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Samsung Galaxy S7

SamsungReleased on 03/11/2016
Android Operating system
5.1 in Screen size
MSRP $699.99

Product Summary

The world agrees: The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphones on the planet. We called the S7 Edge the best phone to come out of this year’s Mobile World Congress show, and consumer demand for the phone has been very strong — with good reason. From a top notch camera to waterproofing to a streamlined interface, this is everything you could hope for in a phone. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The return of water resistance
Samsung waterproofed the Galaxy S5, then didn’t bother to do the same with the Galaxy S6, and following solid consumer demand, it brought back water resistance for the Galaxy S7. Prior to launch, parts allegedly from the Galaxy S7 showed up on import/export tracking website Zauba labeled “waterproof.” We immediately knew what was coming and gave a little jump for joy. The released phone carries an IP68 rating, meaning dust should not penetrate its electronic innards, and you can submerge it in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes with no damage.

Anyone who’s dropped a phone in a toilet tank will apprecaite that.

Similar design, but even higher quality
Until February 2016, the Galaxy S7 stayed well hidden from the camera. The leaked image below from early February was our first real look at the phone. It’s only the back of the device, but it matched up with other leaked press renders.

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An official press image was leaked on Twitter by Evan Blass, popularly known as @evleaks, in early February. Resplendent in a cool black color scheme, the Galaxy S7 will disappoint anyone wanting a complete change from the Galaxy S6 — and please anyone longing for a slick looking piece of hardware. The shape remains very similar to the 2015 phones, with the same smooth, brushed-metal bumper sandwiched between front and back glass. It’s gorgeous. This improved design extends to the camera on the back, which still protrudes, but only about half as much as last year’s model.

Galaxy S7 S7 Edge Leak Image

Always-on screen and Android Marshmallow
Following in the footsteps of innovations Motorola made two or three years ago, both Samsung and LG are adding Always On screens to their flagship phones this year. The GS7 always shows a clock when the phone is asleep. This feature should disable once you put the phone in your pocket. You can change this screen to show a calendar, as well.

There aren’t a ton of other software innovations. Samsung has loaded the phone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it has kept the S6’s bubbly, colorful TouchWiz interface and old-school menus.

An improved camera

Samsung really wants a better camera than the iPhone, and it has one, by some measurements. The S7 has a 12-megapixel rear cameras that operates faster thanks to an F1.7 lens (up from F1.9 in last year’s), and focuses faster thanks to its “dual-pixel” design. Samsung claims that every pixel in the lens also acts as a focus pixel, and that this is a first for smartphones.

In a direct shoot off in low-light and dark conditions, the Galaxy S7 often outperformed the iPhone 6S. Samsung’s camera was able to capture sharper images in the dark and illuminate areas that the iPhone could not. The speed of focusing also helped it grab a few shots of moving scenes that the iPhone was unable to shoot as smoothly.

Release date and pricing

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were available for pre-order on all major carriers in the U.S. — AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular — and hit store shelves on March 11. Stores like BestBuy.com, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target, and Walmart had the phone for purchase on March 11. And those who ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge before March 18 recieved a free Gear VR with six free games.

The Galaxy S7 comes in black and gold to start, and prices range from $620 to $695. U.S. Cellular has the lowest price if you pay in full, but Sprint is offering the best price with an installment plan. Sprint also has the best overall deal with its 50 percent off a second Galaxy S7 offer.

Related: Get ready to roll: Samsung patents show flexible, foldable phones and tablets

An early release was rumored due to Samsung reportedly moving to a streamlined development process, dubbed “Agile,” that aims to shave months off of its design-to-sale device cycle. The company apparently wanted to finalize the S7 by December, which could have translated into an early 2016 launch. Korea Investment predicted in early December that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016, while ET News reported in mid-October that Samsung could announce the Galaxy S7 in January, one to two months earlier than normal.

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The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been talked about for a year, but now they’re here. We detail the new features, what we think of the phones, and everything we know about price and availability.

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Samsung Galaxy S7
Release date
03/11/2016
Release price
$699.99
Physical keyboard
 
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.1 in
Launch OS version
6.0 (Marshmallow)
Thickness
0.31 in
Height
5.1 in
Width
2.7 in
Weight
5.36 oz
Color
Black, White, Gold, Silver
Dust and moisture resistant
Yes
Dust and moisture rating
IP68
Resolution
1440x2560
Display technology
Super AMOLED
PPI
577
Carrier
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked, US Cellular
4G (LTE)
Yes
3G
Yes
2G
Yes
Bluetooth version
4.2 + LE
Wi-Fi compatibility
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile hotspot
Yes
NFC support
Yes
Sensors
Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital compass, GPS, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity, Heart rate, SpO2
Manufacturer
Qualcomm
Model
MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Speed
2.15 GHz
Cores
1
RAM
4 GB
Front camera photo resolution
5 MP
Front-facing camera
Yes
Rear camera photo resolution
12 MP
Rear-facing camera
Yes
Flash
Yes
High quality camera
Yes
Front camera video resolution
720p
Rear camera video resolution
2160p
4K Video recording
Yes
Format support
Headphone jack
3000
Optical image stabilization
Yes
Phase detection auto focus
Yes
08/01/2016
$799.99
 
