Samsung has officially unveiled its new smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, with popular features being reintroduced as well as new ones being added.
The phones are waterproof – up to 1.5m for 30 minutes – and have expandable storage, as well as having a new rear camera that operates better in low light, and an improved battery.
Samsung showed off the phones at the Unpacked event in Barcelona, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
The reintroduction of a MicroSD card slot, which was dropped in the previous version of the phone, the Galaxy S6, was met with cheers by the audience. It allows users to increase their phone’s storage by up to 200Gb.
The rear camera is 12MP, which is less than the 16MP Galaxy S6, but there is a bigger aperture, meaning more light can be let in by the lens during photos.
The batteries have higher capacities, lasting longer between charges. There is also an option to wirelessly charge your S7, a feature which was introduced with the S6.
The S7 has a 5.1 inch screen, whilst the S7 Edge has a 5.5 inch screen, and both phones operate using Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
The phones are compatible with Gear 360, a 360-degree camera, as well as a Virtual Reality headset.
However, the design of the phones is very similar to the S6, with industry experts indicating that this could have a negative effect for Samsung.
Ian Fogg from IHS Technology, said: “Although there are significant improvements under the bonnet with the camera, the chipset, the removable storage and the water resistance, Samsung will have to make sure that’s visible to consumers, because at a glance they look to be the same as last year’s model.”
There were also many rumours suggesting that the phones would have USB Type-C, but instead they use the same port as the S6.
The phone is available for pre order until the release date of 11 March. We can’t wait to get our hands on the Galaxy S7 and share our review with you, so stay tuned!