Samsung Galaxy S7, we've tested it


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge SEAL

It is the Android mobile that arouses the most expectation. It has a high technical profile , many software functions and a premium design that does not leave you indifferent. The months leading up to its presentation are marked by a  constant trickle of rumors; Photos are filtered, their specifications are discussed and they even try to find out what their price will be. Sure you already know what mobile we are talking about, but just in case we clear your doubt. Yes, it is the Samsung Galaxy S7 .

The S range of the South Korean brand has always been a reference in the mobile landscape and the latest model was not going to be less. Samsung has perfected the concept that began last year with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and they bring us an even rounder smartphone, with an improved and more resistant design , heart attack components such as its Dual Pixel camera or its Samsung Exynos 8890 processor with liquid cooling, whose power translates into a very fluid user experience. In addition to making improvements, Samsung has also been able to correct errors.The Galaxy S6 received very positive reviews, but most agreed that removing the MicroSD card slot was a mistake, hence the new model brings this feature back. Although yes, the design is still monobloc, that is, you cannot remove the battery manually.

The S7 did not arrive alone, it did so hand in hand with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, the version with a curved screen that already passed through our hands a little over a month ago. In this case it is the turn of its presentation brother, the normal Samsung Galaxy S7 with a flat screen, which opts for a tighter size for those who prefer to have a more manageable device, but which is at the same level in specifications. The star terminal of the Android universe  has passed through our hands, we tell you our impressions in an in-depth analysis.

Improved continuity design


your expert recommendsAfter years of betting on plastic terminals with removable covers, Samsung listened to the voices that demanded a more solid design with quality materials and in 2015 they hit the table with the Samsung Galaxy S6. For the first time, Samsung's flagship abandoned the versatile and handy plastic, giving way to a brand new metal chassis combined with resistant glass covering both sides. With the S6 they showed that they could do it as well as the rest, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 continues on the same path, but perfecting some details.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 continues to bet on an aluminum chassis that appears throughout the profile of the terminal, but in this case it is a more resistant type of aluminum. Specifically, it is 7000 series aluminum , a special alloy with a high degree of resistance and very light, which is usually used in fields such as motor racing or nautical. With this extra reinforcement, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is more resistant to possible kinks if, for example, we sit with the mobile in our pocket (an issue that brought Apple upside down after the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus). Although we, just in case, have not tried it.

Both the back and the front are covered by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the same material used in the Samsung Galaxy S6, which, as you already know, is resistant to scratches and breakage. The glass design gives it a distinguished look, as long as we keep it clean, something that is quite complicated. In addition to being a magnet for fingerprints, the glass can also be a double-edged sword when we hold it, since being such a smooth surface it can slip easily, especially if we have cold hands.

The two main materials blend seamlessly at the joints thanks to the rounded edge of the glass - what we know as 2.5D glass. This detail already caught our attention when we saw the Samsung Galaxy S6 for the first time, but the S7 polishes those small details even more. No matter where we look at it, the finishes are excellent.


The rear of the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been rounded at the side edges, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a completely straight back.

At first glance, it does not seem that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has changed much compared to the previous model, so we have made a small photographic comparison in which the changes are better appreciated. The most important is that it has improved ergonomics . As we see in the image on these lines, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a straight back and, although the grip is comfortable, it does not fully fit the hand. However, if we look at the back of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we can see a  curve on the side edges that makes the grip not only more comfortable, but also more secure - in addition to giving a more organic touch to the whole.

Although the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is flat, the back has curved sides as we have already said. Samsung uses a special process to be able to curve the glass so that it fits into the rounded shapes of the S7. It is called 3D thermoforming and it consists of heating the glass to be able to bend it and make it fit with the chassis as precisely as possible.


Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S6.


Samsung Galaxy S6 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Samsung Galaxy S7 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

As detailed on these lines, the measurements between the two models are not too far apart. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is slightly tighter in height and width, although its screen remains the same size. However, it is a bit thicker, but there is a good reason behind it.

