The Galaxy S7 edge of Samsung is a smartphone that doesn’t distort the previous generation but go to improve it and to perfect it with a more powerful hardware and new features including the ability to expand the memory and impermeability. Changes to the camera that goes down as far as the megapixels but uses a new technology called Dual Pixels. A more powerful battery and a greater amount of RAM are other features that stand out in the datasheet of the device that is a candidate to be one of the best Android smartphone on the market.
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
The thin aluminium profile, front and rear side glass curved and rounded edges offer a nice tactile sensation and good ergonomics giving the perception of a device much thinner. These curves, in addition to software functionality implemented by Samsung, allow you to get the most from your phone with only one hand. Using it on a daily basis, however, I found it annoying that, sometimes, the Palm of the hand, touching the curved edge, can prevent the proper recognition of the touch of the display.
Side we find the buttons for volume and power/lock button. On the bottom the main speaker system, the microphone, the microUSB connector with OTG support 3.5 mm audio jack and that are “open” despite the device is IP68 certificate and therefore resistant to dive to a maximum depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes.
On top we can’t find the infrared sensor but there is a second microphone and the drawer for the SIM and microSD dwarf format that can be expanded up to additional 200 GB the UFS memory disk 2.0 high-speed integrated 7.3 of which are occupied by system files. Not supported the feature Adoptable Storage of Android 6 but we can move on microSD some applications. Galaxy S7 will be available from 64GB. It is not expected that from 128 GB.
On the back the main camera, almost flush with the body, which has a sensor Sony IMX260 from 12 megapixels with optical stabilizer and Dual Pixel technology that allows a much faster focusing. The camera has an aperture focal length f/1.7 can offer brighter images and sharp even in low light. Also a LED flash and a new heart rate monitor, similar to that present in the fastest and most accurate detection, wearable.
On the front there’s a 5 megapixel camerawith Aperture f/1.7 can record video at a maximum resolution QHD, light sensors and proximity and a notification LED. The home button is integrated a biometric scanner, also improved over the previous generation. The two soft keys and backlight with capacitive vibrating feed that has a limited duration which cannot be adjusted except through third-party applications.
- System: Android with TouchWiz UX 6.0.1
- Display: Super Amoled 5.5 “QHD (2560 by 1440 pixels), density 534ppi
- Processor: Exynos GHz, 2.3 8890 octa core 14nm/820 2.15 GHz Snapdragon
- GPU: Mali-T880MP12 with support Vulkan API
- RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
- Memoryinternal: 32/64 gigs UFS 2.0 expandable via microSD
- SIMSIM Card: nano
- Rear camera: 12 MegaPixel with Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS
- Front camera: 5 Megapixel camera, f/1.7
- Connectivity: LTE Cat. 9, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band MIMO/Bluetooth/NFC/USB 2.0/OTG with 4.2
- Sensors: brightness, proximity, biometric scanners, pedometer, heart rate monitor
- Size: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 157 grams
- Battery: integrated 3600mAh with fast charging and wireless
The processor is a Exynos 8890 Octa core (2.3 GHz Quad + 1.6 GHz Quad) to 64-bit with the construction process to 14 nm. Other markets will be realized also a version with Snapdragon 820. The GPU is a Mali-T880. 4 GB RAM (LPDDR4) laid 2.2 are used by the system and applications.
The system is always very smooth and responsive and never showed uncertainties in these days of use. The benchmark have reported elevated scores were overcome with the decidedly AnTuTu 128000 points while using GeekBench did 6467 in 2108 in single-core and multi-core.Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3, our reference titles, can be played at maximum detail graphics with a very high framerate.
The management of RAM, as well as in the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 upgraded to Marshmallow is definitely improved though some application is reloaded when we begin to keep open beyond seven/eight. Thanks to a heat dissipation system implemented by Samsung, a sort of heat-pipe, the temperature is kept low by avoiding performance degradation.
The display is a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display with resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD, array Pentlie diamond and a density of 534ppi. Samsung is now Super AMOLED panels regarding excellence and, as confirmed by our technical analysis, the edge offers a very high fidelity Galaxy S7.
who will buy the new Galaxy S7 edge will be in your hands, without fear of contradiction, the best screen in the first half of 2016 and with a fidelity definitely superior to almost all screens (tv, pc, etc.) you may have in your home or Office.
Via settings you can choose between four modes including an Adaptive which automatically optimizes gamma, saturation and sharpness. Excellent outdoor visibility thanks to the front window and oleophobic treatment particularly wide viewing angle.
Drums, Audio and reception:
The integrated battery is from 3600mAh with quick charging system, including wirelessly.Full charging takes around 100 minutes by cable. Very good battery life. With heavy usage you can easily cover a day and touched the 5 hours of active display.
There is also a power-saving mode that limits performance and background data connectivity and Advanced power saving using a simplified grayscale theme and that leaves only active core apps and those selected by the user.
