Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, analysis: this smartphone is going to be very difficult to beat

How would you build a series of brilliant smartphones in a year like 2016? There are manufacturers that have sought to advance part of the future with risky concepts. However, Samsung has presented a Galaxy S7 Edge that in the eyes of the consumer is a terminal like last year's, at least on the outside and in its general idea, but that hides advances in important fields such as the screen, battery or camera. .

In Xataka we have already faced the complete analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and we have a lot to transmit to you. If last year I told you that Samsung had done very well to be brave, this year it is time to check with the analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge if continuity is a success when your focus has been to further improve what was already working well at the level global. Are we facing the most difficult to beat high-end smartphone on the market?

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, main features

Talking about a high-end Samsung in its Galaxy series can not mean at this point other than the latest in components. And the Galaxy S7 Edge complies with the maxim and leaves us a technical file where, if there was a possibility of technically improving any section, it has been done.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, technical characteristics Physical dimensions 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 grams screen 5.5-inch SuperAMOLED with Always On Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 dpi) Processor Exynos 8990 (64bit and 14nm) // Mali-T880 GPU RAM 4 GB (LPDDR4) Memory 32GB (microSD slot up to 200GB) Software version Android 6.0 with TouchWiz Connectivity LTE Cat 9, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi ac, Ant +, GPS Cameras 12 MP main (f1.7) with stabilization // UHD video // 5 MP secondary (f1.7) Battery 3600 mAh (non-removable) Wireless charging (Qi / PMA) and fast Additional features Heart rate sensor // Blood oxygen // IP68 profile Price From 795 euros (32 GB model on Amazon)

Although we will shed it little by little in this review, the Galaxy S7 Edge has put the emphasis especially on some sections such as the battery, with a fairly high capacity, the increase in screen diagonal and a camera that, surprise, low resolution for Get strong where almost everyone fails: low-light photos.

Video review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Both on our YouTube channel and here, we leave you with the video review to get off to a good start with the full analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Water resistance can be very beautiful (and practical)

The times we have spoken to you before about the Galaxy S7 Edge the word continuity or conservatism has been one of the most repeated. When observing the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge it is normal that it returns that feeling to many users. But you have to understand that the big leap in design level was made by Samsung last year. And it worked for him because the design in metal and glass with the curved screen on both sides does not leave anyone indifferent, and the evaluations, if we stick to the purely aesthetic, are very positive. And someone tells you who prefers the metal back rather than glass.

With that base Samsung has built the evolution of this Galaxy S7 Edge that we have tested in Xataka. The finish is still exquisite, unique, in one piece where the glass on the back (reinforced with Gorilla Glass 4) is the most striking along with the double curve of the front. High-strength aluminum has been included in the edges, as in the Edge Plus that Samsung showed us at IFA.

All this set makes the smarpthone, despite the use of glass, transmit a good feeling of robustness at the same time as attention to detail. Everything is impeccably finished and few terminals can transmit better what it means to be a high-end finish. In the days that we have tried it we have been left with the same feeling as with the S6 models of last year when the good work of the Gorilla Glass protection. In principle, it does not seem easy that daily use causes friction or damage. Almost a week and as fresh from the box.

If the move from the Galaxy S5 to the S6 Edge was a complete reversal of our idea of ​​a Galaxy S, the new Galaxy S7 Edge has focused on improving practically everything it had left to round off a great design.

The Galaxy S7 Edge has been increased in thickness and weight to house a battery of considerably more capacity than last year and even than the 5.7-inch Edge +. It is no longer as light as the Galaxy S6 Edge, which seemed hollow at times. Despite this increase in thickness at 7.7 mm (the 5.7-inch S6 Edge + had 6.9 only) and weight at 157 grams (for 153 of the S6 Edge + but with the 6s Plus at 192 grams), It continues to maintain the status of being one of the most comfortable smarpthones of this diagonal on the market, with very good proportions between diagonal and global size.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge does not convey to me at any time the idea of ​​being a large terminal. It is very pleasant in hand thanks to its small width, and the grip is quite safe despite the use of glass in the back. Do not be afraid that it will slip from your hands at the first change because it will not happen. The very good quality metal frame is now thicker (about 1mm) but that tiny difference makes it an important grip aid without being incisor in touch at all.

The use of glass in the back always leaves us in doubt about how it will handle dirt and fingerprints. We can not say that it is always spotless but even in models like the gold we have tested, the fingerprints and the feeling of dirt are very well controlled, and it does not transmit unpleasant sensations.

