The Galaxy is a Galaxy S6 S7 improved focused on meeting a user somewhat dissatisfied with the S6 some sacrifices for the sake of design. To achieve this, Samsung has recovered the micro SD card, water resistance and increased battery. Samsung seems to be determined to show that the S7 Edge is the star of this generation, and perhaps it is, but do not forget that which opened in Samsung Olympus was this terminal. This S is the best we had in hand and deserves his place in the Olympus, regardless of his brother Edge. This is our final analysis of the most powerful compact smartphone in history.
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Availability and Pricing
- 2 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Design and finishing
- 3 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Display
- 4 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Special Functions
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Software
- 6 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Performance
- 7 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Audio
- 8 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Camera
- 9 Samsung Galaxy S7 – Battery
- 10 verdict
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Availability and Pricing
The Galaxy S7 was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next to Galaxy S7 Edge. The terminal is now available in physical and online stores. Its starting price is 719 €. Amazon is already lowered by 10%.
It is available in its version of 32 GB expandable via micro SD up to 200 GB. In Spain it is available in black and gold on the official website, but also blank in other distributors. In other markets S7 is also in silver but has not yet reached Spain. As of April 20 is also available in Korea a new version in pink. You can see all the colors available on the website of Samsung Korea .
The golden terminal is the most elegant, but attracts more fingerprints. The black terminal, however, is something boring for a phone that costs 700 euros. The processor available in Europe is the Exynos 8890. More information on where to buy the S7 at the end of the article.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Design and finishing
The Galaxy S7 brings few but significant design changes with respect to S6. The terminal retains its size of 5.1 inches, is made of aluminum at the edges and covered by Gorilla Glass 4 on the back and front. This Gorilla Glass is denser than its predecessors, resulting in a stronger and robust phone. The glass is also curved in the front, of course less than the Edge, but getting that 3D finish that we are seeing in many terminals in recent months. In fact, this curvature causes many pictures appear S7 S7 Edge by reflections.
Among the changes from the S6, we found that at the back Samsung has brought the curve to the edges as in Note 5, greatly improving grip. This, coupled with its size make it one of the most comfortable and manageable smartphones we’ve had our hands. The S7 is waterproof and dust proof with IP 68 certified tell you more about this in the section Special Functions.
At the rear there is another change: the bulge of the main chamber has been reduced to the minimum, now it is 0.46 mm, 4 times smaller than the S6. The smartphone is completely flat on any surface and does not dance in no time. This also helps the whole S7 is much more homogeneous. We are facing a coherent smartphone ahead and behind, no protruding details of the whole.
On the front are again light sensors, the front camera, speaker for calls, the home button and two capacities buttons Samsung. The start button again hosts the fingerprint sensor, which this time is slightly wider and projects, and its edge is no longer another ended up being the same color as the rest of the smartphone.
On the sides are only three buttons. The left side houses the volume right the ignition. The difference is in the top slot, which now houses a tray with a hollow for a nano SIM card and one for a card micro S by the noise canceling microphone.
The bottom remains the same. We find here the speaker, mini micro USB port and headphone jack. The main reason why Samsung has not been released to the USB type C is that it is not compatible with many accessories and manufactured mainly the VR glasses.
The Galaxy S7 has gained some thick, pretty negligible. According Nacho Nieto, chief technology officer of Samsung Spain, it was necessary if we wanted a larger battery, micro SD slot and the disappearance of the bulge camera.
The Galaxy S7 improvement with very simple design Destaller S6, especially in its ergonomics, and manages to convey that this is a totally new smartphone. It is a piece that attracts all eyes, especially gold and silver terminals (although in turn are not for everyone), an elegance that few manufacturers have seen (perhaps only Sony is comparable). Also, to my taste something classic, this smartphone is sleeker than the Edge. This is my personal opinion, I feel more comfortable with the S7. It is a more serious and sober than his brother smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Display
The Galaxy S7 brings Super Amoled 5.1 inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 QHD pixels, as in S6. Its pixel density is 577 ppi in a monstrosity. As we have seen in the last Samsung high-end, this is a sublime panel with a brightness and great detail.
Samsung never really use for a long time from the S2, and every time I catch him for a few days like this S7 I realize the power of SuperAmoled screen. Pure and vivid colors as well as the purity of black have conquered me, and leave something on the floor to my Xperia Z3 . The Panel S7 reads surprisingly well under direct sunlight though its viewing angles worse in that case.
