Update: With the start of the Rio Olympics 2016 fast approaching Samsung has announced a Galaxy S7 Edge Olympic Games Limited Edition.
The handset sports a slinky "black onyx" body and incorporates the Olympic colours throughout. The fingerprint scanner sports a yellow trim and the camera is blue, red and green buttons line the side of the device, while the speaker is yellow too. On the phone itself you'll find the official Rio Olympics 2016 app preinstalled.
Quantities are limited to 2,016 and it will retail for $850.
Samsung previously released a Batman Edition into the wild to tie into the wild to celebrate the third anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones at the Samsung Unpacked event in Barcelona. The event, which took place on 21 February - one day before Mobile World Congress 2016 formally begins - confirmed numerous leaks and rumours that had been circulating in previous weeks.
We've amassed every every detail about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge's availability below.
It turns out predictions made by prolific tech industry leaker Evan 'Evleaks' Blass were correct. Shipping to customers began on 11 March 2016.
Carphone Warehouse was actually allowing potential customers to register interest in the Galaxy S7 well before it was announced at Samsung Unpacked. The retailer also hinted at the early March release date, stating said that pre-orders woudl become available shortly after the initial unveiling.
The Galaxy S7 starts at £569, while the Galaxy S7 Edge - which features a larger, 5.5in curved screen - begins at £639.
Considering that Samsung's smartphone business lagged behind Apple's in 2015, as Galaxy S6 sales failed to keep up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, making its new flagships even more expensive is a bold move; although with that said, the Galaxy S7 Edge is £110 cheaper than Samsung's most recent phablet, the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Specs and features
A VentureBeat report on leaked specs and images gave us our first convincing look yet at the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and its findings were entirely confirmed by Samsung at MWC. The new devices are aesthetically similar to the Galaxy S6 models - save for the rounder corners, fatter home button/fingerprint sensor and the Galaxy S7 Edge's larger overall size - but have been updated with microSD support, a feature conspicuously missing from the previous generation.
They are also dust- and water-proof to the IP68 standard, so they can survive being dunked in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. The batteries have recieved big upgrades, now up to 3,000mAh on the Galaxy S7 and 3,600 on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Wireless charging support returns, though the microUSB port hasn't been upgraded to USB-C.
The standard Galaxy S7 keeps the Galaxy S6's 5.1in display size, although the Galaxy S7 Edge has, as mentioned, been upped to 5.5in, naturally retaining its distinctive tapered screen. Nonetheless, both devices share the same Super AMOLED tech and 2560x1440 QHD resolution, producing pixel densities of 576ppi on the Galaxy S7 and 534ppi on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Another shared feature is always-on functionality, allowing the devices to show basic status informations and widgets on the lock screen while keeping power consumption down to one percent per hour.
Rumours that the Galaxy S7 family would include pressure-sensitive displays turned out to be mistaken, though the Galaxy S7 Edge does at least gain the Shortcuts feature previously exclusive to the Galaxy S6 Edge+ - this allows users to set custom app and contact shortcuts accessible via a tab on the phone's screen curve.
One of the more surprising leaked details is the use of 12MP rear cameras, down from 16MP on previous models. However, pixel size has been increased, and the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also feature improved f/1.7 sensors for better low-light performance, we're not too worried about their photography capabilities. The front camera is unchanged, sticking at 5MP.
Another surprise is that the larger Galaxy S7 Edge is in fact the thinner device, measuring 151x73x7.7mm and weighing 157g while the the Galaxy S7 measures 142x70x7.9mm and weighs 152g.
In the UK, both devices will use Samsung's own Exynos 8890 SoC, which contains four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores and 4GB of RAM. In North America, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is used instead.
As for storage, only 32GB and 64GB internal drives have been confirmed, seemingly leaving the 128GB option of previous Galaxy S models out in the cold. With newfound support for up to 200GB of microSD storage, though, it 's not a total loss.
On the software side, the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be the OS, although it will be customised with an updated version of Samsung's TouchWiz skin, which has been redesigned with softer, more rounded icons. Samsung Knox, a tool for creating encryption-secured private storage spaces for sensitive data and apps, is also pre-installed.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also include a Live Photos-style feature where photos are animated when viewed in the Gallery app via short video clips automatically recorded immediately before, during and after taking the shot.
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