While other brands give priority to the thinness of their equipment, Samsung has preferred to "fatten" its new flagship a bit in order to integrate a larger battery - an aspect that we will comment on later. The new model has a profile of 7.9 millimeters, compared to 6.8 millimeters for the previous generation. This causes an increase in the weight of the Samsung Galaxy S7, which reaches 152 grams (14 grams more than the S6).  But, despite this difference, in practice it is not so noticeable when we hold one in each hand, and that extra battery is appreciated.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 camera doesn't stick out that much from the chassis.

The increased thickness of the Samsung galaxy S7 has also allowed the camera to not protrude as much from the chassis, which was one of the weak points of the S6's design. The lens is still a bit above the level of the rear case, but it has been noticeably reduced. To be more specific, the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 excels 1.7 millimeters from the chassis, while the new model that figure has been reduced to only 0.46 millimeters . In addition, the design has been refined and the frame has been painted the same color and finish as the chassis to avoid the “glob” effect of the first model.


NanoSIM / MicroSD tray

As we said at the beginning, one of the novelties of the Samsung Galaxy S7 with respect to the previous model is the reappearance of the MicroSD memory card tray . We will discuss the advantages offered by the possibility of expanding the memory with removable hardware later, but we believe that it is important to include it in the design section since Samsung has solved this problem in a very ingenious way.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has the SIM card slot on the right side of the chassis and it is extracted with the classic skewer that we insert into the hole in the tray. When we first heard that Samsung was going to bring the MicroSD back to the Galaxy S7, we automatically assumed that the terminal would have two removable trays, one for the SIM and one for the MicroSD. Although a priori this would not be a problem, the fact of having two openings in the profile could reduce resistance, in addition to being more complex to solve from a design point of view.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a single tray in which the SIM , which by the way is NanoSIM type, and the MicroSD card are placed . As a result, the tray is longer and has had to be repositioned. You are now on the top edge of the chassis.


Samsung has not changed the layout of the physical buttons with respect to the S6. If we analyze the design of the new flagship Samsung mobile, on the right side of the aluminum chassis there is only the power / sleep button, which is also made of metal and has a very subtle elongated shape. If we go to the left side we find the buttons to increase or decrease the volume, which have the same design as the power button. As we saw in the S6, they have a nice touch and the pulsation is very good.


There is another physical button that remains constant throughout the Galaxy S range. We are talking about the start button , located on the front, just below the screen. This is another example that Samsung has worked out the details on its new flagship. The button still maintains the same rectangular-rounded shape, but the surrounding frame has been painted the same color as the rest of the device, while the S6 had a much more striking chrome profile. In our case we have tested the S7 in black and the start button is perfectly integrated, both in shape and color. By the way, it still maintains the fingerprint sensor . Next to the start button are the capacitive keys common: on the left the multitasking or recent button and on the right the back button.


If we go to the back, in addition to the camera and the Samsung logo, we find the LED flash that is embedded in the chassis along with the heart rate sensor. At Samsung they are still determined to maintain this function in their high-end mobiles, although we do not see it as practical and it also breaks the design a bit. And at the bottom we have the physical connections -a Minijack MicroUSB- headphone and the microphone and speaker .


We cannot close this section without talking about water resistance. Samsung first introduced this feature with the Samsung Galaxy S5 , but they dropped it with the Samsung Galaxy S6 despite its sturdier design and opting for quality materials, just like the S7. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is made of plastic and its back cover is removable. Samsung placed a rubber that sealed the inside of possible water inlets, but it is not the best system since we may not close the lid well and the water ends up leaking.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a one- piece design that does not allow the battery to be removed. The only removable part is the aforementioned SIM / MicroSD tray. This allows it to be even more waterproof and dustproof , with a degree of protection IP (Ingress protection) with code 68 . The first digit refers to protection against dust and the official rule says that it should not enter the circuits under any circumstances. The second digit refers to water resistance and Samsung specifies that it can be submerged to a maximum of 1.5 meters deep, for 30 minutes without suffering any harm. We are talking about the norm, because a few days ago a user dared to submerge the equipment in water for a whopping 16 hours ... And the mobile was still working.

