New flagship devices, especially those from top tier manufacturers like Samsung, are typically fantastic handsets and improve upon their predecessors by leaps and bounds. However, such improvements are not always the case.
While a new flagship will rarely be inferior to the prequel device across the boards, OEM companies often make sacrifices in one facet or another in order to score a greater profit margin or make improvements elsewhere in the device.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is no exception to this policy, seeing its fair share of trade offs for enhancements elsewhere.
Camera has Less Megapixels
The most notable decline from the Galaxy S6 is the camera quality. While the S6 contained a respectable 16MP camera, the S7 only has 12MP on its rear shooter.
Camera enthusiasts will note that megapixel count isn’t everything, and they’re right, but such a reduction plays a large role in image quality.
Samsung claims to have made improvements elsewhere with the camera to optimize image quality as much as possible.
Even if they have, dropping the megapixel count by 25% looks bad on paper, and doesn’t seem to have any sort of justification elsewhere.
For users who mostly use a DSLR for photography, this may not be a big deal. Consumers are increasingly using phone cameras as their main shooters, however, and they may not take kindly to such a drastic change.
They Removed the IR Port
One of the big selling points of the Galaxy S6 was an IR blaster for compatibility with most television sets and other IR-based devices. Apparently, this feature (or “gimmick” if you prefer) never made it far, as Samsung has decided to exclude it from the G
Considering that most people rarely used it, this is probably a wise move. However, if you were one of the users who actually took advantage of the IR Port, you may be disappointed in the S7.
Same old MicroUSB Port
While microUSB has been the Android standard for several years now, it appears the technology market is beginning a gradual shift toward USB Type-C instead.
The cables and ports have no direction orientation, the charging and data transfer speeds are faster, and it should eventually become ubiquitous across handsets, laptops, desktops, and more.
Some experts believed that this would be the generation of Samsung devices that would incorporate USB Type-C as the main port, but it seems we will be waiting another year at least.
Samsung included the traditional microUSB in the Galaxy S7, which unfortunately means data transfer and charging speeds will be similar to previous generations of Galaxy devices.
On the bright side, this does mean that the 50 microUSB cables you have laying around will still be compatible with the Galaxy S7.
Lack of Internal Storage
Perhaps the least important decline for the Galaxy S7 is the lack of a 128GB model. Though some users want absolutely as much storage as possible, the inclusion of a microSD card slot reduces the need to have as much internal storage.
Expandable storage can support up to a 200GB microSD card, which more than triples the 64GB of storage on the largest available Galaxy S7 device.
Though many of these downsides will be trivial to most users, they are important to be aware of. Notably, the reduction in camera quality may leave consumers sour.