Galaxy S7 Release date, Price, Features, Specs and Images
As the biggest Android manufacturer in the world, Samsung generates a lot of hype for its devices and consumers want as much information as possible on upcoming releases. Below is a collection of the latest information available on the Galaxy S7, as well as some speculation from professionals about what we may be able to expect in the device.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Release date
Despite expectations that Samsung might release the Galaxy S7 earlier than previous years, it seems they kept right in line with their typical release schedule.
Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were announced in February 2016, followed by release in early March. While an early release could possibly have given the company a competitive edge with a few extra weeks of sales, it may have been a wise move to postpone release until the normal time.
This gives some extra time to make sure devices are working properly without bugs, as well as allowing more time to build up buzz from customers who expect the release a little later.
Specifications for Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S series always produces a flagship device that has specs as solid as a rock. Get ready for hardware that can take basically whatever you throw at it.
|Display||5.1 inch Display (1440 X 2560 Resolution)
(Super AMOLED, Force Touch with TouchWIZ UI)
|Processor||Octa Core Snapdragon 820,
Exynos 8890, 64 bit Chipset
|Dimensions||142.4 X 69.6 X 7.9 mm, 152 grams|
|SIM||Nano SIM, Samsung Pay|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5,
IP68 Water & Dust Resistance
|GPU||Adreno 530, Mali-T880 MP12
~577 ppi pixel density
|OS||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow OS)|
|Memory||32 / 64 GB,
Micro SD up to 200 GB
|Camera||12 MP f/1.7 primary camera, 26 mm
5 MP Front facing camera with Dual Video call
|Networking||2G, 3G, 4G LTE, HSPA, GSM support
v4.2 Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, GLONASS
|Sensors||Fingerprint, Retina Scanner, Auto HDR, Gyro, OIS,
Accelerometer, Barometer, Proximity, Heart Rate etc.
|Battery||3000 mAh Non-Removable Battery|
|Colors||Black, Silver, Gold, White|
|Release date||March 11, 2016|
RAM – 8 GB RAM?
Though there were rumors that Samsung may try to squeeze 8GB of RAM into the Galaxy S7, it seems they elected to go with a more conservative 4GB of memory.
Fear not, this should not be any indicator that the S7 will be a slow piece of hardware.
On the contrary, this is the same amount of RAM that was in the S6, and will be coupled with a better processor.
The S7 will certainly be faster, and 4GB is a tried and true amount that should be perfectly optimized in software.
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Our predictions on processor were true to reality, with Samsung utilizing the Snapdragon 820 in some markets and the Exynos 8890 Octa in others. Insiders within the company seem to speak positively about the performance of the Snapdragon 820, however, and it seems that Samsung may eventually be phasing out the Exynos in favor of the Snapdragon across all markets.
Hopefully, the days of overheating issues that plagued the Snapdragon 810 are long gone.
It has been officially announced that there will be 2 different models of the S7, containing 2 different types of processors depending on the region in which they are sold.
Devices sold in the US and China will contain the Snapdragon 820, a certainly powerful piece of equipment that will hopefully have addressed the overheating issues with the 810. Galaxy S7 devices sold elsewhere will contain an Exynos chip created by Samsung itself.
Depending on how either device fares in both performance and user opinion, Samsung may eventually switch completely to one processor or the other in future S7 handsets.
Storage – 32GB, and 64GB Hard Drive
Samsung has kept pretty close to norm with storage options on the Galaxy S7. There will be 32GB and 64GB models, as there have been for most previous Galaxy line releases.
Though there were rumors of a 16GB budget model and a 128GB premium model, these rumors seem to have been untrue and there is no announcement of such models currently in production.
This may change into the future if Samsung sees customer demand for either model, but that will take time for feedback from the community.
Perhaps bigger news than the status quo internal storage is the fact that Samsung has elected to once again include an expandable storage option in the form of a microSD card slot.
The Galaxy S7 will support microSD cards up to 200GB in capacity, with is an astounding amount of storage space. The single SIM model will have a dedicated microSD slot, while the dual SIM model can harbor a microSD card in the secondary SIM slot.