Neither by weight nor by thickness nor by height, much less width. No other 5.5-inch smarpthone looks as good in dimensions and hand as the Galaxy S7 Edge.

The biggest novelty of the Galaxy S7 Edge at the design level is actually twofold: water resistance and microSD slot. After trying it with the Galaxy S5 and leaving it aside in the passage to glass and metal, the Galaxy S7 Edge recovers an IP68 profile to become a high-end with a one-piece body in glass and metal, which we can also immerse in water .

This is not the use that Samsung aspires you to give to your new Galaxy, although it can resist submerged for up to half an hour.Here what matters most at the consumer level is that we can be more careless with the phone and use it in environments where we would not dare to put an 800-euro smartphone with such ease (kitchen, shower, beach, pool ...) or wash it if it is necessary. Or that carelessness like spilling liquid on it could leave us close to a feint of heart attack.

That a high-end is resistant is a great point for many users. I, as an intensive smartphone user who accompanies me everywhere and at all times, is something I really appreciate. And Samsung has managed to implement it without having to worry about closures (everything is transparent to the user) and without giving up a one-piece metal and glass design.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is heavier and thicker but is nonetheless among the best on the market with that diagonal. And is that the Galaxy S6 was a pen

The other key design aspect of this Galaxy S7 Edge is the microSD card slot. Samsung has returned it, I think as a nod to its usual users and as a differentiating element of the new Galaxy. The base model has 32 GB, of which 23-24 are free for the user. And that amount, with photos, games, applications and 4K videos, may end up leaving us without space in less time than we would think. Leaving the possibility that it is the user who extends it at a very low cost is something to thank Samsung and against which few can disagree when there is no sacrifice in the terminal: only the tray has been enabled to the nanoSIM card with space for the microSD.

Everyone's use of the microSD card is something special. Samsung allows us to use it both to store photos and videos that we take from the camera, and for applications, which we can move from internal to external memory with great ease, although it is not possible with all, starting with those that come standard .

On the curved screen on both sides, it does not affect the way you grab the Galaxy S7 Edge and it is difficult for us to accidentally press on the screen when taking it, although not impossible. It has happened to me on occasion, something that never happens to me with terminals with a classic frame. Here I think that the very small increase in thickness facilitates that grip and that this bezel is not as aggressive as in last year's model. With that extra millimeter the edge has gained in surface and is smoother in hand. But I also understand that not all users feel equally comfortable with this peculiarity of the Edge model curve, which on the other hand gives the design a distinction and class that no other terminal on the market has.

Samsung has revealed who does not integrate water resistance or microSD slot for reasons of finish or design

The counterpart to this double curve on the screen is that if you were not convinced of it last year, you could choose the model flat even saving money. This is not the case with the Galaxy S7 family. If you do not want a curved screen, your only option today in some markets to have a high-end is to give up this diagonal and move to 5.1 inches on the Galaxy S7. A matter of how you look at it.

In the design of the Galaxy S7 Edge there are no more novelties. The fingerprint sensor stays on the home button and continues to be very fast both registering fingerprint and using it. Samsung has improved the only downside we had of it in the Galaxy S6 and now it is possible to identify with the fingerprint even with the screen turned off in a single gesture; just press and hold the start button with the corresponding finger.

Another small novelty is that the protrusion of the camera has been reduced almost completely so you should not fear anything due to a possible rocking or instability of the terminal on the table.

In the frames we find all the connections and controls. The volume ones are on the upper left side, while the power one is on the opposite side. I personally feel more comfortable with the volume controls a little lower on a diagonal such as the 5.5-inch. In any case, the finish and route of all of them is very adequate.

In the upper frame is where the tray containing the microSD and nanoSIM is located, while in the lower part are the main speaker, the headphone output and the microUSB port. Samsung has not dared to include in its Galaxy S7 Edge the USB-C port, so there is no reversibility or the other advantages of this type of connection, but instead it maintains direct compatibility with current accessories and charging cables that we already have everywhere.

Always-on display to round off an excellent panel

As I have already told you, if last year the classic Galaxy S6 and the Edge shared a 5.1-inch diagonal, the new Galaxy S7 Edge goes to 5.5 inches to differentiate itself and be the reference phablet of Samsung in the high-end consumer. Whoever wants to go to that diagonal has no other options with Samsung.