On its website, Samsung claims that the S7 can be used when  "playing in the pool, posting selfies on the beach or calling a taxi in the rain." However, chlorine in the water or salt in the sea can alter the protection values ​​against water. This feature is more intended for accidents,  for example if we drop our mobile in a puddle or get caught in the rain, but be careful when using it underwater.

We have seen that, indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S7 continues to work perfectly after taking a dip. We emphasize that the screen responds very well even if there are drops on the surface and our fingers are wet, a point that is not always fulfilled in other waterproof smartphones.

Display: if something works, why change it?

We have already seen that Samsung have been quite conservative with the design, betting on the same design language with small changes here and there, but they have been even more so with the screen. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has the same screen configuration that we already saw in the Galaxy S6, both in size and resolution. The panel measures 5.1 inches diagonally, a size that bets on the balance between the visual experience of a wide screen, and the ease of handling of a compact device. Here we must highlight the work of the design team, which, as we have already said in the previous section, has managed to adjust the chassis to the screen in order to reduce a few tenths of a millimeter to the whole.



Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1 inches and 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm

iPhone 6s: 4.7 inches and 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1

At this point we consider it interesting to compare the form factor of the Samsung Galaxy S7  with that of one of its most direct competitors: the iPhone 6s . The design of the Mangophone is very marked by the front part format, but it is precisely this design that makes its size larger in comparison. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch diagonal screen , 0.4 inches smaller than the Galaxy S7, but still has almost the same height and width, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 makes more use of the surface frontalso there is more space occupied by the screen. When holding the two phones in your hand, the feeling is very similar (the Samsung Galaxy S7 weighs a bit more), but the Samsung flagship offers us a  better visual experience , and not only because of its size.

Samsung repeats with the same resolution: QHD . This standard translates into a distribution of 2,560 pixels high by 1,440 pixels wide , with a density of 577 dots per inch . With such a dense screen it is practically impossible to see the points that form it, unless we use a magnifying glass, so the sharpness is more than assured. In addition, Super AMOLED technology is synonymous with vivid and bright colors and also consumes less battery.

Samsung has been betting on Super AMOLED technology since the first model of the S range, although it has been improving over the years. LCD panels have quite a few drawbacks, the most important being the excess of layers, especially the backlight, which ends up affecting the fidelity of the colors. AMOLED screens solve this problem since each pixel is backlit by itself and is also controlled independently. Super AMOLED displays  are an improved version of AMOLEDs; Brighter, they offer more vivid colors and deeper blacks. The trick is that the pixels that appear in black are turned off , achieving a more pronounced black while consuming less battery.


  • Always On screen

Taking advantage of the benefits of technology Super AMOLED , Samsung launches a new feature you have called Always On Display , or what is the same, Screen Always On . A function that responds to that mania that smartphone users have developed, which is to constantly look at the mobile, either to check the time or see if we have any pending notifications.


With Always On we can consult that information without having to touch the mobile since, as its name suggests, the screen is always on. This function has a practical utility if we choose to show us the time or the calendar , as we see in the images on these lines, but it also has several images whose function is purely aesthetic (image below).


To ensure that Always On does not end up draining the battery, Samsung has reduced its idle consumption by up to a fifth. When this function is displayed, the refresh rate is reduced to a minimum and the screen driver has also been optimized so that it does not affect the autonomy of the terminal. In addition, Always On turns off automatically if, for example, we carry the mobile in our pocket or put it face down on a table.


The basic mode shows the date and time, and is the one that consumes the least because it only reproduces 8 colors, while the Calendar and Image modes have a wider range and have a greater impact on autonomy. As we see in the image on these lines, Samsung offers several designs in each of the modes , although the Clock mode is the one that offers a wider variety - we hope they will expand the offer later.

Always On also displays icons for pending notifications, such as missed calls or emails. It is a practical function to be able to take a quick look at the mobile without having to turn it on all the time, which in the end consumes much more battery than this way. To put it one downside, the Always On clock moves across the screen and there are times when it can be distracting,  although we have gotten used to it quickly.

