the GPU runs a mighty 64 per cent faster.
To achieve that, Samsung has switched back to a Qualcomm processor this year – at least in some territories, such as the UK and US. It has adopted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 octa-core SoC.
There will be two variants of each phone, with two different processors depending on the market (we think it will boil down to whether it is LTE capable or not).
In the UK and US, we strongly expect that we'll get the better, higher powered processor - the octa-core (2.3GHz quad, 1.6GHz quad), 64 bit, 14nm Snapdragon.
Previous reports claimed that as well as that processor, the phones each come with Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB of RAM. And while the former is still to be officially confirmed, the latter has been.
One interesting addition to both phones is a tiny heatsink with water cooling that will keep the GPU temperature down during particularly graphics intensive operations - such as gaming.
There are models with 32GB and 64GB storage options. Samsung has also reintroduced the ability to increase storage by using a microSD card of up to 200GB in size.
It has done so without changing the overall design too, as the SIM slot also doubles as a microSD card slot this time around. The SIM card tray now has two housings – one for a nano SIM, one for a microSD card.
The batteries in each of the phones are slightly different, mainly as they each have to power differently-sized displays.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3,600mAh battery.
Samsung told us that the latter is capable of playing HD video for 13 hours straight.
One of the new features that Samsung has introduced this year, an always-on display where notifications, time, date or personalised screen are permanently shown on screen even when the phone is off, does not impact the battery much. It uses just 1 per cent of the battery power per hour.
Both batteries have fast charging with wired and wireless options.

Samsung Galaxy S7-2016
The camera is one area that has been improved on significantly for this year’s models.
Although the amount of megapixels to be found on the sensor has actually dipped – to 12-megapixels – each pixel is larger this year (1.4um) so is capable to reading more light in any given situation. An aperture of f1.7 has also been achieved.
This is especially important for low light photography, with Samsung claiming that performance in darker locations is far better than ever before. The adoption of dual pixel technology, which is usually found on DSLRs and other dedicated camera sensors, also means that the autofocus on each of theSamsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is much quicker than on previous phones – even in almost no light.
The new low light abilities work for both stills and video.
There's optical image stabilisation on the rear camera too.
The front-facing camera on both devices uses a conventional 5-megapixel sensor, but also with an f1.7 aperture.
The latest user experience, which is layered on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is about as bare bones as Samsung has presented in quite some time.
There are some of Samsung’s own apps and services still available though, with the most prominent being the new Game Launcher.
Gamers get their own hub that not only gives them a place from which to launch Android titles, but they can change options such as whether they would like to be disturbed by a phone call during a gaming session.
There are also new overlaid options available from within games too, including the ability to record gameplay footage while using the front-facing camera to in-lay picture-in-picture commentary of the player.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge-2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge users also get several new sidebar options that can be scrolled through to access apps, contacts, tasks or news feeds more quickly and easily.
Samsung Pay - the company' contactless payment system that has proved successful in the states - will be coming to both handsets in the UK later this year. They each also use Samsung Knox, the company's high level of security.
Pre-orders open for business on 21 February with a general release date of 11 March. Those that pre-order from Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone or EE by 7 March will get it a day later, on 8 March. That's three days earlier than some others.
Direct prices from Samsung start at £569 for the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the S7 edge will set you back from £639.
CPW is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for an upfront cost of £79.99 and £129.99 respectively. Contracts are available across the major networks from just £36 per month for new and upgrading customers.
As promised by Samsung, the first customers to pre-order either device will get a free Samsung Gear VR headset.
Vodafone is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Samsung Galaxy S7 for pre-order on its website at www.vodafone.co.uk. It too is offering a Samsung Gear VR to customers who pre-order either device on a Vodafone Red or Red Value Bundle.
Customers can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Samsung Galaxy S7 on a Vodafone Red 10GB Bundle for £50 per month or £44 per month respectively. Both have an upfront cost of £29 and include unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 10GB of data.
Alternatively, customers can pre-order either device on a Vodafone Red Value 15GB Bundle at £55 per month for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge or £49 per month for the Samsung Galaxy S7. Again, both have a £29 upfront cost and include unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 15GB of data, as well as a choice of free access to Netflix for 12 months or Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for 24 months.
