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Samsung Galaxy S7 – Streamlined Perfection

Samsung Galaxy S7 – Streamlined Perfection
Mobile World Congress is one of the most anticipated events on our calendar. Year after year we keep getting excited about cutting edge technology and MWC delivers an inexhaustible torrent of gadgets to prod at. Expectedly the spotlight was stolen by upcoming flagships, among them Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

Last generation of Samsung’s flagship was so good, many were left wondering what on earth could be improved. Some speculated on a 4k screen and other spicy tech, however Samsung decided to evolve their flagship rather than revolutionize it. By adding up a lot of tiny changes, they’ve managed to create an entirely new experience! Let’s take a closer look!


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Design is one area Samsung decided to keep and with good reason. Last year’s model was one of the best looking smartphones on the market and one of the few ones that could compete in the top of the league. Selecting premium metals over polycarbonate was a huge leap for Samsung, so expecting something radical this year was unrealistic. Premium devices should be made using premium materials, however some manufacturers are more conservative with making changes because of brand awareness. Traditional Galaxy design lines had to be replaced with a more contemporary style and that carries a certain dose of risk. Thankfully Samsung hit the jackpot last year so this year they’ve made only minute alterations to make the new phone more comfortable. Even though it makes the device feel a smidge thicker, the rounder back cover inspires more confidence when holding it. Dimensions are at 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 152 grams. Accidental spills no longer have to worry you as Galaxy S7 comes with IP68 certification allowing it to survive the occasional encounter with water.

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Even though many speculated on a 4k display or something equally remarkable, Samsung decided to stick with 2k resolution. Thinking rationally, it does make sense. Why would you cram more pixels onto a 5.1-inch screen when the difference is barely noticeable? Powering extra pixels putts more strain on the battery so engineers would have to put a larger battery, increase the size and thickness, raise the price, and you pretty much see where this is going. Yes having a 4k phone does give you some bragging rights, but is the sacrifice really worth it? Besides, the Super AMOLED screen found on Galaxy S7 is one of the best screens we’ve ever seen, 4k or not.
 

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Galaxy S7 comes in two configurations; Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Backed by 4GB of RAM and extremely capable GPUs, the new hardware does a fantastic job of keeping everything incredibly responsive. Samsung’s interface has come a long way since it was loaded with apps no one ever cared to use. With a lighter, smoother, and more responsive interface, users will be inclined to spend more time on their phones instead of getting frustrated with random glitches. A novelty on Galaxy S7 is the ability to have the clock and notifications always displayed, even when the phone is not in use. Don’t worry about draining the battery because Samsung claims that this feature won't use more than 1% of battery life per hour. Another welcome inclusion is a microSD card slot meaning you can take loads of photos without ever worrying about memory.
 

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And you will want to take lots of photos because Samsung put copious amounts of effort into making this the best camera on a smartphone. Larger aperture, larger pixel size, and something called dual-pixel autofocus is in Samsung’s own words “so incredibly fast and seamless that even the most sudden movements are caught in the act, even when the light starts to fade.” Our test shots have confirmed that it is lightning fast, but we’ll still have to wait and see whether you can photograph a cheetah in full sprint.

 


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