Samsung's Chromebook Pro Earns Respect

Some early reviewers of the Samsung Chromebook Pro characterized it as a “MacBook killer,” but others were more restrained in their enthusiasm. Jointly developed with Google and first demoed at CES 2017, the Chromebook Pro is slated for release next month.

Samsung’s Chromebooks basically are lightweight productivity tools that rely heavily on access to cloud-based resources. They have gained popularity in the enterprise for use with remote workers and in educational settings as entry-level computing tools.

However, they “are no Mac killers,” said Werner Goertz, a research director at Gartner.

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Price Point

The Chromebook Pro will sell for US$550.

Some reviewers, including PC Magazine‘s Victoria Song and Ars Technica‘s Valentina Palladino, considered it pricey.

However, that pricing fits into the normal laptop budget, noted Wired reviewer David Pierce .

“I don’t want to spend $1,000-plus on a PC or Mac when I could get something like the Samsung Chromebook Pro for $549,” Forbes‘ Shelby Carpenter remarked.

“Access to the Google Play store and the Android apps ecosystem, combined with the freemium productivity suites such as Slack, make [Chromebooks] a viable option for remote workers,” Gartner’s Goertz told TechNewsWorld, “and Samsung’s carefully selected price points are justified vis-a-vis the slightly less expensive competition.”

Design and Battery Life

The rounded edges and exposed hinge give the Chromebook Pro “a decidedly utilitarian look,” Wired‘s Pierce noted, which is “just fine.”

Though the Pro is light and small, its squarish shape is “a little awkward when typing,” according to PC Magazine‘s Song.

Its design struck Ars Technica‘s Palladino as “solid.”

“I got my hands on the device at CES, and i was impressed with how thin and light it was while not feeling like a typical flimsy plastic Chromebook,” noted Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.

The Chromebook Pro’s battery life is “only beat by the much more expensive Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Dell Chromebook 13,” said Ars reviewer Palladino.

However, it “pales in comparison to what we saw” from various Asus Chromebook models, said PC Magazine‘s Song, who noted that results of two tests varied substantially.

The Quad HD Screen

The Chromebook Pro’s 2400 x 1600 Quad HD LED display “is virtually indistinguishable from my Mac screen,” Forbes‘ Carpenter said.

The display “makes the entire device taller than most 16:9 laptops and two-in-ones,” observed Palladino.

That allows a larger palm rest and more space for the user’s hands, but a huge bottom bezel and a hardware strip for the hinges to attach to the lid leave “a bunch of empty space,” he pointed out.

The display offers a much higher resolution than typically found in 11- or 13-inch Chromebooks, Song said, but the 3:2 aspect ratio means it’s more square-shaped. That leaves little room on either side of the keyboard, making the typing experience somewhat awkward.

The Stylus and Android Apps

Although the included stylus drew generally favorable remarks, “the quality of the inking wasn’t as impressive as Windows or iOS devices at similar price points,” Strategy Analytics’ Smith told TechNewsWorld.

Reviewers liked the Chromebook Pro’s access to the huge number of Android apps in the Google Play store.

However, some Android apps don’t play well with Chrome, they noted.

“Some apps don’t recognize the keyboard and trackpad; others seem unable to handle a touchscreen,” Wired‘s Pierce pointed out.

“Most crash constantly,” and switching between apps can be clumsy, said Song.

Still, “I was able to do most of my daily work on the Chromebook Pro without major problems,” Palladino remarked, adding that it “performed faster than my MacBook Air.”

Right Direction

The convertible Chromebook segment is expanding rapidly, according to Linn Huang, a research director at IDC.

“Most have been underpowered, small-screen, low-cost offerings, [and] Samsung’s Chromebook Pro marks an evolution towards the premium end,” he told TechNewsWorld.

In general, Chromebooks “have largely been a K-12 phenomenon,” suggested Huang, and they need more work to succeed in the larger consumer market as a category.

Samsung Explains Note7 Failure, Promises to Do Better

Samsung Electronics on Monday announced that it has developed new quality assurance protocols to ensure that it won’t have a repeat of the catastrophic issues that plagued its Galaxy Note7 handsets. The company last fall issued a universal recall after several of the devices caught fire or exploded.

In one incident, a Southwest Airlines flight had to be evacuated in Louisville, Kentucky, after a Samsung Galaxy Note7 caught fire and produced thick smoke on an aircraft. Samsung initially blamed the problem on an “isolated” faulty battery cell issue, before opting to issue a general recall of the device.

