The Galaxy S7 edge was launched along side the Galaxy S7. Beside the larger dual-edge display, this smartphone has the same functionalities found on the latter. I like what I saw.
Here’s a quick hands-on review of the Galaxy S7 edge. Before we go any further, lets take a look at the specs.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge key specs:
- 5.5 inch Quad HD super AMOLED; Always On Display
- 64 bit Octa Core Processor (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad)
- 4GB RAM / 32GB storage +microSD up to 200GB
- 12MP Dual Pixel Main Camera with f/1.7 aperture, Smart OIS
- 5MP Front Camera with f/1.7 aperture
- Dual SIM (one SIM tray doubles as microSD card slot)
- LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO
- Bluetooth v 4.2 LE, NFC
- Fingerprint scanner
- New Edge Functions: App Edge, People Edge, Task Edge
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
- 3,600mAh Non-removable battery with Wireless Charging
- Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g
- Color: Black, Gold
The Galaxy S7 edge has similar design elements found on the Galaxy S7. It also uses a 3d-glass and metal build, but features a 5.5 inch dual-edge display. It is a few millimetres taller and wider than the S7, but it is still remarkably slim and handy.
The Quad HD sAMOLED display is as bright and as sharp as the Galaxy S7’s. As the case with super AMOLED tech, it delivers punchy and saturated colors.
As you can see, the back curves on the edges giving it a rounder profile, making it very comfortable to hold. The camera has also been trimmed and doesn’t protrude as much compared to the S6 edge.
The Galaxy S7 edge has a great build quality. It really does feel good to hold and fits my hands very well.
Navigating the Galaxy S7 edge’s menus and UI was a very satisfying experience. It is very smooth and responsive. Everything feels fast and fluid. Also, the new subtle changes they did with the animations integrate with the updated look really well.
The Galaxy S7 edge runs on the latest TouchWiz based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Some of the colors have been changed, and (contrary to what I initially thought), I am digging the flatter icons (no more shadows), and color schemes (especially the white quick settings panel).
See related posts on Samsung:
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Hands-On Review, Antutu Benchmark Score
- Samsung Officially Unveils Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge; Complete Specs, Philippine Price
- Google may help Samsung optimize TouchWiz
The Galaxy S7 edge’s edge panels has improved functionality. By swiping the edge screen, new panels appear. The App Edge panel let’s users save favourite apps, the People Edge let’s users save favourite contacts, and the Task Edge panel shows which apps are running.
AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1
We were able to run AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.1 on the Galaxy S7 edge. It was able to garner a score of 128,268. Unsurprisingly, the score was very close to the one the Galaxy S7 got (considering the specs are similar).
That’s it for our quick hands-on review of the Galaxy S7 edge. The smartphone has an SRP of P39,990. If you like to see more of the device, go to select Samsung Experience Stores starting March 4 to 16. For more information, you may visit www.samsung.com/ph.
Hopefully, I can post a deeper review soon. Stay tuned.
Pre-Order with Smart
The Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge is up for pre-order with Smart. If you want to be one of the first to have Samsung’s latest and greatest, you may visit smrt.ph/galaxys7.