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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge scores 4.5 out of 5 from over 44437 reviews
44437 reviews

The phone's new features and design include the curved display around the screen’s edges, batteries with more capacity and improved water and dust resistance

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Some cool facts about the S7 Edge:

  • It was released by Samsung Electronics in February 2016 and is one of the top selling Android phones, with global sales sitting at 13.3 million units for the first half of 2016
  • In 2017, the model was named the "best phone” at the Global Mobile Awards
  • A used Samsung S7 Edge averages around R6,000 - R7,000. A new one sits at about R15,000 - R16,000, making a secondhand one about 60% cheaper
  • The model has a good resale value depending on its condition, it’s able to maintain 40% of its value if its sold within a year to two years

Camera

You love a good selfie. We do too. Samsung’s S7 Edge camera is pretty cool.

12MP Rear Camera

The new 12-megapixel camera has a brighter F1.7 lens. This means that the lens allows more light into the camera, producing brighter photos with more clarity and definition.

Dual Pixel

The camera has Dual Pixels, a feature that lets your camera focus quicker than you would with your own eyes, giving you fast and seamless auto-focus.

Saving in RAW

For all of the professional photographers out there, this one’s a biggie. Pro Mode means you can save a photo as a RAW file. A RAW file has 10x more data than a JPEG file, which gives you more control in the editing process.

Flash

The model comes with a built-in LED flash for the rear camera. However, there is no flash for the front-facing camera.

Low Light Performance

Samsung has made big improvements to photos taken in low light. You now get a F1.7 lens and larger 1.4µm pixels making for brighter, clearer photos.

Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse, which is similar to time lapse, lets you record a video in a sped-up fashion. You can change the speed of hyperlapse too, either increasing or decreasing the frames per second.

Optical Zoom

The 8 Plus also has optical zoom which works the same way as a zoom lens on a traditional camera. Optical zoom does a better job than digital zoom at taking photos from far away or in dull lighting as it does not degrade image quality when used.

Spotlight Mode

Spotlight mode lets you decide on which facial features you’d like to focus on.

Video

Record video up to 4K. The main benefit of 4K video is you get much smoother, sharper and clearer content that’s just beautiful to look at. The Samsung S7 Edge’s video also gives you extra features like time lapse which condenses an entire day into a few seconds, slow motion to catch every detail of that action shot and optical image stabilisation that removes that “shaky hands” look.

Screen and Display

  • 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution
  • The S7 Edge has a 5.5in Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touch, curved edge display
  • 76.1% of the phone is covered by the screen so you get a much larger, fuller display experience, edge to edge
  • The screen has 534 pixels-per-inch (ppi) density, which means more clarity and detail per inch on your screen.
  • The display offers 16 million colours, giving a more realistic representation of colour in life
  • The screen is made of Gorilla Glass 4 and has been chemically strengthened, making it much tougher than earlier smartphones
  • The model has Always On Display (AOD) functionality, meaning you won’t have to touch your phone in any way to check the time and date as it’s always shown on the screen. If you’re worried that AOD will drain your battery, don’t be - The feature only takes about 1% of battery life per day.

Battery Performance

How does the S7 Edge’s battery perform?
  • The phone has a 3,600 mAh battery
  • The battery lasts up to 17 hours
  • Internet browsing over WiFi: Up to 8 hours
  • Video playback: Up to 18 hours and Standby time: Up to 11 days

Dimensions

  • The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge weighs 157 grams
  • It's height is 15 cm
  • It's length is 7.2 cm
  • It's width is 0.76 cm

Audio

Music and Sound

The Samsung S7 Edge gives you more control over your music’s sound with an equalizer feature. Letting you adjust the bass, treble as well as instruments and vocals.

Adapt Sound is a feature where the phone adjusts the sound to your perceptible hearing range. It does this by creating a listening experience based on your own unique hearing. Once activated, you’ll get a distinctly better listening experience.

Specifications

Display

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
5.5-inch Quad HD
Dual-edge
76.1% screen-to-body ratio
Gorilla Glass 4
Always-on Display

OS

Originally Android 7.0 Nougat Updated to Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

Primary Camera

12MP Rear Camera
f/1.7 aperture
26mm wide lens
1/2.55", 1.4µm
OIS
Dual pixel PDAF
LED flash
Auto-HDR
Panorama

CPU

Qualcomm MSM8996
Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models)
Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)

Resolution

2,560×1,440 pixels

Battery

3,600mAh
Non-removable Li-Ion battery
Fast battery charging 15W
Qi/PMA wireless charging

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm
Length: 7.2 cm
Width: 0.76 cm

Sim Type

Nano SIM

Secondary camera

5MP camera
f/1.7 aperture lens
22mm wide lens
1/4.1"
1.34µm

Video

4K video recording at 2160p at 30 fps
1080p HD at 60 fps
720p HD at 240 fps
Dual-video recording

RAM

4GB

Operating System

Android 8.0 Oreo

Android Oreo is the 8th major update and the 15th version from Google. Samsung Mobile has adopted Android’s mobile operating systems for their Galaxy phones. The S7 Edge was released with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow but can be upgraded to 8.0 Oero and Samsung Experience 9.0.

Faster App Launches
Your home screen and apps launch 2x faster than with Android 7.0 Nougat.

Background Limits
Android 8.0 Oreo minimises background activity of apps when they’re not being used as well as the ones you use the least.

Google Play Protect
This new safety feature focuses on keeping your personal information and settings safe from data-stealing apps, scanning over 50 billion apps per day.

Picture-in-Picture
When you’re watching a video in an app like Netflix or youtube you can now exit the video to access your home screen without fully closing the app.Simply tap the home button and the picture will minimise into a small window on the side of your screen so that you can access your other apps.

Password Auto-fill
If you use Chrome on our PC, you’ll notice Google’s auto-saving feature for your log ins. Android 8.0 has now extended that feature to your smartphone. You can now choose to let Google autosave your passwords and logins for your apps.

Notification Channels
This feature helps you sort your notifications based on importance. In your settings, you can label notifications from a particular app, such as Facebook or your email, as ‘low’, ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘urgent’ importance. An urgent notification will make a noise and appear in the notifications bar and a not so important notification will remain quiet and will not appear in the notifications bar.

Notification Dots
See multiple notifications at one time by tapping the notification dots, then easily clear them by swiping away. When a notification comes up on your homescreen, you can now snooze it. Swipe left on the notification, tap the gearbox and select ‘snooze’ for one hour. You can change the time allocation per notification as well.

Smart Text Selection
Smart text selection makes it easier for you to save or call a number if you’ve Googled it and need to select it. Once a number has been highlighted on Google, your phone will automatically copy paste it to your phone app for calling or saving.

Auto-Enable WiFi
When you’re close to your home or office network, your phone will automatically enable WiFi for you.

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