Samsung's best phone yet: the Galaxy S7 Edge reviewed
4.8Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1249 (outright); Available on plans from Optus, Telstra, Virgin, and Vodafone;
Manufacturer: Samsung

It might be hard to believe, but Samsung’s flagship “Galaxy S” phones have hit the seventh iteration, and they’re packing more than ever.

We’re talking a high resolution curved screen, glass and metal body, water resistance, upgradeable memory, and more. Is this Samsung’s best phone, or even the best phone out there?

Specs

A new phone means new specs, and the latest iteration of the Galaxy S7 arrives in two versions: the 5.1 inch Galaxy S7 with a conventional screen, and the 5.5 inch Galaxy S7 Edge, which has a curved screen that slopes down to a thin flat metal edge.

For this review, we’re talking about the larger of the two, the phablet-sized Galaxy S7 Edge.

Two known variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge exist, with one using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, and the other leverages Samsung’s own hardware, the Exynos 8890 octa-core processor.

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Most people probably won’t know the difference, but Australians will be receiving the Samsung Exynos variant, providing eight-cores of processing power split between a 2.6GHz quad-core section and a second 1.6GHz quad-core group.

This eight-core chip will comes together with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, the latter of which can be expanded with a microSD slot, as Samsung brings back expandable storage in this model.

Google’s Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” runs in conjunction with Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface out of the box.

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Cameras on this phone are pretty high-end, with a newly developed 12 megapixel rear shooter with dual-pixel auto-focus and a low f/1.7 aperture lens on the back, while the front-facing camera is set to 5 megapixels with the same f/1.7 aperture on the lens.

The rear camera can capture video in 4K Ultra HD if needed, as well as 720p HD and Full HD, while the front-facing camera misses out on UHD video capture support. To the side of the camera is a flash as well as a heart-rate sensor.

Connectivity options are also fairly high-end, with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi support as well as 802.11ac connectivity and there’s Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP and Low Energy (LE). Support for GPS and A-GPS can be found here, as can Near-Field Communication (NFC), which will also extend to Samsung Pay when it eventually rolls out in this country.

The curved-edge screen on the Galaxy S7 Edge bends downwards on both the left and right sides of the phone. This screen measures 5.5 inches diagonally and provides a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440, with protection for the display provided by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.

It’s not just the front that gets Gorilla Glass 4, either, with the back also covered by Gorilla Glass 4 and the rest of the phone is encased by a metal frame.