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No 4K display but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is here with a QHD screen and awesome new specs

by on February 22, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – February 22, 2016

It’s now official, Samsung is getting ready to put out a new duo of Galaxy S7 flagship phones and they look like they’re going to be pretty awesome.

The company is putting out the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagship handsets, which were unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event, right on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain as of February 21st.

There have been plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S7 in the last few months and we ourselves have also covered some of them, with speculations about processing power, new touch features and the possibility of 4K display technology. Well, while the final result with the S7 isn’t quite as cool as we’d hoped for (no 4K display), the new phones are still pretty impressive.

Modeled with many of the same features as their S6 cousins from 2015, the new Galaxy S7 duo do also pack in plenty of their own distinct new tweaks.

For starters, the Galaxy S7 delivers a 5.1 inch display and looks basically identical to its 2015 S6 predecessor. As for the S7 Edge, it looks quite a bit like the S6 Edge but does come with a considerably larger screen at 5.5 inches.

On the other hand, in a considerable dose of augmentation, both of the new Galaxy S7 phones offer the return of microSD card compatibility and are also designed with waterproofing technology built into them. This latter new feature was one of the more esoteric rumored specs for the S7 and, somewhat surprisingly, it turns out to be true. Samsung has achieved waterproofing in the new phones through the use of special coating layers on both of the phones’ external bodies, connectivity ports and even on their internal hardware components.

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However, most interesting of all, though not quite as enticing as we’d hoped, the new phones will both come with QHD display resolution at 2560 x 1440 pixels, with Super AMOLED technology and pixel densities of 577ppi for the S7 and 534ppi for the larger display of the S7 Edge. 4K display would have been an interesting new twist to Samsung flagship smartphone technology but it seems that the company is still shying away from the somewhat problematic idea of cramming 8.29 million pixels into a smartphone screen. For now, the Sony Xperia 75 Premium still remains the only such phone on the market.

Nonetheless, QHD display on a phone display is nothing to sneeze at, and with pixel densities like those of the S7 duo, viewers should be more than happy if complete pixel invisibility is something they like in their phone screen.

As for main camera technology, both S7 versions offer a 12 megapixel sensor that’s actually weaker than the 16MP version found in the Galaxy S6 but which offers superior image quality thanks to a wider f/1.7 aperture, a larger 1.4um pixel size and superior phase detection technology for much brighter photos than those of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

The new main camera in the S7 duo also offers up 4K video recording at 30fps and the ability yto shoot slow motion footage in HD. Of course, there’s also a front-facing 5 megapixel “selfie cam” built into both the S7 and its Edge version.

Finally, Samsung has given the two new phones some serious performance power with the inclusion of Qualcomm’s new 4k-capable Snapdragon 820 chipset and a hefty 4GB of RAM. This means 30% more CPU performance and as much as 64% more GPU performance over the abilities of the S6 phones.

We should also note that both phones will come with Android’s latest smartphone OS, Marshmallow with a TouchWhiz layer built on top of it for increased interface functionality for apps shortcuts, tools and widgets. Samsung has also included their “Always On” feature for display functionality, by which the S7 and S7 Edge OLED display can stay active for basic display needs by only selectively activating individual pixels and thus barely consuming battery power at all.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Mark
    March 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    They should have given us a display that displays a billion shades, probably running at 1080, then this display would probably have been unbeatable, for many years to come!

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  • Harry
    April 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I really don´t see the point of a 4K display on a phone (EXCEPT for one thing which is: using it as a VR screen).

    For normal (non-VR) use 1440p is already way overkill and I don´t see a difference with 1080p on my s7 edge myself. Hope phone companies don´t waste their time making useless higher resolution screens, and rather focus on more powerful internal components.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 6, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      I would agree in practical pure display necessity terms Harry. Even smaller 4K TV displays are indistinguishable from 1080p displays at normal viewing distances to the human eye, so you can imagine the comparison between the two resolutions in a 5 inch screen. However, two reasons come to mind for why this is the way things are going. First, there’s the PR value of saying that your company makes technology on the cutting edge of consumer options and more fundamentally, more strategically, UHD displays in smartphones are geared towards just what you say, VR headset compatibility down the road. In other words, adding one more practical networked feature to phones for other entertainment devices.

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