It was only about 2 weeks ago that we first started playing around with the brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, back at Mobile World Congress 2016. Needless to say these beauties were among the main highlights at the event, so we are excited to finally be able to spend more time with these phones.

The Galaxy S7 Edge unboxing and first impressions post has recently been published by Lanh, and now it’s time for the standard Galaxy S7 to shine. I have been using what will be a top-selling smartphone in 2016 for a couple days and am ready to give you my first thoughts. So let’s jump right in and tell you more about the Samsung Galaxy S7.

see also:Galaxy S7 cases

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A beautiful phone like the Samsung Galaxy S7 is worthy of equally good-looking packaging. Samsung certainly didn’t disappoint here, offering a box that is nearly identical to that of the Edge version.

The black box is minimalist and elegant, yet colorful with bright white and blue colors adorning the front in the shape of the device’s name. Open the box and there is plenty to be had, including a charging cable, power outlet connector, a pair of headphones, a wireless transfer dongle and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S7 itself.

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Of course, we can’t go over all the details without giving you a refresher on the Samsung Galaxy S7 internals.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Octa processor
  • 5.1-inch Quad HD 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 200 GB via microSD)
  • 12MP rear camera with dual pixel, OIS and LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint reader
  • IP68 certified
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
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Needless to say Samsung has worked hard to rehash the look of its devices. They went back to the drawing board with the Samsung Galaxy S6 series in order to provide a better build quality and much more enticing looks, something that has carried on and continues to be a staple of the newest handset.

I honestly can not get over how great this phone feels in the hand. It is not only perfectly sized, but the curves on the back offer a level of comfort we simply couldn’t see in its predecessor. This design element more closely ressembles the Galaxy Note 5, which also has curved edges on the back.

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While the Galaxy S7 and S6 are roughly the same size, the newer handset gives off the impression of being a bit smaller. Otherwise, the phone is very similar to all other Samsung devices released recently. The buttons are exactly where you would expect them to be, and the build materials are pretty much the same.


Something we can say is better about the Samsung Galaxy S7 design is the camera hump in the back, which has been greatly reduced (though it’s still existent).

Maneuverability is also great with this phone. It’s simple to reach from one side of the phone to the other, as is reaching over to the top to pull down the notification button. And though the phone’s metal and glass are still a bit too slippery for total comfort, the size and edges help you get a better grip on the handset.

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Likely one of the strongest additions to the design is the Galaxy S7’s resistance to the elements. It sports IP68 certification, meaning no dust will be getting into the phone. And if it happens to get wet, all you have to do is wipe off the liquids and continue with your daily matters.

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No surprises here: the Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a Super AMOLED QHD screen with a 2560×1440 resolution, measuring in at 5.1 inches. Pixel density is very high at 577 pixels per inch. And as you can expect out of Super AMOLED displays, this one offers those gorgeous deep blacks and punched out colors these panels are so famous for.

Of course, we also have to mention the always-on display mode, which so far hasn’t harmed my battery life very much. I am a fan of the calendar option, but you can also opt for other ones as well.

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I happen to have the European version, which sports the Exynos 8890 with Mali graphics backing it up. How does it do? I will need to run some more tests, but I can tell you performance has been nothing short of amazing.

Samsung has been great at optimizing its processor for the phone, something that really shows. Everything is very fluid and smooth; I have encountered no hiccups or crashes so far.

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We need to test gaming more, as well as benchmarks. You can read all about that when we publish our full review. For now, you can rest assured that this phone is definitely powerful and fast.

We had to take a moment to mention microSD support, which has been one of the most popular requests from Samsung fans and users. I have put in my 200 GB Sandisk microSD in here and it works like a charm. The 32 GB storage inside the phone is nice, but we know some of you will need more, and now you can satiate all your memory needs.

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Of course, we can’t give you a definitive opinion on battery life just yet. We will be doing more testing, but for the time being, it’s sensible to say this phone can definitely hold its own.

There’s a 3,000 mAh battery in here. Even though it’s not as large as the Edge device’s battery, it can provide better battery times than any of its direct predecessors. Even with heavy usage, I was able to get 3.5 hours of screen-on time. The next day I decided to use the phone more moderately, which gave me over 5 hours of screen-on time.

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Samsung has gone a different route with the camera this time around. We now have a 12 MP camera on board, but it does have its cool additions. Dual pixel makes auto-focusing much more efficient, as every pixel in there can help with getting your images in focus. It does seem to work very well, as auto-focusing does take only a split second. Pixels in the main camera are also larger, which means they can let in more light and speed up shutters, effectively getting rid of blur.

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My only complaint with the main camera is that temperatures tend to get warmer in lower-light situations. This is something that can be fixed in manual mode, but the caveat can get annoying in auto. Overall, it is still an amazing camera, which is to be expected form a Samsung flagship device. Is it the best, though? We will have to wait and see.

The 5 MP front-facing camera is pretty good too, but it has its downsides. One of them is the fact that it lacks OIS, so you need a steady hand or plenty of light to take those sharp selfies. As for video, this smartphone’s front shooter can handle QHD video recording, which will be great for all the vloggers out there.

We have the familiar Touchwiz running on the Samsung Galaxy S7, with the same colorful and rounder elements we have seen in the past. The app drawer continues to be present, but there is a Galaxy Labs option that can turn it off.

Otherwise, we can still find all the common features Samsung has become famous for, including Smart Stay. We will definitely expand more on this during our full review. The main addition is really the always-on display.

