By V. Sudhakshina
Bangalore, March 28 2016: Samsung recently updated its flagship device in India. The Korean smart phone maker is known for its device aesthetics and just like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 is a chic and stylish looking device. We got a hands-on the S7 and feel that it scores well in terms of design. It features a glossy, metal alloy body with a 5.1 inch screen. The S7 is a light-weight device and could easily fit in your palm and can be operated single-handedly. Images look sharp and vibrant on the Quad HD super AMOLED display. Samsung has introduced the ‘Always on Display’ feature which lets you check on updates and notifications without unlocking the phone.
The S7 comes with a12 megapixels rear camera and a 5 megapixels front camera. In an arena of rising up megapixel count for smartphone cameras, Samsung falls on the lower side, but that doesn’t translate into lack of picture quality. The camera comes with a dual-pixel technology and F1.7 aperture. There are two features developed by the Indian R&D team from Bangalore: The Motion Panorama feature lets you record live events in great detail by capturing every piece of dynamic motion and the Spotlight Selfie feature provides a studio-like environment with a virtual light source.
The device runs on the Android Marshmallow OS. It is powered by 2.3 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz Octa Core processors with 4 GB RAM. The S7 features a hybrid dual SIM slot, for the first time, which would support two SIM cards or a microSD card in the second slot. This option of expanding the memory feels quite restrictive as a dual SIM user will either have to stick to the 32 GB internal memory or have to find another device for the other SIM. There is also finger print scanner, which we found to be messy to set up.
Samsung has packed a 3000 mAh battery, which always full movie viewing and has introduced the Vulkan API for a better gaming experience.
Priced at Rs. 48,900, the Samsung Galaxy S7 falls in the higher price range, but you may feel it’s worth for the design and innovations.
(Samsung has also launched the Galaxy S7 Edge for Rs. 56,900. This comes with a 5.5-inch screen and a curved body. Most of its features are similar to the Galaxy S7.)