The panel of the Galaxy S7 Edge is still one of the highest level SuperAMOLED type, with QuadHD resolution that gives it a pixel density of 534 ppi, so the sharpness is absolutely fantastic both for reading information and for the reproduction of video or images. Here the double curve of the screen at the edges gives continuity to the side frames, which together with the complete contrast (go niggas) of the AMOLED panels, a high brightness and intense color, make the screen of the Galaxy S7 Edge a spectacle for the eyes.

At the technology level, the new SuperAMOLED panel offers a little more brightness and improvements in the automatic mode that adjusts to our preferences and ambient light

But not everyone likes this explosiveness from Samsung's SuperAMOLED panels. For those who are not comfortable with it, Samsung maintains the four display modes that seem like a success and that let us smooth from color to contrast.

Outdoors, the SuperAMOLED display performs well even in direct sunlight, and the reflections are similar to those of an IPS panel. However, in very intense light, the double curve of the edges can be a nuisance for offering a second direction reflections that we cannot adapt at the same time as that of the main screen.

The novelties come from the shine. The panel of the Galaxy S7 Edge offers a higher maximum brightness than the S6 Edge, and also improves the automatic brightness in several aspects. When we have it to the maximum, this is the same level as the manual. But it also responds appropriately and very quickly in lighting changes. And it is able to remember our preferences in case we change the automatic brightness with a certain level of ambient light.

The "old" and spectacular known, the SuperAMOLED QuadHD screen, launches the Always On function on the Galaxy S7 Edge to have information on the screen turned off at all times. But it was born quite decaf

The great novelty of the screen of the Galaxy S7 Edge is called Always On and allows us to have information such as the time, a calendar or notifications all the time on the screen without the consumption in theory being very resentful. We have tested the decrease in battery percentage under the same conditions with both Always On on and off, and the consumption is practically the same.

The brightness available when the screen is off is not excessively high, does not disturb anything and is displayed perfectly. When there is little light, it goes even lower in intensity to remain practically at the minimum brightness level of the panel, which, as usual in Samsung, is almost nil, which helps us to use the smartphone without discomfort for our eyes or others even in the most complete darkness.

The Always On functionality, which other terminals such as Motorola already had, we like a lot but for now it is not too useful. Or put another way, it could be much more. And it is what we expect. The most interesting of these modes are always the notifications, and for now Samsung only allows you to have as complete a clock with notifications of missed calls and text messages from the Samsug's own application. Neither WhatsApp nor mail or anything at all. We are not worth this Always On for many funds pretty that you put us.

Another detail to mention on the screen is that Samsung has not yet opted for a screen capable of knowing with what pressure we press it. Here's a vein for operating systems and we think it's something that, well implemented and supported by developers, can come in handy. But in the Galaxy saga, it's time to wait.

And the curved screen? As in the Galaxy S6, it is only useful at one time on one of the two sides, which we can exchange. But in these 12 months since it appeared, Samsung has put the batteries to get more use than we had found so far.

Samsung has succeeded in raising its bet a lot and has opened the SDK to third parties, although for now it does not show much. Everything powerful and new is provided by Samsung itself, which leaves more freedom to place panels, remove them, add shortcuts ... there are to place news, actions or shortcuts to the web and even utilities as a rule. Follow of course the night mode that places the time and notices or news in that circle on the side horizontally.

In general, after this week using the Galaxy S7 Edge I have resolved that if you invest time in configuring them to your liking and incorporate the side panel into your daily life, this curve on the screen can be useful but without making big differences. It will depend on how you want or are used to interacting with your smarpthone. In my case, the most useful thing has been to be able to have a single swipe of the finger two rows of shortcuts to very comfortable functions such as creating an alarm, writing an email message, viewing a website or adding a contact to the phone. I also like the People Edge function but that does not allow us to include other services that come by default to communicate it limits it a lot.

Gross power

From the most powerful smartphone of last year to an unbeatable candidate in 2016. The Galaxy S saga has always been the reference in gross power within the Android market and little by little TouchWiz has let those gross numbers also transcend day to day.

The Galaxy S7 Edge we've tested integrates the next-gen Exynos processor for this year. The Exynos 8890 chip is an octacore with four cores working at a maximum of 2.3 GHz and another four at 1.6 GHz. The GPU is the new Mali T880 and everything is dressed with 4 GB of DDR4 type RAM. This combination leaves us with benchmarks the highest figures on the market today, and I think they will remain there for a long time, at least until we see the first smartphones that bet on Snapdragon 820 on the market.