Android
5.7 in
6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
0.3 in
6.16 in
3.05 in
6 oz
Glacier Silver, Titanium Gray, Shimmer Gold
 
 
1080 x 1920
AMOLED
386
AT&T, T-Mobile, Unlocked
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.2 + LE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer, Digital compass, GPS, Fingerprint, Proximity
Qualcomm
MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
2.4 GHz
4
6 GB
8 MP
Yes
23 MP
Yes
 
Yes
1080p
2160p
 
eAAC+, MP3, WAV
3.5mm
Yes
Yes
08/01/2016
$299.95
 
Android
5.3 in
6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
0.31 in
5.86 in
2.95 in
4.9 oz
Indigo, White, Gold
 
 
720 x 1280
IPS
277
Unlocked
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.2 + LE
802.11 b/g/n
Yes
 
Accelerometer, Digital compass, GPS, Proximity
Mediatek
MT6735 SoC
1.3 GHz
4
2 GB
13 MP
Yes
5 MP
Yes
Yes
 
1080p
1080p
 
H.264, MP4, Xvid
3.5mm
 
Yes
07/28/2016
$624.00
 
Android
5.5 in
6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
0.2 in
6.04 in
2.96 in
4.8 oz
Black/Gray, Black/Rose Gold, Black/Gold, White
 
 
1440 x 2560
AMOLED
535
Verizon
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.1 + LE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer, GPS, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 820
2.15 GHz
4
4 GB
5 MP
Yes
13 MP
Yes
Yes
 
1080p
2160p
 
H.264, MP4
3.5mm
Yes
 
04/01/2016
$149.99
 
Android
5.5 in
5.1 (Lollipop)
0.32 in
6.05 in
2.97 in
5.75 oz
Silver, Gold, Grey
 
 
1920 x 1080
IPS
403
Unlocked
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.0 + LE
802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes
 
Accelerometer, GPS, Fingerprint, Proximity
Mediatek
MT6755 Helio P10
1.8 GHz
8
3 GB
5 MP
Yes
13 MP
Yes
Yes
 
1080p
1080p
 
H.264, MP4
3.5mm
 
Yes
06/01/2016
$795.00
 
Android
5.1 in
6.0 (Marshmallow)
0.39 in
 
 
6.53 oz
White, Gray, Gold
Yes
IP68
1440 x 2560
Super AMOLED
576
Unlocked
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.2 + LE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital compass, GPS, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity, Heart rate, SpO2
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 820
2.15 GHz
4
4 GB
5 MP
Yes
12 MP
Yes
 
 
 
2160p
Yes
WMV, H.264, MPEG-4
3.5mm
Yes
Yes
04/01/2016
$688.99
 
Android
5.3 in
6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
0.3 in
5.88 in
2.91 in
5.61 oz
Silver, Gold, Titanium
 
 
1440 x 2560
IPS
554
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.2 + LE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital compass, GPS, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Proximity
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 820
2.15 GHz
1
4 GB
8 MP
Yes
16 MP
Yes
Yes
Yes
1080p
2160p
Yes
WMV, H.264, MPEG-4
 
Yes
 
 
 
 
Android
5.1 in
5.0.2
0.28 in
5.6 in
2.76 in
4.66 oz
 
 
 
2560x1440
Super AMOLED
577
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.1 + LE
802.11ac
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint, Ambient light, Proximity, Heart rate
Qualcomm
Exynos 7420
2.1 GHz
8
3 GB
5 MP
Yes
16 MP
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
AVI, WMV, M4V, MPEG-4
3.5mm
Yes
 
 
 
 
Android
5.1 in
4.4
0.35 in
5.72 in
2.89 in
6 oz
Titanium Gray, Ruby Red, Camo Green
 
 
1920x1080
AMOLED
432
AT&T
Yes
Yes
Yes
4.0
 
Yes
Yes
Qualcomm
Snapdragon
2.5 GHz
4
 
2 MP
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.5mm
 
 
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Manufacturer
Samsung
Founded in 1938 as a general trading company, South Korea conglomerate Samsung got into the electronics business in the 1970s, making televisions and home appliances. Since then, Samsung has emerged as the largest corporation in South Korea, primarily as a technology company. Though the company has maintained a strong reputation in the U.S. for making TVs and other appliances, the company it has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to popularity of its mobile devices, including Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone series.