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27 March 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review


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Eagle-eyed readers will spy that the very edges of the glass at the top and bottom of the phone are softly curved, but other than that – from the front at least – little has changed.

It still picks up unsightly fingerprints like mad, and the buttons and ports remain in the same locations: the volume buttons are on the left edge and the power button on the right, the combined SIM/microSD card drawer are on the top edge and the 3.5mm headphone jack, perforated speaker grille and micro-USB port are on the bottom. Yep, that’s right, there’s no USB Type-C here, presumably because Samsung wanted to ensure compatibility with the Gear VR.

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Expandable memory

Running out of memory shouldn’t be a thing. So if 32GB2 isn’t already enough, you can add an additional 200GB with a microSD card.3 No clouds, no hard drives.

Smart Design

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature big screens in incredibly slim designs that fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. We’ve perfected the S7 edge’s curved screen, so all you need to do is swipe for instant updates. Easy.

39Dual-pixel technology

Never miss a shot—and make sure it’s good and bright. The Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone with dual-pixel technology, so it captures better photos in low-light environments and focuses faster than the blink of an eye. And with Quick Camera, all you need to do is double-tap the home button and start shooting.

Fast wireless charging

Stop waiting for your phone to charge. With fast wireless charging4, the Galaxy S7 powers up from 0 to 100% in no time at all. And with our biggest battery5, it gives you the power to keep going.

Versions: G935 (USA); G935F (Global); G935FD (Southeast Asia)
Also known as Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Duos with dual-SIM card slots

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2016, February
Status Available. Released 2016, March
BODY Dimensions 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 in)
Weight 157 g (5.54 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
– Curved edge screen
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, apt-X
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
MISC Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver
SAR US 1.17 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.26 W/kg (head)     0.51 W/kg (body)
Price group 9/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2107 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2050
Basemark X: 28480
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.439 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 66dB / Noise 62dB / Ring 66dB
Audio quality Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.2dB
Battery life
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