SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 IN THE TEST: THE WATERPROOF GAMER SMARTPHONE

In the test of the Samsung Galaxy S7 we show you what strengths from old times are returning and what strengths from new times still ...

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Larger battery, MicroSD slot and fast camera: Samsung has developed with the Galaxy S7 one of the most powerful Android smartphones currently available. Nevertheless the Galaxy S7 is not perfect.

Samsung Galaxy S7: price and availability

The Galaxy S7 has been available since 11 March 2016. At the price, most retailers stick to the manufacturer's RRP of 699 euros. In other countries models with 64 GB of internal memory are available. In Germany there is only the variant with 32 GB of memory. The colors are black, white, gold, silver and pink.

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According to the EISA Award, the Galaxy S7 is considered the smartphone with the praying camera. Learn more about the judgment in our article:

Samsung Galaxy S7: Design and processing

The Galaxy S7 on the outside is only a minor update to the predecessor. It is compact compared to most other Android devices and feels easy. Like the predecessor Galaxy S5, the S7 is again watertight. Thus, the Galaxy S7 can crash a fall into clear water undamaged and you can wash it off. This feature is only available with Sony Xperia-Z devices and the Moto G (2015) as well as some outdoor smartphones.

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Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 is again 5.1 inches in size, has a frame made of aluminum and both the back and front are made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4. The Galaxy S7 is 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 millimeters in comparison to its predecessor 1.1 millimeters thicker. In the space thus created is a battery with 17.6 per cent more capacity than the battery of the predecessor.

On the back of the Galaxy S7 is the most obvious change to see, because there is now a side-bent glass - similar to the Note 5. By these rounding in combination with the handy 5.1-inch size feels the Galaxy S7 very much Pleasant and is well in the hand.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 IN THE TEST

The back is not the only change. Also the Kameralinsse has improved Samsung opposite the Galaxy S6. The new optics project only 0.46 millimeters from the back. For comparison, the Galaxy S6 has the optical appearance of the camera 1.7 millimeters.

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On the front, Samsung remains true to the Galaxy-S design. The proximity and light sensor, the front camera and the loudspeaker for telephoning are in the same place as the Galaxy S6. The physical Homebutton with a fingerprint sensor, located just below the display, is also identically shaped and placed.

The side profile was finally rounded off completely. Thanks to the curved rear panel, the S7 can be easily removed from the table.

The differences can be grasped with the hands better than with the eyes. The frame was finally rounded off completely. And when you lift the S7 for the first time, you notice the advantage of the curved glass on the back. The raised edges make it easier to grip under the housing and lift the S7. There are details like these, in which the perfection of the design is noticed.

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Despite the open connections and the speaker holes, the Galaxy S7 is certified against penetration of water and dust according to IP68 protection class. IP68 actually means that the Galaxy S7 may enter forever indefinitely. Samsung limits the promise on the product page to "1.5 m water depth for 30 minutes".

Samsung Galaxy S7: Display

The display of the Galaxy S7 is Samsung-typical outstanding. It provides the finest detail with sharp, no-step effects. Contrast and saturation are brilliant. The brightness adjustment also withstand strong sunshine. This makes it possible to easily view screens both during the day and at night.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 IN THE TEST

As with the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 also uses a 5.1-inch super AMOLED display, which dissolves with WQHD of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The pixel density of the new Galaxy S7 is 577 ppi. For everyday use, this resolution is very good, but in use with the VR glasses, the dark areas between the pixels become a disturbing factor.

Samsung equips the Galaxy S7 with further optimizations. Thanks to them, contrast and brightness are adjusted depending on the ambient light. This also ensures improved readability. In very dark environments one can watch this automatic at work, so that one at night sometimes a flicker perceives.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Features

Always-on

Like the LG G5, the Galaxy S7 has a display that is permanently active. With the so-called always-on function, numerous information such as the calendar, the time or notifications can be displayed with the screen turned off.

The effect on battery life is low but noticeable. According to Samsung, the always-on function will consume hardly any power, since only individual pixels are activated. Since I tested in the test, but the brightness of the Alway-on display, I have disabled it by quick setting mostly.

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Dust and waterproof to IP68

Finally, the Galaxy-S series is again dust and water tight, but instead of being protected like the Galaxy S5 just before temporary immersion in water, the Galaxy S7 is secured for permanent immersion in water. This makes it a protection class better than the Galaxy S5 and far better protected than the Galaxy S6, which offered no protection from these elements at all.

In the test period I washed the Galaxy S7 several times. Particularly innovative is the recognition of wet connections: If you push the charging cable a drop of water into the USB port, the S7 refuses the current to prevent short circuits.

Game launcher and volcano

As a special feature of the Galaxy S7 one can also call the Game Launcher. This is how Samsung bundles everything about the game for the S7 user. Here the installed apps and other games relevant functions are collected. Worth mentioning are in particular functions such as screenshots and the recording of gameplay videos and the direct sharing of these records over the social networks.

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Especially the game mode is interesting for Dauerspieler. In this mode, all notifications can be deactivated and you can even focus all the performance resources on the game. All background activities are then deactivated so that all resources are available to the game.

Since the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge are among the first smartphones that support the new game API Vulkan, we can expect future realistic graphics in Android games. For further information on the new Vulkan-API we have summarized for you in a separate article.

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Finger-print sensor

In the Galaxy S7, too, the fingerprint sensor is located in the physical Homebutton - as in the S6. In future, the fingerprint sensor will also support Samsung Pay. This new form of paying by smartphone will be published this year in Spain and England. When and if Samsung Pay comes to Germany, we can not say yet.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Software

Samsung installed on the Galaxy S7 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz interface. Only very few and useful apps are preinstalled. The software does not provide for delays in the workflow and offers useful extensions. Monthly software upgrades free the Galaxy S7 of security troubles and software errors.

