The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the update to last year’s Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+. In this post, we will take a look at 5 reasons why you should buy one for yourself or upgrade from your existing S6 edge or S6 edge+.
The design of the Galaxy S7 Edge remains more or less like the previous S6 edge models but it makes several refinements and changes that make it better. The first difference is the phone size due to the larger 5.5″ screen compared to the 5.1″ S6 edge and smaller compared to the 5.7″ S6 edge+. The screen size hits a sweet spot as it is larger than the S6 edge which makes it better for media consumption while it is just a tad bit smaller than the S6 edge+ but a smaller footprint makes it easier to handle. This time around, the phone has a more ergonomic pebble like design which is quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III. It also has curved glass at the back and front which gives a really good feel when handling the device. The camera bump at the back has been reduced by a large margin which makes the phone easier to put in your pocket and minimizes the risk of scratching the lens. The home key is more flush with the body but also offers better feedback.
The camera on the Galaxy S7 Edge is a 12 Megapixel unit. While the resolution itself is lesser compared to the 16 Megapixel modules on the S6 edge and S6 edge+, the S7 offers superior low light performance thanks to the f1.7 aperture and larger 1.4 micron pixel size. The camera is also slightly wider with a focal length of 26mm compared to the 28mm focal length of the S6 edge and S6 edge+. The slow motion recording now supports 240 fps mode while the previous generation supported only 120 fps. The front facing camera too receives a larger f1.7 aperture lens compared to the older models with f1.9 lens.
The battery capacity on the S6 edge was 2600 mAH while the S6 edge+ had a larger 3000 mAH battery. The S7 Edge receives a massive bump in battery capacity thanks to the 3600 mAH battery which is more than the larger S6 edge+ too. This means that the smartphone should offer better battery life than previous generations as well. This in turn makes the smartphone a bit thicker but doesn’t affect handling.
The IP68 rating means that the S7 Edge is protected against dust and water. The phone can be submerged under water at a depth of 1.5 metres for a duration of upto 30 minutes. This means that you can get creative with underwater shots or use the phone in the rain or at the beach without any issues.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge brings back the microSD support which was last seen on the Galaxy S5 in the S series lineup. The smartphone can accept microSD cards upto 200GB in capacity. The dualSIM model of the phone will come with a hybrid SIM slot that will allow the user to use two nanoSIMs or one nanoSIM and a microSD card slot like the regular variant.