The two new flagships, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were launched recently in India this March and we just got our hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S7. As you already know that the previous generation of the Galaxy S lineup, the Samsung Galaxy S6, was one of the best flagships launched last year and now this year, the Samsung has improved the flaws from the previous Galaxy S6 such as the MicroSD slot in this Galaxy S7. Again, with another tremendous specifications Samsung brought to us, the Galaxy S7 will be the one and only smartphone to look for. Priced at ₹48,900 for a 32 GB handset, let’s have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on images.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Specifications:
- Display: 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Display (1440 x 2560 pixels) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Always ON Display
- Software: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, At Home Button
- Protection: Water Resistant IP68 certified (Up to 30 mins and 5 feet of water), Scratch Resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- CPU: Exynos 8890 Octa-core (Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-T880 MP12
- Memory: 4 GB
- Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, Expandable up to 200 GB using MicroSD
- Main Camera: 12MP (Dual Pixel) with LED flash, Optical Image Stabilization
- Front Camera: 5 MP
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO Bluetooth v4.2, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, MST, NFC
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Geo-magnetic, Hall, HRM, Proximity, RGB Light
- Network: Hybrid SIM Slot (Dual Nano-SIM or One Nano SIM + Micro SD), supports 4G LTE network
- S Pen: Not Supported
- Others: Wireless Charging, Samsung Pay
- Battery: 3000 mAh (non-removable)
- Dimensions: 142.4 mm x 69.6 mm x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 152 grams
- Color Variant: Black, Gold, White, and Silver
The Samsung Galaxy S7 seems to be very similar to the predecessor Galaxy S6, however, when you look closely, it features rather a mixed design of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note5 yet remarkable. The look and feel are highly premium covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides giving protection against scratches and the metal frame that you’ve seen on the Galaxy S6. Although Samsung has made some minor refinements to the design to get you a solid feel, it will still look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S6 from the front angle.
The display size remains the same, 5.1-inch which fits in perfectly in your palms and feels light weighing just 152 grams. Samsung has made a few changes in the design, the Galaxy S7 is now water resistant (IP68 certified) that can be used under water for up to 30 mins with 5 feet of water depth according to Samsung.
The back resembles their Note series. Similar to the Galaxy Note 5, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has the back tapered down to the edges. Samsung did a good job slimming down the camera hump which was a huge pain in the butt when you place it on a flat surface. The battery is not user replaceable due to its design. It sports a 3000 mAh battery under the hood.
An interesting feature is the Always ON display which is similar to the LG G5’s display. Back in time, when Moto X featured an Active display, Samsung has now used a similar trait with the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S7. The same display is spotted on the Galaxy S7 edge too. The Always ON shows battery-friendly notifications without unlocking the phone.
Below you will find the fingerprint scanner and the backlit touch keys. The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S7 is faster than before. We used it with a couple of fingers and it was blazing fast. The only con I find here is you have to press the power button and then unlock the phone with the fingerprint. I have seen the Honor 7’s fast fingerprint scanner which doesn’t even require to press the power button to unlock the phone.
It features a 12 MP dual pixel camera on the back while the front has a 5 MP wide-angle selfie camera. Samsung moved from the 16 MP camera which was seen on the Galaxy S6 to 12 MP camera on the Galaxy S7.
The metallic frame on the sides is now changed to a very sleek design which gives comfort while holding. Moving to the sides, you have two thin volume keys on the left side for volume control while you see on the right side, there is nothing but a tiny power key to unlock the device. The rest of the part is made clean.
On the top, there is a hybrid SIM tray supporting two nano SIM cards or one nano SIM and a Micro SD. You will find one microphone at the top and another located at the bottom. The bottom also has a standard Micro USB port, a 3.5 mm audio jack and loudspeakers. Samsung still hasn’t provided the new USB Type-C standard in both of their flagships which is again disappointing.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with the new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz. At first usage, it was buttery smooth, the user interface feels pretty intuitive with no extra apps and bloatware found.
We thought the Samsung would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 but instead, it gave an Exynos 8890 SoC. Talking about the hardware and specifications, it sports a new home-grown Exynos 8890 SoC having 8 cores (4 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz other 4 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz). It looks like the massive 4 GB RAM will be more than enough for your multitasking needs. And didn’t we mention the powerful GPU, Mali-T880 MP12, that handles the game with ease. We will find out all the stuff in our Samsung Galaxy S7 review.
We can’t wait to play with the device to check how it performs. We will cover more about the smartphone including the Camera, Hardware, Gaming, Battery Life, and many more. Do you think this flagship smartphone from Samsung will defeat its competitor LG G5? Share us your views about the Samsung Galaxy S7.