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Here’s a look at the all new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

It’s all about VR and making up for past mistakes, and boy, the Galaxy S7 is looking like a good prospect.

Samsung Galaxy S7

It’s all about VR and making up for past mistakes.


Just as previous years Samsung unveiled its new flagships from the S family at MWC . This time the focus was on two things the new Galaxy S7/Edge and VR.

Everything started just as usual, D.J. Koh went on stage to say a few things about Samsung’s past and how it’s always been an innovative company, then everyone in the audience put on their Gear VR headsets and the new S7 and S7 Edge were officially announced, they did not look very different from their previous iterations and pretty much with just a glance the leaks from a few weeks ago had been confirmed.

The Galaxy S7/Edge

First, let’s take a look at the specs

S7

  • 5.1″ AMOLED QHD display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3000 mAh battery with support for wireless charging and quick charge.
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 12mp rear facing camera with f 1.7 aperture

S7 Edge

  • 5.5″ Super AMOLED QHD display
  • 4GB RAM
  • 3600 mAh battery with support for wireless charging and quick charge.
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 12mp rear facing camera with f 1.7 aperture

So what’s new?

A lot. The new cameras do not protrude as much as they did in the S6/Edge, and they have new technology to improve low light shots and make auto focus faster. The new Snapdragon processors will make multitasking seamless, although in some regions Exynos versions of the S7/Edge will ship. The addition of IP68 water and dust resistance makes up for last years lack of this much needed feature, and the same can be said for the micro SD card slot.

The new displays will provide useful information without the user having to turn them on as they have a new feature called Always-On display, basically the one found on the Moto X family. One of the few things that did not make it into the final design was the USB-C port and Samsung justifies it by saying that this is not an standard yet and that micro USB can be used to connect to the Gear VR and a wide variety of accessories.

VR a.k.a the other big star of the show

From the actual unveiling of the S7/Edge to other parts of the show VR was present. Many features of the new flagships were targeted towards the consumption of VR content. It was also announced that for a limited time pre orders of the S7/Edge will ship with a free Gear VR headset.

A new camera for recording VR content was presented it’s the Gear 360 and it’s aimed towards users that want a simple yet effective way to create their own VR content.

Almost by the end of the presentation, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg made an appearance to announce a Facebook-Samsung partnership to collaborate in the development of software and hardware for VR.

If you want to watch the whole event, click here.


This post originally appeared on Medium and was republished with the authors permission. 

Renzo Pacheco

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