Samsung Galaxy S7, Class Act!

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The long-sought after Samsung Galaxy S7 is here at last, ladies and gents. The Korean tech giant’s flagship was finally released and, truth be told, it’s even better than I ever thought it possible.

I mean, the latest S6 was a mixed bag, nothing to write home about, yet a perfectly good smartphone in its high end niche.

I must confess that I had high hopes for the S7, Samsung really needed something extraordinary to stand out from the crowd.

I’m saying that because lately, the company released a bunch of good droids, but that “wow”factor was relatively absent. I believe I’m not the only one in this situation, it’s a common trend even with companies like Apple, the former master of innovation and what not.

Bottom line, in the tech world the trend seems to be dullness at high costs. Maybe everything was already invented, who knows? When all hope was lost, enter Samsung Galaxy S7.

So, what’s up with the wilder-beast?

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The new Samsung Galaxy S7 marks the return of the king, together with the micro SD slot and the oh-so-cool water-proofing. The battery is still unavailable to the normal user, as its sealed, and that’s not so great. 

However, the Koreans beefed up the battery so that should not be a problem. The camera is also upgraded, in good Samsung tradition, being momentarily maybe the best on the market, and it features warp 9 fast auto-focus, for those special moments when your cat is stealing the food from a homeless person.

What else is on the menu? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with one of the best AMOLED screens I have ever seen, with the Always On feature that’s all the rage in the geek parallel universe (I bet you don’t know what I’m talking about).

The built is a sandwich of Gorilla glass and aluminum, in good flagship tradition, the hardware is Samsung’s finest, but there’s no radio on board, nor stereo speakers. But hey, who listens to radio via an antenna on the phone speakers? Nobody. The internet rules.

So, let’s begin with the dimensions: the S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 152, being a tad heavier than the previous gen. The design is more or less made in Korea, but the phone looks pretty good and has that premium feeling in your greedy little hand.

The premium build however is one thing, as the S7 is as tough as it gets: the latest Galaxy S7 will survive when dropped in water and it’s also dust proof.

The display is a 5.1 incher AMOLED, Samsung’s specialty and features QHD resolution, meaning 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. The pixels per inch density is a fabulous 577 ppi and the overall screen performance is top notch, near perfect, flabbergasting, you know the drill. Here Samsung really performs great, as always.

In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S7 plays in a league of its own. Basically, everything is covered: Wi-Fi, a/b/g/n at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, LTE Cat. 9, HSPA, Bluetooth 4.2 LE for wearables, NFC support, apt-X codec, microUSB 2.0, all the bells and whistles are here.

Battery life is amazing, due to the impressive 3000 mAh capacity of the power-plant, and the new S7 comes with an endurance rating of 80 hours. That’s over three day folks, with web browsing, talk time and video playback. Seriously, this is made in Heaven.

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The user interface is as expected from a Touch Wiz user interface on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The phone is buttery smooth, everything works great, without hick-ups, there’s no lag, nor freeze. Perfect.

Talking about performance, the Galaxy S7 comes in two flavors: one version featuring a Snapdragon 820 system on chip, while the other is an in-house Exynos 8890.

The Exynos versions is an octa-core (eight cores), while the Snapdragon is a quad-core (4 cores). The GPU in the Qualcomm flavor is the Adreno 530 while the Exynos uses a Mali-T880 MP12.

Needless to say, the performance levels are incredible, as the Samsung Galaxy S7 bests all of its competitors in the Android niche with flying colors.

The camera is a 12 megapixels shooter featuring a Sony IMX260 sensor and optical image stabilization. The pictures and the videos are absolutely fabulous, as expected from a flagship and then some.

The video camera comes with 4k@30 fps capture and full HD@60 frames per second.

Bottom line, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is an evolution from the S6, as it’s bigger, better, faster, more and the whole nine yards. Even the design is more polished and sophisticated, more refined, the screen, hardware and the camera are the best on the market, so, go for it if you can afford it.

 

 

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