Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

Introduction

Samsung has now played with some curved screen smartphones and what looked like a gadget is now a legitimate technology. Although the Galaxy S6 was the best phone of 2015, it lacked important features such as expandable memory and sealing. These are now back and the dual-board screen has more features, so the Galaxy S7 Edge is a serious contender for the best phone of the year 2016. Here’s our comprehensive and in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Main Features

1.5.5 “Super AMOLED Curved Screen with 1440p Resolution, 534ppi, Always On Functions;
2.Gorilla Glass 4 panels front and back
3.IP68 certificate – waterproof and dustproof
4.US American model: Snapdragon 820 chipset: quad-core cryoprocessor (2 cores 2.15 GHz and 2 cores 1.6 GHz); Adreno 530 GPU; 4 GB RAM
5.Overall Model: Exyno’s 8890 Chipset: octa-core processor with four 2.6GHz Mongoose cores and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores; GPU Mali-T880 MP12; 4 GB RAM
6.12MP f / 1.7 main camera with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
7.Video from 2160p to 30 fps; 1080p at 60 fps; 720p to 240fps; HDR
5MP f / 1.7 front camera, 1440p video recording at 30 frames per second
32 / 64GB built-in memory; MicroSD slot up to 200 GB
8.Cat.9 4G LTE (450 Mbps); WLAN a / b / g / n / ac; Bluetooth 4.2, ANT +, NFC; GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
9.Heart rate monitor, barometer, SpO2 sensor
10.Wireless charging (Qi / PMA)
11.Removable battery of 3,600 mAh, fast charge

 Disadvantages

  • Hefty price tag
  • Sealed battery
  • No IR blaster or FM radio (except for T-Mobile units in the US, so far)

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a phone that lives and dies because of its appearance. If you are only interested in performance, just choose the standard Galaxy S7.

The smaller, “normal” model has the same intelligence, but a slightly sharper screen thanks to the same number of pixels in a smaller area.

What fails are the smart elements that Samsung has used in Edge. The screen curls more than ever on the sides of the phone, which means that even if you have a screen the size of a phablette, the phone is as compact as possible.

Put it on the iPhone 7 Plus or 6S Plus and you’ll see what we mean. The amount of telescopes the Apple phone’s screen uses up and down is almost ridiculous, especially when compared to how compact everything is in the S7 Edge, and Samsung has a much larger battery.

The S7 Edge is shorter and narrower (150.9 x 72.6 mm) than the 7 Plus and the 6S Plus (158.2 x 77.9 mm), although both cameras have the same screen size 5.5 inches. However, the iPhone is thinner than 7.3mm compared to the size of the Samsung 7.7mm.

It’s also very similar to the size of the LG G5 (149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm), which is again a 5.5-inch screen, with Android manufacturers who really stick with Apple.

 

One of our favorite parts of the design update on the S7 Edge comes on the back. A process called 3D Thermo Forming, which sounds like it was named by a sensitive marketing machine, allows the brand to fold the back of the phone into a single metal edge that covers the entire edge.

This is a feature used in Grade 5 (and also used by brands like Xiaomi) to help the phone slide into the palm of your hand and eliminate sharp metal edges.

Combine that with the same curve on the front of the device and you can see why it feels so soft on your hand, almost like a pebble in the way you can twist it in the palm of your hand.

Interestingly, this does make some people feel that it does not have the same premium touch as previous Samsung phones. In order to use less metal, it touches the coating Gorilla Glass 4, which because of its light construction (but always very strong) can be somewhat plastic.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge screen

If the design of the S7 Edge is impressive, the same word can be used to describe the screen. Little has changed since the expiring flagship ships, but for several reasons, this remains the best screen on a smartphone.

The first is the large amount of details here. Samsung has not tried it with a 4K screen, but really, if the Quad HD (ie 2560 x 1440) looks so good, I do not think it will need much more pixels. Maybe that would help make Virtual Reality even better with Gear VR headphones, but it’s likely to come next year.

 

Everything from pictures to movies and games is beautiful, with pixels that are completely invisible to the naked eye. The density of 534ppi (pixels per inch) surpasses the iPhone 6S Plus and means that the S7 Edge in the visualization section clearly outperforms Apple’s Phablet.

Samsung has abandoned its Super AMOLED technology for the Galaxy S7 Edge and is not really surprised. AMOLED displays are much more dynamic than their LCD counterparts. Supersaturation is not as big a problem as previous Samsung phones, and personally I like a bit more punch in my colors. But for those who like a cooler look, there are options to alleviate things.

