What happens when a brand takes into consideration all the feedback that it received, takes all the good from its past devices and roll them into one single package? Miracle happens! That is exactly what Samsung has done with its latest flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S7. Those who already own the Samsung Galaxy S6 might find it a little unnecessary to upgrade to a device that only brings an iterative advantage. However, we are here to tell you that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is definitely worth the upgrade as it has done away with almost all of the niggles associated with Samsung mobiles in past. Here is an in-depth review of the handset that has all the chances in the world to become the best handset manufactured by the South Korean brand yet.
Design and build quality
When you first look at the Galaxy S7, the design is the same as that of Samsung Galaxy S6 and there is no point upgrading. However, believe us when we say you will feel a world of difference when you pick up the handset in your hand. Samsung has opted for a curved rear panel on Galaxy S7 just like the one found on Galaxy Note 5. Combine this with the premium glass and metal chassis, you have got yourself a smartphone that is super comfortable to handle. Another selling point of the new flagship is the IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, which Samsung chucked in Galaxy S6.
However, one of the downside of the new handset is that Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides are an absolute fingerprint magnet and we found ourselves wiping the device more often. An oleophobic coating would counter this and is already on our bucket list of things to expect from future Samsung flagships. However, for now, the way this device is built with the glass panel merging seamlessly into the metal sides, we are blown away by this beauty. Samsung has also equipped the new flagship with a hybrid SIM card tray, which can accommodate either two Nano SIMs or one Nano SIM and microSD card. Also, Galaxy S7 comes minus the ugly camera hump from Galaxy S6, which means that the camera module on the new handset sits almost flush with the rear panel.
You can take all Quad HD displays available in the smartphone market as of now and put them together along side Samsung Galaxy S7, it still shines through. This can be mainly accredited to the brilliant Super AMOLED display panel used by Samsung as a standard on its handsets. The device displays black accurately unlike other Quad HD smartphones, which tend to grey out the black by a significant margin. Moreover, Samsung has now integrated a new feature called Always On Display, which means the display of the handset always stays on showing time, weather and active notifications. While some might worry that it will hog battery, Samsung assures that it only consumes 1% batter every hour which is negotiable considering the utility of the feature. All in all, the display of Samsung Galaxy S7 can be assumed to be the best in the industry.
Hardware and specifications
This time around Samsung is launching its flagship device in two variants, one with Snapdragon 820 in US market and Samsung Exynos chipset in Europe. The Exynos 8890 variant is an Octa-core processor with 4 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz and the other four at 1.59 GHz. Samsung has increased the RAM to 4 GB from 3 GB offered on Samsung Galaxy S6 last year. The performance of the handset is as smooth as can be expected from a high end flagship device of 2016. In the past, Samsung devices were plagued with a lag or stutter here and there owing to its bloated Touchwiz UI. Samsung Galaxy S7 happens to be above and beyond that as there no trace of any kind of lag system-wide.
Those who believe in numbers will be disappointed with the camera of Samsung Galaxy S7 since Samsung has decided to downgrade to a 12 Megapixels snapper on the rear panel from 16 Megapixels on Galaxy S6. However, this camera is what Samsung is calling as Dual Pixels indicating that the sensor takes in double the amount of light when clicking an image, which results in a sharper images with superior details. The camera performed excellently in all lighting conditions including indoors and outdoors. The front camera on Galaxy S7 is the same from last year with a 5 Megapixels sensor, which captures good selfies with improved clarity.
Samsung has always received flake for its Touchwiz user interface, which used to be full of bloatware few years back and full of stutters. However, Samsung paid heed to criticism and revamped its UI last year on Galaxy S6. The new Touchwiz UI is light on bloatware and performs exceedingly fast on a flagship smartphone. One particular feature that will benefit Galaxy S7 users is the presence of Games Hub, which essentially is a folder collecting all games installed by the user. Here users can choose to optimise battery while playing games and also stop notifications, which is a handy feature. Underneath the new Touchwiz is the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, which is known for its smoothness and performance enhancements features like Doze and improved integration of fingerprint scanner.
Guest Post by Sanjeev Kumar.