Samsung S7 launch and Latest Price Update India
Samsung India today announced that both the smartphones (Samsung S7 and Samsung S7 edge) would go on sale on 18th March 2016.
Price for the Samsung Galaxy S7 is Rs. 48,900 while the Samsung S7 Edge will cost Rs. 56,900 for the 32 GB version. The price for the 64 GB version of the device is higher by Rs. 5,000. Those who pre-book before 17th March will get the Samsung VR headset with both the smartphones. You can pre-book from Flipkart.
Update 02/March/2018 –Samsung S7 is now available in the market for Rs. 29,990 whereas the S7 edge costs Rs. 35,990. The price is almost down by Rs. 20,000 for both the models. Also, the devices are now 2 generation old as the company has recently launched the new Samsung S9 and S9 plus at an event in Barcelona, Spain.
The MWC got kicked off on 21 Feb, and the new Samsung flagship are unveiled on the 21st Feb 2016 in a packed house with 1000s of tech enthusiasts and media persons.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge come in 5.1 inches and 5.5-inch display size.
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 (5.1 inch Quad HD Display).
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus (5.5 inch Quad HD Display).
Design wise the Samsung S7 and the Samsung S7 Edge are not too much different when compared the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
The camera bump which was there on the Samsung S6 and S6 Edge is reduced in the S7/S7 Edge to make them look better and sleeker.
Samsung was vastly criticized for using a small battery with 2650 mAH capacity on the Samsung S6 which was not sufficient considering the 2K display and the powerful processor.
To correct things, S7 Edge comes with 3600 mAH capacity battery while the S7 sports 3000 mAH capacity battery.
Further, both are water resistant and dustproof. They can be stay in water for 30 minutes and up to a depth of 1.5 meters.
Samsung has done the sealing of the devices from inside to make them much better protected against the water damage.
Camera Details and Quality
Samsung has not updated the front camera from 5 MP sensor on S6 to an 8 MP camera for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which is a bit of low point for the devices.
Recently, Samsung launched the Samsung A9 2016 which comes with an 8 MP front camera. Also, the phone lacks a dedicated flash, but the camera can click great images even with a smaller megapixel count.
However, the rear camera is insanely better and comes with Dual sized pixels and with a higher aperture of 1.7 with a 12 Megapixel lens.
In fact, the rear camera on the Samsung S7/S7 edge is one of the best in the market, and it is still better in comparison to the Huawei View 10 or the OnePlus 5T available in the same price range.
The only thing missing is the lack of portrait mode that is present on most of the latest phones.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Price and Availability
The Samsung S6 (32 GB) was launched at Rs. 49,900 while the S6 Edge was launched at Rs. 58,900, the new mobiles are similarly priced when compared to the older devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 (32 GB) costs 48,900 in the Indian market and buyers will also get the VR Headset free along with the purchase of both Samsung S7 and the S7 Edge mobiles.
The price of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge costs Rs. 56,900 for the 32 GB Version.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Edge sports 4 GB of high-speed LP DDR4 Ram and come in 32 GB, 64 GB variants. The Samsung S7 and S7 Edge also have support for 200 GB memory card.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Performance – Snapdragon 820 Vs Exynos 8890
Samsung has launched the Samsung Galaxy S7 with 2 different processors – 1) Snapdragon 820 and 2). Exynos 8890.
Notably, the US gets the Snapdragon 820 Processor and rest of regions including India gets the Exynos 8890 for both devices.
The current generation of Samsung Galaxy S6 runs on the Exynos 7420 processor which is way faster than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810. Samsung earlier dropped the idea of using the SD 810 due to heating issues in the S6 last year.
As per some of the early benchmarks, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is slightly better in comparison to the Exynos 8890. We wonder why Samsung doesn’t want to keep the same processor for all regions, Why the special treatment for the US? Maybe because they can’t have so many of SD 820 due to supply constraints.
But overall the performance of the Exynos 8890 is very similar to the Snapdragon 820 and as per user reports the Exynos 8890 offers slightly better battery life.
You don’t need to worry about the SD 820 or Exynos when buying the S7/S7 edge as the performance is great.
Further, The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a screen size of 5.1 inches with Super AMOLED Quad HD Display, with 577 PPI and the S7 Edge comes with the curved 5.5 inches display which is one of the best screens on any smartphone out there.
Both the smartphones offer 4G LTE connectivity along with the VOLTE support and also has the Dual Hybrid Sim support.
Weight and Thickness
Lastly, the Samsung S7 has a thickness of 7.9 mm and weighs 156 grams while the Samsung S7 Edge has a thickness of 7.7 mm and weighs 157 grams, which is not too much considering the massive battery size.