Nexus 6P (Snapdragon 810) Galaxy S6 Edge (Exynos 7) Galaxy S7 Edge (Exynos 8) Antutu 61623 63422 112920 Geekbench (Single / Multi) 1342 / 4778 1442 / 4469 2117 / 6063 Quadrant 23643 36379 54023

In the day to day the Galaxy S7 Edge has shown no signs of weakness due to lack of power. Editing photos, moving around the gallery, zooming in on high-resolution images, or viewing large video is no problem. Everything is smooth but it is difficult to see differences with last year's processors and TouchWiz, however much it has advanced, still leaves us feeling that it does not take full advantage of the raw power of the processor plus RAM.

Samsung's new Exynos maintains temperature control as one of its great achievements. Only with fast loading or downloading data in bulk have we seen some warm-up in normal day-to-day use.

The Galaxy S7 Edge repeats setup in the speaker layout. It is just one, located at the bottom, something that does not convince us because we believe that it does not accompany the video or game experience at the screen level. If they were frontal and stereo the level would go up a lot and we would appreciate it. But for now it stays next to the charging connector.

The level of power and clarity I think is on par with that of the Galaxy S6, and is one of its most discreet points for the range in which we operate. The membrane that Samsung has placed on it to have water resistance does not doubtless help. In general, the sound is correct but it is wrong.

Regarding connectivity, Samsung includes LTE cat9 and everything we can expect from a high-end smartphone: BT 4.2, Ant + for compatibility with sports accessories, GPS, WiFi ac and of course NFC, technology that will be key when Samsung Pay, which already appears as the default application for payments on the smartphone, reach certain markets.

More battery for phablet format

One of the surprises of the Galaxy S7 Edge is the large increase in battery. They are 3600 mAh, one of the highest figures in a terminal with this diagonal. Here we understand that due to the increase in diagonal screen and brightness, the inclusion of the Always On function and that in the Galaxy S6 autonomy was the big black point, Samsung had no choice but to move tab. He had room to do it because although he has had to increase the weight and thickness somewhat, the S7 Edge still remains at fantastic levels.

The experience in the first days with the battery of the Galaxy S7 Edge left us quite worried. Nothing matched the potential of it with the results, which did not even reach the day of use. We test different settings with Always On connected or disabled, we set the power saving modes but nothing. Finally we returned the terminal to its factory state and instead of recovering the backup of a previous model, we configured everything from scratch. And solved. If something similar happens to you, give it a couple of days of margin.

The 3600 mAh of the battery of the Galaxy S7 Edge have ensured that the battery is not going to be an impediment to reach solvent a day and a half of use with about 5 hours of active screen on average

Already with the Galaxy S7 Edge working correctly and without any process altering the results, we have mediated about 5 hours of active screen with a use that has easily reached the day and a half of use. The usual thing this week has been to reach the end of the day with between 20 and 35% of battery remaining. On days of less activity, such as weekends, we were able to keep the Galaxy S7 Edge active in both days and using the camera a lot, which along with the screen took the highest battery consumption.

If your usage profile is not excessively intensive, assume that you can overcome the day and a half of use without excessive sacrifices. In the PC Mark battery test, with the calibrated screen, we have been touching 7 hours (6 h 48 min), a figure that is not spectacular because for example the Moto X with the same battery capacity left us almost 50% more: 9.49 hours. In the case of the Moto the real autonomy was translated in two days.

With such a large battery capacity, charging is a problem if you don't put solutions. Here forget to use a USB cable connected to the computer because the full charge can go to 4 hours. Samsung's fast charging system has left us in the Xataka load test a time of 19 minutes to get from 0 to 25%, while the full charge does it in 92 minutes. It is a very remarkable figure for the capacity in which we operate, but it has room for improvement.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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The same test but with a wall charger that is not the fast one that Samsung places as standard in the box of the Galaxy S7 Edge, it increases the charging time of the first 25% by 50% (31 minutes) but from now on that difference remains until get to the 119 minutes it takes to get the battery to 100%.

Samsung has included quite a few options in power saving modes. His idea is not to limit elements as standard, but rather it is the energy saving system itself that learns how we use the terminal to optimize. There is also an option to keep the power saving mode activated based on the non-use of applications for three days. In that case we can indicate if we want that learning to be done automatically or manually. You have to be very careful because after those three days, the system can make the decision that this application does not send us notifications.

TouchWiz and seriousness for the game

The controversial TouchWiz is not lacking on this Galaxy S7 Edge. This time it comes with Android 6.0, the latest version of the world's most widely used mobile operating system. It remains an already much lighter layer than a few years ago and where it makes interesting contributions such as the options and notification center, which is still for me the best of Android smartphones.