AMOLED displays are also much better for displaying black than LCDs. Instead of looking a little gray, the blacks are here darkly dark. You will notice this easily when you look at the media, and it is difficult to return to an LCD screen afterwards.
Now there are some disadvantages that I have with the screen in the Galaxy S7 Edge. There is a very strong blue shade on both sides of the rim, especially if you are looking with a white background. On both Twitter and Gmail, I can select this, and although it does not appear on the pictures, it is annoying.

The angles are not the best either. But it really is one of the victims you get if you do not use an IPS LCD panel. Tilt the phone at an angle and the pages turn bright white, but the rest seems to be hidden in a gray haze.

 

The new “Always On Screen” mode is also great, but it requires some work. The always-on technology takes advantage of the fact that AMOLED displays do not need to light up the whole screen and instead can select individual pixels for loading. This means that the S7 Edge can continue to display the time, date, and other information on the lock screen when the phone is turned off without consuming too much power.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge price and release date

Published: March 2016
Introductory price: £ 640, $ 769, $ 1,249
Now up to: $ 599, $ 669, $ 1,148.99
All of this technology has costs and is very good. At launch, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge without a SIM card sold at $ 640 ($ 769, $ 1,249), but has deteriorated since the launch of the new S8 Duo.

The 32GB Galaxy S7 Edge is now available for £ 599 ($ 669, AU $ 1,148) from Samsung’s official website, but if you buy it you can find it even cheaper.

In the US, we found the S7 Edge to be around $ 520, while prices without a SIM card in the UK fell to $ 480.

It’s still not cheap, but we think it’s worth every penny.

 

GALAXY S7 EDGE MEMORY AND MICRO-SD

In addition to reviewing screen sizes with Galaxy S6 models, Samsung may also have recognized the storage capacity that customers prefer when they combine the iPhone 6S with the 32, 64, and 128GB models. announces, as mentioned above, the return of expandable storage. The correction of the missing Micro SD card slot in the predecessor model is the right step and should probably be the reason that Samsung only manufactures the edge of the Galaxy S7 in a capacity of 32GB.
This is a key advantage for the Galaxy S7 in the fight against the iPhone and the micro SD slot can support cards up to 200 GB, but despite the use of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the phone is not allowed not to Adoptable storage, a feature which displays a memory card as internal memory, combined with built-in memory.

It seems that Samsung has made some of this decision to avoid confused users. It is a shame, but not the end of the world; You just have to use the old-fashioned memory card. You can move applications from the memory area of ​​the setup menu to the SD card on the edge of the Galaxy S7. Switch to the application area of ​​the internal memory, select the applications, press the Edit button and select the SD card.

Performance

Android 7.0 update for the Galaxy S7 Edge Nougat is here and we have covered the differences in depth in a separate article. We have also returned to complete the full benchmarks, and the gaps where they exist are mostly marginal. However, as we like to be strict, we have added the test results in the nougat firmware as separate inputs.

The original text follows.

The device Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge we have is the international version, with Exynos chipset 8890. The selected markets based Snapdragon 820. Receiving units were able to find the taste Snapdragon 820, so you can see how they compare the two in the performance.

The Exynos 8890 chipset is the first Samsung Silicon to feature the basic performance of the high performance processor called Mongoose. The Exynos 8890 eight-core processor has four 2.6 GHz Mongoose marker cores and four 1.5 Hz low-power Cortex A53 (low power) cores. Interestingly, only two of the mongoose cores are up to 2, 6 GHz, if you need it all, you can reach up to 2.3 GHz. We suspect that the clock limit is due to thermal limitations.

GPU within Exynos 8890 is Mali’s most powerful weapons to date: the MP12 Mali-T880, which means it has 12 processor cores.

If the Snapdragon 820 model Galaxy S7 board, that means you get a quad-core processor with a high-performance core cryo (2x 2.15GHz, 1.6GHz 2x). The graphics card is the most powerful Qualcomm Adreno model: the Adreno 530.

Whatever the taste of the Edge S7, 4GB of RAM LPDDR4 is at your disposal. The GPU has a half gig, the rest 3.5 GB.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – battery life

3,600 mAh battery, fast charge, Qi / PMA wireless charging

The Galaxy S7 Edge has a 3600 mAh battery, which is much larger than the disappointing 2600 mAh battery of the Galaxy S6 Edge and works much better.

