Well by looking at most of the features and specs it seems like there nothing too exciting about this Samsung model. Pre-Orders is now available for the smartphone in the UK and US and you will receive a free Galaxy Gear VR headset. Basically all you doing is bringing the phone closer to your eyeballs. The new 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch S7 Edge features include a water-resistant chassis, a micro SD card slot, and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Both are due for release on March 11 in Europe and the US, with pre-orders beginning on February 23 (order now don't wait). The phones look largely identical to their predecessors, the S7 sporting a flat glass front, and the S7 Edge sporting a curved display that gently folds in at the edges to the meet the aluminum body. Both phones will be available in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum, with the S7 Edge also available in Silver Titanium. 4K lovers will like the S7 and S7 Edge which are rocking 2560×1440 pixel displays. The most noticeable design change comes to the rear of the phone, where the dreaded camera bump has been removed to to make the camera module flush with the body. Surprisingly, this hasn't affected the thickness of the phones, which remain fairly at 7.9mm for the S7 and 7.7mm for the S7 Edge. The regular S7 also gains a curved back like the Galaxy Note 5. Seems like Samsung is not being innovative here just copying the same previous model phones as usual.
The S7 and S7 Edge both feature a micro SD card slot, a much requested feature that was removed from the S6. Both phones will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which allows users to merge the SD card with the internal flash memory to create one large seamless pool of storage, making the SD card slot a welcome addition. Also back is water and dust resistance, which was previously found in the Galaxy S5 but was skipped over for the S6. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are both rated IP68, which equates to "totally dust tight" and prolonged submersion in water (the S5 was IP67, which is only "temporary immersion").
Aside from the bump up to 4GB of RAM. The US version of the phone uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 SoC, with a quad-core Kryo CPU and Adreno 530 GPU. The international version using Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC, which it claims its 30 percent more powerful than that in the Galaxy S6. Both are cooled by an intriguing heat pipe system, which is similar that seen in laptops and graphics cards. Samsung claims the S7 and S7 Edge are the first phones to feature support for Vulkan, a new low-level API that hit version 1.0 earlier this week. The company even wheeled out Epic's Tim Sweeny to show a range of physics based graphics effects running in real-time on the S7.
Samsung is having a camera contest with Apple. Camera-wise, both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have moved to a "Dual Pixel" 12-megapixel rear shooter with optical image stabilization (OIS), paired with a 5MP front camera and fast f/1.7 aperture lens. Samsung claims the pixels are 30 percent larger those on the iPhone 6S Plus, which results in better low light pictures. "The dual pixel" sensor is said to make for faster auto-focusing, and again Samsung compared its camera to the iPhone 6S Plus, showing a video with the S7 focusing far quicker than its rival. There's also a neat motion panorama mode that lets you scrub through wide panoramas.
Battery life, which doesn't get enough attention from manufacturers in my opinion, actually gets a boost in the S7 and S7 Edge thanks to the inclusion of beefier 3000mAh and 3600mAh batteries. Wireless charging continues to be supported, along with NFC for making use of Samsung's mobile payment system Samsung Pay. The company will launch Samsung Pay in the UK and other countries in Europe later in 2016. Both phones use the older micro-USB standard. While USB Type-C is starting to see wider adoption, micro-USB chargers and accessories are far more prevalent. Plus, including Type-C would make both phones incompatible with Samsung's Galaxy Gear VR headset.
Most of the improvements come to the S7 Edge, which features a larger edge panel you can swipe in from along the curved edge. There's also an open SDK for developers to create their own software. Both phones also get a neat always on mode that shows a clock along with a few select notifications and sips very little power according to Samsung
While the lack of a big design change may disappoint some, not to mention the increased thickness, the S7 is still a handsome phone, and sports the kind of premium materials you'd expect from a flagship device.
Specs at a glance: Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
Screen 2560×1440 5.1-inch/5.5-inch AMOLED
OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0 with TouchWiz
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4-core SoC / Samsung 8-core Exynos 8890 SoC in international version
GPU: Adreno 530 GPU
Storage: 32GB, 64GB or 128GB
Networking: Dual Band 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Ports: Micro USB 2.0, headphones
Camera: 12MP rear camera with OIS, 5MP front camera
Size: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
Weigh:t 138 g
Starting price $700/$800
Other perks Fingerprint reader, heart rate monitor, RGB notification LED, NFC, Qi and PMA wireless charging, Qualcomm and Samsung quick charging, Samsung Pay
Qi and PMA wireless charging
Samsung quick charging
Samsung Pay (copied Apple Pay)
Free VR Headset when you preorder (Just putting the phone closer to your eyeballs)
Camera better than the iPhone (????)
Water Resistant Phone
Lots of RAM
High Screen to Body Ratio
High Resolution Display
Extremely High Pixel Density Screen, over 430 ppi
Galaxy Game Pack $200 credit
USB Type-C not added
No big design changes (looking like the Galaxy Note 5)
If you don't pre-order you wont get the free VR headset