We go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress 2016.
Much like Solid Snake and Liquid Snake, there’s not much difference between the S7 and S6 at a glance. With some small exceptions like the shape of the menu key and some minor differences in dimensions, they’re virtually identical.
A closer inspection reveals that one model is far superior in a number of key ways.
Chiefly, we get a microSD memory card slot on the Galaxy S7. Big deal, you might think, but when you consider that the Galaxy S6 didn’t give you the option to expand storage, then yes, it kind of is a big deal.
Thankfully Samsung’s seen reason this time around and is letting folks who want more storage space for photos, video and app data bulk that 32GB or 64GB internal storage by up to 200GB.
Speaking of photos, the Galaxy S7 comes with a 12-megapixel main camera, down from the 16-megapixeler of the Galaxy S6. As we know, it’s not all about the megapixels, but the camera technology. To whit, Samsung says the wider f/1.7 aperture of the S7’s camera versus the S6’s f/1.9 means more light can reach the sensor in gloomy locations, in theory allowing for better snaps of you and your mates trying to look cool after eighteen Jagerbombs at 3:00am.
Something called dual pixel technology is also present and correct on the Galaxy S7. This is a relatively common feature of DSLRs and basically means that the S7’s autofocus is going to be lightning fast.
Check out the separate hands on video of the Samsung Galaxy S7 here to see Chris Barraclough snapping away at Mobile World Congress; skip forwards to the 2:38 mark to see how fast that focus is yourself.
Additionally, the Galaxy S7 is also water and dust resistant, a nice addition that’ll see it better able to cope with everyday wear and tear in a way that the Galaxy S6 simply wouldn’t.
We’ve got all of the currently available price, network information and specifications for the Galaxy S7 here.
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