Samsung has announced at Mobile World Congress this week, the latest iterations in the Galaxy S line, the S7 and S7 Edge. And while there are several of the same design cues, there are a lot of nice improvements under the hood.
One of the most notable additions is that both devices are water resistance, as predicted by some rumours. They both have a water-resistance rating of IP68, meaning they’ll be able to last up to 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of water.
There has also been a bump in the processors. The devices both feature the Qualcomm 820 processor in the US or the Exynos 8990 in other regions. They also have 4GB of RAM compared to 3GB on the S6s. Samsung says these devices are 30% faster than the previous generation in terms of CPU performance.
The S7 retains the same screen size of 5.1 inches but the S7 Edge has moved from 5.1 inches to 5.5. Both devices are still quad HD Super AMOLED variants. To keep the devices going through the day, there’s been another welcome upgrade in the size of the batteries. The S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery compared to 2,550 on the S6 and the S7 Edge has a 3,600 mAh compared to 2,600 on the S6 Edge.
There have also been improvements in the cameras. Both cameras are now 12MP, a reduction on last year’s 16MP but according to Samsung, the pixels let in 56% more light. This along with the f/1.7 aperture will mean you’ll get much better images in low light and there’s also faster auto focus. The front facing cameras are 8MP.
These devices also bring back the expandable storage with a microSD card- a feature which had been on previous Galaxy S products until the S6. The phones come with 32GB internal storage (and 64GB in some regions) and up to 200GB of expandable storage. Both come with Android 6.0.
The devices are available to pre-order now from Vodafone, EE and Three with the release date of March 11. There are some deals on at the moment too for EE and Three, which mean you get the device three days early if you pre-order before March 6.