Supports networks LTE 9 with maximum speed in downloading Cat. 450Mbps and the WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz) with MIMO antennas, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 4.2 the ANT +, and NFC. Rich Park sensors that also includes a barometer and a geo-magnetic. Don’t miss the MirrorLink to connect the device to compatible car infotainment systems and Download booster that combines the speed of LTE and Wi-Fi to download files larger than 30 MB.
Great audio quality both through earbud that through the speaker system. No reception problem and also the sound perceived by our interlocutors is clean due to noise suppression system.
The OS is Android in version 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz user interface.
One of the major novelties Galaxy S7 software is definitely the edgeAlways On Display that allows you to keep active the display to show clock, notifications of calls and messages, calendar or an image. Can customize content, style and background. Samsung store there are already first themes compatible with this function. As the Galaxy you can also enable a clock edge S6 night that displays information about the time, date and battery on the curvature of the screen. Via settings we can choose the time frame in which it is to be active, even 24 hours a day. Enabling Always on function is deactivated.
Thanks to its EDGE Panel, we can keep on the right or left edge, we can quickly access contacts, apps and features. Leading EDGE Panels have open APIs and can download new ones through the store. Don’t miss a chance to show the feeds tag edge by sliding your finger quickly over the border to display off and get an edge lighting when we receive a call.
The TouchWiz is now even better, we can have a grid of 5 x 5 also in the app drawer that can also be eliminated by using an experimental feature in the Galaxy Labs. Can also divide the display into two simultaneously active to keep as many applications and decrease in floating window one or more applications by sliding your finger from one upper corner towards the Center.
Smart Manager, an application that allows you to optimize the performance of the device is now present as a system application
The browser is the Internet from Samsung in version 4.0. Web pages, even heavier ones, manage to be better managed and offer a high flow in scroll and responsiveness to double tap and pinch in and out. This browsing in secret, the vista PC and the ability to insert password via fingerprint recognition.
Fast and accurate the keyboard that offers a sound and vibration feed, writing by scrolling your finger and ability to customize its height. Good also the pressure system text that can be multilingual.
Another innovation on this Galaxy S7 edge is the Game Launcher that in addition to group all games in one place also offers a number of features. Can enable energy savings which limits resolution and fps, suppress warnings during the game, lock keys, reducing the game to icon, make screenshots or record our matches up to a maximum resolution Full HD images captured even from the front camera. Videos can then be easily shared. Galaxy S7 edge also supports libraries Vulkan Khronos.
Camera and Multimedia:
Also on the edge, as well as on other Galaxy S7 top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy, the photographic industry is definitely one of the highlights. Via settings we can choose the maximum resolution of the photos, 12 megapixels in size 4:3 and video Ultra HD for the rear camera and 5 megapixel, 4:3, and always in relation to the front Quad HD video.
Present several shooting modes including a PRO we can separately adjust several settings, selective focus, collage video, streaming on YouTube, Hyperlapse, Slow motion to 240fps and notional step. Also a new function “Motion Picture”, taking even a short video clip, and”Motion Panorama” that allows you to “animate” the picture taken by moving the device to the right and left.
The front camera offers ways to improve of face, skin and eye correction in real time, shooting touch, gesture or voice control of the heart rate monitor and a virtual flash through illumination of the display.
Photos and videos captured with this Galaxy S7 edge offer good detail preservation, carefully adjusting the exposure and color balance. Definitely good quality pictures in low lighting and nice macros. The front camera will let you take some good selfie. Overall, I found the overall quality very similar to that offered by Galaxy S6 edge that manages to capture some more details. The Galaxy S7 edge manages to establish itself definitely in the night photos.
l default music player is Play Music but you can download from the store of Samsung Music application that allows the management of playlists and adjust the speed of playback. There is also a seven-band graphic equalizer and reverb effects and headphone surround. Excellent sound quality through headphones and high quality and volume through speakers. The video player does not play DIvX and AC3 audio tracks natively.
The Galaxy S7 edge is priced at 829 euros in three colours: black, white and gold but you can already find at a lower price. In the next months would get the silver. For all those elite the device there will be also a free viewer Gear VR.
The selling price is definitely important but is there anyway to consider the fact that we find ourselves in front of one of the best Android smartphone with regard to hardware features, build quality and performance. Samsung has managed to improve the good done with the previous generation, refining the design, improving the ergonomics, increasing performance, allowing you to expand the memory and impermeability. To all this must be added a great display and a high-quality multimedia industry.
Surely the lack of USB port Type-C can be inserted between the minus points. For someone can be considered negative (insert it among the cons) the absence of FM radio and infrared port as well as to someone may not be liked the passage of the native resolution of the photo sensor from 16:9 to 4:3. Good but definitely room for improvement implementing the display Always On, perhaps with notifications even by third-party applications.
Obviously, we will return in the coming weeks to speak again of Galaxy S7 edge.
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