Samsung bumped their edge series this year, introducing a 5.5 inch display Galaxy S7 Edge, but how does it compare to last year’s larger model, the Galaxy S6 Edge+?
Samsung unleashed their two curvy-designed Galaxy S6 egde variants, the S6 edge and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. These offerings featured a dramatic difference in terms of size even though they had an identical curved design. Nonetheless, the Galaxy S7 edge kicking off the new Galaxy phones, spices things up by bundling a 5.5-inch display, which happens to be larger than the Galaxy S6 edge and much smaller compared to the Galaxy S6 edge+.
However, size is not the only difference between this year’s large-screen endowed “edge” model and last year’s. Even though these two devices resemble each other, there also a bunch of small improvements that make each stand out.
Although the Galaxy S7 edge offers a smaller display, the latest model significantly increases its battery capacity, jumping up to 20 percent.
Perhaps because of this massive battery capacity, the Galaxy S7 Edge is slightly thicker than its Galaxy S6 edge+ counterpart. It is also important to note that new handset, takes advantage of internal gaskets, which possibly contributes to the thickness of the phone as well. Fortunately, this works well for the Galaxy S7 edge, as its camera hump is not nearly as protruded as the one found on the Galaxy S6 edge+’s.
There aren’t any significant changes on its basic physical design but there are some minor differences worth mentioning. In addition to boasting a rounded screen, the Galaxy S7 edge also has a curved glass panel at the back, just like the Galaxy Note 5. However, this is in contrast to Galaxy S6 edge+ flat back. This results in a seemingly, thinner and more trimmed metal around the sides, which makes the newer Galaxy phone a bit slippery in the hand. On top that, the glass at the top and towards the bottom is now a little more curved, aside from its sides, adding an overall organic feel to the handset.
In the software area, Samsung’s latest TouchWiz complements the power of Marshmallow on the Galaxy S7 models, whereas most users of the Galaxy S6 edge+ run on the Lollipop Android version, which stands at Android 5.1.1. A Marshmallow update rollout should be imminent, especially the other Galaxy S6 variants having already begun receiving the latest OS version update. With the update, the 2015 Samsung flagships will attain the most of the features and visual changes found in the Galaxy S7 series.
The changes expected include getting rid of the bright teal found in the predecessors’ interface, as well as an updated weather widgets and a major overhaul in the Edge Screen area. With a Marshmallow upgrade, the edge screen’s software offers larger panels, added functionality and is much more customizable, focusing on update feeds along with shortcut buttons.
It is too soon to make any final conclusions about the Galaxy S7 edge, but at a glance it appears to be a solid improvement from an already brilliant phone.
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December 14 2016