We’re here at MWC 2016, where Samsung has just taken the wraps off of their latest flagship offerings. As was the case last year, the company has also released an Edge variant alongside its main flagship product, the Galaxy S7. What does this curvy device have to offer? Let’s find out, as we go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge!



The Galaxy S7 Edge looks just as sleek as its predecessors

This year’s Galaxy S line brings with it refinements to the design language instead of being a complete overhaul, which is perfectly fine, given that there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with last year’s models. It still features a metal and glass unibody construction, but everything has pretty much been rounded off at every angle. The back tapers down along the sides, similar to what was seen with the Galaxy Note 5, and with the more rounded corners and sides, the device no longer has that sharp feel in the hand that was seen with its predecessor. The device feels a lot more comfortable in the hand, and the curves on the back contribute significantly to the handling experience, and even more so in the case of the larger Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Moving around the sides of the device, the buttons are all in the same spots as last year’s flagships. One important thing to note is that Samsung decided to forgo USB Type-C this time around and instead opt for the standard Micro USB port. We aren’t entirely sure why Samsung made this decision, as it’s been made pretty clear that Type-C is the new standard for Android devices.



Both flagships now come with always-on displays

The Galaxy S7 Edge is also much larger when compared to its predecessor and its flagship sibling, with it now featuring a much large 5.5-inch display. It is, of course, a Super AMOLED panel once again, with a Quad HD resolution. It offers saturated and vibrant colors, good viewing angles and brightness, and deep, inky blacks. A new addition to the display experience is the fact that it is now an always-on display, which lets you peek at the time, notifications, calendar, and weather information — all without having to wake up the phone. For those worried about the effect on battery life, Samsung claims that the always-on display results in a battery drain of less than 1%.

Performance and hardware


The Galaxy S7 Edge will be powered by either a Samsung Exynos or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, depending on the market. We’re still waiting on official word from Samsung regarding the exact model of Exynos used. Regardless, all versions are paired with 4GB RAM.


Samsung has certainly noticed the uproar that was a result of the removal of staple features like a removable battery and expandable storage with the previous iterations, and while the former is still not available, the latter makes its way back into the fold. The device comes with dual SIM capabilities, with the secondary SIM slot also serving as a microSD card slot, leaving users with having to make the choice between dual SIM features or expandable storage. Also returning from the Samsung Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistance, with the Galaxy S7 Edge coming with an IP68 rating for the same.


Another big issue with last year’s devices was battery life, but with the Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung is looking to address that concern by packing in a large 3,600mAh battery. There should be no reason why this phone cannot comfortably allow for a full day of use, if not more. Fast wireless charging also makes a return here, and also Quick Charge capabilities, that should have you up and running in no time.



The camera has also seen quite a few improvements. First off, the large camera bulge is pretty much gone this time, and while the camera still protrudes a little bit, it is nowhere as significant (or worrisome) as before. The camera is 12MP shooter, which may seem like a downgrade from the 16MP primary camera of its predecessor, but what you get is a much large pixel size, at 1.4 microns, that allows for much improved low-light performance, which is augmented even further with its f/1.7 aperture. The camera is also utilizing a dual pixel setup, which is the first of its kind on a smartphone, and this allows for faster focusing, even in poorly-lit conditions.



On the software side of things, you get the latest iteration of Touchwiz on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and this is probably the cleanest version of the Touchwiz UI we’ve come across. The squared circle icons aren’t the most aesthetically-pleasing, but they are definitely a big improvement over Samsung’s previous icons. Also gone is the blue and green color scheme, for a far simpler blue and white.


And as noted in our Galaxy S7 hands-on, Samsung has added in an experimental feature to the software that allows you to remove the app drawer if you’d like. LG decided to forgo the app drawer altogether with the G5, but it’s optional with the S7 and S7 Edge. We’ve also heard rumors that Android N, the next major version of Android, will axe the app drawer as well, so it looks like both Samsung and LG might be getting a head start with the change.

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The S7 Edge comes with quite a few new Edge-centric features

The dual curved edges still give off that really cool waterfall effect, and Samsung has added some additional software features to take further advantage of the Edge display. You still get the People Edge and Apps Edge like before, but there are now two columns of apps, which makes it a lot more useful. New to the edge features is Tasks Edge and the Edge panel. Tasks Edge, as the name suggests, lets you add shortcuts to specific tasks, like adding a calendar event, composing a text message, and other activities that you would normally do regularly. The Edge panel, on the other hand, is basically a slew of customizable widgets that you can pick and choose between, such as stocks, Yahoo news, Calendar, or Weather, to quickly give you information at a glance.


 Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Display5.1-inch Super AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution
5.5-inch Super AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution
ProcessorUS: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Most other regions: Samsung Exynos 8 Octa
US: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Most other regions: Samsung Exynos 8 Octa
MicroSDYes, up to 200GB (Uses SIM 2 slot)Yes, up to 200GB (Uses SIM 2 slot)
Dust and water resistanceIP68 ratingIP68 rating
Cameras12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS
5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture
12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS
5MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture
BatteryNon-removable 3000mAh batteryNon-removable 3600mAh battery
Fast chargingYesYes
Wireless chargingQi and PMAQi and PMA
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g


Wrapping up


So there you have it for this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge! A more refined design, a larger display, the return of key features, a further streamlined software experience, and more features to take advantage of the Edge display means that the Galaxy S7 Edge does bring a lot to the table. If you found its predecessor to be lacking, the latest Samsung flagship may have done its part in addressing those concerns. We’ll be sure to update this post as we learn more about this device.

What do you think? Could this be your next smartphone? Be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Cakefish

    Samsung beat LG this year in my honest opinion!

    • Matthew Merrick

      Yeah I don’t know what the hell they’re thinking with the G5. Whereas Samsung really knocked out of the park. About the only thing Samsung could have done better is a backing material that won’t break INSTANTLY, while accumulating all the world’s fingerprints. And if a non-glass back allowed for removable battery, even better. But still, a glass back and non-removable are minor tradeoffs for an otherwise no-comprimse phone.

    • skyelm

      I think so too… Gonna upgrade my G4 to S7 Edge. Just hope the price is not gonna kill me on price.. Dollar/Rand is bad in South Africa

    • Daggett Beaver

      Samsung opened a can of whoopass on LG. Not that the G5 is a bad choice, but it’s for people who want a modular camera and sometimes use it as a phone.

      • NeilGeorge

        eh LG G5 has innovation where the GS 7 has not..

    • kreemer

      I think you’re decongestant wrong here.
      All Samsung presented was a standard launch, no innovation there, and an updated S6 product.

      LG s fresh all round, exciting with its presentation and its products, and fast teaching with the partnerships it presented.

      I think Samsung had real competition this year. And it’s not with Apple.

    • Илья Микрюков

      Samsung always presents the most elegant and powerful smartphones in the world.
      LG also has good smartphones, but I prefer Samsung. And I want to upgrade my S5 to the S7 Edge. And as for me, it’s not important, that OS and TouchWiz getting for nearly 8 GB, I can also use micro-SD.

  • Luca

    Curious about the antutu scores. I guess 113K is for the Exynos one and 127K for the Snapdragon one?

    • Apury

      Why should the Snapdragon one be better? In history the Exynos was always better.

      • Luca

        Because that’s what leaked bench indicated. And no, Exynos has never been better before 2015.

  • Hassan Raza

    I think it’s a best cell ever

  • 1213 1213

    Mixed feelings about no app drawer being the way forward. Guess I’ll have to see it first, but I never liked the fact ios didn’t have one.

  • Paul Young

    The G5 really let itself down with a sub 3000 mAH battery. Glad to see Samsung went the other way with the S7. That and the waterproofing is a nice feature.

  • charlie Jason

    I think Samsung kept up with what it has always been good at, like performance, display, and camera, fixed what was wrong with last year’s device, like battery size and SD card omission, and refined the design with a tiny camera bulge and beautiful slim bezels.

  • Sayed ahamed

    That battery 3600 mAH is true love and combined with the awesome camera and dual pixel it won me over

  • nebulaoperator

    S7 won me over G5. I am neither fan but significant camera improvements , larger battery and back of the SD card makes this phone truly desirable. Sure Lg replaceable slots is welcome direction, I like B&O friend pack but otherwise I miss clear vision there. It’s got some new features but only one I found worth G5 name. Camera wide angle feature is another gimmick in my opinion that was prefered over further improvements of essentials in camera. Also Lg design deteriorates year after year. S7 is a winner here.

  • samsung beats lg .

  • Linda Lydakis Poling

    Not pleased with the G5, looks like I’ll be heading back to Galaxy. The diminished battery capacity, no app drawer and the overall design do not look fantastic to me. Will have to wait and actually hold one in my hands, but right now on paper i’m going with the S7Edge

  • Žiga Štupar

    Liquid cooling, IP68, 3000mAh, new design,… im sold

    • nqqa

      Liquid cooling?

