Samsung Galaxy S7 brings back expandable storage and water resistance, coming to Australia on March 11

Samsung Galaxy S7 brings back expandable storage and water resistance, coming to Australia on March 11
Samsung Galaxy S7 brings back expandable storage and water resistance, coming to Australia on March 11

Samsung today unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, bringing back fan favourite features missing in last year's flagships. While the new devices share their look and feel with the Galaxy S6 family, the pair allow users to expand their internal storage via microSD card, and are both IP68 water resistant. Notably, none of the S7 or S7 Edge’s ports need to be covered or sealed for water resistance to kick in.

With the Galaxy S7 (pictured above), Samsung hasn't fixed what's not broken. The screen is still 5.1-inches in size, the display still runs at Quad HD resolution, and the device itself is still predominantly a glass and metal affair. On the other the hand, the Galaxy S7 Edge (pictured below) has grown up a little, and now features a 5.5-inch Quad HD dual-curve display, putting it somewhere between the S6 and Note 5 in terms of size.

The biggest aesthetic change from last year is that both new handsets now have curved backs (similar to the Note 5), which should make them more comfortable to hold.

The pair of S7 smartphones both run Android Marshmallow with a few tweaks. The biggest software addition is an always on display that can provide time, calendar, and notifications while using less than 1% of the S7's total battery life per hour.

In terms of hardware, both smartphones utilise almost identical internals. Depending on where the phone is being sold, it will feature either an eight-core Exynos or Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, a fingerprint reader, wireless charging, and Category 9 LTE. The S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the S7 Edge has a somewhat larger 3,600mAh capacity.

Despite rumours, both devices still use micro USB connectors.

Samsung says the S7's CPU and GPU are respectively 30% and 60% more powerful than those found in the S6.

The S7 family's rear-facing camera measures in at 12MP, and is now nearly flush with the devices' back. While the camera's resolution is lower than last year, it now has a wider f/1.7 aperture lens, allowing it to let in more light. In addition, Samsung says that the S7's camera is able to use 100% of the lens’ pixels to focus (it says competitors only use 5%), allowing for faster autofocus in both normal and low light situations.

S7 users hoping to expand the device's storage will find a microSD slot in the SIM tray. Alternatively, this slot can be used for a second SIM card.  

Internationally, Samsung will open up Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pre-orders from today. A free Gear VR virtual reality headset will be offered to customers in America, Europe, and "select other countries" as a pre-order bonus. Australian customers will be eligible for this offer, and can place pre-orders from Friday.

Both smartphones will be available locally from March 11 and priced at AUD$1,149 for the 32GB Galaxy S7 and AUD$1,249 RRP for 32GB Galaxy S7 Edge.

Telstra has already confirmed that it will be ranging the phone.  

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