Camera: dual sensor and brighter lens

The camera is, without a doubt, the flagship feature of the Samsung Galaxy S7. If the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 has already pleasantly surprised us, that of the new S7 has left us speechless. The images are sharper, with a wide dynamic range, but above all it works wonderfully when there is little light, and is that Samsung has gathered several elements that help in those dark scenes that often give so much war.

The first thing that stands out is that they have lowered the resolution. 16 megapixel S6 stay in 12 megapixels with S7, but careful be guided by the megapixels. Despite this difference, the sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is better than the previous generation.

The first data to take into account is that the sensor is dual , a system that Samsung calls Dual Pixel.  What they have done is duplicate the sensor with phase detection pixels, covering its entire surface. Until not long ago, this focus system was reserved for SLR cameras, but little by little it has crept into mobile phones and Samsung has taken it to a new level. The phase detection pixels are built into the sensor itself and it is faster and more accurate than, for example, contrast focusing systems. However, while most brands dole out a few phase detection points per sensor, Samsung has doubled it in its entirety so that each pixel actually has two diodes.


By putting in that extra layer of phase detection points, you get virtually instantaneous focus , something we've been able to see in our tests. The S7 is very fast and accurate at focusing, even in low light. One detail about the sensor is that it has a 4: 3 format, while the S6 has a 16: 9 format (more panoramic). The resulting images to the firing at high resolution have a size of 4032 x 3024 pixels and typically weigh between 3 and 5 Mb format JPEG .

The pixel size is key in ensuring clear images in harsh environments (those of the sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S7 measure 1.4 microns ) but the lens also makes its role in to take pictures in low light. The Samsung Galaxy S6 already had a very wide aperture (f / 1.9), but Samsung has gone further and opted for an f / 1.7 lens, the brightest in a mobile to date. By having such a wide aperture, very interesting blur effects (bokeh) are achieved , especially in detail shots. The intelligent optical stabilizer It also helps in dark scenes by compensating for camera shake to get more stable shots, and the same is true for videos.

Speaking of videos, like the S6, the Samsung Galaxy S7 records in UHD quality  (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), so if you have a 4K TV you can watch the videos at full resolution. In addition, it is also capable of increasing the frequency to capture sequences in slow motion or reducing it to achieve the opposite effect ( fast motion or timelapse).

It is already good to talk about specifications, the best thing to check that, indeed, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has one of the highest quality cameras on the mobile scene, is to see the photos it takes.


Indoor, fluorescent light. ISO 50 - 1/123 sec.


Interior, tungsten light. ISO 100 - 1/50 sec


Sunset exterior. ISO 50 - 1/177 sec.


Exterior sunset. ISO 50 - 1/461 sec.

All images were taken in automatic mode with the rear camera. Although the Samsung Galaxy S7 reaches a level of ISO 800 , the lens is so bright that you do not need to increase the sensitivity. The level of detail you get is amazing, even in low light, but we can still make things more difficult for you. In the following Gallery you can see some images that demonstrate  how the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera performs in darker environments.


It has already been clear that the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera meets the mark, but the best way to see how far its potential goes is to make a brief comparison with other terminals. In this section we are going to pit the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera  against that of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6 , and then against its natural enemy, the iPhone 6s.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

The differences between the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S6 are reflected in the tests we carry out with the two terminals. In the first image that we attach below these lines, the depth of field obtained with the f / 1.7 lens is perfectly appreciated .


The background is more out of focus, making the frontal plane gain prominence. Also, the colors are brighter and the level of detail deeper. The difference in the sensor format that we mentioned before is also appreciated . The image made with the Galaxy S7 has format 4: 3 and a size of 4032 x 3024 pixels , while that of the Samsung S6 has widescreen 16: 9 and measures  5.312 "í- †" † 2988 pixels.


From this image it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera responds better in low light conditions. It manages to maintain the natural tones of the object, while in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S6 they are more plastered and the detail is lost.

