Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in review: Top design and long battery life – hardware tests

Beautiful, beautiful, S7 Edge: With the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung has improved its top smartphone S6 Edge from last year, and among other things, a MicroSD card slot and extends an always-on function. As before, the Edge is the most beautiful smartphone on the market for us. However, this comes at a price. update: Actually the color Blue Coral was provided for the Galaxy Note 7, but after the phablet will no longer appear on the market, the S7 Edge comes in this color. More information, see the section price and availability.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Price and Availability

The Galaxy S7 Edge continues Samsung's known edge design of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Edge + of the year, 2015. In Germany Samsung Galaxy offers S7 Edge only in a storage variant with 32 GB. If the user wants more memory that can be expanded via S7 Edge MicroSD card.

More variations there are, however, in the color scheme. Samsung currently has the Galaxy S7 Edge in shades of gold, black, white, pink and silver. After the Galaxy Note-7 disaster Samsung pushes in November 2016 new color variant of which was previously intended for the score 7: Blue Coral. is given special feature of this coloration is the frame is held in gold, so that a beautiful contrast between these colors.

coral blueThe Color Description Blue Coral is now the Galaxy S7 Edge total in six colors. / © AndroidPIT Screenshot

The MSRP for the Galaxy S7 Edge was the market launch on March 11, 2016 799, - Euro. Meanwhile, the price is on a downward trend.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: design and processing

The biggest change with the Galaxy S7 Edge is the screen size, which was extended compared to the previous 5.1 to 5.5 inches. But even with its 0.4 inches longer the S7 Edge is an amazingly compact smartphone. The elegance of the S6 Edge is also found in the S7 Edge again. With its polished case it has a metallic luster which is similar to the S6 Edge +.

The edges of the Galaxy S7 Edge consist of aluminum, the front and back sides are coated with Gorilla Glass. 4

The S7-edge design differs in three ways from its predecessor: it is larger than the S6 Edge, his camera lens protrudes less (0.46 mm) and its edges are rounded on the back, so that the device better in the hand lies.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 3 reviewThe S7 Edge looks elegant. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung says that the S7 Edge has both front and rear better shaped edges and thus more pleasant feel than its predecessor. And indeed, the S7 Edge is better in the hand than the edgy S6 Edge +.

As far as the edges of the S7 Edge so many similarities to find previous Samsung smartphones. The volume controls sit on the left, while the power button is placed still right. The metal skirt is left and right, much narrower than the upper and lower sides. The very elegant.

The camera is the Galaxy S7 Edge out only 0.46 millimetersAndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 13The display above shows with sharp details and bright colors. / © AndroidPIT

Sit up the microSD and nano SIM slot. Inside is a pocket into which the two cards can be used. The phone memory can be expanded using MicroSD card up to 200 GB. is at the top of the S7 Edge a second microphone, which discreetly fits into the design.

At the bottom are the speakers, microUSB connector and a sitting on the edge mini jack for headphones. This is also the case with the Galaxy S7.

The front of the S7 Edge is dominated by the 5.5-inch AMOLED display, the speaker for phone calls, the front camera and light and motion sensor. Below are the used as a fingerprint sensor Home button and a noise-canceling microphone. The fingerprint sensor reacts very quickly to total inputs, only when it rains he recognized the finger not always.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 2Left the entrance to the headset, next to the Micro-USB port type B, microphone and speakers. / © AndroidPIT

On the back of the camera that barely protrudes with 0.46 millimeters from the housing is located. It has a LED flash and a heart rate monitor. The margins on the back are slightly inwardly curved, which significantly improves the grip compared to S6 Edge.

Switching to a 5.5-inch screen does the S7 Edge well. Who felt the S6 Edge to be too small and the S6 Edge Plus with its phablet-dimensions considered too large for this is still compact-looking S7 Edge a good choice.

The S7 Edge is one of the best smartphones we've seen so far, perhaps comparable to the Xperia Z5 premium. But design is not everything. And after there were the end of 2015 a lack of really meaningful for Android users features Samsung changes the S7 with the Edge this year with some of the features I've described below.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy s7 s7 edge vs 4The Galaxy S7 Edge is slightly larger than the Galaxy S7 / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Display

The Edge of S7 screen has the resolution of its predecessor. A change to the higher-resolution 4K display, there was not and is not necessary. The S7 Edge Panel is a great 5.5-inch Super AMOLED with the characteristic rounded sides of the edge devices.

The resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels with a pixel density of 510 dpi. Contrary to expectations Samsung has decided not to provide the S7 Edge and also the S7 with Force-touch support. This can get over, however.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 11 reviewThat the Galaxy S7 Edge display movies and photos are particularly good. / © AndroidPIT

The display scores with a high brightness and makes it impossible to discern individual pixels. Which is a bit too brightly lit, especially in dark rooms. Who cares, the brightness but must simply shut represent only a little.

the user looks at the way an angle on the display, the content see also very sharp. I have found no problems with the touch controls. The colors were so vivid, as we can expect from an AMOLED panel. The viewing angle stability was also very good.

In short, the display of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is very good and it's fun to look at the display.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Features

Always-On

As seen in the photo, the S7 and S7 Edge an always-on feature have. This is a display mode that can be seen at the time, calendar and notifications always on the screen. Since it is an AMOLED display, remain off in the unused pixels, this mode affects the battery life low.

AndroidPIT samsung galaxy S7 edge clockAlways On is a nice feature that happily consumes very little battery. / © AndroidPIT

resistance to water

The Galaxy S7 Edge is water and dust protected to IP68 certification. It can be without prejudice submerged for up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters deep water. With the S6 that is not possible, even though it was the case with the S5.

Quick charge

The Galaxy S7 Edge supports fast chargers. The battery can be loaded via the USB cable 100 minutes to 100 percent. With the wireless charger is 150 minutes.

Game Launcher

The Galaxy S7 Edge features such as S7 via a special game launcher. For this, not only the installed games can be started, but also pause all unnecessary for playing background activities on their own game mode and turn off all notifications. So should be able to be played longer and undisturbed. Practical: Playing every time you can see a side menu in the edge of the display, it can be recorded games.

which according to Samsung first volcano-compatible smartphones are The Edge S7 and S7: for gamers relevant. This means that 3D graphics is even faster and more detailed than previously shown.

game launcher configuracaoWith the game launcher is useful settings can be made. / © AndroidPIT

Two-column menu Edge

We had complained that the page display of the S6 Edge is not particularly useful. In S7 Edge up to two columns can now be shown in the rounding at the edge of the display because of the larger displays. Also, just leave now symbols move into the page display so you can see them in the apps list.

In addition to the known functions such as PeopleSoft Edge, in which there is direct access to contacts and shortcuts to frequently used apps, there is still the option to display content in the same column.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge reviewApps are better integrated on the side of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. / © AndroidPIT

In addition, Samsung will release an API that also use third-party apps, the Edge menu and can display information in it. This gives hope for interesting new applications for the page display if developers use the API as well.

Samsung itself already provides some useful tools like a compass, a ruler, and even a flashlight - with self-adjustable menu intensity - for the page display.

Samsung Pay comes

Fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, NFC and S-health are some of the functions of the S7 Edge, which already existed in previous generations of equipment.

With the fingerprint sensor and the payment function Samsung Pay in Spain and England will soon start. When Samsung Pay in Germany too, is not yet clear.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Software

The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with Android 6.0.1 marshmallow. Samsung's Android-essay TouchWiz has not changed - in comparison with the S6 Edge + or grade 5. In my opinion, Samsung has improved the set-menus and the quick settings. but see the icons still a bit too playful out.

The smartphone comes with seven Samsung Apps, five of Microsoft, some Google Apps, Facebook and Whatsapp. Overall, we found 25 pre-installed applications.

AndroidPIT Camila Samsung galaxy s7 edge diary 3TouchWiz with the Galaxy S7 Edge: Not really different, but just a little bit better. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Performance

At least in the European version of the Galaxy S7 Edge, we tested, we found no Snapdragon 820. Instead comes Samsung's own eight-core chip Exynos 8890 used in the four CPU cores with up to 2.4 GHz clocked and four cores with up to 1.6 GHz. According to Samsung CPU and GPU about 30 percent more efficient than the S6.

If only one or two processor cores are claimed on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, they are automatically overclocked to 2.6 GHz, which sometimes can provide faster loading times. The heatpipe cooling solution used is also able to prevent thermal throttling.

In our stress test, it came like the Samsung Galaxy S7 to a heat-related reduction in the pace of work. This reduction limited the performance but hardly one and also in our extensive testing the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge showed almost no weaknesses.

Even if in the background several applications ran and numerous apps was called in quick succession, there were no performance dips. However, this occurred occasionally at the games Need for Speed ​​No Limits, Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 and Gods of Rome. These problems had my colleague Sophia Nine ,, not having another Samsung Galaxy Edge S7.

galaxy s7 edge memoria apps segundo planoEven if 59 apps running in the background, the S7 Edge gets no problems. / © AndroidPIT

As an internal memory of 32 GB UFS II memory is used. This flash memory, which also features in Samsung Galaxy S7, provided the highest values ​​we have measured with an Android device. With 389 MB / s read and 68 MB / s write speed in Vellamo Metal Galaxy S7 Edge 2.45 or 1.39 times as fast as the same expensive Nexus 6P.

