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Smartphone Tech Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Smartphone Tech Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

While the smartphone war in India has been shifted to the mid-price segment of Rs.10,000-Rs.20,000 with only a handful of premium-segment flagship devices being launched, Galaxy S7 edge has truly created an ‘edge’ over its rivals — be it Apple 6S, HTC 10 or soon to be launched LG G5.

The reason is pretty simple: Hold Galaxy S7 edge in your hands and you will instantly realise it is the smartphone to beat in 2016.

Facts speak volume: In the first quarter of 2016, Samsung beat Apple to emerge as the clear market leader in India’s premium smartphone segment. Buoyed by the success of S7 and S7 edge, Samsung’s volume share rose to 62 percent from 35 percent, Apple’s share fell to 37 percent from 55 percent, said Counterpoint Research.

So here was the Rs 56,000 (approximately) Galaxy S7 edge. The phone has become a leader in the high-end segment in the country.

What works for the device?

Samsung has used the best hardware and provided the best features available to date in this device – latest Octacore (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, a 5.5-inch super AMOLED Quad HD display, a 12MP rear camera sensor with a f1.7 aperture and optical image stabalisation (OIS), fingerprint scanner, IP68 water-resistance and a 3,600 mAh battery — the list is quite impressive.

As part of “meaningful innovations,” the design may win you over. The device is slim and perfects the 3D thermoforming process: It is built of metal, has dual-edge glass in front and 3D glass at the back for some real toughness.

The device has power button on the right and volume buttons on the left. The speaker, charging point and 3.5mm jack are situated below while hybrid SIM / micro SD card tray is situated on the top.

Water and dust resistance comes along with the toughness and the phone works even if it is dampened in the rain.

When it comes to display, the surface is soft and unlike other smartphones, dust (and oil in some cases) does not stick to it, ensuring smooth touch every time I used it. At times, you could open an application by almost just hovering over it.

Full-HD videos ran smoothly on the device. I could clearly notice difference between colours (especially between two pinks which generally look almost similar when viewed).

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