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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review




Performance and Benchmarks

The S7 Edge is powered by a newer Exynos 8890 octa-core chip with the more powerful quad-core processors running a top speed of 2.6GHz while the low-powered set run at a battery- efficient speed of 1.6GHz.

They paired it with 4GB of RAM for better multi tasking performance.

Antutu Benchmark: 130,345
Quadrant Standard: 61,554
PC Mark: 4,676
Vellamo: Internet (7,433), 2,903 (Metal), 3,381 (Multicore)

Over all performance is really good and gaming is even better with the bigger screen. We did not have any problems loading a ton of apps and games — the phone handled them all very smoothly. Synthetic benchmarks like Antutu showed a significant boost in performance, clocking in over 130k points.

Connectivity and Call Quality

With the dual-SIM feature, the S7 Edge supports two separate nano-SIM cards with one of the SIM trays supporting a microSD card up to 200GB. Both supports LTE Cat 9. which has a maximum wireless speed of 450Mbps.

Call quality is superb and signal reception is pretty strong. We didn’t experience any problems when making calls or sending text messages. We also noticed that WiFi signal is also stronger compared to the S6 and the Note 5 we have on hand.

There’s Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC that will eventually support Samsung Pay when it becomes available in the Philippines later this year.

Battery Life

The S7 Edge is packed with a larger 3,600mAh battery which is a significant improvement over the S6 Edge that only had 2,600mAh. Even the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ only had 3,000mAh so the S7 Edge is a huge bump in terms of battery capacity .

Based on our standard PC Mark battery test, the S7 Edge got a score of 9 hours and 50 minutes, the highest among all the current and previous Galaxy series.

In comparison to its predecessor, the 9 hours and 50 minutes of battery life from the 3,600mAh battery is an impressive 2 hours and 4 minutes better than the Galaxy S6 Edge with 2,600mAh capacity. That’s an improvement of 27% in battery life from a 38% bump in battery capacity. If you’re coming from the S6 Edge+, the improvement isn’t that much.


We also did our standard video loop test and the S7 Edge clocked in 14 hours of video playback time at 50% brightness, 0% volume and on Airplane mode. This supports the high scores it got in the PC Mark battery test.

Samsung also included fast wireless charging which comes to about 2.5 hours of charging from fully drained.

Video Review

If you’re interested to see the video version of this review, check out this 7-minute clip below:

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge might not look that much different from its predecessor but majority of the enhancements were done under the hood. Almost all of the biggest gripes from the previous model were address in the Galaxy S7 Edge — bigger battery, water resistance, expandable storage. Frankly, it’s almost perfect. If there’s one thing we didn’t like, it would be the removal of the IR blaster. We had loads of fun using the older Galaxy S6 as a universal remote control for most of our home appliances.

It’s no accident that the Galaxy S7 Edge looks almost exactly as its predecessor. This was intentional and Samsung merely made an impressive product even greater. If the Galaxy S6 Edge or the Edge+ wasn’t enough to convince you, then the S7 Edge surely will.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be officially released in the Philippines on March 19 with a suggested retail price of Php39,990 for the 32GB model in either black or gold colors.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Samsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core CPU 2.6GHz
Mali T-880 GPU
4GB RAM
32GB, 64GB internal storage
up to 200GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual LED flash, f/1.7 aperture
5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
Fast Wireless Charging,
Fingerprint Scanner,
Heart-Rate Sensor
IP68 rating
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
3,600mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Black and Gold

What we liked about it:
* Impressive performance
* Great display quality
* Great camera performance, especially low-light
* Generous RAM allowance
* Above average battery life
* Water and dust resistance
* Fast wireless charging

What we did not like:

* Missing IR blaster
* Quite expensive

READ: Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

 

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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7 Responses

  1. powervr says:

    no fm radio no buy

  2. Gordues says:

    Gusto ko sana ng s7 edge due to design and specs pero bat kya
    Kht anong gwin nbgl prnc ia unlike iphone

    • IMHO says:

      In my opinion, kaya nakaka experience ng lag minsan ang android kase open yung ecosystem nya not like sa apple na secured and mas onti ang customization. Pwede mo ma prevent yung lag if you know how to determine you mga nag cause and remove it to your cellphone.

    • wired_boy says:

      di ka lang marunong mag maintenance ng phone mo.

  3. Cris says:

    Sir Abe or to s7/s7 edge users, no signal problems like the one with s6 duos? Signal was very weak. Made me wary of Samsung phones.

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