SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE OVERVIEW:
– The 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal – a sleek design with durability and ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip.
– Equipped with 5.5” Quad HD Super AMOLED Curved Edge Screen, Always-On Display (For important call or notification) & IP68 water and dust resistance.
– Dual SIM, Dual Standby 4G LTE | Knox Protected
– Galaxy S7 edge deliver fast charging technology. Hybrid SIM card tray allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 256GB (or used 2 SIM cards at a time).
– 32GB built-in storage, Powered by Exynos 8890 Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad)
– Battery capacity of Li-Ion 3600 mAh non-removable
SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE SPECS:
Operating system: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Display: 5.5” Quad HD Super AMOLED | 2560 X 1440 (534ppi) Curved Edge Screen | 16M colors | Corning Gorilla Glass 4 | Multitouch up to 10 points | Always-on display |
Samsung Exynos 8890 – Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14 nm process /
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 – Quad core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process
GPU: Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530
Network / Bearer: Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD) | Infra (2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 3G TD-SCDMA, 4G LTE FDD, 4G LTE TDD) | 2G GSM (GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900) | 3G UMTS – B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B8 (900) | 3G TD-SCDMA – B34 (2010), B39 (1880) | 4G FDD LTE – B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (AWS), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 (700), B18 (800), B19 (800), B20 (800), B25 (1900), B26 (800), B28 (700) | 4G TDD LTE – B38 (2600), B39 (1900), B40 (2300), B41 (2500)
Connectivity: ANT+ | USB 2.0 | GPS, Glonass, Beidou | 3.5mm Stereo earjack | Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct | Bluetooth v4.2 | NFC
Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM (24.2 GB available), External Memory Support MicroSD (Up to 200GB)
Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Camera: Rear: Dual Pixel 12.0 MP (F/1.7 & 1.4µm), UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 30fps, LED Flash, Autofocus | Front: CMOS 5.0 MP (F/1.7)
Other camera features: 1/2.5″ sensor size | 1.4 µm pixel size | Geo-tagging | Touch focus | Auto HDR | Panaroma Mode | Time-lapse Mode | 4K video recording
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh Battery Capacity | Internet Usage Time (3G) (Hours) Up to 12 | Internet Usage Time (LTE) (Hours) Up to 15 | Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi) (Hours) Up to 16 | Video Playback Time (Hours) Up to 18 | Audio Playback Time (Hours) Up to 55 | Audio Playback Time (Hours, Always On Display Off) Up to 74 | Talk Time (3G WCDMA) (Hours) Up to 27
Audio and Video: Video Playing Format – MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM | Video Playing Resolution – UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 60fps | Audio Playing Format – MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Dimension (HxWxD, mm): 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7
Weight: 157 g
Form Factor: Touch Bar
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Unit Box!
Galaxy S7 Edge with FREE Globe LTE Prepaid SIM card
Quick Start Guide, Warranty card, Micro USB cable, Micro USB charger, USB OTG Adapter and the SIM card tray ejector tool
3.5mm Stereo headset with mic | Free case and earbud cover
GALAXY S7 EDGE DESIGN:
The new Galaxy S7 Edge release in slick and elegant metal unibody with a tough glass to both front and back panel of the phone (just like its predecessor Galaxy S6 Edge). It is exciting to see that Samsung change its image to refined and tasteful appearance. It’s a premium, cutting edge design – effortless beauty that I can say.
One of the biggest wow factor is the curved edge screen, you may hate it or not, it depends on your taste. Throughout the day, we haven’t encountered problems using it. If you’re new to curved display, at first, you might drop the phone due to boundless design (or not – my hope for you ^_^) than the S7 rounded rectangular counterpart (so secure a hard case for your peace of mind – a must have for Galaxy S7 Edge users).
It feels smooth and slick, a handful to one hand (might need to handle it on both hands). You might find it difficult to hit the buttons on the curved display, especially when playing games or apps that you need to touch something to it.
Overall, the 5.5-inch curved display is darker and crisper, no need to adjust contrast nor sharpness.
The earpiece is located at the top along with the sensors and LED light notification from the left side, and also the 5MP front-facing camera on the right side of it. The front-facing camera has a decent quality and can perform well on low light condition but far from an impressive state.