Vellamo - metalVellamo - multicoreAnTuTuGeekbench 3 - single coreGeekbench 3 - multicore
V3.2.3V3.2.3V6.0.4V3.3.2V3.3.2
2,163 points3,424 points131,202 points1,883 points6,173 points

This speed is most apparent when you turn on or reboot the smartphone and especially with installing and opening apps.

Unfortunately we have only 25 GB of this fast memory available and this memory is very fast occupied. After all, users can swap data on a memory card (a maximum of 120 GB). Unfortunately, only photos, videos and music reading transmitted in Apps, only a fraction of it can be copied to a memory card.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Audio

The Edge of S7 speaker is the same, which was also incorporated in the S7, the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus. This is different pieces of music - pop, rock, classical - overall very good again, however, one turns the volume from 75 percent to, then takes the sound quality noticeably.

This problem can be circumvented by the user plugs headphones, also can through software optimization (via equalizer) the sound will be adjusted individually. Whoever hears content via headphones, also comes to enjoy stereo sound, whereas speakers reproduce only in mono.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge 6 reviewWith headphones the sound experience with the Galaxy S7 Edge is better. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Camera

The sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features compared to the 16-megapixel sensor S6 Although only 12 megapixels, but goes with an improved aperture of f / 1.7 and dual-pixel technology more clearly. The two S7 models are the first smartphones with this technique, which has been used for expensive SLR cameras from Canon. The front camera has a 5 megapixel resolution with a diaphragm of likewise f / 1.7.

Dual-pixels means that two light-sensitive photodiodes are used for each pixel, so there are a total of 24 million working in parallel photodiodes. Compared to the S6 and S6 Edge, the autofocus of the Galaxy S7 Edge and S7 will still work twice as fast in low light up to four times faster and even in bright light.

galaxy s7 review camera modosThe photo app offers a variety of settings. / © AndroidPIT

Whether these values ​​are reached, I can not say, because the tests were not carried out in the darkroom. It is clear that the photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, simply look great. Especially the sharpness and level of detail of the images are impressive. Succeed excellent snapshots even in very bright or very dark lighting conditions. Not a problem has the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge when the user wants to photograph fast-moving objects.

The equipment of the photo app is also excellent. Thus, the photo app offers numerous setting options, including slow-motion and time-lapse. There are also useful presets and fixed focus and exposure values. Who also wants to modify his pictures can do as well, and even a useful function for selfies, the software provides. With several people can be easily accommodated on a selfie.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Battery

Samsung has packed a 3600 mAh battery in the S7 Edge, though less space than in the case of the S6 Edge + (3000 mAh) is present. Compared to normal S6 (2,550 mAh) increases the battery capacity as much as about 1,000 mAh. How did Samsung manage that? According to Samsung, it sets to a new technology for deformable, purpose-built batteries can be used with the recesses in the device. But this also means that the battery is not replaceable.

To optimize battery life, also comes Android Marshmallow used, the running time can be optimized by Samsung software.

galaxy s7 edge economizar bateriaWith the right settings (here at Play) lets you save battery. / © AndroidPIT

The observed among other things, your usage patterns and puts apps in a deep sleep mode when your they have ignored for three days. This ensures a longer standby time without limiting the functionality.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can be used both with cable and wirelessly upload, a quick charge has the S7 Edge also. In my tests, I have the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge charged exclusively with the charging line and the total went very quickly. So the smartphone took about an hour and 16 minutes for the battery of five percent was back to 100 percent. In several tests, the battery fell within 24 hours from 100 percent to 20 percent.

galaxy s7 edge bateria consumoThe battery of the Galaxy S7 Edge holds through 24 hours usually. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
157 g
3600 mAh
5.5 inches
AMOLED
2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
5 megapixels
12 megapixels
LED
6.0 - Marshmallow
TouchWiz
4 GB
32 GB
64 GB
microSD
Exynos 8890
8th
2.3GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

final verdict

Samsung has taken the criticism of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and introduced among other things, the microSD slot again. But the design, or the size have been made compared to S6 changes that affect positive. The S7 Edge is compact and fits comfortably in your hand.

But it is not only the design that makes the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to a very special smartphone, but it is the many small and large improvements. So the cameras make excellent images and the speed is apart from minimal weaknesses excellent. That the smartphone thanks to a stronger batteries hold out longer and now is waterproof, are further advantages. Not to be mentioned is also useful accessories such as the VR goggles Gear VR and Gear 360th

Those who opt for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, gets an absolute top smartphone. This is different compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 is not great, with its slightly larger display and the margins which are now supported by more apps, but it has two very good arguments on his side. For this, the Galaxy S7 Edge costs but also around 100 euros more than the S7.

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