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.