Samsung has today launched the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the successors to the flagship models Galaxy S6 and S6 edge respectively, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new models' design language hasn't changed too much but the edge model's signature curved edges are even more rounded, extending to the back plate of the device. The edge comes with a larger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen while the standard S7's only measures 5.1-inches. Both displays offer the same 1440p QHD resolution though.

Despite only fairly moderate design changes, a lot of new technology is incorporated. The device bodies are now IP68 rated for environmental protection which means they are dust-proof and water-resistant down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. North American and European models will come with Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. Internal storage is 32GB but on the the S7 models the microSD slot is making its return for easy memory expansion, a move by Samsung that high-volume photographers and videographers will certainly appreciate.

The S7 comes with a 3,000mAh battery and the larger edge with a 3,600mAh variant. Both models support Samsung's quick charging technology and wireless charging with an optional dock.

In the camera department pixel count has been reduced to 12MP for larger 1.4um pixels which means a 56 percent increase in size compared to the Galaxy S6. Samsung has also introduced a new AF system it calls Dual-Pixels. The Dual Pixel image sensor splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection. This is many more focus pixels than you would find on any other current smartphone camera. And the results appear quite impressive, from Samsung's video below:

The CMOS sensor is combined with a fast F1.7 aperture and an optical image stabilization system. On the body Samsung has been able to reduce the camera's protrusion, so that the module is now almost flush with the rear panel.  

Both S7 models will be available for pre-order within the next few days and in-store availability is scheduled for March 11. All pre-orders will include a Samsung Gear VR headset as a gift. No information on pricing has been released yet.

Key Specifications:

  • 12MP sensor
  • F1.7 aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 5MP front camera with F1.7 aperture
  • 1440p QHD Super AMOLED display (S7: 5.1-inch / S7 edge: 5.5-inch)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • MicroSD support
  • Fingerprint reader
  • IP68 environmental protection
  • 3,000mAh (S7) or 3,600mAh (S7 edge) battery with quick charging