While all (fashionable) eyes are on London for LFW Autumn/Winter 2016 (get our daily updates here), tech lovers have their attention on the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) that is currently happening in Barcelona till 25 February. In most years, MWC isn’t a very interesting event for consumers but 2016 sees almost every big player in the industry launching their new smartphones there—and that includes Samsung and their upcoming products like the Galaxy S7.
As one of the leading smartphone brands in the world, Samsung has been speedily producing and upgrading their range. In the first two months of this year itself, Malaysia saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in Pink Gold and the upgraded Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016). And now we’re months away from the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7? It’s fast but not as fast as how you’re going to fall in love with the new—and old—features it has to offer:
- • At a glance, the Galaxy S7 looks similar to its S6 predecessor but the metal frame is now softer and fits better in your hand thanks to the curved sides on the backside of the phone
- • It is water-resistant once more, allowing it to be perfectly fine even if it was immersed in water (maximum 1.5m) for up to 30 minutes
- • The base model comes with 32GB of internal storage but with the return of the mircroSD memory card slot, you don’t have to worry at all
- • Camera-wise, Samsung has downgraded the resolution of the back camera to 12 megapixels but on the bright side, it has been fitted with a larger f/1.7 aperture lens, meaning it takes great photos even under low light settings
- • Selfies-wise, the phone has a 5-megapixel front facing camera
- • Also, “dual pixel autofocus”, which essentially means it will be smoother and faster to focus when you take pictures or even while in video mode. Fun fact: the Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone to carry this technology
- • There’s a new always-on display feature that lets you view widgets like a clock or calendar without needing you to touch the phone—which ironically saves battery life thanks to its AMOLED display
- • Speaking of battery, the Galaxy S7 comes with a higher capacity one (3,000mAh) and supports fast charging and fast wireless charging
- • Speaking of charging, the port is a regular microUSB so you don’t have to fret over the new reversible USB Type-C
- • If you love to play games that are more complicated and action-packed than the likes of Candy Crush, you’ll be glad to know that the new device features processors that are faster than before and thus capable of supporting the Vulcan API and Samsung says it’s the first smartphone to do so. In other words, complex games will now reduce its strain on battery life
- • In addition, there is a “thermal spreader” added to the phone’s innards to help cool down the processor when required, preventing it from overheating
Samsung has yet to announce the pricing for the Galaxy S7 but with its jam-packed premium hardware and features, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it comes with an equally premium price tag. The Galaxy S7 is due for a worldwide release on 11 March but for Malaysia, pre-orders will start from 7 to 11 March and the official launch will be on 18 March.
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