The battery life is not perfect yet. The iPhone 6S Plus may take a few hours longer and the Moto X Force will last half a day longer, but even if you are a heavy user, you should not reach the charger before going to bed.

With moderate to high daily consumption, the S7 Edge tends to have 25 to 35% battery life at the end of the day. He falls much more abruptly during the intense tasks: 30 minutes Hitman Sniper reduced him by 15%, but he has an extraordinary wait. Let it unplugged during the night only 2% thanks to Android Marshmallows excellent Doze feature.

 

One hour Spotify streaming over a 4G connection consumes 5% and an episode of House of Cards on Netflix 10%. Both are good, though not surprising, the results.

If you want to get more out of the battery, you can choose from several energy-saving modes. Regular “energy-saving modes” give you an extra hour, while the “ultra-low power” mode, which brings the device closer to the Nokia 3310 than a modern phone, doubles the time it can follow.

There is still no replaceable battery, but the S7 Edge has a fast adaptive charge. You can use a 10-minute juice for up to four hours, which will fully charge in about 90 minutes. However, you must use the supplied cable and power supply, not any charger that you have on the house. It also supports wireless chargers, Qi and PMA standards.

 

Camera

Megapixels are no longer relevant, there are more important factors for a good mobile camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge actually has fewer megapixels (12 megapixels compared to 16) than the Galaxy S6, but you would not think to look at the results. While the actual number of pixels in the sensor is smaller, there are many improvements here.

The most important update is the improvement in low-light performance that most phones suffer from. Samsung uses a new technology called Dual Pixels, which allows the autofocus to work fantastically. Instead of just one, each sensor pixel has two “photobodies,” which basically means that the camera can focus much faster and more accurately than before.

The word marketing is one thing, but in reality it’s billing. It’s the best autofocus I’ve seen on a phone. It’s fast, almost instantaneous, and switching from one focus point to another does not affect the sensor and causes discrepancies in many devices.

The other big improvement is the poor performance of the light. And again, the changes make a big difference.

The aperture is now f.1 / 7, brighter than before, making your night shots less dark and more visible. There is also less granularity in the results and you can choose details that you previously could not.

I would not say that there is a big overall picture quality improvement in daylight, from the Galaxy S6 Edge to the S7 Edge, but since it’s already one of the best cameras on an Android phone.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge test scores

 

Looking at it, the design carefully refines the S6 edge, with finer bevels and subtle curves on the back. The grip is questionable and the screen sometimes saves the palm instead of the fingertips, but the unique look and incredible feel in the hand more than make up for it.
The protection against water and dust gives you security in adverse environmental conditions.
The AMOLED display is beautiful in standard mode, almost perfect color accuracy can be achieved with a single movement of a switch. The readability of the sunlight is excellent and the maximum brightness has been further improved compared to the S6 edge.
The Always On feature is useful, although it inevitably affects battery life.
There is no video output via the cable or the FM radio and the IR transmitter is gone too, but luckily the microSD slot is back.
The life of the battery is a lighthouse after 98 hours, a good 18 hours longer than the Galaxy S7. The Always On screen reduces this score to 67 hours, which is always an acceptable result. If you want to use edge power supplies in the lock screen, the resistance reduces to 60 hours.
The Galaxy S7 comes with some things at the top of the Google App: There are apps like S Planner and S Health and Samsung’s multimedia software, but otherwise there are only a few bloatware. The Microsoft Mobile App package is also on board.
The Always-On Lock screen eliminates some of the exclusive Edge features. Edge shortcuts are sometimes useful, but you can safely delete them.
The results of the benchmark reference, both CPU and GPU, provide a lot of power and are the best charters to secure the future.
The loudspeaker brand “Good” in volume, and their sound quality is among the best with a deep sound.
Clean the audio output with an external amplifier, just lower the lower quality headphones (though more than the Galaxy S7), the volume above average.
Dual-pixel technology allows the new 12MP camera to focus almost instantly. The pictures are detailed, the dynamic range and the colors are good, and in terms of image quality, the camera is comparable to the S6, the whole package is a direct update.
The selfie camera is great with skin tones, but it tends to cut off reflections. It’s also time for Samsung to increase the resolution of its iconic front-end snappers.
4K videos are full of details, but the video camera strives to stay focused at 1080p / 60 fps, which is the only thing we can say about it.

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