Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge: Samsung At MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge hands-on

This year "edge" means "big." Not S6 edge+ big, but the 5.5" curved Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen puts the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge above the regular S6 (and S7).

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (right)

The classy screen features an Always-On function, which is assumed to draw 1% battery charge per hour. Besides the time and date, the classy screen shows a subtle wallpaper to create things a small fancier.

The front and back of the S7 edge are covered by tough glass. Both panes have been 3D thermo-formed, a process unique to Samsung. Also, the recent design includes a capturing camera that protrudes less than half a millimeter from the back.

The curved glass has been 3D thermo-formed

The capturing camera sets a mobile record with its f/1.7 aperture. It also has extra-large (but not the largest ever) 1.4µm pixels on its recent 12MP sensor. Samsung had a low-light test setup and the Galaxy S7 edge wiped the floor with the S6 edge+ on imaging.

It was an easy win too, the capturing camera sensor now picks up 56% more light thanks to the larger pixels, another 25% courtesy of the brighter aperture. Multiply one by the other and you realize the Galaxy S7 has 95% more light to work with.

The capturing camera just barely peeks up from the back

The image sensor features Dual Pixel focusing - similar to Phase Detection autofocus, but Samsung claims it's four times faster. And it is, we tested that too and it ran circles around the iPhone 6s.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is water resistant too, IP68-certified. We got a chance to personally dunk a unit and it came out just fine. Unlike the Xperias, though, the touchclassy screen does not work when wet.

Galaxy S7 edge skinny dipping

If you read this far looking for "microSD" with anxiety, we're pleased to report the microSD slot is back. On some models this will be a hybrid slot, accepting a second SIM.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port is exposed like before • The card tray is on top of the device

Selfie capturing camera • Home key/fingerprint reader

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and S7 on video



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