The screen brightness automatically adjusts depending on the light conditions. It is very easy to see how the screen changes if we move from a dark one bright environment.
Neither the S7 or S7 Edge Touch or bring 3D Force Touch as iPhone 6s or Huawei Mate S . Samsung has not included anything like it in this terminal.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Special Functions
The Galaxy S7 brings some extra features but without frills. Always On is a function of S7 through which a portion of the screen is active, it can see calendar, time, and notifications. According to Samsung this does not affect the battery life. I can assure that has little effect, but the affects. For several hours with Always On and smartphone at rest, the percentage of low battery Always On double speed than without it. I have disabled.
Resistance to dust and water IP 68
After missing in the Galaxy S6, S7 has managed to pass the IP 68 certificate with your new smartphone. We can dip up to 1 meter and a half deep for 30 minutes. It is also resistant to dust. This is greater than the S5 protection, and of course greater than the nonexistent in S6. Again another detail of Samsung to please users.
During the analysis I sometimes submerged smartphone without problems. One of the curious detail is that if we are going to charge after the splash, the smartphone will warn us not to connect the USB by danger of short circuits.
Game Launcher & Vulcan
One of the great innovations of the Galaxy S7 Game Launcher is a center where we can interact with our games and adds curious features during the game. Every time we play a game we will have available a menu from which you can interact with the game: make screenshot, record video, including share or share our face.
It also has a mode for the most hard-core gamer, with which we can pause notifications and reserve all the power of the terminal to play.
The S7 are also the first smartphones compatible world Vulkan . With this system we can expect greater realism in graphics in games optimized for this system.
The Galaxy S7 brings the fingerprint scanner seen in the S6, hosted on the start button. Its extra features are very tied to Samsung Pay. The scanner worth us to pay in stores and increase the security of our transactions, in addition to unlock the phone. In addition, Samsung Pay is available from March in Spain.
Samsung continues to insist with some of their life choices. In the Galaxy S7 S-Health no need nor the heart rate sensor, located in the same place, next to the LED flash. NFC also found again, and almost any imaginable use a smartphone, except for the infrared port.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Software
The new Galaxy S7 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and Touch Wiz basically identical to the S6 Edge + and the Note 5. We are at the slightest Touch Wiz history but, much to his chagrin, is still Touch Wiz. The new interface has to do with adapting to Marshmallow but no big news. The S7 receive monthly security updates.
As for p reinstalled applications exist Samsung 7, 9, Google, Microsoft 6, 3 and some basic social networks (those of Mark Zuckerberg). In total we found a 30-35 p reinstalled applications, most of them quite useful. If you buy through the operator, this number could vary.
My experience with Touch Wiz love is hate, but hate. I really like menus quick adjustments but it still seems extremely childish in their icons. At the end I am not able to use the S7 without changing the subject, as I came up with the S6, because the default one does not do justice to the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Performance
Samsung has improved the already super powerful S6 with the new processor Exynos 8890. This is the processor we see in Europe, where not reach the Snapdragon 820. The websites that have actually had the 820 prove that 820 numbers are somewhat higher performance but that makes the battery Snapdragon suffer. In all the tests we have done in Android Pit, both S7 and S7 Edge are crowned as the most powerful smartphone with Exynos, leaving second to Huawei Mate 8 after two months of reign.
The new Samsung processor has four cores at 2.3 GHz and four 1.6GHz, accompanied with 4 GB of RAM. As for the heating problems, new S7 bring a cooling liquid pipe inside. The smartphone is heated, for example when playing games or applications synchronize with Google Play, but nothing alarming.
The internal memory of 32GB UFS brings the fastest speed we’ve seen on a smartphone, 389 MB / s reading and 68MB / s write. That is, it is 2.45 and 1.39 times faster, respectively, than the Nexus 6P
In everyday life we realize this power to restart the smartphone or installing and opening applications. And above all, and especially you will see the difference if you go over an old smartphone to the new S7. Of course if you spend a high-end 2015 to S7 forget to notice much.
One of the negatives is its internal memory, the 32 GB. Can be expanded via microSD up to 200 GB, 200 GB but those can not be used natively as internal storage (function supported by Android Marshmallow), although through a hack that I personally do not recommend doing.