Samsung has reaffirmed that the design and production of the batteries caused the problems — not the hardware or software — but the company has acknowledged that it should have done more to ensure that the batteries could not overheat and cause fires. It has enlisted a group of external advisors to provide clear and objective perspectives on battery safety and innovation.

All the Right Moves

Samsung unveiled its new “8-Point Battery Safety Check,” which is meant to address any potential problems. It encompasses a durability test, visual inspection, X-ray test, disassembling test and OCT test, as well as a charge and discharge test, TVOC test and accelerated usage test.

In addition, Samsung will conduct a multilayer safety measures protocol on all its devices. It will cover the overall design and materials, as well as device hardware strength. Further, it will ensure that software algorithms are in place for safer battery charging temperatures.

“Samsung is doing the right thing. It took its time, but eventually it got enough instances of failed batteries in the lab to figure out what the technical issue was,” said Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

“At the same time, Samsung has been relatively forthcoming about the results and taking responsibility,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“The first thing Samsung had to do was make it clear that it understood the core of the Note7 fire, and it had to ensure that it won’t happen again,” noted Ian Fogg, senior director for mobile and telecoms at IHS Markit.

“It had to make creditable assurances to customers, vendors and retailers that this wouldn’t happen with future models,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The announcement today addressed both of those issues.”

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Passing the Buck?

Although Samsung addressed what it will do to help avoid future problems, the company did not take full blame for the issue.

“There is plenty of blame to go around here,” said Ramon Llamas, IDC’s research manager for wearables and mobile phones.

“When [Samsung] asks a supplier to ramp up production on batteries to meet demand, there is blame as well,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“The next test will be when they unveil a new flagship phone; they will have to showcase how innovative it is in terms of features, but also address the power in the way it charges and its reliability,” said IHS Markit’s Fogg.

“That will be part of the next announcement for any of its products, as the lithium ion batteries are used in so many products –from laptops to phones and even to cars,” he added.

Galaxy Delays

What is also likely to come out of Samsung’s new emphasis on battery safety is a delay of its next flagship handset, likely the Galaxy S8. It had been expected to make its debut at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, next month, but that now appears unlikely.

“If they don’t make MWC, that breaks from tradition — but we can expect that the phone is still coming,” said Llamas.

In fact, such a delay could be met positively, as “taken in this context, [it shows] that the company is making sure it does things right next time,” said Endpoint’s Kay.

“The public is both sophisticated about understanding that technical failures occur and ADD enough to forget the past pretty quickly — so if Samsung gets the next one right, all will be forgiven,” he said.

“It is a right step, but that’s all it is,” said Llamas. “Samsung will need to make multiple steps to regain consumer confidence. They’ve identified the problem, but now they need to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price and Availability Leaked

Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 has been leaked in a profusion of rumours and reports, and the South-Korean giant has planned to skip MWC 2017 and unveil the reported two Galaxy S8 models at a later date. Earlier this week, a Chinese tipster revealed that a 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage Galaxy S8 model will hit the Chinese and South Korean markets, besides the rumoured 4GB/64GB variant. Now, the price and availability details have also been revealed by him.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Price and Availability Leaked

The price of the Galaxy S8 with 6GB of RAM is tipped to be CNY 6,088 (roughly $885 or Rs. 59,000) for the 64GB variant, with the 128GB model said to be priced at CNY 6,488 (roughly $943 or Rs. 63,000). The pricing details for the 4GB+64GB Samsung Galaxy S8 model is not known – however last week, the prolific tipster Evan Blass shared the expected price. He said that both models will go on sale from April 21, and that they will cost EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 7,300) more than their predecessors – which would mean the 5.8-inch model will come at a price of EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 58,100) and the 6.2-inch model will be priced at at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 65,400).

Alongside, the Chinese tipster has also said that the 6GB variant will be exclusive to the Asian markets of China and South Korea. In these regions, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be offered in two storage variants (64GB and 128GB) but with 6GB of RAM. The Chinese tipster has also shared an image on Twitter that he claims could be the Galaxy S8. The image shows no home button on the front, in line with earlier multiple leaks, and the rear side shows a fingerprint scanner placed in line with camera and lens, which was shown in a concept render earlier as well. As shown in the image, there are three buttons on the left of the device, reiterating the earlier reports of the Bixby button along with volume rockers. However, the right side of the devices just has the power button.

