Samsung has been nailing it with their smartphones in the past one year. The Galaxy S6 went on to be a rockstar thanks to the homegrown Exynos 7420 which took the cake away from the Snapdragon 810 chip. The processor wasn’t limited to the Galaxy S6 as it made its way to the Galaxy Note 5 as well. With all these factors, the Galaxy S7 had a lot of weight on its shoulders to carry. At MWC Samsung finally took the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and here are our first impressions of the device.
The S7 Edge is slightly bigger than the S7 and sports a 5.5-inch display while the S7 has a 5.1-inch display. The S7 Edge is beautiful to look at with the Dual Edge display flowing into the design of the phone. The edges at the back of the phone are also slightly curved to help grip the phone better. While the S6 Edge was highly sought after for its unique design, the S7 Edge makes the same design even more appealing. For starters, the 5.5-inch display is so well integrated it feels just right. The edges of the screen are easy to reach and does not need one to stretch the thumb to hit the screen. The phone has Gorilla Glass 4 Protection on the front and back to protect it from accidental scratches.
Our Review unit is a 32GB s7 Edge in Gold Platinum and we must say it is a fingerprint magnet! The device picks up grease very quickly and the shiny colour ensures that you have to clean it multiple times a day. If you aren’t up for it we would recommend you look at the pearl white variant or put a skin on the smartphone. The S7 Edge sports a 12-megapixel camera with a single LED flash which seems uninspiring on paper but is undoubtedly one of the best camera sensors out there. The camera is brilliant and the AMOLED display does justice to the vibrancy that the camera manages to capture. The S6 Edge had a 16-megapixel sensor while the S7 Edge has a 12-megapixel camera. What it loses in megapixels it makes up for it in terms of pixel size. Also, the camera hump isn’t as protruding as it was on the device it replaced. Hence, it rests better on a table and does not have that annoying rattle when the phone goes off.
The S7 Edge is a Dual SIM device and has a hybrid SIM slot, the user now has to make a choice between a second SIM or a MicroSD card. It is not that the device comes has low storage options. It was launched in 32GB and 64GB variants but only the 32GB made its way to India. The phone sports an Exynos 8890 Processor clocked at 1.6GHz and scores really high in benchmark scores. The 4GB of RAM is abundant to keep the phone from slowing down no matter what you throw at it.
The battery is non-removable and is rated at 3600mAh which is bigger when compared to the 3000mAh battery in the S7. The phone supports fast charging and the device takes a little over an hour and a half to charge completely from dead. The smartphone is now waterproof and is rated at IP68 which makes it water and dust proof, something the much older Samsung Galaxy S5 had.
While most other smartphone makers are moving to USB Type-C standard for charging and data. Samsung has stuck with the tried and tested Micro USB on the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. That said you won’t need to worry about charging this device as the battery holds up pretty well thanks to Doze. The S7 Edge runs on TouchWIZ on top on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the doze feature helps the smartphone save battery when its on idle.
Samsung it seems has got a killer combination in the form of their new flagship devices. The S7 Edge is priced at Rs 56,900 a little higher over the Galaxy S7 which comes in at Rs 48,900.