Samsung unveiled its new flagship – the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge at its Galaxy unpacked Event at MWC 2016 in Barcelona that’s putting an end to the endless rumors and leaks. The S7 and S7 Edge look impressive and are thicker than the Galaxy S6 line, that’s because of its massive batteries. Samsung made the Galaxy S7 line water resistant and brought back in microSD slot that was missing from the S6 line.
Unlike the S6, the new S7 and S7 Edge are not sharing the same 5.1-inch screen, but they share almost identical specs. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 14440 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 577ppi – really impressive. Measuring 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, the S7 weighs just 152g and its body itself is slightly curvier on the back like the Note 5.
Both the Galaxy phones feature an Always-on display similar to the one that we saw in LG G5. When the phone is not in use, the secondary display will still show the time and select notifications without eating the battery.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is even bigger than the S6 Edge, comes with a 5.5-inch display with curved edges on both sides. The edged variant is surprising even thinner with a body measuring 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and just a tad heavier – 157g.
Both the S7 and S7 Edge will be powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset or Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC. The handsets pack 4G LPDDR4 RAM along with storage option of either 32GB or 65GB, with an additional microSD expansion slot of up to 200GB.
The S7 line sports a 12MP camera on the back than the 16MP found on the S6, but Samsung included the new F1.7 lens and a new Dual Pixel sensor that captures some clever photos with its large sensor pixels even at low-light than ever. Of course, smart OIS is also on board. Last, but not least, the new Motion Panorama feature makes for amazing wide-angle shots.
Another highlight feature of the S7 line is the IP68 rating, meaning both are resistant to water and dust. On the battery front, the S7 packs in a 3,000mAh battery while the S7 Edge with a 3,600mAh battery. Both the S7 and the S7 Edge come with fast charge technology with wired and wireless charging. Both the models support NFC and MST payment technologies, house a fingerprint sensor employed in the home button.
On the software front, both the Galaxy phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered by TouchWiz. Samsung isn’t talking about pricing yet, but pre-orders for the S7 and S7 edge go live on Tuesday, February 23 at 8:00 AM ET and both models will be available in stores March 11.