While the image’s authenticity cannot be verified, the tipster goes on to say that he’s ‘received some information’ and this is what the Galaxy S8 will finally look like. To recall, last month a Twitter user shared a concept image render of Samsung Galaxy S8 that looks exactly the same as the one shared by the tipster who goes by @mmdj_china on Twitter.

South Korea Reports Its Own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Probe Results

South Korea said on Monday it will strengthen lithium-ion battery safety requirements and conduct regular inspections to avoid repeats of fires which forced Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to withdraw its premium Galaxy Note 7 handset.

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Manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, commonly used in portable devices, would be subjected to greater oversight and regular inspections, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement. Devices using lithium-ion batteries also would be subjected to more regular safety tests, it added.

“We ask that the industry shares the view that making efforts to ensure safety is equally as critical as developing new products through technological innovation,” Vice Minister Jeong Marn-ki said in the statement.

Samsung was forced to scrap the near-$900 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in October after some of the devices caught fire due to faulty batteries, wiping out about $5.4 billion in operating profit over three quarters.

Samsung and independent investigators said in January that different battery problems from two suppliers – Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd – caused some Galaxy Note 7s to combust.

A separate probe by the Korea Testing Laboratory also found no other cause for the Galaxy Note 7 fires other than a combination of manufacturing and design faults with the batteries, the trade ministry said.

The government also said it would monitor Samsung’s efforts to improve battery safety, such as x-ray testing and stricter standards during the design process.

It would strengthen recall-related requirements by broadening the types of serious product defects that manufacturers should report to the government, and seek legal changes to allow the government to warn consumers to stop using certain products even if they had not been recalled.

Samsung to Launch Galaxy S8 on February 26, Leaked Teaser Tips

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Samsung, after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, has been rumoured to advance the launch of its next Galaxy flagship. Now, a leaked teaser claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch on February 26 thus clearing the air that next flagship launch won’t be advanced. According to details shared by Twitter user Ricciolo, Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event will take place at the side-lines of MWC in Barcelona, the event Samsung has historically launched its Galaxy S series flagship in.

Unfortunately, the pre-launch teaser has not been made public by Samsung thus leaving us to speculate that this may change in future. Previously, Samsung has officially announced launch details of its flagship Galaxy as well as Note-series handsets. For Samsung, turning consumers focus towards the next flagship makes sense after replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units catch fire.

Some of the other details leaked about the Galaxy S8 apart from the purported launch include the inclusion of dual camera setup at the back, as tipped by a pair of trademark applications. The smartphone is said to come with 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel dual-rear camera setup. The trademarks first reported by Galaxyclub showed that the company applied for “LightUp Camera” and another trademark with naming “Light+ Camera.” The report cites an excerpt from the trademark that said, “Camera Sensor for use in enhancing the brightness and clearness of digital images and photographs taken in low-light environments.”
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also said to get rid of the signature home button seen on earlier flagship Galaxy phones. One of the starkest changes expected on the Galaxy S8 will be on the display front, as reported by ET News Korea. The smartphone is said to come with the company’s first bezel-less design.

Samsung is said to be working on a new design where the front with no home button will be filled with all glass and will also incorporate fingerprint-sensing display. Under the hood, Samsung is expected to pack an upgraded application processor.

“Galaxy S8 will be equipped with half of Snapdragon 830s and half of Exynos that is manufactured by Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business Department,” claims ET News Korea.

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 Users Report Battery Drain Due to Oculus App; Fix Released

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 Users Report Battery Drain Due to Oculus App; Fix Released
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Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge owners are reporting battery drain issues, after installing the latest Oculus app update. Users have been reporting of the issue on Oculus and Reddit forums, and claim that the issue seems to resolve itself after the app is deleted altogether.

Samsung users claim that their battery drains quickly as the Oculus app continues to run in the background constantly and put strain on the smartphone’s CPU. On the Oculus forum, users claims that almost one percent battery drained every 30 seconds from their smartphones, because of the update. For all those unaware, the Oculus app is a required install if users want to use their smartphones with the Gear VR headset. Some Samsung users also reported that their smartphone refused to charge up to maximum, even after leaving it on charge overnight. Overheating of phones while on charge, and the TouchWiz UI going wonky was also reported in some cases.

