So it has landed! The future in smartphones is here in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Yesterday, to the usual fanfare and hype, the 2016 flagship phone was revealed. What did we get? What changes to how we use smartphone technology are now with us? Let’s talk about what was released and then in a future article, I will provide a more extensive product review.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – What’s New?
One of the key enhancements of the S7 is the camera improvements. The rear camera has had an aperture change from 1.9 to 1.7, thus allowing more light into the lens. This is especially useful for low-light photography and gives a sharper and much brighter image.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone to use dual pixel technology in its cameras, something pioneered by Canon in its DSLR range of cameras. How does that work? Note the following description from Samsung’s Global website:
Dual Pixel technology, which is utilized in selective, high-end DSLR camera models, as well as those of the Galaxy S7, sends light from the lens to two image sensors separately to adjust the focus, much in the same way that the human eye does. For comparison, only about one percent of image sensor pixels of the Galaxy S6 were capable of recognizing phase and contrast, while 100 percent of the image pixels of the new device can do so.
These new features really positions the S7 as the premier smartphone camera, something I noted in my review of the Galaxy Note 5 that was released late 2015.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Usability
The beauty of the S7 is in the sleek design and ease of handling. The curves make it easy to use and the S7 Edge edition, (read: a touch more expensive than the S7) has, in the words of Samsung, “All four sides of the device’s glass surfaces are carefully contoured, emulating the form of a three-dimensional water drop.” With the slim-line design, users will find it easier to hold, resulting in a compact grip and a feeling of being in control. Due to the changes in the camera technology, as noted above, getting set to take a photograph is now quicker than the iPhone 6 and 6Plus, the LG and Google smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is designed for users with a variety of lifestyles. It has a waterproof rating that allows it to be submerged in 1.5m water for up to 30 minutes. Why you would do that I have no idea, but having had a phone in the past fall out of my shirt pocket in to a bucket of water, with the obvious consequences, this waterproof rating is pretty cool.
The Super Amoled 5.1″ screen is the best there is, something that Apple are apparently going to include in future releases of the iPhone. This OLED screen makes video an amazing experience. Samsung have enhanced the gaming capability of its smartphones, developing its own eco-system technology link with new 360 degree cameras and Smart Gear to attract serious gamers to these devices.
Another feature that we will discuss later in our extensive product review, is the turn-off feature of the screen. This means that the curved edge part of the screen stays on, giving you a view of emails coming in and other notifications, without using the whole screen. This will obviously play a big role in saving the newly enhanced battery.
Lastly, and I can hear you all cheering about this, the micro-SD expandable storage is back. User complaints about the S6 and Note 5 have led to Samsung restoring a feature that made it stand out from the rest.
So there is a brief update about the S7. It may be the smartphone you have been waiting for, or it could be that watching and waiting till future updates make it better, either way, it will capture the attention of all serious technology buffs. Watch out for my future product review.
Updated March 5:
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