Last year at the Mobile World Congress, the S6 Edge was announced. Fast forward one year, the South Korean mobile phone giant announced the S7 Edge. While the upgrades might require you to take more than just a glance to see, it won’t be hard to notice.
First off, the screen size. From the 5.1 inch screen of the S6 Edge, the S7 Edge now has 5.5 inch screen. Both still has QHD Super AMOLED display. While invisible to the naked eye, the S6 has 577 ppi vs S7’s 534 ppi. The reason behind is because the screen of the S7 is now bigger. Having a bigger screen size means having a bigger overall size. The new S7 Edge is thicker and heavier compared to the S6. Although having that very slight disadvantage, the S7 Edge now has a more rounded back that makes it easier to hold with one hand.
With a slightly bigger overall size came a bigger battery. The S7 Edge now has 3,600mAh battery capacity compared to S6 Edge’s 3,000mAh. Same with the S6 and the S6 Edge, both the S7 and the S7 Edge are also equipped with quick charging capabilities provided you use the correct cable and plug. Both still has wireless charging capabilities.
The best news for a lot of people are the new upgrades. S7 Edge now has the ability to accommodate expandable storage up to 200GB (or to be used as an additional SIM slot, Nano SIM). It also is IP68 certified which means that like the S7, it is submersible for up to 1.5 meters up to 30 minutes, before you need to panic. It’s also dust proof and sans the not-so-attractive rubber plugs that the S5 has.
Another welcome upgrade is the ability for third party developers app to be integrated with the extra edge screen rather than just having shortcuts and quick contacts before. Performance-wise, the RAM has been beefed up to 4GB from last year’s 3GB. It is said that this time, the S7 will only have 32GB or 64GB variants and it’s not a problem because as mentioned, the S7 can accommodate up to 200GB of expandable memory.
Camera performance also improved. Although having 4MP less than last year, it is compensated by having the dual-pixel technology which means that for every pixel, there are two light-sensitive photodiodes working together. In layman’s term, it produces quality of a 24MP camera even with just 12MP on the paper. Also, it has an aperture of F1.7 (S6 has F1.9) so low light photography is no problemo!
With this upgrades, we think that the improvements compared to the previous model are significant but as always, it depends if you find those features useful enough to convince you to upgrade from the S6 Edge to the S7 Edge. For us, so far, we like what the S7 Edge offers and we can’t wait to get a test unit for us to play with. For now, do check out the spec sheet below comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge|
|OS||Android 6.0||Android 5.02|
|Dimensions||5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 in||5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 in|
|Weight||5.54 oz||4.66 oz|
|Additional Features||IP68 water and dust resistant|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches||5.1 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560||1440 x 2560|
|Pixel Density||534 ppi||577 ppi|
|Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|Screen to Body Ratio||0.761||0.717|
|Camera||12 Megapixels||16 Megapixels|
|Aperture||F 1.7||F 1.9|
|Focal Length (35mm equivalent)||28mm|
|Front facing Camera||5 Megapixels||5 Megapixels|
|System Chip||Exynos 8 Octa 8890||Exynos 7 Octa 7420|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8996||Quad core 1.5GHz Cortex A53|
|Snapdragon 820||Quad Core 2.1GHz Cortex A57|
|Exynos 8890 Octa||Exynos 7420 Octa|
|Graphics Processor||Adreno 530 /Mali T880MP12||Mali T760 MP8|
|Internal Memory||32/64 GB||32/64/128 GB|
|Storage Expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|SIM||Nano SIM||Nano SIM|
|Battery Capacity||3,600mAh Li Ion||3,000mAh Li Ion|
|Colors||Black, White, Gold, Silver||White, Black, Gold Platinum, Emerald|
Philippine release will be on March 11, 2016.
For pre-orders, visit http://smart.com.ph/Postpaid/samsung-galaxy-seven