• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.5 inch LED Display (2,560x1,440)
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 8890
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable up to 200GB via microSD)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • Camera: 12MP f.17
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Second SIM tray shares slot with microSD tray
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 121,531 points
  • 3D Mark (Sling Shot 3.1): 2,485 points

Bringing It Up A Notch

At Mobile World Congress in Spain last month, the Korean tech giants announced two brand new smartphones in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge. It didn’t take long for Samsung to launch its latest flagship smartphone here in Malaysia, although it seems that for now at least, we’ll only be getting one of those phones, which is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

The S7 edge is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 octa-core processor, sporting 4GBs of RAM, and 32GBs of storage. The good news here is the fact that Samsung has deigned to bring back support for expanded storage in the form of microSD cards. This time around, the S7 edge can support storage expansion of up to 200GBs in size.

Featuring a 5.5 inch screen, the S7 edge has a display resolution of 2,560×1,440 pixels, protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display. At the back is a reworked 12MP f1.7 camera which doesn’t jut out as much as the camera on the previous model did. Also noted is the fact that the model Malaysians will be getting is the dual-SIM version, although it does bear mentioning that the second SIM slot shares the tray with the microSD card slot. This means you need to choose if you’re going to use either the expanded storage or second number on the phone.

Unsurprisingly, the S7 edge performs very admirably, as one would expect of a Samsung flagship phone. The company even gave the phone’s Edge Screen some software upgrades, which provides users with expanded use of the screen, now including app shortcuts, easy access to phone numbers and more.

A common complaint S6 users had was the fact that the phone heats up very quickly when in use. Samsung has upgraded the S7 edge’s cooling system, opting for a vapor chamber cooling system instead, which improves the phone’s heat dissipation, making the components run cooler and more efficiently.

The S7 edge’s camera also bears mentioning as one of the best cameras we’ve tested in quite a while. While image size is locked at 12MP, the f1.7 lens does an amazing job at taking photos from any sort of lighting condition, be it in broad daylight, or the dead of night. The camera’s low-light photo-taking is nothing short of incredible, considering it’s from a phone.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is by no means a cheap, or even affordable, but for its price, it does pack all the features you’d expect of a device being sold at such a premium price. If you have the bank for it, it’s definitely the best phone money can buy right now.

(previously published in issue April 2016)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge