Samsung have unveiled their latest duo of flagship phones today in Barcelona. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are set to incorporate the best of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung were criticised for the look and feel of the Galaxy S5 even though it packed some amazing features. However, the faux metal trim and the dimpled plastic back didnt win it many admirers. They set about correcting this with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge by making them unibody beauties. However, they left out some key features of the S5- the Galaxy S6 was not IP67 rated, or water-proof and there was no expandable storage. 

Samsung also made their Android skin more intuitive, less bulky and easier on the eye.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are more evolution than revolution and so the same form factor from the S6 makes an appearance here. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge 3D design

Samsung call it Edge 3D and the design has been streamlined so the camera protrudes a little less than it did on the S6. The edges are rounded at the top and sides and you still get the mirrored finish that you did with the S6 edge.

At 5.5 and 5.1-inches,the phones come with expandable storage that can take memory cards upto 200GB.

Camera

The camera has been reworked as well and yielded excellent results during our time with it. Samsung say that they have gone for camera innovation so low light photography is improved and they have gone about the task by adjusting the aperture to f1.7, the lowest ever on any of their phones which allows 25 percent more light in.

Dual photo diode act like human eyes and the cameras come packed with the World's first dual pixel sensor guaranteeing DSLR capability inside a phone camera.

The bigger pixels inside the 1.4 micro meter lens are not just an improvement over previous versions, but also go further to improve the quality of images captured.

Always-on display

According to Samsung, we check our phones 85 times a day on average and with their Super AMOLED screens, it burns through the battery. On the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, they have programmed the edge display to act as a notification centre and clock so the need to switch on the phone is not there anymore. So you get fast access to apps without the battery burning.

Fast charging & battery

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge came with fast charge and this time around the technology has been improved so there is fast adaptive charging on both the phones. They call it snack charging and it indeed is with the ability to get upto 2 hours worth of calls texts and browsing from a 10 minute charge.

The battery on the two S7s has been signifacatly increased so the S7 edge now has a 3600 mAH one and the S7 comes with a 3000mAH battery. Quite how much time the battery will last for, we will find out when we review the devices in depth later but with Android 6.0 Marshmallow's battery conserving features and Samsung's new always on display, it should comfortably take you through a day's worth.

Hardware and software:

The CPU is bigger as is the GPU and the 4GB RAM guarantees that the Galaxy S7 family is going to be a blisteringly fast family of phones. Samsung have also made sure gamers have more control at their fingertips so they can choose when they want to be disturbed or not. They will also be able to share their exploits with friends.

Samsung Galaxy S7
 

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is of course pre-loaded and this means you can use the capacious 200GB expandable memory to store apps as well as more privacy and controls to the consumer. Furthermore, the phone can be submerged in upto 1.5 metres of water for upto 30 minutes, making it splash proof and water resistant, although not water proof.

Overall

Samsung's S7 and S7 edge promise to storm the Android market when they hit the high-street on 11th March in the UK. Whether it will be able to hang onto its crown is still debatable given how crowded the high-street is with quality products. 

But Samsung have given the public everything they said was missing from the S6 and in a form factor that is simply stunning... Now let's see how they perform.

Samsung Galaxy S7
 

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