You may have noticed that in this case the format of both images is the same. What we did was reduce the resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S6 to 12 megapixels so that they were both 4: 3. However, in order for the Samsung Galaxy S7 sensor to capture images in 16: 9 format , it is necessary to lower the resolution to 9.1 megapixels.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s

Now it is the turn of the iPhone 6s , the terminal with which Apple finally surpassed the 8 megapixel barrier in which they were anchored for so long. It also has a 12 megapixel sensor with 4: 3 format and phase detection pixels, although they do not cover the entire surface of the sensor as they do with the Samsung Galaxy S7. It also does not have an optical stabilizer (the 6s is digital, the optical is reserved for the 6s Plus) and its lens has an f / 2.2 aperture .


To confront these two telephony titans, we chose a somewhat peculiar scene. Natural light from the window enters from the left, and artificial light from a tungsten bulb, which has a yellowish dominant light, enters from the right. The result is more harmonious in the upper image, while in the iPhone 6s there are more burned areas.


If we zoom in a little closer, again the depth of field makes it clear that the S7 lens has a wider aperture. In addition to being able to focus from closer, the blur or bokeh effect is more marked.


If we get as close as the image allows us, it is appreciated that the level of detail in the Samsung Galaxy S7 is much deeper.


In case it had not been clear, we decided to take another photo, but in this case in a slightly darker area. The image taken with the S7 has a warmer hue due to the lighting, while that of the iPhone 6s is cooler. Seeing the full image, there are those who may think that the iPhone 6s has been more successful with the color since the background is not so orange, but it is enough to zoom in to clear the doubt of which phone has the best camera.


There are no further questions, Your Honor.


S7 camera-modes-01

The S7 camera interface has not changed from the previous model. We continue to have the same arrangement of elements, with the Mode button at the bottom, from where we can access the different shooting modes, which are a few. The Pro mode allows you to control all the parameters of the shot, including manual focus, ISO, shutter speed and white balance among others. With Selective Focus mode it is possible to take a photo and then choose which plane we want to focus on.

Panoramic mode brings a novelty: panoramic sweeping sequences.  They are moving panoramas that can be viewed by simply sliding the image sideways. Samsung also includes other well-known options such as Video Collage, Live Streaming, Slow Motion, Virtual Shot, Food and Fast Motion, or Hyperlapse.


At the top are more tools like real-time art filters , HDR mode , timer , LED flash control, and option to choose resolution. In the Settings menu , more parameters such as video resolution, animated photos or stabilizer can be configured.

We close this section with a quick mention of the front camera. Samsung maintains a resolution of 5 megapixels, but the lens also has an f / 1.7 aperture , so it achieves better results than the S6.

Power without control is useless

So many such advanced components need a good motor to drive them. The S7 processor is a brand of the house, an eight-core Exynos 8890 , with support for 64 bits and a Mali T880 MP12 graphics processor . The chip in question has been manufactured with the 14 nanometer process , which in practice translates into greater energy efficiency. In addition, Samsung has increased the RAM to 4 GB, something that we notice especially when working with several apps in multitasking mode.


Speaking of multitasking, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has the Pop-up Windows function , which allows us to minimize applications in a smaller box or open two at the same time to see them in split screen.

The processor of the Samsung Galaxy S7  increases power by 30% compared to the previous generation, but where the improvement is most noticeable is in the graphic section. The graphics processor is up to 64% faster and is compatible with  Vulkan , a new API for game development that offers even more complex graphic effects. We have been able to verify that performance is not affected even though we are using the terminal very intensively, even with games that demand a lot of system resources.


But that much power is useless if the processor overheats. In Samsung they know it well, that's why last year they went from the Snapdragon 810 and opted for chips of their own manufacture. This year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 arrives with the aforementioned Exynos 8890, but there is also a variant with Snapdragon 820 - although it is only marketed in some markets. Samsung has solved the problem of the temperature with a liquid cooling system that dissipates heat from the processor . It is not that it is not hot, but having it in hand the sensation of heat is less because it is more distributed.