Around the top part is the SIM/microSD card tray and the microphone. As for the SIM/microSD card tray (or Hybrid SIM card tray) allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 256GB and one Nano-SIM card or used 2 Nano-SIM cards at a time. If you remember about S6 Edge issue, the consumer complained about lack of microSD card slot which really gives us not-so-wow factor in that department. Anyway, in the new Galaxy S7 Edge you won’t feel the same drama, as the company includes the Hybrid SIM card tray. Although not nearly an expected solution, still a best bet than the previous model that won’t give you a choice at all. They also include the eject tool pin for removing the Hybrid SIM card tray easily.
The bottom part has a capacitive touchscreen buttons (task/app button from the left and the back button from the right side). The middle one is a physical home button integrated with fingerprint sensor/reader. The capacitive touchscreen buttons were invisible until you touch the screen or touch one of them to light it up.
Around the bottom part, the 3.5mm audio jack in at left side, the standard Micro-USB port at the middle and the speaker with small holes at the right side (the loudspeaker were great and loud but far from superb state).
The volume buttons (up and down keys) were on the left side, while the right side got the power button.
The Gold Platinum Galaxy S7 Edge model look stunning at the back, kind of felt luxury and durable Smartphone. From the back part, you got the 12MP rear camera with LED flash and a heart rate sensor at the right side. It seems they already found a way how to lower down the camera bumps that’s a good news. There is also a shiny Samsung logo, the DUOS logo and also the regulatory texts from the lower part of it.
GALAXY S7 EDGE – DISPLAY, UI, APPS, AND FEATURES:
The 5-inch Super AMOLED Display has a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels or simply Quad-HD resolution. The display performance was great and at premium quality to deliver its best either multimedia or gaming experience.
Thankfully, the device carries 3600mAh battery were good enough for the long period of display. The viewing angles were great though there were times that viewing is uneasy due to reflections cause by curved screen. However, the contrast, sharpness and color details are superb enough to give you a premium quality pictures/videos at display. You might set the brightness to the highest level, when you’re out in the sun.
The Galaxy S7 Edge has a customized Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS using its TouchWiz UI running out of the box. Still same old UI that you can swipe unto it, create folders and throw your favorite apps inside the created folder. If you don’t like the idea of the app screen, you can turn the homescreen loaded apps/icons that you have. Buried beneath on the Settings thru Galaxy Labs, though it was an experimental feature that you would to try out.
At the left side of your homescreen, there is a news reader called Briefing. You can also create another page of your homescreen, change its wallpaper and themes, add widgets and change your screen grid.
From the lockscreen, there is a quick dialer (swipe it to the right to launch), unlock (in the middle, swipe it up to unlock the phone) and the camera (swipe it to the left to launch). The screen can be unlock whether password, pattern, pin or swipe (or depends on your security settings). Another thing to like is the Always-On display feature which you can turn on/off on the Settings thru Display options. What it does? Well it’s like a screensaver that you can choose whether it’s a clock, calendar or image thru Content to Show options. It has limited styles to choose from and it can also display battery status and notifications thru standby mode. A little concerned if it does takes too much battery juice? Gladly, all thanks to intelligent display – AMOLED and white pixels which we don’t mind on using this feature due to low power consumption.
From the edge screen, you can swipe to call out the Edge Panels – the white tab from the left or right side (you can change its Settings from Edge Screen – Edge Panel – Edge panel handle settings). You can also change its transparency and size and other settings you might need to adjust on your liking.
One notable thing about Edge Panels is the ability to shortcut functions such as app shortcuts, people edge – where you can add a contact person for text/call, weather edge, news edge (CNN, Yahoo and the like), compass and many more. You can download more edge panels which can be acquired for free or paid version. There are couple of pre-loaded apps such as Microsoft apps, Samsung Apps (S Health, S Voice, Galaxy Apps, Samsung Galaxy Life), WhatsApp, Instagram, and other apps might be useful to you or not. Other thing that common to Galaxy Smartphones is the Split-screen view that allows you to work with two apps simultaneously. Only works to limited apps and to launch it, you need to hold-press task/recent app button then select an application to be viewed. You can also resize the screen but you cannot change its arrangement.
The default system keyboard is the Samsung Keyboard which you might find it simple and intuitively design. For multitasking, you can use the task/recent button to go back and forth to your used applications. You can even close them one by one or all at one.
GALAXY S7 EDGE – PERFORMANCE:
The one we have here is equipped with 64-bit Octa-core processor (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) – Samsung Exynos 8890 chipset, 4GB (LPDDR4) of RAM and Mali-T880 MP12 of GPU. There is another version of this which has 64-bit Quad core processor (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual) – Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset and with Adreno 530 of GPU. We haven’t got the Qualcomm version to test whether which version, has the overall advantage and whose winning in terms of performance. But as far as the Samsung Exynos test goes, it has an excellent performance to deliver smooth and lagless experience between multi-tasking apps and gaming concern.
