The Galaxy S7 is almost indistinguishable from its curvier sibling in performance and features, and that can only be a good thing. Samsung has clearly found its groove.
Sumptuous screen, fast and powerful, great camera, impressive battery, microSD storage, accurate fingerprint scanner, subtle design flourishes, Android Marshmallow.
Limited to 32GB model, mono speaker, 5.1in screen may be too small for some
From £569 SIM free or monthly from £26
Display: 5.1in Super AMOLED, 1440x2560 pixels at 577ppi
Processor: Octa-core Exynos 8890 (four 2.6GHz cores, four 1.59GHz cores)
Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 200GB
Cameras: 12MP rear, 5MP front
Software and security
Knox is Samsung's blanket term for security across the S7 line. You really wouldn't know it's there if Samsung hadn't advertised the fact. Among other features, there's a fail-safe built into Knox that can detect any attempt to root the phone or install a custom book loader.
The My Knox app, meanwhile, has been built for enterprise users. Once initialised My Knox offers a secure app ecosystem and you can add apps and data to the Knox workspace so they'll only ever be viewable from inside the Knox environment. It's a bit like having two phones in one with a way to keep business separate from pleasure.
Knox offers tools to lock and erase a device remotely should it be lost or stolen. Hopefully you'll never need it, but it provides added peace of mind.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also mark the beginning of the Enterprise Device Programme that pushes Android- and Samsung-specific security updates to devices every month. Businesses will also be able to take advantage of a Device Purchasing Programme guaranteeing product support through updates and patches for two years. At the time of writing the programme is live in over 100 countries.
Happily the fingerprint scanner is the same as on the S7 Edge. We like the larger surface area, and it correctly recognised our print on nine out of 10 occasions. We're still waiting for Samsung Pay to come online in the UK, so until then you won't be able to use your digits to authorise payments from PayPal or otherwise.
The S7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For more on the Samsung-specific software additions such as Game Launcher and Upday, refer to our Galaxy S7 Edge review.
Storage is something of a bone of contention with the S7/S7 Edge at the time of launch as you're limited to a middling 32GB variant. Infuriatingly a good chunk of this has already been spoken for. Samsung's TouchWiz UI is present, but a bunch of third-party software from the likes of Microsoft and Google has already taken up residence.
Presumably Samsung hopes you'll take advantage of the newly added support for microSD storage, upping your maximum capacity to 200GB. The bad news is that Samsung has opted not to enable full microSD support, but you can still move selected apps (and some of their data) to your expandable storage.
You can also save photos and videos to microSD as default. To enable this just launch the camera, tap Settings then Storage location and choose the SD card.
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