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About Samsung Galaxy S7 - Review, Specs + more

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now considered a bellweather product among Android fans. A strong camera, a high-resolution display and intuitive handling are just a few of its many strengths. Is it too late to be considering buying one, now that things have progressed as far as the Galaxy S10 - and this model is almost 4 years old? Let's find out...

Summary of Galaxy S7:
  1. Fully waterproof
  2. Waterproof
  3. Instant On Camera
  4. Verdict

Fans of the Galaxy series expected big things from this Galaxy S6 successor (PS: you can still compare S6 deals here). And then it appeared: The Galaxy S7 was in the starting blocks and landed with a bang. The S6 critics were not happy with the the lack of a microSD slot, but this issue is resolved now, because Samsung introduced (as well as in the S7 Edge) a memory card slot, which accepts up to a whopping 200GB microSD cards.

Fully waterproof

The Galaxy S7 features an internal memory of 32GB and comes either in gold, silver, black or white colours, with the promise of a productRED edition launching later on (now available). Under the hood, the 12 megapixel snap-in camera has undergone innovations in the form of a new camera lens sensor, which now focuses much faster. Also thanks to larger lens sensors, they also tend to create less  image noise in low light. In addition, the hardware has been further developed, especially the CPU and graphics chip, which promise an increase in performance.

A liquid cooling module ensures moderate temperatures in computing-intensive applications such as games. Like the S6 before it,, the S7 relies on a 5.1-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixels and an IP68 certified, dust and waterproof case. The latter sorely lacking from the previous models.

Instant-on camera

The camera is great, but it's too bad that a conventional micro USB port instead of the better and improved USB-C port is used here. The glass design of this now waterproof model with stunning curved metal body,  is however let down slightly by being prone to fingerprints. In addition, it has been claimed that the glass can easily break, which drives up the cost of a repair, but oneCOMPARE have not tested this. 

Double curved edges on the back allow the model to sit perfectly in the hand. Our colleagues agree that the camera focuses faster and performs better in low-light conditions. Of course, the placement with a microSD card slot can again make a positive impact.

Galaxy S7: Everyday functions, perfected

The greatest improvements can be seen when looking at the camera, which has been re-developed and improved markedly when compared to the already brilliant camera of its predecessor. Features like the always-on screen, the time, and incoming messages are a welcome addition. Their added value is, however, in question when you consider the premium price tag of the S7 at launch - in the UK this model was £200 more expensive than the previous S6 when it first appeared... Even accounting for inflation, that's a lot.

Some welcome improvements are also provided by the features mentioned in extensive tests, such as those carried out by Alphr. Thus, although the fact that it only comes with limited memory options spoils the picture. But the card slot for the extension of the memory makes up for it, almost; it's just a pity that apps can not be outsourced.

Optimisation potential i.e. that was improved upon in later models can also be seen in the rather limited  battery life in the Galaxy S7. Yes - the installed Li-ion battery has been increased in capacity from that of the S6 — from 2550 mAh to 3000 mAh,— but it's still not quite enough in this premium bracket.

Our Verdict on the Galaxy S7

So should you buy an S7 or the S7 Edge? Given the tiny price differences, it has to be worth going for the bigger brother. Although not everyone will welcome the larger size, particularly those with smaller hands, the S7 Edge is arguably a better phone and easier for everyday use.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 152 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560
  • Display Type: AMOLED
  • Display Size: 5.1
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 200GB
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Processor: 2.3 Ghz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Talk Time: 22 hours
  • Stanby Time: 80 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 3000
  • Battery Type: Non-removable
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • GPS Type: A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
  • SIM Capacity: 1
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Type: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth Type: 4.2 with LE, apt-X
  • USB: