The saying “New Year, New Me” certainly applies to the smartphone industry. Over the years we have come to expect a new iteration of our favourite devices, and so far 2016 has not disappointed. Keeping in touch with their rich MWC history, Samsung has decided to go ahead and unveil their new flagships for this year. As previously suspected, the devices unveiled follow the usual naming patterns, with the S7 and S7 Edge come to supersede the 2015 S6 and S6 edge.
So what’s new? Well, just like usual there is a very small refinement in every department. As you would expect the devices are bigger and better than last year’s models. The S7 and the Edge both now come with Snapdragons 820 (4×2.5GHz plus 4×1.6GHz) or an Exynos chip depending on where you purchase your device. Coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB on-board memory the device is a sufficient for any activity. Screen size remains largely unchanged with the baby S7 having a 5.1 inch AMOLED display and the Edge possesses a 5.5 inch screen. Both devices have large batteries to drive these beasts for the whole day as the S7 gets a 3000mAh unit and the Edge getting a slightly larger 3600mAh. The S7 does bring back a much missed feature of expandable memory vie the micro SD slot, a feature rarely seen these days on flagship handsets. On the back you shall find a 12mpx camera instead of the 16mpx from last year which on paper seems like a downgrade from the S6. However, the 2016 model comes with a better aperture than the S6 at f/1.7 as well as increased pixel size as well as a new autofocus sensor that improves the speed of focus. Both S7 and S7 edge shall come with Android 6.0 out the box and IP68 water resistant rating. The new flagships shall be available from the 11th of March onwards.
As you can see above, none of the updates are ground breaking. Just noticeable enough to demand their own press conference and a release party. Everything is just that one percent better than last year and in many ways, that’s all it has to be. All the small updates should add up to a noticeable difference especially on the camera front where this device is reportedly able to rival Apple in terms of low light performance. The S6 was a very good rival to the like of the HTC M9 and G4 and I expect the S7 to be exactly the same.