The Samsung S7 Edge and Samsung S7 was announced to the world at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this. year, in a very interactive way using the Gear VR.

Camera

Low light photography is now made even more possible with a F1.7 aperture now introduced to the S7 and S7 Edge. The lower the number, the more light coming onto the sensor.

Dual Pixel is available on the rear camera.  This makes a huge impact to digital smartphone photography.  The technology which has been used in Canon cameras, increases the speed of the focus to work like human vision.  Two eyes helps to speed up depth of field, so having dual pixel reduces the time to focus dramatically, especially in low light conditions resulting in less blurry pictures and more crystal clear photos.

The Samsung S6 has the worlds best Camera rating, joint with the Sony Z5 as rated by DXO ratings.

Bigger pixels = Better Pictures.

The Samsung S6 had a pixel size of 1.12 μ vs the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge a pixel size of 1.4 μ.  What this means is that the device can capture more of the light coming through the bigger lens, resulting in 95% increase in light being captured vs the previous model.  As a result of increase in pixel size, the pixel capabilities have been reduced to 12MP.

Selfie Flash allowing to capture brighter pictures in low light. A technology that you don’t have to switch on automatically to capture an great image in low light. This may not be ground breaking as services like Snapshat and the Apple iPhone 6S have used this in their device, but what sets the Samsung apart is the tone of light that the front facing camera captures on its object, you!

Motion Panoramic which is introduced into the S7 and S7 edge. This takes panoramic photos into the world of live VR. It works by taking a video of your panoramic photo.

Hyperlapse brings allows.

Optional Lens Covers create professional effects on your smartphone.

Design

Screen

The screen size is 5.1″ for the Samsung S7 and 5.5″ for the Samsung S7 Edge.

Always on display is a new feature designed to help save power, meaning that information like your time and calendar is always displayed. According to Samsung, smart phone users check up to 150 times a day and thus killing the battery.

Battery

  • 2550 mAh on the S6
  • 3000 mAh on the S7 – 18% bigger
  • 3600 mAh on the S7 Edge – 41% bigger

Faster wireless charging

S6 180 mins

130 mins 63%

150 mins 69% faster for same capacity

Wired charging

S6 – 80 mins

S7 – 90 min

S7 edge – 100 mins

  • Watch a whole series of Game of Thrones on one charge.
  • Liquid cooling to keep the S7 nice and chilled and prevent it from overheating, although it does still get hot!

Water Resistant

Water resistant IP68.

Colour Variants

Back of Samsung S7 and Samsung S6Both models will be available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl and Silver Titanium. However the UK networks have currently only placed orders for the Black and Gold versions.  Good news too, that black is now black compared to the blue/black colour of the S6 billed as Midnight Sapphire.

Performance

Memory

Expandable memory is back with Micro SD! Samsung made a move with the Galaxy S6 to use built in memory with no expansion slot. This did improve the speed of loading content such as photo and video previews, however users seemed to prefer flexibility and Samsung have decided to ditch speed for the convenience of simple expandable memory for videos, photos and music.  The Samsung S7 comes therefore as standard with 32GB internal memory and expandable up to 200GB.

Phone+

Gear 360

  • F2.0
  • Two 15MP cameras recording at 195 degrees
  • dedicated smartphone application and PC Software
  • Use with the Gear VR

Gear S2

Wireless Charger Stand

Great as a night stand with the always on display

LED View Cover

Hidden LED display

Backpack

  • Easy to attach + wireless charging
  • Slim Fit design with 1500 mAh battery

Battery Pack

  • Fast charging
  • Aluminum metal

Gear VR

Samsung Level

Additional Features

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is finally coming to the UK as well as a number of other countries.

Gaming

Game Launcher

Tools attached to the bottom of the widget including power widget to adjust your phone performance before playing. Uninterrupted gaming too with the ability to control your notifications.

Game Tools

Screenshots, record, disable the back and multi window

Vulkan API

Improved graphic processor performance, up by 64% a

Recording

Security

Fingerprint scanner has been massively improved.  Bit of a hit and miss affair on the S6, but on the S7 Samsung have seemed to have nailed it.

Android

Marshmallow comes out of the box with the S7 Edge and S7.

Collaborations

  • Facebook and Samsung teaming up to allow users to produce social VR content
  • 200+ apps
  • 1 million of hours of video already watched in Gear VR
  • Dynamic Streaming improving quality by 4x the resolution

Missing Features

No USB-C.

2016 UX

  • Live preview on links eg youtube

Exclusive offers on UK networks

  • Three, O2, Vodafone and EE have a very exciting proposition.  Pre order online directly from the network now to receive your new Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge 3 days before the rest of the UK market!
  • O2 are given free wireless earphones worth £149 on selected tariffs. Ends 27 April.

Pricing of the networks

Vodafone

Samsung S7 Edge on Vodafone.

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 Edge on Vodafone is Red 10GB Bundle with unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 10GB of 4G UK data. £50 a month and £29 upfront.

Samsung S7 on Vodafone.

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 on Vodafone is Red 10GB Bundle with unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts and 10GB of 4G UK data. £44 a month and £29 upfront.

Three

Samsung S7 Edge on Three

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 Edge on Three is 8GB data + All-you-can-eat minutes + All-you-can-eat text.  £53 a month and £49 upfront.

Samsung S7 on Three

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 on Three is 8GB data + All-you-can-eat minutes + All-you-can-eat text. £47 a month and £29 upfront.

O2

Samsung S7 Edge on O2

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 Edge on O2 is 5GB data, 4G ready, Unlimited texts, Unlimited minutes. £54 a month and £9.99 upfront.

Samsung S7 on O2

The most popular tariff for the Samsung S7 on O2 is 5GB data, 4G ready, Unlimited texts, Unlimited minutes. £49 a month and £19.99 upfront.

EE

Samsung S7 Edge on  EE

The best selling plan for the Samsung S7 Edge on EE is 4GB data, Unlimited minutes, Unlimited texts, Double speed 4G, Inclusive EU roaming. £49.99 a month and £49.99 upfront.

Samsung S7 on  EE

The best selling plan for the Samsung S7 on EE is 4GB data, Unlimited minutes, Unlimited texts, Double speed 4G, Inclusive EU roaming. £44.99 a month and £49.99 upfront.