When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6, the company wasn’t just introducing an impressive technological specimen; the company was also hinting at a reinvention. After years of being accused of releasing bland designs, Samsung proved that, yes, it is capable of creating beautiful phones. But people were still unhappy with this new approach, upset that Samsung had ditched features that helped make the company what it is today.
Samsung heard your calls and addressed a lot of issues people had with the S6.
What makes the Galaxy S7 so enticing is that Samsung isn’t trying to completely reinvent the wheel. The company took everything we loved about the Galaxy S6, changed what we didn’t, and here we are. People wanted expandable storage, so it’s there. People wanted a device that’s dust and water tight, and there’s that, too.
That’s not even counting the larger battery, improved processor, 4GB of RAM and the 12-megapixel dual pixel camera with optical image stabilization. Impressive.
Below are five features of the Galaxy S7 we believe make it the most advanced phone we’ve ever seen.
Note that these same features apply to the Galaxy S7 Edge, which is essentially identical save for screen and battery size.
A feature Motorola made famous. What an always-on screen does is allow users to glance at notifications and other information without waking their device up. Thanks to AMOLED technology, only certain pixels light up, which not only means an always-on display is convenient, but it should help save on battery, too, because your screen won’t be lighting up as often throughout the day when it receives notifications.
The S7 doesn’t have the largest battery on the block, but it’s still a substantial upgrade over the S6, from 2,550mAh to 3,000mAh. That can be the difference of several hours. Combined with the always-on display feature and users could potentially push the battery beyond the usual full workday and into two days or more (depending on your usage). The battery still isn’t swappable, but with fast charging technology (and wireless charging), battery woes should be a thing of the past.
This is a feature that divided a lot of Samsung fans last year. When Samsung decided to take expandable storage away, people cried foul, upset that the company was instead relying on the cloud. Well, there’s no need to get upset this year, as the Galaxy S7 sports a hybrid SIM tray that supports microSD cards for up to 200GB of additional storage. Technically it’ll support up to 2TB, but those cards don’t exist just yet.
Dual pixel camera
Samsung devices have offered some of the best camera quality for years, and the S7 will be no different. The device has been packed with a dual pixel 12-megapixel rear-facing shooter, which also features optical image stabilization and an F1.7 aperture. According to Samsung, the sensor will be able to capture 95 percent more light compared to the Galaxy S6, allowing for a much better low light experience, while autofocus is said to be quicker and more accurate than other leading smartphones. Of course, we’ll put those claims to the test when we get our hands on review units.
Over the past few years, manufacturers have moved away from making their device weather-proof, much to the dismay of a lot of people who don’t live in Southern California. The Galaxy S7, you’ll be happy to learn, sports IP68 certification, making the device dust and water resistant. If you so desired, you could submerge your device up to 5 feet for 30 minutes, but I wouldn’t recommend it. What IP68 means in real world use is that your device will survive accidental spills and rainstorms. Hey, better than no dust and water resistance at all.