The S7 has some problems in their daily lives. Both Edge S7 S7 test as we have received have suffered several closures applications and even once restarted completely Touch Wiz. And it has not been in times of high demand on my part, but rather a surprise. I hope this is resolved with one of those monthly updates that will launch Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Audio
The speaker Galaxy S7 is heard loud and clear, but it is still monkey. It is designed more to listen to audio from short videos to listen to music continuously. Still, I have compared with stereo Z3, and hear higher but less clear. Samsung has done a great job with this speaker, which had already achieved with Note 5.
Lately always testing the quality of the speakers with the song Ghosttown . It’s a song with many serious moments of very low synthesizers, others very high, and a very serious base that allows me to see how the speaker behaves in different frames of mind. The S7 has done a good job, but the song loses a lot of detail and richness compared to the Z3, but gains much in volume. As for his headphones in the box we will find a Samsung with controls on the cable hear very, very well.
The Galaxy S7 also brings an application to record voice with different equalizers, using microphones bottom and top for greater clarity.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Camera
Strong point and the highlights of the new Samsung. Samsung has dropped from 16MP to 12MP but not to worry. The new sensor has an aperture of f / 1.7 (in S6 was f / 1.9) and stabilizer.
This Sony sensor brings a dual-pixel technology that is only found in SLR s and that no smartphone has included so far.This means that each pixel includes two photo diodes of the sensor, and all photo diodes to focus function matrix. That is, 24 million photo diodes focus on focus. To make you an idea, only 120,000 photo diodes camera focused on S6 and already gave outstanding results.
In some smartphones in Germany we have seen a Samsung sensor, rather than the Sony. We are awaiting a response from Samsung Korea about it.
Here you can see a photo gallery of the new S7 HQ.
In practice S7 camera focuses so fast that it is almost imperceptible. It is so rapid that scares, and so fast that sometimes go wrong photos our fault, because we are not as fast as the smartphone. I guess everything is used. Do not misunderstand me, it makes very good pictures, but hardly gives you time to think about the photo before it has focused.
Another detail are the night shots makes great pictures in low light. But sometimes it is able to receive so much light that we get a little real picture, in automatic mode. This is solvable if we go to manual mode and play with the ISO and exposure, getting really spectacular pictures in low light. Ultimately S7 camera could be crowned the best camera on a smartphone, especially if we play with the manual modes.
Soon we will make a comparison with the S6 cameras to see which one wins, certainly in low light conditions will the S7, and it will advance.
The front camera has an aperture of f / 1.7 5 megapixels. Not much to note in this regard.
As for the camera interface no big news regarding the S6, again always have options and videos in 4K, fast motion, slow motion and very useful as selective focus modes.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Battery
Another request of users served: the Galaxy S7 up your battery from 2550 mAh to 3000 mAh. Nacho Nieto, chief technology officer of Samsung Spain, told us that this has been thanks to a new technology mold able batteries, since the terminal has not increased in size and has also curved edges inward at the rear. And fits more in the same space.
Galaxy S7 battery reaches the end of the day no problems with heavy use.
The S7 brings quick charge and get up to 100% in 90 minutes. This time up to 120 minutes if you use the wireless charger. It also has a battery saving mode even has an option to change the screen resolution during the games and thus save on that dramatic moment when we passed the psychological barrier of 14% remaining.
In everyday life the Galaxy S7 come to us at the end of the day with 10-15% battery-intensive. If we are not addicted to smartphone, we could last until noon the next day.
Anyway, its duration is not surprising, nor is it far superior to the S6, despite the increase in milliamps. Again brings no removable battery, the only high – end terminal that continues to incorporate is the LG G5
Samsung is committed to making a success S7 Edge, but is trying to forget the S7, at least that’s my impression. It is the feeling we had when Europe Note 5 was not released towards the S6 Edge +. The S7 is ningunean a bit. For example, in the Spanish press in the first round only we could nab the S7 Edge, like the S7 do not exist. The S7 is still the star for me. In addition, this time, is offering real change in design.
We are facing an S that has managed to combine design and content to the user as ever, something that had not happened since the S3. A smartphone that has no weaknesses for ticklish to seek him. Samsung has come up with the perfect smartphone that is, nothing more and nothing less than a solid and logical evolution of the six previous Galaxy S phones. That history and experience behind them do not have the Edge.