  • Don Chido1

    Is it mhl compatible? Mhl is getting replaced with wifi wireless devices. I shouldn’t need wifi if i have a phone

  • Abd

    Free Gear VR for preorders in US, Europe, and other locations, with a 6-game bundle worth $150
    Water and dust proofing IP68!
    3600 / 3000 mAh Batteries!
    SD Card upto 200GB
    5.5″ / 5.1″ QHD sAMOLED Displays
    Dual pixels, 100% photo area focus, F1.7 camera
    Fast wireless and wired charging
    Excellent specs. Feeling jealous but happy with my Note 5. Cant wait for Note 6!

  • Chris

    Same sensors as last year? Fingerprint and that Samsung pay one to where you can use ANY card reader even if it’s not NFC compatible?

    • SnakeSplitskin

      Good question. I don’t see why MST/NFC and Samsung Pay would not also be a part of the phone.

  • Jaime

    Nobody has mentioned an IR blaster, I suppose it’s gone, which is a shame…

  • kreemer

    LG rocked it’s presentation, and the Lg G5 rocked it’s hardware.

    The year is Lg’s to have, even though Samsung will still sell a lot of phones.

    I think Lg will hold onto it’s customers AND add a whole sleigh of new ones from everywhere, particularly if they price it right.

    Robots? Drones? Bang & Olufsen? And if that camera is better than the G4’s……

    This launch will be talked about for a long while. It will seep across the whole year. And when all launches are done, it will be clear just how excellent the launch was.

    It’s up to the hardware, in people’s hands, to do the talking now.

    It was Oscar winning stuff. You know one when you see one.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      It was a great presentation. But I don’t believe it was strong enough to have staying power throughout the year. The hardware add-ons just aren’t ground breaking enough to warrant their existence, especially if they were pricey. Maybe if the came in the same package as the phone and the overall price was competitive, that would be a good value. But the market hasn’t been screaming for a 360 degree camera or a remote controlled robot or even DAC audio. Those things are pretty cool but their existence isn’t a game-changer. DAC should have been part of the standard phone. The battery should have been at least 3000mah. And the hardware addons should have been something that a large portion of the market was craving. Perhaps an easily installed and non-awkward zoom lens in a compact form? Or maybe a thin case containing a 4000mah battery? How about a thin/case battery that had an e-ink display on the back implemented just as good as that Yota phone? I’m just throwing things out there that I think would have been more enticing to the general market. As it stands, only LG diehards will be interested in the G5. Maybe they can peel away some HTC or Motorola/Lenovo fans but that’s about it.

    • BenGezarit

      I am a LG customer and i am not impressed with the phone….at all. I will wait for “s*hit my display is cracked at the modul hole” kinda thingy :) and other stuff. Hope not some bloody bootloop issues as well…

  • jasonlowr

    S7 edge all the way.

  • iamdluhansa

    Love G5 better than this.

  • HatchetHaro

    sexy af

  • crimsoncomet

    why is the storage not adoptable though, its running marshmallow?

  • Mayooonaise

    Is there still a RGB LED notification light?

  • Mark Miller

    Really impressed with S7 Edge. I’m glad they are bringing back the SD card, but disappointed 32 gb internal is only option. Why do they always do this crap? Seems like they can never just let us have it all. Is it really a big deal to include an IR blaster and offer a 64 gb model? If they would have those 2 things would there really be anything to complain about? Course you can never please everybody, but I think that would eliminate many of the complaints minus the non-removable battery but with doze feature in marshmallow and 3600 mah battery that should hopefully take care of needing to charge to get through the day.

  • Shazley Sahib

    Different product cycle. S7 is more like a S6s. While the G5 is more like an overhaul. Totally new design and crazy accessories. I’m sure next year’s G6 will be more like a G5s. You get what i mean. It’s definitely interesting and innovative but if the accessories pricing are too high, then it will be doomed to fail. If i were to upgrade this year though, i’d definitely get this S7 Edge.

  • Matthew Patrick

    gonna go to s7 edge. btw.will samsung support Quick Charge 3?

  • Rafal

    Just wonder all version (EU)Samsung s7 and s7 edge have hybrid sim try thats mean they dual sim? its that correct? i can’t find that information at samsung website its only about sd card there

  • Mike Falderoff

    Note to Samsung…..glass is for the screen, not the whole phone !!!!

  • Mike Falderoff

    Why did Samsung put a quad-core in the US model and everyone else got a octa-core? Luckily, since I have TMobile…I can switch later to a better phone (Note 6 is rumored to be larger and better than the Note 5). I got the Edge ONLY for the VR, Samsung Pay and a year of Netflix.