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At first glance you may ask yourself the same question I did – whats changed? The Samsung Galaxy S7 looks exactly the same as the Galaxy S6, it has the same metal and glass body, the same screen size and pretty much the same look and feel to it. On top if that, fans of the removable battery should know that the battery still doesn’t come out (easily anyway). What Samsung took out of the Galaxy S6 it put back into the Galaxy S7 as well as bringing back the Edge version.

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Image: BGR

They’ve brought back the micro SD card which means you won’t have to pay more for a model with a lot more memory, they’ve added water resistance (water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes) so you can take worry free trips to the beach. However the infra-red remote function isn’t back and as mentioned before you still can’t take the battery out. Now the thing is if you’re upgrading from a much earlier model – you’ll be blown away but if you have the Galaxy S6 then to be honest it might not just be worth the upgrade.

Technology  – GSM / HSPA / LTE
Dimensions – 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)
Weight – 152 g (5.36 oz)
Build – Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM – Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display –  Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size – 5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution – 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch – Yes
Platform – OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset – Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
– Exynos 8890 Octa
CPU –  Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
– Quad-core 2.6 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU – Adreno 530
– Mali-T880 MP12
Memory – Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) – single SIM model
– microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model
– Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Camera – Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection auto focus, OIS, LED flash

Image: Forbes

Image: Forbes

Other features include Samsung Pay (Samsung’s answer to apple pay), finger print sensor, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, dual-video rec. Another addition is the choices of color you get with the phone (Black, White, Gold, Silver). To sum it up, Samsung is known for sleek, classy and simply seductive designs and although the Galaxy S7 may not have a lot more features as compared to its predecessor it still is one of the best phones on the market, especially with the addition of the micro SD card slot again which isn’t available on the Apples iPhone. The Galaxy S7 is a worthy successor to the S6 and if you are still sporting an S5, I definitely recommend the upgrade.

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