After months of anticipation — and a seemingly endless supply of leaks — Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are finally here.
Unveiled during Samsung’s press event at the Mobile World Congress electronics show in Barcelona, the S7 and S7 edge look a lot like their predecessors — but there are a couple of key differences, including new cameras, waterproof designs, and the return of expandable storage.
Will that be enough for the S7 and S7 edge to effectively do battle with Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus? Let’s take a look.
To be honest, at first glance the Galaxy S7 doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. Sure, there are subtle differences, such as the phone’s new contoured back panel and smaller camera bump. But when I laid the S7 next to my S6, it was hard to tell which was which.
The S7 and S6 even have the same 5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED displays. (By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch, 1334 x 760 LCD screen.)
The Galaxy S7 edge, on the other hand, boasts a larger 5.5-inch (up from 5.1 inches) 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED screen. (Compare that to the iPhone 6s Plus and its 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD screen.)
For the clumsy folks out there — and I include myself in that group — Samsung has made both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge waterproof.
In fact, the company says you can dunk the phones in water up to 5 feet deep for 30 minutes and they’ll come out unscathed. Let’s see your iPhone do that.
Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge also have improved cameras. While those cameras have fewer megapixels than the previous models — 12MP versus the previous generation’s 16MP — those pixels are larger. That means images should look sharper and brighter in normal and low-light situations.