However, Reddit users claim that deleting the app resolves all the issues at once. The devices stop acting up, they charge fully, and the battery drain issue also disappears. Oculus acknowledged the issue and confirmed that it has been resolved. It told Gizmodo that updating or re-installing the app won’t cause any of the above-mentioned problems now.
“We recently pushed an update to the Oculus app that inadvertently caused some people to experience phone battery drain. The team has issued a fix that prompts people to update the Oculus software when they open the Oculus app. If they do not see the prompt, then the phone has been automatically updated and no further action is needed,” the company told the publication.

Samsung has being courting a lot of controversies this season, and this latest one, however temporary, will cause further dents in its reputation. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fault forced Samsung to do a worldwide recall, reporting a loss of billions. For now, Samsung has delayed the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in India indefinitely. It

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall South Korea Orders X-Ray Tests to Check Batteries

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: South Korea Orders X-Ray Tests to Check Batteries

South Korea said on Thursday it ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to take additional measures to ensure that batteries used in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are safe, as the firm prepares to resume sales of the smartphone in South Korea.

The world’s top smartphone maker announced earlier this month a recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s across the globe due to faulty batteries causing some of the phones to catch fire. The firm is already issuing replacement devices using what it says are safe batteries in several markets including South Korea and the United States.

 

The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, in a statement, formally approved the recall plan and said the new batteries being used are safe.

The agency ordered Samsung to have its supplier conduct X-ray tests on the batteries prior to shipment. It also ordered Samsung to carry out inspections on its own as an additional safeguard and to extend the refund deadline to September 30 from September 19 previously.

Samsung declined to comment on how many phones are being recalled in South Korea, but the firm’s report to the agency dated September 2 seen by Reuters showed that 429,000 Note 7 phones had been sold prior to the recall. The firm said it is in talks with domestic carriers to offer a KRW 30,000 ($27.21) mobile tariff credit to affected customers for their October bill.

 

The South Korean firm is pushing to get its recall completed as quickly as possible in order to limit damage to its reputation and earnings, and resume sales. Some analysts said the recall could cost Samsung nearly $5 billion in lost revenue.

Samsung, which halted Note 7 sales in countries affected by the recall, plans to resume new sales of the Note 7 in South Korea on September 28.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

 

Samsung rapidly growing with its High range mobile series

Technology is pacing up in our surroundings and adding to the smallest things possible. And along with the growing technology, the big companies are growing with a rapid pace too. The South-Korean tech giant company ‘Samsung’ is a name we all are familiar with and Samsung has proved its well worth in the smartphone market since the last few years. The smartphone market is so influenced by Samsung that only Apple has managed to stand above the company. With its rapid growing market share Samsung is working hard on its mobile features and designs, the Samsung S7 Edge gathered a lot of appraisal and the company successfully managed to break its own sales record. Samsung has many featured phones in different price segment and the company looks quite promising in brightening the future of mobile phones.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

This super phone is all set to be launched in this year itself and as the name suggest it is power packed with great internal features. The phone will have a massive 4GB RAM and 32GB storage expandable to 128GB using a micro SD card. The phone features a 16MP camera which record HD videos. This phone by Samsung is one of those who have long battery life thanks to its 5000 mAh battery. It’s best for big screen lovers as the phone has a 6 inch screen.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Released this year itself, this phone broke Samsung’s sales records, with the impressive double edged design and fingerprint Sensor Samsung managed to grab a lot of attention. The phone sports a 4GB RAM and options for 32GB or 64GB models and has an IP68 certificates which means the phone can stay in its very condition for 30 minutes in 1.5 meter of water depth. The phone has the Samsung’s own Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 octa core processor. A 12MP camera that records HD videos is built in this phone. We can just go on appraising this phone as this is by far the best device by Samsung and also the most expensive one. Just try MI coupons in order to get discounts.