The best contributions of TouchWiz have to do with the configuration options and the notification center, the best on the market. In Android 6.0 they add Game Launcher as a novelty

That center is at all times giving us information and being useful beyond its appearance.In some icons such as the WiFi network we have direct information about which one we are connected to at all times, notifications do not crowd on the lock screen but are grouped in a practical way, and these disappear when we control the brightness. There is also a multiscreen to which we have access by double-clicking on the icon of recent applications or multitasking.

On the negative side we must talk about the pre-installed software. Here we find the entire Microsoft office suite as well as services such as Skype or Dropbox. In all these cases it is impossible to uninstall them to free up space and the most we can do is disable them.

All the power that Samsung has placed in this Galaxy S7 Edge is well used with games. The aspiration of the Koreans and many other companies is that every day we choose our smarphone as a gaming platform that goes beyond the occasional. And for this they have launched their Game Launcher service.

This mode has two different branches: the gaming experience and the social / creative part. In the second there is a place to discover the most popular games, as well as videos associated with them and to which we have access with a single click. There are YouTube videos of the titles that we have installed or are similar, but also of the "youtubers"of most viewed games and channels.

If we are the ones who want to appear in that area of ​​videos, we can make both game captures and record a game (maximum quality 720p) with utmost ease, including even our face and comments with the help of the phone's secondary camera.

The other options of the Game Launcher mode allow us to configure not to have alerts (except incoming calls) while we are playing as well as to block or not the back / front touch keys to avoid exiting or stopping the game in a moment of lack of control. Also with Game Launcher there is a power saving mode to reduce resolution and fps of the game.

In addition to the fingerprint sensor, which I have already told you is very fast and useful, Samsung maintains a heart rate sensor on the back, just under the dual LED flash, that is easy to miss. The utility in a smartphone is rather little, even more in high ranges such as that of Samsung where there are wearables that also integrate it.

The sensor itself is accurate, it takes no more than 45 seconds to give us results, and with it we can create a good history of our health and exercise with S Health. This application is one of the best examples of a job well done by Samsung, both in design and functionality.

The camera of the Galaxy S7 Edge: ideal for photography in automatic mode and at night

Along with the 5.5-inch display in a waterproof yet attractive design and the microSD card slot, the big buy argument I see on the new Galaxy S7 Edge is the camera. Samsung's decision not to go to more megapixels but even give up a few million is brave and a whole declaration of intent on what mobile photography is like and its great gaps today.

Samsung releases a 12 megapixel sensor on this Galaxy S7 Edge, four less than we had on the Galaxy S6 Edge. It lags far behind Sony and lags behind Apple's choice for its iPhone. What it has not reduced is the size of the sensor, which goes to 1 / 2.5 inches. That combination is the key to understanding why Samsung has decided to act this way: to double the light that its sensor is capable of collecting. And that in night scenes can make a difference in a camera like Samung's where we have been for two generations in which the image processing is very correct.

The counterpart of this megapixel reduction is that the photos we take with its new sensor do not reach a very high level of detail. We cannot therefore get too close to the images without seeing how we have lost detail. But if we assume the majority role of the photos we take with a smarpthone, I do not consider it a drawback at all if we earn as much as we will see in low-light scenes.

In scenes with good light there are no differences beyond the loss of detail due to having fewer megapixels. But when it is at night or indoors, the Galaxy S7 Edge takes the best photos of all the smartphones on the market today

In the photos we have taken in good light testing, it is just what we have noticed. The images are very good, well exposed in general, except for some overexposures of the light source areas if we do not get the exposure point correctly, and with HDR as a way that in the case of Samsung smarpthones, it is advisable to always carry automatic mode because we will always be right. Here it remains without rival in the market. So far nothing we have not seen before in the Galaxy since the S5.

Special mention deserves the focus. The new sensor layout places each of the 12 million pixels to perform its task for phase detection focusing. The result would be a faster approach, but at this level it is already difficult to detect those millisecond improvements. For me the difference with last year's Galaxy S6 is negligible: it is the fastest approach on the market and we can only notice that together with the shot it is not instantaneous when we want to take a photo in very low light. But even there it is very fast.

It was very fun and comforting to be able to take indoor and outdoor photos in low light with almost complete assurance that the result was going to be worth it

It should also be noted that those 12 megapixels are achieved in 4: 3 format, which means that if you are one of those who likes to shoot more in 16: 9 format, the resolution will be reduced to 9.1 megapixels. And there you will notice that the detail is far from the sensors with many more megapixels when the light favors them.