In addition to the seven Samsung apps, five of Microsoft as well as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google Apps are installed. The mobile service providers will pre-install additional apps and make network-specific adjustments to support voice over LTE or mobile payments.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Performance

Samsung Galaxy S7: Performance

The performance of the tested Galaxy S7 was excellent with the first firmware, but it came to small misfires and a crash. Updates will probably fix the errors and increase reliability. The weak point is the internal memory, which is too small, which can only be expanded for photos and music.

Samsung has further optimized the components of the fast Galaxy S6 and above all the gaming performance increased. In many measurements it is faster than all the Android devices we had in the editorial department. The gaming performance is in the area of the Pixel C tablet, the graphic chip of the gaming expert Nvidia. Together with the planned software optimization with the Vulkan interface, we expect the Galaxy S7 to have an unprecedented gaming experience. There are still too few titles on the basis of the new technology in circulation.

The Galaxy S7, which we were allowed to test, was the European version with the Exynos 8890. The new top processor from Samsung has four plus four CPU cores and a Mali T880 graphics core. When only one or two processor cores are used, they are automatically overclocked to 2.6 GHz, which results in shorter loading times. The heatpipe cooling solution used can prevent thermal throttling in everyday life. Only in some of our stress tests did a heat-induced reduction in the working temperature occur. In the US, the processor of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is used, which we could not test in the AndroidPIT editorial team. We expect a comparable speed.

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The internal memory uses 32 GB of UFS 2.0 memory. This flash memory provides the highest readings we've detected with an Android device. With 389 MByte read and 68 MByte / s write speed in Vellamo Metal, the Galaxy S7 is 2.45 or 1.39 times as fast as the same expensive Nexus 6P. In everyday life you notice this when switching on or restarting the device, and especially when installing and starting apps. Users of another smartphone notice the short waiting times clearly.

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Unfortunately you only have 25 GB of this fast memory available. If you install many apps and especially games, you'll end up with it quickly. Since Samsung does not allow you to format MicroSD cards as internal memory despite the installed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can only use the memory extension for photos, videos, music and a fraction of the apps.

The test device crashed once in five days and another time had to restart the TouchWiz user interface. Since Samsung provides monthly security updates, we also expect early patches and improvements in the already very good stability.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Audio

The sound of the enclosure loudspeaker is firm and loud. It is primarily optimized for audio conferences and is not suitable for music due to the low frequency coverage. An in-ear headset is included. An additional pair of ear pieces are included. The sound of the headset is good for listening to music. Equalizer software optimizations help you adjust the sound image accordingly.

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The Galaxy S7 offers a dictation device app. It uses the microphones on the upper and lower housing edge in the stereo mode and thus allows a simpler speaker distinction during subsequent listening.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Camera

Samsung Galaxy S7: Camera

The camera of the Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphone cameras we have tested so far. Especially their focus and release time combined with the fast start function makes it a fun factor and purchasing argument of this smartphone. Only a few snapshots do not succeed on the first attempt.


Samsung has reduced the megapixel number of the main camera sensor from 16 to 12 megapixels. Nevertheless, the quality of the photos was further improved. This is due in particular to the fact that the camera uses dual-pixel technology. This is a technique, which so far only in expensive reflex cameras from Canon was installed. An advantage of the double pixel is that the autofocus can be extremely fast because it has direct access to one of the double pixels.

Take a look at the album of our test pictures in full resolution

Samsung is a step ahead of the Galaxy S6. The aperture is widened from f / 1.9 to f / 1.7. This increases the amount of incident light so that better snapshots succeed, especially in dimly lit environments. The Galaxy S7, of course, has an optical image stabilizer which, especially in videos, compensates for the natural trembling of your hand.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 IN THE TEST

As always, the photo app offers a lot of professional features, which offer a versatile range of exciting and fun features. Makes slow-motion or slow-motion recording, accesses numerous presets or fixes focus and exposure values. Thus, very complicated exposure scenarios can be photographed at all.

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The Selfie Cam of the Galaxy S7 releases in 5 megapixels and also has an f / 1.7 aperture. In this way, she has delivered astonishing results in the test, the dynamics of which was convincing even in very weak light conditions.

Samsung Galaxy S7: Battery

The Galaxy S7 comes with a battery charge even during heavy usage well throughout the day. The permanently installed battery can be fully charged with the original charger within 90 minutes. The energy-saving aids are the most intelligent ones that have been used in a test device and do not stand in the way of the functionality, as one knows it from competition solutions, in which the performance has to be compromised.

The battery of the Galaxy S6 was a weak point, which many users have criticized. Samsung has accepted the criticism and the Galaxy S7 now a 3.000-mAh battery installed. Nacho Nieto, the Spanish technology boss at Samsung Spain, told us that the battery is formable in the S7 and it was therefore only possible to use a 3.000 mAh battery in the housing. The formable battery can also be adapted so that it fills free spaces, which was not possible with the old battery solution.

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Like the Galaxy S6 you can also charge the S7 wirelessly. Unfortunately, the battery remains as the S6 fixed. The exchangeable battery is only available in the high-end segment at LG in the G5.

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Samsung has provided the Samsung Galaxy S7 softwareseits runtime optimizations. They register your usage behavior and put apps into a deep sleep mode if you ignored them for three days. This ensures extended standby time without compromising functionality. Similar functions from other manufacturers caused late arriving instant messages or e-mails. This is not the case with S7.

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