Galaxy S7 gallery: A year of iteration yields sleek design results for Samsung

Patrick O'Rourke

February 24, 2016 9:09pm

Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphones this week and while the company’s latest devices aren’t a complete revamp like LG’s G5, they adopt an iterative design that makes sense. If the aesthetic Samsung adopted with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge last year was so well-received, the manufacturer has little incentive to reinvent its flagship device with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

The GS7 will be widely available from several Canadian carriers on March 11th. Below are photos of the S7 we shot at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain this week.


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  • Marco Bairos

    I am in love with this phone. I wish I can have it

  • david matthew

    nice, new iphone

  • Tornado15550

    At $400 on contract, this really makes me wonder if the iterative upgrades of the S7 are worth it. You’ll be spending almost half a grand on a phone that adds water proofing, and SD card support.

    • Sean-Paul

      Bigger battery too. I’m telling myself that it’s my last phone until the actual upgrade cycle for me lol. That’s the lie I’m telling myself

    • TomsDisqusted

      “You’ll be spending almost half a grand”

      No, you’ll be spending almost a grand. There are a lot of people who actually talk themselve into believing they are only paying the contract price, so you gotta be careful how you say it.

    • Karl Dagenais

      Most carriers have discontinued BYOD pricing advantages lately, so no, the difference between outright VS contract isn’t a grand.

    • TomsDisqusted

      That’s not the point. The point is that you are still paying for it, one way or another. They aren’t covering the other 4-500 for you, that’s for sure.

    • Garrett Cooper

      But if you don’t have an old plan already, this point is moot. You can only get what’s currently available, so might as well take the hardware. You’re paying for the subsidy whether or not you get the device.

    • KiwiBri

      and a lot of carriers have removed that BOYD discount 🙁

    • Anonymous501

      True, but many of them have made two or three “rate plans”. If you don’t subsidize a phone you can get access to the cheapest rate plan. If you subsidize a phone you have to go on a more expensive plan.

      With most of the telco’s you still save money outright and going on a non-subbed rate.

    • KiwiBri

      bazinga!

    • danbob333

      Not everybody has an S6…
      It makes perfect sense to upgrade from a 3-4 years old phone to this.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Not much if you have an S6, but maybe so if you are craving for the mSD slot and water proofing. For some that will be reasons enough to change. But as I said before I will wait to see the Note6

    • Dennis Furlan

      Bigger batteries, especially on the S7 edge, which also has a larger screen on a still relatively compacy body …

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      That bigger battery might have to do with the always on display feature too

    • Dennis Furlan

      I doubt it. It takes less than one percent battery use per hour and also helps prevent turning the screen on all the time to check notifications.

    • thereasoner

      Water proofing, SD card support, much larger battery, improved cameras and ergonomics are the biggest improvmets over my GS6 and they have me considering an upgrade.

      Of course there are more incremental upgrades to the processor, software and display as well but they aren’t so noticeable. I just need a 64 GB version as I’m not really interested is going back to SD cards

    • Dennis Furlan

      I don’t know about Canada, but only the 32 GB version is being made available in the States, unless something changes.

  • h2oflyer

    It looks like the S7 just copyed Sony on the waterproofness /Sim,SD tray/ bigger battery and are asking you to pay for it.

    They couldn’t make their last attempt at waterproofness work, let’s see what happens this time, which you are paying for.

    • KiwiBri

      we always “are paying for it”. Not sure what you’re getting at.? They just upped the asking price . The Apple effect 😉

    • h2oflyer

      I don’t see this as the “Apple effect”. They added much missing features and are asking extra for them. Samsung doesn’t need the low dollar as an excuse.

      Is this a very expensive S6 with costly options?

    • thereasoner

      The price is actually slightly lower south of the border when compared to the launch price of the GS6. Our weak dollar is to blame.

    • Dennis Furlan

      Well, the S7s are $150 costlier on a two-year contract with Bell compared to the S6 launch last year, which they ended up discounting quickly due to low sales. So, are they making the same mistake again this year? Are people wiiling to pay iPhone prices for a Samsung/Android phone? I don’t know.

    • thereasoner

      They will get as many early adopters as they can and then prices will drop. It seems to be a trend these days.

    • FlamesFan89

      The waterproof aspect, I suppose you could try to call “copyed [sic]” from Sony, but the SIM SD tray? and a bigger battery?

      There are plenty of phones on the market that combine the SIM and SD slots onto a single tray, and even if Sony was the first to do that, it’s not exactly some earth shattering feature.

      And Bigger battery? yes, because never, in the history of the Samsung Galaxy S* lineup, has the battery size increased from one iteration to the next. Not once. That was totally a Sony invention. To increase the battery size.

    • Garrett Cooper

      Yup, the Z5 has a lot of these features already. I love mine, it might be the longest time I keep a phone. I think currently I’m at 13 months, which was my original RAZR way back when they came out.

    • Dennis Furlan

      Sony is discontinuing the Z series. Seems as though most consumers haven’t been as impressed, unfortunately.

    • h2oflyer

      Agreed. My Z2 was the longest at 14 months. Looks like I’ll be keeping the Z5 for a while.

      I’m hoping to go a long time before I need a battery replacement. I installed Adguard, a blocking app. I don’t mind small banner ads and usually pay for pro version of apps to support developers and avoid ads.

      On sites like Mobile syrup with persistent intrusive ads, Adguard has lowered battery draw and most important, temperature is down to a maximum of 35-37c from 42.5 which is a battery killer.

  • Mr_Smoosh

    I wish this was the S6 or earlier, back when phones didn’t cost a lung or other vital organ. It ticks all the boxes.

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    Interesting design. one slot for both nanoSim and microSD

    • FlamesFan89

      There are plenty of phones on the market that have that.

  • Anonymous501

    I’m still happy with my S5, no need to upgrade yet. I rocked my s2 for three years, but the S5 seems to be holding up even better than the s2 did.

  • KiwiBri

    I saw the S7 and S7 Edge in person today. (Samsung have preview units in some Canadian Wireless stores. Check out the Samsung Canada website for a list). The S7 Edge is REALLY a nice device. The regular S7 looks fantastic too. Compared to my Galaxy S5, the S7 is slightly smaller (Width) and the S7 Edge is just a tad bigger (Height mainly). The camera is really fast to focus, one of the big selling points for me. Double click home to open also very fast. The edge screen felt good and on the Black Onyx the device looks great.
    Look forward to getting one.