The real leap in quality we've noticed on the Galaxy S7 Edge's camera is as we expected in low-light scenes. There, the larger photodiodes along with the optical stabilization and F1.7 aperture works the miracle: the best mobile camera for night scenes we've ever tried. It has been very fun and comforting to be able to take indoor and outdoor photos in low light with almost complete assurance that the result was going to be worth it. That where others only see and offer darkness and areas without detail, the Galaxy S7 Edge lets us see what is there, although with a slight tendency to give too much warmth to cold lights. Imagine the tranquility with which you now shoot your smarpthone during the day and think that with the Galaxy S7 Edge you can do the same in low light.

The Galaxy S7 Edge not only makes scenes brighter, it also controls more powerful light spots, less jitter when shooting and no noise reduction and less detail.

The aperture of only f1.7, as I have told you, will allow more light in night scenes, but also images with a good, easy and great background blur. This is good news for very creative photos, but it can also cause problems for macros. "classics"With such an aperture the depth of field is greatly reduced and you have to have a better hand than with other terminals to get close to the area you want perfectly focused.

With an F1.7 it is very easy to make striking background blurs

This great behavior when taking photographs in all situations is ideally accompanied by the camera interface. Automatic mode has the essentials for taking pictures quickly (perfect again the ability to have the camera ready to take pictures with just a double press of the home button even from the locked screen) while managing some aspects of the shot how to apply effects, HDR mode, timer (which we can also indicate to take three photos in a row), flash or resolution.

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The rest of the modes include a bit of everything. We can add more if we want by downloading them from the Samsung app store, and there we find for example some useful ones such as sports mode or one to create gifs, but as standard we also have important ones such as selective focus, panoramic (there is a new option to create panoramic views in movement with some element that moves and is registered in the different positions), live video transmission via YouTube, slow motion video (at 720p) or the most interesting of all: Pro mode.

In this mode we can manage manual controls such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, exposure control and even the mode of light measurement of the scene or in focus of a point or multipoint. The excellent idea of ​​being able to make specific adjustments and save them to a profile also holds true. Simple and tremendously useful.

In this Pro mode is when Samsung lets us store an image in both jpg and RAW at the same time. That combination of RAW and photos with enough light in night scenes is a combination that is very difficult to resist if you take photography with a smartphone seriously.

In the video mode Samsung maintains the good level with 4K recording and slow motion at 720p. The same does not happen with the secondary camera, with f1.7 and 5 MP sensor but that leaves us with images that do not convince us by detail or exposure as soon as the light is poor, something that often happens indoors.

The only novelty are what Samsung calls panoramic selfies and that are nothing more than a kind of panoramic in which we must move the camera when taking a photo. Much better to have opted like other manufacturers for a wide angle and of course better final image quality for a secondary camera that does not seem to be at the height or far from the main one.

Galaxy S7 Edge, the opinion and note of Xataka

Samsung might appear to have introduced the same smarpthone as last year, but we'd be wrong to think so. The design itself is identical, but improved with water resistance and the microSD card slot, two advances that end up unbalancing the balance in favor of the Samsung model for the undecided.

With the starting point so good, Samsung has been able to increase the thickness and weight to fit a battery with more capacity that reaches us without problems to a day and a half of autonomy, but despite this it remains the best-sized phablet global market. No one would say that you have a 5.5-inch screen smartphone in hand.

That screen grows and increases in brightness, but the most significant thing is that now we can have notifications and information all the time on the screen, although for now not being able to have third-party applications reduces its usefulness quite a bit.

To round off one of the best smartphones ever, we have the camera, with less resolution but fantastic when light is scarce, maintaining detail and low noise, a trend that we hope to see in more smartphones this 2016. It also adds manual controls in an interface that is the best of the TouchWiz layer along with the notification center. Everything else is left over and we would prefer pure Android to take full advantage of a processor and RAM that is already among the best of the year.


Design9.75 screen Yield9.75 Camera9.75 Software8.5 Autonomy9,4

In favor

  • Careful design and excellent dimensions
  • The best camera on the market
  • High-level display
  • Autonomy according to what we expect a phablet
  • Waterproof and with microSD slot


  • High price
  • No stereo sound
  • TouchWiz still raises questions about performance
  • Always On for now has very little use
  • There is no option to have these 5.5 inches without screen curvature

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - Free Android Smartphone (5.5 "screen, 12 Mp camera, 32 GB, Exynos 8 2.3 GHz, 4 GB of RAM), black

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