Buying Samsung phones

Samsung has outclassed many mobile brands in the past 5 years and the credit goes to its hard working team. Samsung has worked very hard to improve on its design and internal features, the company faced a lot of complications during its earlier stage of smartphone development, the phones used to hang a lot, but Samsung has successfully removed that problem almost completely. With all the heart whelming features and impressive designs people are just opting for Samsung phones more and more, Samsung’s sales have increased majorly in the past years and the launch of Edge series has taken it to another level.  If you too are going to buy a Samsung phone anytime soon, use flipkart promo codes to avail lower price benefits. After all you don’t just buy a phone every other day, make sure you get it at the best price.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge frequently asked questions

Each year, MWC plays host to a variety of smartphone launches, and most brands which hold stakes in the massive ecosystem are present there in full strength to showcase their wares. Tons of new stuff, including smartphones, tablets, related accessories, apps, and more recently, other goodies like wearables and VR paraphernalia can be found on the MWC floor. However, Samsung’s annual launch of its S-series flagship(s) is the event that really marks the high point for MWC each year, though ironically, the unveiling usually happens a day before MWC officially kicks off.

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Samsung stuck to the same timeline this year too, and MWC 2016 saw the birth of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge… loaded smartphones that may not break the mould for the most part, but bring some much-needed features to the line-up.

While our full reviews will try to evaluate whether those upgrades make the new pair of smartphones the best your money can buy, we’ll try and tackle a few common queries you might have regarding the S7 and its edge-faced brother (pictured below on the right). And as usual, these details are in the form of a handy QnA, starting from the key specs.

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A Look At The Specs Please?

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge share most specs, all except the screen and the battery capacity that is. While the international variants of these phones are powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor, in India, they come powered by the Exynos Octa 8890 SoC that utilises four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and another four ticking at 1.6GHz. Graphics are handled by Mali-T880 MP12 GPUs, and there’s 4 gigs of RAM along on the ride. The devices were launched in 32GB and 64GB storage variants, but India’s only getting the former. Shooting is handled by 12MP rear snappers, while 5MP front-facing cameras handle selfies. As far as the differences are concerned, the S7 features a 5.1-inch QHD display and utilises a 3,000mAh battery, the S7 edge comes with a 5.5-inch screen toting the same resolution, and powered by a 3,600mAh battery. Worth noting that both phones support fast charging, and wireless charging as well… but to use the latter, you’ll need to purchase compatible wireless chargers available separately.

What’s The Design Like?

Do check out our first impressions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge from MWC for more details on the design. In a nutshell, the design isn’t much different from the S6, the S6 edge (review) and the S6 edge+ we saw last year, so you get the same sexy-looking glass and metal combo – basically glass on both sides with a metal frame in the middle. In fact, the design is so similar that you probably won’t be able to tell the difference.

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The S7 edge (pictured above) is the bigger of the two, thanks to its larger screen, but is also curvier and sexier due to the curves on both sides of its fascia.

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Its design also makes the S7 edge quite slippery, and in our opinion, S7 (shown above) is more comfortable to hold.

Are The Displays On The Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Protected By Gorilla Glass?

Absolutely. Layers of 4th-gen Gorilla Glass are there to protect the screen from minor scratches.

Are The Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Really Waterproof?

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The pair are IP68-certified, which means that they’re impervious to both dust and water. To be more specific, you can use them during a sandstorm (as an example) or submerse them into up to 1.5m deep water for up to 30 minutes without fear of damage. However, you should note that  a few recent reports have indicated it may not be such a good idea to actually dunk these phones into water (or any other liquid for that matter). You should have no reason to worry if you manage to get your S7 or S7 edge drenched in the rain or spill a glass of water on it though.

What’s The SIM Size Accepted By The S7 Duo?

Last year, the S6 series got some flak for dropping support for storage expansion, so Samsung has brought it back on popular demand. The S7 duo are both hybrid dual-SIM smartphones, so you can pop in two nano-SIM cards or utilise the secondary SIM slot to add more storage by inserting a microSD card.

Is 4G Supported? What About Other Connectivity Options?

Yup, 4G is supported. The phones are loaded when it comes to connectivity, so get dual-band Wi-Fi (with 802.11 ac), ANT+, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS, and BDS. Samsung’s Download Booster feature, which combines Wi-Fi and 4G networks to download large files, is there too.

How Much Storage Is Available To Use? Can I Add More?

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Over 24GB can be used out of the 32GB built-in storage. More can be added via the aforementioned hybrid SIM slot, and microSD cards to 200GB in capacity are supported.

Do The Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Support USB OTG?

The short answer is yes. Strangely, even the long answer is yes. In fact, both phones come with USB OTG adapters included in the retail boxes.

What About NFC?

You can tick that one too… both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge come with support for NFC.

Any Details On Available Sensors?