Consumers will surely be overjoyed to see that they can once again increase the storage capacity of their Samsung devices, in a market that is increasingly shying away from expandable storage.
Surprisingly, Samsung has elected to keep the Micro USB charging port that has been the Android standard since its instantiation.
Despite USB Type-C becoming increasingly prolific across nearly all technology outlets, it seems Samsung sees it preferable to give consumers something they are familiar with.
On the bright side, this means that chargers and data transfer cables that customers already own will continue to work with the newest Samsung release.
No new peripherals will need to be purchased for the same functionality. Unfortunately, this also means that consumers will be stuck with the data transfer and charging speed limitations of USB 2.0 in a world that is quickly moving onto the superior technology of Type-C.
The Astounding Features of Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung is known for making feature-rich devices, and the Galaxy S7 will be no exception. Users can expect impressive software abilities on top of the impressive hardware.
The Camera – 30 Megapixels?
Though there were many grandiose ideas of a camera up to 30 megapixels and numerous other extreme enhancements, it seems Samsung decided on a far more incremental “improvement” for the Galaxy S7 camera.
At 12 MP, the actual megapixel count is less than the 16 MP of the camera on the Galaxy S6. 🙁
Supposedly, other improvements to the camera make the Galaxy S7 a better shooter, but this remains to be seen.
Furthermore, the quality and frame-rate of videos shot with the S7 are identical to what the S6 could manage. Perhaps Samsung really has optimized software and other hardware pieces of the camera, but the specs don’t look great.
4K Flexible OLED Display – with 3D Touch Sensitivity?
Display is another area that Samsung seems to have left consumers out to dry. The 5.1 inch SuperAMOLED screen doesn’t seem to be much if any better than the display on the Galaxy S6.
Though there were suggestions of a potential 4K screen with 700 ppi pixel density or greater, Samsung elected for a much more humble 577 ppi on the Galaxy S7.
Perhaps an obvious decision, curved display is an option in the Galaxy S7 Edge, while the standard Galaxy S7 has the non-curved display that many consumers are familiar with.
A wise move that Samsung wouldn’t force the S7 Edge as the only new flagship, allowing consumers a more traditional option. However, it also opens up an opportunity for those who are interested in curved displays without having to go with a phone as large as the Note.
Water and Dust Protection Technology
Though it won’t survive a deep sea diving trip, the Galaxy S7 is dust proof and water resistant to 1.5 meters, according to the IP68 requirements.
For most casual consumers, this sort of protection is likely more than adequate.
Potential buyers who are into extreme sports may need to take a little more caution with the device, however.
Regardless, some basic waterproofing is always a nice addition to a device, and Samsung seems to be making a trend of it.
Network Connectivity (5G Network Connection??)
Though it was mostly accepted as a pipe dream for this generation of mobile devices anyway, 5G LTE is not included in the Galaxy S7.
Obviously, as mobile technology continues to improve and advance, 5G will eventually be standard connectivity.
For the time being, however, 4G is plenty fast and the Galaxy S7 does support 4G LTE bands as well as HSPA for any locations that do not yet have 4G coverage.
As no surprise, the Samsung Galaxy S7 does contain a fingerprint sensor. According to a few early hands-on reviews, it seems to be far more accurate than sensors in previous handsets.
Ideally, Samsung can take advantage of this technology to secure its devices and make sure consumers are able to easily protect their data.
In addition to preventing unwanted access to the device, this fingerprint scanner will likely allow easy and secure monetary transactions, as well as a number of other features that traditional passwords and entry codes do not allow.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Price
Keeping in line with previous releases, Samsung seems to have gone for a pretty standard pricing schedule for the Galaxy S7 models.
The standard S7 with 32GB of storage starts at $700, plus a $50 premium for consumers who want the 64GB of internal storage.
The S7 Edge starts $100 higher than the standard S7 at $800, plus the possible $50 premium for storage increase.
These prices are perfectly in line with most flagship devices from any OEM.
Feel free to post your questions here as we will update this page with official information as it is released.