#Unpacked Recap: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain, where Mobile World Congress is taking place.

S7 and S7 edge the verge

(Image from The Verge)

Both devices boost a better camera, waterproof technology, bigger batteries and an overall better experience for the user. Justin Denison, the senior Vice President of Samsung’s product strategy, echoed the idea of innovation throughout the event saying, “we reimagined what these devices could do.”

Better Camera

The camera for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge has been reimagined to create stunning images. The 12-megapixel camera, while smaller than the number of pixels in the S6, allows in better light for higher quality images in low light settings. To put this in comparison to other smartphone cameras, the S7 and S7 edge can capture up to 30% more pixels in low light settings compared to the iPhone 6s Plus. Not only will these devices give you better images, the camera also takes less time than other smartphones to launch, therefore making it easier to capture fleeting moments.

How Waterproof are they really?

One of the most exciting features of these new devices is their ability to be underwater without damage. With an IP68 water resistant rating, you can submerge the S7 or S7 edge for 30 minutes under 1.5 meters of water. Samsung innovated how to waterproof these devices with sealed ports from the inside, leaving no need for covers over the headphone jack or micro-USB port.

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(Image from The Verge)

Stay Charged 

While Samsung did bring back the expandable storage feature, these devices do not have removable batteries so instead, the S7 and S7 edge have larger batteries. The GS7 has 3000mAh and the GS7 edge has 3600mAh, which Justin Denison says will let you “binge watch an entire season of Game of Thrones on one charge.” Even with the newest feature, Always-on Display, which shows the time, your notifications and calendar at all times (unless in your pocket or in a bag), only takes up half a percent of battery per hour.

Always-On Display S7 S7edge Android Central

Always-on Display (Image from Android Central)

Facebook x Samsung 

Mark Zucherberg spoke at Unpacked to discuss how Facebook and Samsung are working together to create higher quality Virtual Reality videos. Samsung’s Gear VR will be receiving updated software, called dynamic streaming, courtesy of Facebook which will result in VR videos being better quality and more data efficient. Customers who order either an S7 or S7 edge before March 18th will receive a free Gear VR with purchase.

Samsung’s newest devices will be available for purchase in the U.S and Canada on March 11th, with pre-orders beginning on February 23rd.

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