First Glance - the New Samsung Galaxy 7
Overnight, Samsung released details of the latest iteration of the Galaxy S7 – the Korean giant’s next salvo against the king of smartphones from Cupertino. Preorders begin tomorrow (Tuesday 23 February), and you can get your hands on a Galaxy 7 from Friday 11 March.
Smartphone owners generally fall into two camps: Those who have an iPhone and those who don’t. For the latter, Samsung’s Galaxy is the best of the Android crop thanks to endless R&D to ensure it leads against Apple’s competitor in a number of key areas.
Interestingly, one of the high-profile additions to this rollout is Virtual Reality (VR). For those keen to produce their own content for Youtube or Facebook (and watch on their Samsung Gear VR) there will be an accompanying Samsung Gear 360 Camera being released at the same time as the Galaxies.
True Galaxy fans (and retailers) will welcome the new range of simply two phones. There will be the a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge
– the latter having a slightly more rounded appearance and a screen that curves around its side to display snippets of information even when lying face down.
Samsung Gear VR headset
The best news for Galaxy fans is the return of the removable memory slot, that means there is no need to keep last year’s expanded range of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models.
Made to IP68 standards, you should be able to submerge for phone in 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes before the phone bugs out.
There are plenty of other little updates (including the curious ‘spam phone-call’ detector in the video above…), but we won’t go into those here. Meanwhile, here’s what’s being said about the S7 (and why it’s the looks like Samsung’s best shot at iPhone in years):
“I can’t think of a smartphone launch recently, except for possibly the iPhone 6, where what I’ve wanted to see and what I’ve actually seen has lined up so well. Hitting those key points of including IP68 waterproofing and dust-proofing, and adding back the long-awaited microSD card slot, should go a long way towards keeping users happy for longer with their purchase.”
- Campbell Simpson, Gizmodo AU
“The S7 and S7 Edge are not reinventions of the wheel, but iterations and refinements, and address some pain points of the older models. Whether that’s enough to turn Samsung’s smartphone business around remains to be seen, but it will be an interesting show to watch.”
- Dan Seifert, The Verge
“These two devices represent Samsung at the peak of its engineering and photographic prowess, but at the same time, they're safe, logical upgrades (...) Samsung undoubtedly has a hit in both the S7 and the S7 Edge - the question is whether all the good they'll do will offset the company's recent rough patches.”
- Chris Velazco - Engadget
“With the S7 Samsung once again played to the strengths of Android rather than trying to turn its flagship line into an iPhone clone. With a larger battery, expandable memory, and improved screens, the S7 is a welcomed upgrade over the S6. They may not be the sexiest upgrades but when it comes to daily use, they’re sure to be some of the most impactful.”
- Lucas Matney, Techcrunch