A gem of a phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 reviewed
4.8Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1149 outright; Available on plans from Telstra, Optus, Virgin, and Vodafone;
Manufacturer: Samsung

All eyes are on Samsung’s latest smartphones, and while the S7 Edge has most of the attention, the smaller standard S7 is just as stellar a smartphone as its brother.

Specs

The second of two models released in the Galaxy S7 range for the first half of 2015, the standard Galaxy S7 is one that will appeal to people looking for a modern take on the typical phone.

You may have heard about the edge screen coming to Samsung’s devices, but the standard Galaxy S7 eschews that, opting for a straight metal frame that holds the phone together as opposed to a slimline metal frame that barely touches the curved edge on the S7 Edge.

Some will prefer this style as they will the smaller size, and for those, the Galaxy S7 is ideal.

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Inside, though, Samsung has more or less kept things the same as its high-fashion brother, including an eight-core Samsung-made Exynos 8890 processor which has been paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, the latter of which can be upgraded with a microSD slot as the upgradeable feature returns to the Samsung Galaxy range.

Google’s Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” is also here, running with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top, while your connections to the web are handled through either 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi or via Category 9 4G LTE capable of maxing out to 450Mbps.

Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP rounds out the wireless features alongside GPS, A-GPS, and Near-Field Communication, while support for Samsung’s wireless payment feature “Samsung Pay” is here and will be rolled out eventually in Australia.

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Over on the camera side of things, you’ll find a 12 megapixel sensor on the back with an f/1.7 aperture lens while the front-facing camera relies on a 5 megapixel camera for selfies keeping the f/1.7 aperture glass around.

Video capture can be handled as high as 4K Ultra HD on that rear camera, and you’ll also find a flash on the back next to a heart-rate tracker.

And all of this sits under a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display capable of showing the Quad HD resolution go 2560×1440, with protection provided by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4. The back is treated in this material, too, with the metal side wrapping the Galaxy S7.

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Along the top, you’ll find a pin ejectable tray providing a microSD slot and nanoSIM slot, while the bottom holds a 3.5mm headset jack and a microUSB charge and data transfer port.

Buttons are about standard, with individual volume rocker buttons on the left edge while a power button sits on the right. The home button up front includes a fingerprint sensor underneath with soft buttons for multi-tasking and back flanking this on each side.