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