We will continue to test the phone and put it through the paces. We have to use it more extensively, as well as do a camera shootout and perform a few benchmarks to see how both versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 stack up against each other. Until then, keep it tuned to Android Authority for more details and hit the comments to let us know how you are liking the “the next big thing”. Are you considering buying one?

  • s3icc0

    Yes me and lot of my friends consider to buy the regular s7 pretty soon … some made the pre-orders already some (me) are waiting like a first month to see more reviews before spending all the money. Anyway we all do the decision mainly because 3 things: 1) Camera; 2) SDcard; 3) Battery life … it is that simple as that

    • Bur

      Exactly my 3 smartphone tops, sd card camera and battery life. S7 is the perfect device I waited for.

      • s3icc0

        I wouldn’t say perfect, but the best available at the moment :-)

  • dkking

    Waiting for the ultimate camera comparison

  • Blowntoaster

    Only reason I’d buy an S7 or Edge is battery life and the IP rating, and that magnificent camera. Coming from an S6 Edge with OK battery life and a pretty good camera and software/performance, I’d welcome the increased battery capacity, and not have to worry that, when it rains, if my phone will be fine.
    Nexus 6P’s are mighty tempting, but the SD810 throttling issues and the camera are not doing it for me. best to wait a few months for the 2016 Nexus announcement and to see if the Note 6 will bring IP68 and a gigantic battery to the party.

    • I’m getting 7.5 hours Screen 0n time in 1 day 19 hours 0ff the charger with my GS7 Edge, I’m seriously impressed. my GS6 can barely manage 3 hours Screen on.

      • Žiga Štupar

        Exynos or snapdragon version ?

      • Diego Kaku

        On my note 5 5.1.1

      • Rob

        I go a full work day with my S6 Edge with the screen on full brightness. I don’t know if it’s a fluke, but it could be the same logic behind me getting an S6 Edge where the thing couldn’t get a signal for crap and then taking it back to get the same model, but different phone and it working just fine.

  • Alan Mead

    I’m literally waiting for my S7 to be delivered today. I’ve been using the Nexus 5X for the past 6 months and whilst I love the “pure Android”, the excellent fingerprint sensor and the great design of the phone, the camera is sluggish, battery life stinks and it’s getting a bit laggy (only 2 GB of RAM) lately.

  • trwb

    There’s no lag at all? Its seems like every Samsung device ever created has had lag. Is this one better?

  • JoseP.

    Waiting on the S7 vs G5 Camera full review…nice if you can have the HTC 10 on that comparo

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  • curios

    I will never understand how anyone sees a Samsung phone as good looking. Out of the main players, to me, it is by far the ugliest phone.

    • balcobomber25

      I would say LG is ugliest by a wide margin and then Samsung.

      • SaRPeR

        Sony phones and iPhone 6 generation are even uglier.

        • balcobomber25

          I disagree on that front. I think Sony phones are some of the most beautiful on the market. iPhone 6 looks like every other metal phone.

  • balcobomber25

    Excellent hardware ruined by an ugly/boring design and terrible software.

    • tiger

      Excellent hardware? S820 is yet another Qualcomm disaster!!!

      Youtube: search for “Galaxy S7 edge Nexus 6P iPhone 6S Plus Moto X Pure Speed Test”

      • balcobomber25

        I don’t need to Google anything I had hands on time with a few SD820 phones at MWC, all were incredibly fast.

        • tiger

          Yes, fast for very very short term…then overheats and throttles. No need to practice blind ignorance here.

          Why do you think Samsung needed heat tubes built in? They know about this already.

          • balcobomber25

            I used an S7 for about 30 minutes, ran benchmarks and games on it, it didn’t overheat anymore than any other flagship phone would certainly not nearly as much as the 810 did. You might want to actually use one before speaking like you know.

          • tiger

            LOL…i call BS. Why don’t you look at the video (i am sure that you have)? Stop defending a flawed processor design dude. S820 cannot sustain performance. Why do you think that there are liquid filled heat tubes in the S7?????? Remember Sony had those too for the S810?

            Why do you think S6 did not have them with Exynos?

            Logic dude. Basic logic.

          • balcobomber25

            Why do I need to look at a video? I have already had hands on with it, you have not. When you do then you can speak.

            I already explained why the S6 used a Exnyos. The 810 suffered from throttling and overheating. The 820 is a completely separate chip and Qualcomm used Samsung to manufacture it. When you actually use one then you can speak about it, until then you have nothing value to add to the conversation.

  • Ann Carson

    Need it right now

  • Tonderai Chambwe

    waiting for S6 prices to drop so i can buy one

  • Shuvam Agarwal

    from where did u guys get the phone before launch ?

  • Fornavn Etternavn

    Galaxy s7 is almost the perfect phone. It just miss removable battery, usb- type c and quick charge 3.0

    • tiger

      Youtube…search for: Galaxy S7 edge Nexus 6P iPhone 6S Plus Moto X Pure Speed Test

  • SaRPeR

    3.5 hours screen-on time with heavy usage is still low. I get 6 hours screen-on time with heavy usage with my Galaxy A5 (2016).

  • Zero McLannary

    AA: It’s a Samsung, we automatically recommend it.

    Jokes aside, I’ve ordered one. Going to see how its camera goes against my Z5’s.

  • tiger

    Go to Youtube…search for “Galaxy S7 edge Nexus 6P iPhone 6S Plus Moto X Pure Speed Test”

    Galaxy S7 sucks. Qualcomm S820 sucks. Heat galore! Lag and closing apps due to overheating!

  • Mathews Kiran

    Waiting for the snapdragon and Exynos comparison and benchmark test for S7 !

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