  • Game Launcher

Samsung launches a new function focused on gamers, its name is Game Launcher and it allows us to access all our installed games, update them or download new ones, all from one place. Another of its uses is to reduce the quality of the games so that they do not consume so much battery.


In addition, with Game Tools we always have several options at hand to make the gaming experience better. As we see in the image above, it is possible to cancel all the alerts so that no one bothers us. It is also possible to lock the capacitive keys for multitasking and backspace, as they are quite easy to press with the palm of your hand.

If you want to share your last game in photo or video, Game Tools also offers the possibility, and if you have to stop for a moment, minimize the game.

  • Benchmark Results

We have been talking about the power of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but the best thing to know the concrete data is to perform a performance test. For this we have used the AnTuTu and GeenkBench 3 applications.




Geekbench 3

The long-awaited return of the MicroSD

Micro SD

As we said at the beginning, last year, Samsung finally changed the course when it comes to design. Like the S7, the monoblock design of the Samsung Galaxy S6 does not allow the battery to be removed, but it also did not have a MicroSD . Having a removable storage medium is very practical to be able to remove files from the terminal quickly, as well as allowing you to expand the total memory of the equipment.

At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S7 can be found in a version with 32 GB capacity, although we know that there is a 64 GB model that is sold in some markets. The terminal supports MicroSD cards of 200 GB maximum, so the total capacity can go up to 232 GB , which is said soon.

Software and features


How could it be otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes standard with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the most recent version of the system, decorated with the Samsung TouchWiz visual layer. In addition to Google applications and services, the terminal has other functions pre-installed as standard.

  • Samsung apps

Samsung follows the path started last year with the S6 and they bring us a less loaded interface , with fewer pre-installed functions than we were used to. Now many of these functions can be downloaded, so it is the user who decides which ones interest him and which ones are not. It happens, for example, with the shooting modes of the camera or custom themes, a feature that debuted last year with the S6 and which is maintained in this model. Speaking of issues, the one that comes by default with the S7 is much darker than last year's, a point in favor of battery saving.


Inside the applications menu, there is a folder with all the native Samsung applications , nine in total. Among them we find utilities such as  My Files, where we can consult information such as download history and view stored documents broken down into categories (documents, images, audio and video). You can add a Google Drive account to manage your files in the cloud. There is also Samsung Members , where you can perform phone hardware diagnostics to detect potential malfunctions and contact Samsung support. Includes Samsung Gear to sync with one of the brand's wearables, S Healthto keep track of our activity, the voice assistant S Voice, the Galaxy Apps store , Voice recorder, Email and Internet.


The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a new feature called Smart Manager, which lets you control the essential aspects of the system for proper operation, such as battery, the storage that remains free, memory RAM in use and the level of security.

We are not forgetting Samsung Pay, Samsung's exclusive mobile payment system whose arrival in Spain is scheduled for the next few weeks. The fingerprint sensor integrated in the home button is key to using this function, since the payment authentication method is through our fingerprint.

  • Microsoft apps


Finally, we highlight that the S7 has the Microsoft app package , which includes the Office suite with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote , Skype and OneDrive .


As we mentioned at the beginning, Samsung has given priority to autonomy, sacrificing a little the thinness of the previous model, and it seems to us a very wise decision. The obsession with getting thinner and thinner smartphones often means less battery, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 has pleasantly surprised us in this section.


Samsung Galaxy S7: 3,000 mAh - 7.9 mm

iPhone 6s: 1,715 mAh - 7.1 mm

The battery is capable of holding a full day of intensive use , which can be extended to two days if we opt for a more moderate use and, above all, we connect to WiFi networks. The rapid charging  is another highlight in this team although that yes, it is only available if you use the original charger that came in the box.

Samsung also maintains the functions of battery saving we already knew from previous models, including mode Ultra savings , which applies a black and white theme and leaves only the essential functions.

Battery test results performed with AnTuTu Tester

Battery test results performed with AnTuTu Tester


Much is expected of a terminal like the Samsung Galaxy S7, and after several days of use we can say that it meets expectations , but there are points where it even exceeds them.  The camera is the element that has surprised us the most, especially when facing it against last year's model, which already fulfilled a note in this section. In low light,  the Samsung Galaxy S7 goes where the eye can't and the Dual Pixel system works, offering virtually instant focus.