So are you considering to purchase the Samsung S7 or S7 Edge in 2018?
Undoubtedly, the camera on the S7/S7 edge is incredible and the display quality is also unmatchable. But it lacks certain essential features like an 18:9 display, portrait mode or the USB type C port which may be important for many buyers. However, it is not a bad deal for the price, I would suggest go with the S7 edge as it offers slightly better battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Top Features
Samsung finally got the wraps off its flagship for this year, Samsung had finalized its flagship S7 and S7 edge to show off at the MWC event.
Price for the Samsung Galaxy S7 is Rs. 48,900 while the Samsung S7 Edge will cost Rs. 56,900 for the 32 GB version. The price for the 64 GB version of the smartphones is yet not shared by Samsung India. Those who pre-book before 17th March gets the Samsung VR headset with both the smartphones. You can book the smartphone from Flipkart.
The New Samsung Smartphones are perfect Android devices one can wish for in 2016.
The 7 things which were lacking on the last year Samsung Galaxy S6 are improved by Samsung this year.
- Improved Battery Life and Large Capacity Batteries
- Faster Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Processor , Adreno 530 GPU , Vulcan API support
- VR Headset bundling
- Liquid Cooling
- Improve Camera – Both Rear and Back
- WaterProof and Dust proof
- SD Card Support upto 200 GB
The Galaxy S7 have the same hardware specs that we saw from most benchmark leaks , and also most other features of the S7 and its Edge are what we anticipated.
And this time without failing from its design ethics Samsung had used S6’s design language for S7 which is okay considering there are a lot of other improvements and design for the S6 is rather good.
Internally the S7 got several improvements and rectified some of the shortcomings of S6 like the absence of SD card, better water resistance without cover flaps and a larger battery pack and others as mentioned above.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is packed with small improvements make a big difference on overall user experience, like Always on display, IP68 rating, fast wireless charging and big battery capacity.
And there is no absence of gimmick additions like heart rate sensor, Blood oxygen level sensor etc
Let’s start with the screen, the Galaxy flagships always gets the best when it comes to display and its worth saying that Apple too prefer samsung displays for its products.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is given a 5.1 inch quad HD display and its stretched a bit to give 5.5 inch for the S7 edge but noticeably the S7 edge has a very good screen to body ratio which makes it feel smaller in hand.
Samsung have given a Always on display to show things like clock and notifications. This is similar to what we seen on the LG G5.
Samsung says its not going to have a toll on battery life, and whenever you slide it into your pockets, the proximity sensor will turn off the display.
The camera section carries a 12 MP main shooter and you may think its a downgrade from S6 but the new sensor comes with larger pixels and more autofocus points,
Samsung says the pixel size is kept large to let in more light and the aperture size is f 1.7 which is much better than the Galaxy S6 or even the Apple iPhone 6s Plus.
For the front, there is no special offerings for selfie lovers as both S7 and S7 edge have same old 5 MP camera for taking selfies.
The processor and storage space are model dependent.
Samsung S7 and S7 Edge will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 for the U.S and the other parts will get the Exynos 8890 (India is also likely to the Exynos 8890).
The Exynos 8890 is said to be 30 percent more powerful than the Exynos 7420, still staying low on battery consumption.
The RAM is 4 GB and there is no differential version based on RAM.
It will be more interesting to see the benchmarks and real world gaming performance for both the Samsung 820 and the Exynos 8890, we expect both to have very close performance and it will be a close contest which is going to be a better processor.
Samsung is still not ready to implement the reversible USB type C which they believe that the market is not right at the moment and may take a couple of years to become mainstream.
Samsung says its Gear VR’s compatibility with micro USB as a story for not having the latest USB Type C.
The battery has got bigger and it would have relieved lot of Samsung fans and is now 3000 mAh for the S7 and the S7 Edge got even large 3600 mAh battery.
The battery pack is non removable and the battery section supports both fast charging and wireless charging
Registration for both the devices were open now and the sales will start on March 11, Samsung is giving free VR headset for those who register for the device and an earlier delivery on March 8.
Full Specs for Samsung Galaxy S7
Screen : 5.1 inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560)
Processor : Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890
RAM : 4GB
Storage : 32 GB with micro SD slot upto 200 GB
OS : Android Marshmallow 6.0
Rear Camera : 12 Mega Pixel
Front Camera : 8 Mega Pixel
Battery : 3000 mAh
Connectivity : LTE
Micro USB : Yes
USB TYPE C : NO
Water Resistant : Yes
Dust Proof : Yes
Other features : Always on display, Heart rate sensor, Motion panorama, wireless charging, IP 68 rating.
They would have been more perfect if Samsung would have added an 8 megapixel front selfie camera and priced them a bit cheaper.
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