The S7 and S7 edge are crammed with sensors, so apart from the usual fingerprint scanner integrated in the home button, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light and compass, you also get a barometer, a heart rate monitor and a SpO2 sensor.

What Can You Tell Me About The Cameras?

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Well, the first bit we can tell you may not sound too encouraging. While newer models usually up the game in terms of camera megapixels, Samsung’s latest have actually gone the other way. The company’s flagships from last  year boasted 16MP shooters, but the S7 and S7 edge have reduced the megapixel count to 12. Don’t go by that though – Samsung says the new pair feature lenses with f/1.7 apertures and also come with sensors with a larger (1.4 microns) pixel size to capture more light. The new flagships also come with Dual Pixel tech that promises great shots, and phase detection autofocus for fast focussing.

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The available camera modes include the likes of Auto HDR, selective focus, live broadcast, slow mo and hyperlapse. There’s a Pro mode that allow greater creative control, and also allows you  to shoot stills in RAW if you wish. The primary cameras are capable of shooting 4K video as well. More shooting modes like Dual Camera, Surround Shot, Beauty face, GIF etc can be downloaded.

For the image quality, we’ll let the results speak for themselves. Check out the detailed camera review of the Galaxy S7, but suffice to say the the S7 duo offers superb image quality regardless of the shooting conditions and blows pretty much everything else out of the water – you can’t go wrong with one of these in your hands as far as photography is concerned. Just to tease you, here are a couple of camera samples.

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What Can You Tell Me About The Software Side Of Things?

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Well, pretty much everything. We would request you to hang on till our full reviews are published for the full details though. In short, the Galaxy S7 siblings run Android Marshmallow out of the box, with Samsung’s Touchwiz layered on top. The UI is about the same as we’ve seen on Samsung’s Galaxy phones earlier… which means you get a dedicated app drawer and a couple of home screens. While there are a bunch of apps preloaded, they’re neatly categorised into folders, so the interface doesn’t look cluttered. Apart from Google’s suit of apps, you’ll find a couple of other folders that include apps from Samsung itself and some from Microsoft.

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Some of the staple apps features we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s premium phones are all there – covering the likes of S Health, theme support, a one-handed mode, Smart Stay, Direct call, Smart alert, a Smart Manager that integrates a battery manager, storage manager, RAM cleaner and device security, the Flipboard-powered Briefing news aggregator that gets its own dedicated space on the side of the home screen, and a customisable screen grid.

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Specifically on the S7 edge, you also get its signature Edge screen features that have now been padded up as compared to those available on the S6 edge and S6 edge+. The Edge panels can be accessed by sliding out the handle visible on the right of the screen by default… and the position, size and transparency of this handle can be adjusted as well. Apart from people and apps, the Edge panels now include a Tasks edge as well, plus panels from third-party providers like Yahoo! News. More panels can be downloaded as well, and these include free ones like a RAM usage manager and Trends from Twitter, plus paid ones like a call log panel, messages panel, and a file manager panel.

Any Other Special Features I Should Know About?

Oh yes. One of the most interesting new features comes in the form of a Game Launcher. This is a feature meant for those who love laying games on their smartphones, and provides some very cool and useful functionality while gaming.

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For one, you can choose to conserve battery while playing games by restricting frame rate to 30 fps, and reducing screen resolution. There’s also an option to block alerts while gaming for uninterrupted gameplay.

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You can also enable Game Tools, which makes a small, floating button appear on the side of the screen when you’re gaming, and this button provides options such as locking the recents and back keys, capturing screenshots, recording the gaming sessions as videos and minimising the game.

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Samsung has also added some more experimental features under a head labelled Galaxy Labs, found under Advanced features in settings. Here, you’ll find an option to show all apps on the home screens (killing the dedicated app drawer in the process), much like most interfaces found on phones from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Gionee and OPPO. Another feature is Quick Dial, which lets you make a call by keeping the home button pressed and uttering the name of a contact.

What’s Included In The Retail Boxes?

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The retail boxes of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge include a fast charger, a micro-USB cable, a SIM eject tool, the usual set of documentation, wired earphones with spare rubber tips, and also a small USB OTG adapter.

I’m Afraid To Ask The Price…

Don’t be. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are premium flagships, so a price tag of around half a lakh rupees for each shouldn’t be too hard to digest. The Galaxy S7 will set you back by Rs 48,900, while the S7 edge is priced a tad higher at Rs 56,900. The colour options include black, gold and silver.