EE told Pocket-lint that either the Samsung Galaxy S7 and or S7 edge will feature WiFi Calling with 4G Calling when purchased directly from the provider. This will be enabled shortly after launch. That implies if you don't get it from EE itself, it won't be able to support it (although we are checking). Customers who buy the new phones from EE will also receive three-months free unlimited Google Play Music access.
As for price plans, the 32GB Galaxy S7 on EE is £49.99 up-front on a £44.49 a month, 24 month 4GEE Extra plan. That comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of mobile data a month.
The 32GB Galaxy S7 edge is available for £29.99 up-front on a £49.99 a month, 24 month plan, with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of mobile data a month.
Existing EE customers looking to upgrade to the same plans will receive 10GB of mobile data per month for the same price.
O2 is stocking the two new handsets as part of its O2 now tariff. That means customers can upgrade after 12 months for no extra cost. It's also offering a free pair of Jabra Sport Pulse headphones worth £150 for every order received before 27 April.
There are a number of price plans to choose from, with the Galaxy S7 edge available for as little as £9.99 up-front. That's when taking out a plan for £51 a month, which includes unlimited minutes, texts and 3GB of 4G data.
Samsung Galaxy S7 can also be bought for £29.99 up-front with a £46 a month plan, with unlimited minutes, texts and 3GB of data.
You can find out more on O2's dedicated webpage at O2.co.uk.
Three is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge for up-front costs from £29 and £49 respectively. Those are on prices plans from £41 and £47 a month.
All-you-can-eat 4G data packages are available for both phones, with the Galaxy S7 getting unlimited data, minutes and texts for £56 a month with the phone at £29.
The Galaxy S7 edge's all-you-can-eat package will cost £62 a month with an up-front cost of £49 for the phone.
The Three deals include the company's Feel at Home service where you can use your minutes, texts and data in 18 countries around the world at no extra charge, including the US, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.
Virgin Media told Pocket-lint that it will carry both phones and what's more, they are both available on plans with no up-front costs.
Virgin Media plans are 3G only at present, but if you are looking for a cheaper option than many others, you can get either the gold or black Samsung GalaxyS7 from £34 a month, which includes 250 minutes, 250MB of data and unlimited texts.
The same plan but with a black Samsung Galaxy S7 edge costs £38 a month.
Other plans, with more data or talktime are also available.
Like Virgin Media, Tesco Mobile has deals where you can get either phone on a 24-month contract with no up-front cost.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available from £37.50 a month, with 2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 2GB of data. The Galaxy S7 edge is available from £41 a month on the same plan.
Tesco's plans go all the way up to £57 or £60.50 respectively, for 5,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and 20GB of data.
You can pre-register your interest in the phones at tescomobile.com.
AT&T (US)
The 32GB Galaxy S7 will cost $23.17 per month for 30 months via the Next 24 plan, while the 32GB Galaxy S7 edge will start at $26.50 per month for 39 months on the same plan. Pre-orders begin on 23 February.
Sprint (US)
The Galaxy S7 will cost $27.09 per month for 24 months, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will cost $31.25 per month over the same period. You can also get a second unit of the same Galaxy you bought for half price (will be discounted as a service credit). The carrier's Boost Mobile and Virgin MobileUSA budget brands will also offer both phones. Booth Mobile will get it on 11 March, followed by Virgin Mobile USA.
T-Mobile (US)
The Galaxy S7 will cost $27.92 per month for 23 months and $27.83 on the 24th month, while the Galaxy S7 edge will cost $32.50 for 23 months and $32.39 on the 24th month. You can also do Jump On Demand and get them for $32.50 per month (S7) or $28 per month (S7 edge). T-Mobile said the Galaxy S7 full retail price is $669.99, and that the Galaxy S7 edge is $779.99.
Verizon (US)
Verizon on 23 February at 8 am EST will open preorders. The Galaxy S7 will cost $28 per month for 24 months ($672 retail price), while the Galaxy S7 edge will cost $33 per month for 24 months ($792 retail price). Both devices will be available from 11 March.
US Cellular (US)
US Cellular is doing the 24 month-payment plan thing. It'll sell the Galaxy S7 for $28, while the Galaxy S7 edge will go for $32.50. Alternatively, you could lock yourself into a two-agreement for $199 (S7) or $299 (S7 edge) upfront.

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