Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Rentals Perth
At Delta we are up with the latest Tech announcements and all the big new releases. Recently there has been none bigger than Korean giants Samsung revealing the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at MWC in Barcelona. These are the new flagship phones for Samsung and they have made some considerable changes from the previous models. There is a lot of hype around these and some of the features that have been included and maybe more importantly some features that haven’t! We are confident though that the newest iteration of the Samsung Galaxy is going to be the most popular version yet. It will see the S7 and S7 Edge rival the upcoming iPhones. No doubt the iPhone will almost forever be more popular purely because of the brand image, but these days it seems like Android phones from manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and LG are beating them for features! However having said that, long gone are the days where you could pick up Samsung’s best phone for half the price of an Apple model!
So down to business. What’s are the specs on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge?
- New Android 6.0 Marshmellow Software
- 5.1″ Screen with 2560 x 1440 Resolution 577 Pixels Per Inch / 5.5″ Curved Screen with 2560 x 1440 Resolution 534 Pixels Per Inch (S7 Edge 16% bigger and 5g heavier than the standard S7)
- Fingerprint Sensor on Home Button
- All new Snapdragon 820 64-bit Quad Core 2.15GHz Processor
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB Storage Space / 64GB depending on region.
- Micro SD Card Supported – Expandable memory up to 200GB
- 3000mAh / 3600mAh
- Wireless Charging supported
- 12MP Rear Facing Camera and 5MP Front Facing Camera with f/1.7 Aperture with Optical Image Stabilisation
- IP68 Water Resistance
- “Always on” display features
“Well that’s great, but what does it even mean?”
The new S7 is a tad bit more bulky than it’s predecessor. It’s put on a bit of weight and become a little chunkier. It is now 7.9mm as compared to 6.8mm plus its now heavier at 152g as compared to 138g. However when you put the device in your hands you really can’t tell. Let’s be honest, phones have grown bigger and bigger over the last few years and we really have to expect this sort of trend. But what you can tangibly feel is the slightly curved edges of the rear part of the display. This is not too dissimilar to the Note 5, this makes it a bit more comfortable to fit in the base of your hand plus the styling also makes it a bit easier to get your fingers around. Although the phone is Water and Dust resistant it doesn’t look it. If you wonder what I mean by that take a look at the Sony Z3 or Z5.
That battery is improved again, up to 3000mAh cell size in the S7 and 3600mAh in the larger S7 Edge. The Snapdragon 820 Processor is newer and more efficient and coupled with the battery capacity we should hopefully see the end of the “phone dies at 5pm” scenario. It also has a fair bit of processing power and with the addition of 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM it should make for fast app switching.
For the most part, the S7 and S7 edge’s 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch Super AMOLED displays are the same on paper as last year’s S6 and S6 edge+ — despite, of course, the fact that the new S7 edge’s size sits between the 5.7-inch S6 edge+ and the 5.1-inch S6 edge, both of which will be eventually phased out with the S7 edge taking their place as Samsung’s chief fashion-forward smartphone. Last year’s panels, both 2560×1440 pixels, were excellent, so no complaints from me.
Samsung has introduced an always-on element into the occasion, though, using OLED’s self-lighting pixels to efficiently display a digital or analogue clock or calendar display even when the rest of the S7’s display is powered down. The always-on display can be enabled or tweaked or disabled in settings, of course, but a few of the digital options are actually quite attractive.
It also has an excellent range of brightness that was on offer when the automatic ambient brightness adjustment was disabled. The minimum screen brightness was very dark, which should make for excellent night-time or cinema-room reading, while the maximum brightness is eye-searingly bright — similarly useful for glancing at your phone when you’re outside on a sunny day.
When we talk about smartphone cameras, we always say how much they’ve improved since the last generation. And it’s true, the advancement is always rapid — it massively outpaces digital SLR or mirrorless camera development. But you’re still working with a tiny imaging sensor with an extremely basic set of lens elements and a relatively high megapixel count, and those three things conspire to make it difficult to take photos in anything but the best and brightest lighting conditions.
The S7 and S7 edge’s cameras have improved where it matters. There are fewer imaging megapixels — from 16 megapixels on the S6 to 12 on the S7 — but their individual size is larger at 1.4um, letting in 56 per cent more light than the 1.12um of the previous model. The lens’ maximum (and fixed) aperture is down to f/1.7 from the f/1.9 of the S6, letting in another 25 per cent more light. And holding the two phones side by side in dark conditions, you really can tell the difference. And focusing is a huge improvement, nearly instant versus a second or more on the old phone.
Apple has always been ahead of the game in not caring how many megapixels its phone cameras have; Samsung has caught up to that trend, and it’s been a long time coming. Zoom in on a S7 photo snapped in normal lighting and you’ll see a good amount of detail for a smartphone photo — perhaps as much detail as I’ve ever seen in a smartphone JPEG. But it’s crucially not over sharpened or or over-saturated, and actually looks quite Apple-esque in its detail and colour gradation — and that’s quite impressive.
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