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MWC 2016: Is Samsung Galaxy S7 a beefed up S6?

Samsung has figured that tweaking what you have, and making it better, is what works for them right now

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will arrive in Europe and the US on 11 March, with prices starting £569 (Rs55,700 approximately). No word yet on the India availability and pricing. Photo: AFP <br />
The Samsung Galaxy S7 will arrive in Europe and the US on 11 March, with prices starting £569 (Rs55,700 approximately). No word yet on the India availability and pricing. Photo: AFP

When Samsung outed the Galaxy S6 last year, it was lavished with a lot of praise, and not without reason. The praise centred around design, for the S6 was by far the nicest Galaxy flagship smartphones Samsung had ever made. The mix of glass and metal, with some really cool colours, did the trick.

Fast forward to this year, and Samsung isn’t trying to redesign the wheel. Sensibly so, because it is all about further refining what it already has. And what we end up with is the Galaxy S7 which looks very similar to the predecessor, the Galaxy S6. A quick look at what it is all about.

Under-the-hood

The flagship for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will inevitably become the Android smartphone that similarly priced Android flagship phones from rivals will try to follow, which makes this the proverbial torch-bearer of its ecosystem. And as far as the spec sheet goes, this is ticking the boxes.

Display: 5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (or Samsung’s Exynos chip in some variants)

RAM: 4GB

Software: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Storage: 32GB / 64GB; MicroSD card slot up to 200GB

Camera: 12-megapixel

Battery: 3,000 mAh battery

What immediately stands out is the camera spec—12-megapixel, as against the 16-megapixel on the Galaxy S6. What is the reasoning behind what may seem as a “downgrade" on paper? Reducing the resolution but keeping the physical sensor size the same has allowed Samsung to increase the size of each pixel. Larger pixels, in turn, are able to capture more light, which directly improves the photograph quality in lighting environments which don’t necessarily have the best illumination. Samsung has widened the aperture (from f1.9 to f1.7), which will also allow better contrast and detailing in low-light photos.

Samsung has added something known as ‘Motion Photo’ to the Galaxy S7’s camera. It is very similar to the Live Photos feature that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. In Motion Photo mode, the camera records a couple of seconds of video with every photo, just to liven up the memories.

The Galaxy S7 has a bigger battery—3000mAh, as compared to the 2,550mAh battery in the predecessor.

When can I buy one?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will arrive in Europe and the US on 11 March, with prices starting £569 ( 55,700 approximately). No word yet on the India availability and pricing.

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