by Andrew Wilmot
It feels like we’ve only just managed to get over the last flagship handsets from Samsung, yet the next generation of smartphones is expected to be launched at the MWC 2016 later this month. There are a few things we know already thanks to a number of leaks, and I have to say, it looks pretty good. Here’s the latest on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Let’s jump straight to the specs…
- Display: 5.2-inch Super-AMOLED with 1440 x 2650 pixel resolution (or 5.5-inch for the Edge)
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
- Internal Storage: 16, 32, 64GB UFS 2.0 flash memory models, +microSD card slot for storage expansion
- Camera: 12MP back-facing camera with 4K video recording abilities, dual-LED flash, f1.7 aperture lens and larger pixels should improve low light photographic quality.
- Front-facing camera: 8-megapixel
- Battery: 3,500mAh-ish
- Dimensions: 143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9mm
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Special Features: Fingerprint scanner, Force Touch pressure-sensitive panel (under display), Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels, water and dust resistance, curved glass edges on rear, similar to Galaxy Note 5, USB Type-C connector
What’s immediately apparent is what seems at first glance to be a spec-drop in the camera, going from 16MP to 12MP. However the aperture value; which is rapidly becoming highlighted as the most important spec in regards to a smartphone’s camera, is pretty fantastic in the S7. The display is staying the same (perhaps we’re starting to get diminishing returns on screen stats?) and they’ve upped the processing power and the memory.
What I personally think is the most interesting, and what is likely to get completely overlooked in favour of the cool Force Touch and water resistance, is the different way they’re approaching storage. It’s one of the few things that bugged me about the last flagship phone – they chose to have higher internal memory over an SD card. What the S7 is doing is bringing back the SD card, and reducing internal memory. Having a way to add extra storage and move it between phones like this is something I’ve missed, and I’m glad it’s back.
Other than that we’ve got the next generation gorilla glass, the new Android and a better front facing camera, which is exactly what we expected.
So, all in all it looks pretty good, but a fairly predictable upgrade. Maybe Samsung still has a few tricks up their sleeve, but there’s nothing here that will alienate long term fans, and the addition of an SD card will be a welcome change. Will I upgrade to it? Going to see what else Samsung has left to announce before I decide!