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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?
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.
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.
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.