The announcement of the next Samsung Galaxy S is one of the most important technological events of the year. Today, when the public was shown Samsung Galaxy S7, which returned support for memory cards , was no exception. First, they showed the phones that brought the company success in the past, and talked about the love that feeds the company’s products hundreds of millions of users. But gradually the conversation turned to the point whereby millions of users gathered at the screens of their devices – to new smartphones that improved significantly compared to last year’s models .
Resource Engadget was an illustrated report from this significant presentation, during which the company told people a lot about what smartphones are capable of. Novelties, in addition to other remarkable features, support wireless charging.
If the S6 and S6 Edge were innovative, the S7 and S7 Edge are a real step forward. Materials of the case are metal and glass that are loved by users. The camera is located almost at the level of the glass surface. S7 Edge 5.5-inch Super AMOLED-screen, and S7 – 5.1-inch.
The Edge bend panel now has more labels and additional content. The phones have a constantly highlighted fragment of the screen with the clock. Third-party themes of this screen are available. They are “resistant to life’s circumstances.” This is not exactly the same as waterproofing, but close to that.
The phone has a slot for microSD memory cards. Changed and the camera – it has a diaphragm f / 1.7. “Pixel” sensor of the S7 camera is 30% larger than that of the iPhone 6s Plus. In this case, 100% of the pixels are used for focus. For comparison – the iPhone 6S Plus – less than 5%.
DualPixel technology provides the advantage for shooting in low light. Motion Panorama allows, for example, to photograph a dog running around the room, but this will require an additional wide-angle lens attachment.
The central processor is 30% more powerful than the S6, and the graphics processor is almost 60% faster. S7 has a battery capacity of 3000 mAh, and the Edge – 3600 mAh, which is significantly higher than that presented a few hours earlier LG G5. At the same time, the phones remain thin . The first impressions of the phone’s graphics are positive. There is also the Vulkan API, which increases gaming performance.
Sales of new phones will begin on March 11, 2016. Preliminary orders will start taking within a few days. With pre-order, it is reported that Gear VR is offered as a gift.
After the most significant announcement, there were also a few words about other products of the company. During the presentation, attention was also paid to Samsung Pay, a payment system that will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada and a number of other countries, and the Knox security service. The new 360-degree Gear 360 camera has the shape of a ball. Project Beyond allows you to watch 360-degree videos.
The presentation was unexpectedly made by Mark Zuckerberg, who told that Facebook was thinking about giving people more and more powerful means of communication. And virtual reality is the next high-tech platform, bringing communication to a new level. And it is Samsung that can do OLED-screens, which are necessary for VR-headsets. More than 1 million people watch a 360-degree video on Facebook, because already more than 1 million users have Gear VR. For Gear VR there will be hundreds of games.
Resource PhoneArena notes that prices (in US dollars and euros) will be from 649-699 (S7) and 749-799 (S7 Edge).
Specifications Galaxy S7 and Edge
The pages of the resource GSMArena specify the technical characteristics of new products. The Galaxy S7 weighs 152 grams. Its dimensions (in millimeters): 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9. The back panel of the phone is covered with glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Certified IP68 – dustproof and waterproof at a depth of not more than 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
The screen resolution is 1440 x 2560 with an image density of ~ 577 pixels per inch. Glass – Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In different versions of the phone used processors Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Octa. The graphics processors, respectively, Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 MP12.
The slot for microSD supports memory cards with a capacity of no more than 200 gigabytes. The volume of the built-in drive is 32 or 64 gigabytes (depending on the version), RAM – 4 gigabytes.
The main camera of the phone features an aperture of f / 1.7, autofocus with phase detection, optical image stabilization and LED (flash) flash. Among its characteristics, the size of the sensor is 1 / 2.6 ‘, the pixel size is 1 μm, geotagging, touch-focus, face detection, automatic HDR, panoramic shooting.
The camera allows you to shoot video at a resolution of 2160p (30 frames per second), 1080p (60 frames per second, 720p (120 frames per second) .It supports HDR, dual video recording and also has other functions.
Additional camera phone – 5-megapixel with f / 1.7 aperture, support for dual video calling and automatic HDR.
Among the sensors of the phone – a fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, a compass, a barometer and a heart rate monitor.
The operating system of both new phones is Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). The phones support quick charging of Quick Charge 3.0, allowing you to charge the battery at 83% for half an hour.
Galaxy S7 Edge in its technical characteristics in many respects repeats S7, but also has a number of differences. It is larger (150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 millimeters) and slightly heavier (157 grams). At the same as with the Galaxy S7, the screen resolution is ~ 534 pixels per inch.
What can be considered the biggest advantage of S7 models, large batteries or new capabilities of their cameras?