Samsung Galaxy S7 is the new flagship smartphone from Samsung. It was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2016 and offers improvements over older models across the board in terms of speed, battery life, design, durability and camera performance. Critics think that this is one of the best Android phones ever produced. Samsung's aims with the S7 are obvious. It needs to revive relative poor Galaxy S6 sales and to successfully compete with the iPhone 6S and future iPhone models.
The Galaxy S7 design features a curved glass back, which means that holding it feels comfortably. Moreover, the height of the protruding camera lens on the back has been reduced to less than 0.5 mm so the surface becomes flatter.
The technical specs are impressive as one has come to expect of Galaxy phones. The S7 is powered by a blazing fast 2.15 GHz quad-cord Snapdragon processor improving processing speeds by 30% and graphics performance by an astounding 64% compared to Galaxy S6. Speed isn't the only thing that counts from a user perspective if the RAM memory isn't sufficient. Prospective S7 buyers need not to worry, since the phone comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. There's also 32 GB of storage available.
The camera has f1.7 aperture and captures 25% more light than the S6 model. The 1.4 micron pixels offers improved brightness and clarity. The auto-focus has also undergone substantial enhancements by adopting dual photodiode pixel auto-focus, a technology used by DSLR cameras that means significantly faster auto-focus. In non-technical jargon: S7's camera snaps higher quality photos faster.
Galaxy S7 runs on the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 operating system, which means that it can take advantage of latest app features that developers around the globe are working on.
Samsung has demonstrated that it listens to its users and have brought back some popular features that the S6 models had dropped. Waterproofing and support for microSD card are features that appeal to Samsung users and both have been reintroduced with the S7 model.
The battery charging is fast and 50% charging is accomplished in only 30 minutes (wired charging). A new feature is the always-on display. Basic information like time, calendar and notifications are displayed in a power-saving mode. Hence, gleaning at the phone to check the time doesn't require a fully-illuminated screen.