Hallelujah! With Samsung's announcement of the S7 and S7 Edge, we have finally been given with what we have all been asking for. At first glance, the new S7 seems like a small iPhone 6 to 6s-esque update as the S7 and S7 Edge may not have brought anything new to the table. However this update may be what everyone has been waiting for (sometimes even against the norm for mobile updates these days). Let us explore further!
Point 1 — Bigger battery
Thank you Samsung. Thank you for not sacrificing the importance of my phone lasting the day for an extra mm in thinness. Too many manufacturers these days are foregoing a bigger battery for a hair’s more thinness. The S7 and S7 Edge is 7.9mm and 7.7mm thin, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 6.8mm and 7mm respectively. Is this a bad thing? No. The S7 and S7 Edge actually feels nicer in the hand which we personally believe is partly due to this. Nonetheless, the main point here is this:
Galaxy S7 - 3000 mAh vs S6 - 2550 mAh
Galaxy S7 Edge - 3600 mAh vs S6 Edge 2600 mAh
I say again, thank you Samsung! Although a significant increase in battery capacity from S6 toS7, the Edge is definitely the star in this category with an outstanding 3600 mAh battery. Of course we would have to do field testing with the new “Always-On” display, but just from this increase alone, I am excited to try this product.
Samsung have claimed this increase is due to new self-made malleable batteries. Neat.
Let's hope the new iPhones and future phones will follow this trend. Fingers crossed.
Point 2 — Camera bump
Every year we hate the camera bump. It is in every single Samsung Galaxy review. Every review we talk about how much we hate the camera bump. This year they have considerably changed the design to make the bump much smaller, and much less concerning. Could it also be because of the increased thickness? Either way, hats off to you Samsung, finally.
Point 3 — Expandable storage
Last notable change is the re-introduction of expandable storage. Especially for Android users who have and usually prefer much more customization and are often power users. This was a much needed revival after the drought in the S6 and Note 5 series. Although my S6 never really ran into storage issues soon enough, at least now with the S7 we won’t have to be so wary about our storage getting full.
All in all, Samsung’s new S7 and S7 Edge is a very welcome update to their premium Smartphone line. With improvements we have been asking for since S5 and keeping all the beauty and features from the Samsung Galaxy S6 that we loved. However, now more than ever I expect innovation in Samsung’s next phones.
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