Samsung Unveils Galaxy S7 Flagship Smartphones at MWC
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have better cameras, are water- and dust-resistant, and have always-on displays as well as SD card slots.Samsung unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones on Feb. 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The new handsets offer a host of new features, including vastly improved cameras, water and dust resistance, always-on displays, while bringing back SD card slots for expanded data storage. Highlighting the latest Galaxy handsets are Samsung's first "dual-pixel" cameras, which the company said allow much improved low-light images through pixels that are 56 percent larger than previous versions. Both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge include rear 12-megapixel cameras with F1.7 lenses that are more sensitive to light than earlier components, smart optical image stabilization and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. The new cameras are also capable of autofocusing three times faster than earlier versions, according to Samsung. Both Galaxy handsets are powered by Qualcomm quad-core 2.15GHz and 1.6GHz processors for U.S. users and include 4GB of LPDDR4 memory, 32GB of built-in storage and the return of microSD expansion slots, which were missing in the previous Galaxy S6 devices. The micro SD slots will support storage cards up to 200GB. The Qualcomm processors are expected to provide performance that is as much as 30 percent faster than the processors they replace in the earlier Galaxy S6 handsets, according to Samsung. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display (2,560 by 1,440), while the Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display (2,560 by 1,440). Both handsets are built with metal chassis that feature ergonomic curves for a comfortable grip. The two devices also use a new "always-on" feature that displays important information to users at a glance, without having to activate a button to view the main displays. Both models run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will carry the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge starting March 11, with prices to be announced. Preorders will begin starting Feb. 23. The devices will also be available in Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, as well as through BestBuy.com, Car Toys, Sam's Club, Staples, Target and Walmart.
As a special promotion, consumers who buy a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge between February 23 and March 18 will also receive a free Samsung Gear VR headset, plus a six-game bundle, as part of a limited time offer while supplies last."We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun," D.J. Koh, president of the mobile communications business at Samsung, said in a statement. "We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience."
Consumers will be able to preview the handsets at Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy locations starting Feb. 24 and at participating AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular stores across the United States starting Feb. 26.