The power is one of the pillars on which rests this smartphone, although in this case the impact on the user experience is not so great unless you submit to the terminal stress tests. What is noticeable in normal use is the RAM , which with 4 GB manages to maintain fluidity at all times.

Samsung has managed to maintain the points that did not need improvement, as is the case of the Super AMOLED QHD screen (although asked, it would not have been bad for the screen to be pressure sensitive), and improve those that were necessary, such as return from the MicroSD tray . The design, with better finishes and  water resistance,  puts the icing on the cake to what, today, is the best android in the showcase (with permission from the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge).

Samsung Galaxy S7

ModelSamsung Galaxy S7


Size5.1 inch
ResolutionQuad HD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
Density577 dots per inch
TechnologySuper AMOLED
ProtectionCrorning Gorilla Glass 4


Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight152 grams
materialsGlass on the front and back and metal on the sides
ColorsBlack / Gold / Silver
WaterproofYes, IP68 (1m-30min)
Fingerprint readerYes, on the start button


Sensor12 megapixel Dual Pixel sensor (12 + 12 mp)

Autofocus with phase detection pixels

FlashWarm white LED flash
Video4K 2160p @ 30 fps

FullHD 1080p @ 60 fps

HD 720p @ 120 fps

  • Auto mode
  • HDR mode
  • Pro mode
  • Selective focus
  • Panning in motion
  • Video collage
  • Live streaming
  • Slow motion
  • Virtual shooting
  • Food
  • Fast camera
Openingf / 1.7
Image stabilizationIntelligent optical stabilizer
ISOISO 50-800
Front camera5 megapixel resolution

Full HD movie recording

Aperture f / 1.7

Shooting Modes: Selfie, Panoramic Selfie, Video Collage, Live Stream, Virtual Shot

OthersQuick Launch (quick access to the camera)

Voice trigger

Gesture control


Real-time filters: pastel, deep, retro, movie, monochrome, nostalgia, golden, delicious.


Animated photos

AF tracking


RAW shooting option

Shoot with volume down button


FormatsAudio Playback Formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Video Playback Formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

SoundHigh resolution stereo sound

Speaker and headphones (included)

FeaturesQuick Connect

Noise canceling microphone

Media player

Album art viewer

Game Launcher

Sound recorder with three modes: standard, between sight and voice memo.


Operating systemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow + Samsung TouchWiz Interface
Extra applicationsGoogle Apps: Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Microsoft apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype.

Samsung Apps: Smart Manager, Samsung Pay (available Q1 2016), Samsung S Club, Samsung KNOX, Always On, Game Launcher, S Health, Quick Connect, Pop-ups, Sherpa, Flipboard, S Voice, Galaxy Apps, Samsung Members.


CPU processorSamsung Exynos 8890 with eight cores and with support for 64 bits

4 low-performance Cortex A53 1.6 GHz cores

4 Exynos M1 2.3 GHz high-performance cores

Manufactured with 14 nanometer process

Graphics processor (GPU)Mali T880 MP12 @ 650 MHz
Power tests AnTuTu Benchmark: 128689

Geekbench 3: 2163 Single-core / 6374 Multi-core


Internal memory32GB (about 18GB free)
ExtensionYes, with MicroSD card of up to 200 GigaBytes

Online storage systems (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive)

100GB free on OneDrive for 2 years


Mobile Network3G (HSDPA at 21 Mbps / HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps)

4G LTE (up to 450 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream)

Wifi802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 + 5GHz, WiFi MIMO
GPS locationGPS
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
ConnectorMicroUSB 2.0
Audio3.5 mm minijack
OthersCreate WiFi zones


Capacity3,000 mAh
Standby duration-
Duration in useAbout two days in normal use
AnTutu Tester tests-

+ info

Release dateMarch 11th
Manufacturer's websiteSamsung

Price: 720 euros  

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