The device is also bundled with 32GB of internal storage (24.2GB user available) and can be expanded via microSD card slot up to 200GB. It also supported with USB-OTG functionality for file transfer and sharing. The 3G HSPA+ and 4G LTE seems working fine while using it via web browsing or even downloading files. Using the phone for calls and text messages were working fine as well as the Dual SIM works flawlessly. Setting the mobile data usage and switching over one SIM to another is quite easy without an expertise needed. Just take note that you can only use one 3G HSPA+/LTE connectivity or mobile data network at a time. The Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and other wireless connectivity works as well without issues.
Heat may rise on the upper back of the device while on using camera, gaming or web surfing (via mobile data or Wi-Fi) which is normal and quite tolerable at hand. The heat rises when you charge it with fast charging capability (you can disable it via Settings – Battery) and/or using intense mobile data plus video/gaming at the same time within a long period of time.
GALAXY S7 EDGE BENCHMARK:
As expected in turns out to be stunning premium mobile device.
Antutu Score: 126495
GALAXY S7 EDGE SAMPLE MOBILE GAMES:
It should play any high-end games without any issues and with a great gameplay experience. You can try these HD games and see for yourself such as: Asphalt 8, Fifa 16, Kritika, Modern Combat 5, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Soul Calibur, Dead Trigger 2, Unkilled, Dead Effect 2, Real Racing 3 and Rayman Adventures.
ASPHALT 8 AIRBORNE
GALAXY S7 EDGE CAMERA IN DETAILS:
The 12MP rear camera capable of producing at a maximum of 4032 x 3024 pixels in still photos and together with Samsung Dual Pixel Sensor, enabling autofocus in an impressive speed and accuracy just like on DSLR camera.
The quality of the image was excellent, no loss its details when you zoom in to its max size. The texture, shadows and light were perfectly handled and even macro shot in which, we just can’t help but to love it. The camera works great in low-light conditions, another impressive performance from this smartphone. Take photos on the road with minimal ambient lights were just fine, it came out good in details and as well as the colors.
SAMPLE PHOTO (via 12MP REAR CAMERA)
The camera apps features HDR, Pro mode, Selective focus, Panorama, Video collage, Live Broadcast, Slow motion, Virtual shot, Food and Hyperlapse. You can download camera apps for the additional features and as well as change its camera settings for whatever suits you best or needs. Another feature of the phone is the ability to quickly launch the camera app by just double-press the Home button.
The 5MP front-facing camera does have impressive selfie features and on low-light conditions. If you immerse on dark room, you can set auto flash light and it will automatically use the display screen as your artificial ambient light, sounds great right? The front camera works great and has several camera settings/apps/features for you to play with.
SAMPLE PHOTOS VIA 5MP FRONT FACING CAMERA
The device can do an immersive 4K (Ultra HD) and 1440p (Quad HD) videos at max for rear and front camera respectively. The colors/details were sharp and crisp and you won’t be having bad experience such as noise on the shot.
SAMPLE VIDEO CLIPS
Common problems you might encounter, as any smartphones do have today is the shaky photos, that come off when you do shots even with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer). So if you want to have a great memories and photo quality, be sure you got it steady at hand or at bay on your tripod.
GALAXY S7 EDGE – BATTERY LIFE:
In terms of battery life department, the Galaxy S7 Edge is equipped with Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery pack. Expected to last for a full day within moderate-heavy usage. This involves mixed usage of gaming, music, video, web surfing and using mobile data via 4G connectivity. Initial video loop test lasted to 17 hours and 30 minutes. If you experience battery low capacity, just relax and enjoy to quick charging capability of your phone to fill up the battery juice in no time.
Premium quality and performance – inside and out of the device, Excellent rear and front cameras, Superb battery management, provides better apps and features that works well to your advantage. However, as for any premium devices, there is an equivalent premium price tag. If you considering to have a worry-free, pack with excellent performance/features and money is not an issue, then this device might suit for satisfaction.
PROS: Excellent performance (multitasking, battery and camera), Robust and Elegant design, Impressive apps and features
CONS: Non-removable battery, Hybrid Dual SIM card tray
Design: 9 | Performance: 10 | Camera: 10 | Battery: 10 | Software: 9
Overall rate: 9.6/10 (Premium Smartphone)
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Related Links / Articles / Entries / References / Sources:
Samsung – Galaxy S7 – Official Site