Our mates at Trusted Reviews have been hanging out at Mobile World Congress – a big expo about phones and stuff. They’ve got really excited about this new smartphone. Here they tell us why the Samsung Galaxy S7 could be a good bet for your next upgrade.
One of the biggest phones of the year has just been announced – the Samsung Galaxy S7.
It comes in two forms, the 5.1-inch flat-screened Galaxy S7 and the slicker, curved-screened, 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge.
Samsung got a bit of a flack last year with the Galaxy S6. While it looked great and came with one of the best cameras around, it missed key features that previous Samsung flagships had.
Here are the five things you need to know about the new Galaxy S7 phone:
1. The camera is optimised for low-light
Pretty much any decent smartphone these days takes great pictures when it’s a lovely, sunny day. The tricky bit comes when there isn’t much light.
Samsung has used a few techniques to help make the S7’s camera work better in dingy conditions. The main one is that each pixel in the 12-megapixel sensor is bigger – the larger the pixel the more light it lets in.
This all means that the Samsung Galaxy S7 should be one of the best phones around to get good shots at gigs. With faster autofocusing, video should also be nice and crisp. Samsung reckons it’s 95% better in low-light than its predecessor.
2. It’s water-resistant
All too many phones have met their demise after an accidental dunk in the wet stuff. Yet, to date, waterproof phones like the Sony Xperia series haven’t really taken off because they make a few too many design compromises.
However, Samsung’s managed to get round this and equip the Galaxy S7 with an IP68 water-resistance rating without making any obvious compromises. The rating means it can be fully submersed in water – useful for those wet and muddy festival days.
3. It comes with expandable storage
If you’re an iPhone user you’ll know that running out of storage means you’ll need to start deleting apps, movies and music.
Android users tend to have it better. Most Android phones come with a microSD card slot so you can pop in a card for extra storage.
Samsung has brought this feature back to the Galaxy S7 so you can add a microSD card up to 200GB on top of the 32GB of internal storage. That should be enough for even the most ardent music fan.
4. It should have more staying power
One of the criticisms aimed at the Galaxy S6 was that its stamina wasn’t that great. Samsung has listened and significantly upped the battery on both the Galaxy S7 and the curved-screen Galaxy S7 Edge, which should mean they keep going and going.
5. It has great wireless audio quality
Okay this isn’t that new, but it is important. The Galaxy S7 is aptX compatible.
Music streamed over Bluetooth to wireless headphones can be overly compressed leading to a loss of detail. Unlike MP3 compressing aptX is a codec (a program that compresses data) that manages to keep as much fidelity as possible, leading to CD quality sound via Bluetooth.
That means a treat for your ears without being tethered by cables.
Where can I get it and how much will it cost?
We haven’t yet been told when the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be available, but we expect it to be some time in the next few months.
Pricing has been kept quiet too, but don’t think all these features will come cheap. The larger and more attractive S7 Edge, in particular, will probably be one of the most expensive phones around.