THE GALAXY S7 is finally official, alongside the Galaxy S7 Edge. While the smartphones offer incremental updates over last year's Galaxy S6, many likely will be wooed by the news that the handset's will offer IP68 protection against water and a microSD slot.
We've rounded up everything about the Galaxy S7's availability below.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge went on sale just moments after their MWC unveiling, with the likes of Carphone Warehouse and O2 quick to start taking orders for the much-hyped smartphones before they start shipping on 11 March.
What's more, as expected, those who pre-order the device will bag themselves a free Gear VR headset, and those who are quick to order the smartphone could receive it as early as 8 March.
Although Samsung has yet to confirm the release date, Carphone Warehouse is already allowing customers to register their interest in the phone. The retailer says that the handset will go up for pre-order "shortly after" its likely MWC unveiling.
The Galaxy S7 will start at £569 SIM-free, while the Galaxy S7 Edge - which features a larger, 5.5in curved screen - will start at £639. Both devices can be pre-orders from Samsung's official website.
Unsurprisingly, both phones will be available at all of the major operators too. Over on the EE website, you can grab a Galaxy S7 for £49.99 on a £44.99 per month tariff, including unlimited texts and minutes and 4GB data. This goes up to a £49.99 tariff for the Galaxy S7 Edge, but EE has plenty of other contracts on offer.
O2 is offering the Galaxy S7 on pay monthly from £9.99 upfront on £54 per month contract which comes with 3GB data and a free Jabra headset worth £150. Oddly, the Galaxy S7 Edge is being offered on a cheaper £51 tariff, but we've been in touch with O2 to check this is accurate.
Over on the Three website, you can grab the Galaxy S7 from £99 on a £35 contract, which comes with 1GB data each month, going up to £41 per month for the bigger-screened Galaxy S7 Edge.
Vodafone, which is involved in Samsung's free Gear VR offer, is selling the Galaxy S7 from £44 per month with a £29 upfront cost and the Galaxy S7 Edge on a £50 tariff.
Naturally, you can pick up both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at Carphone Warehouse, which is offering the handsets across EE, O2, Vodafone and its own iD network and is also throwing in a free Gear VR.
Thanks to a host of online speculation, we knew almost all there was to know about Samsung's duo of smartphones ahead of their glitzy MWC reveal.
As expected, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both sport designs similar to that seen on their predecessors, boasting premium metal and glass construction with a slight bit of added curvature to the rear of the phone. Improving on last year's models, though, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both come with IP68 certification, which means that can withstand being dunked into water for 30 minutes.
The batteries have received big upgrades, now up to 3,000mAh on the Galaxy S7 and 3,600 on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Wireless charging support returns, though the microUSB port hasn't been upgraded to USB-C.
The standard Galaxy S7 keeps the Galaxy S6's 5.1in display size, although the Galaxy S7 Edge has, as mentioned, been upped to 5.5in, naturally retaining its distinctive tapered screen. Nonetheless, both devices share the same Super AMOLED tech and 2560x1440 QHD resolution, producing pixel densities of 576ppi on the Galaxy S7 and 534ppi on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Another shared feature is always-on functionality, allowing the devices to show basic status informations and widgets on the lock screen while keeping power consumption down to one percent per hour.
Rumours that the Galaxy S7 family would include pressure-sensitive displays turned out to be mistaken, though the Galaxy S7 Edge does, at least, gain the Shortcuts feature previously exclusive to the Galaxy S6 Edge+ - this allows users to set custom app and contact shortcuts accessible via a tab on the phone's screen curve.
One of the more surprising leaked details is the use of 12MP rear cameras, down from 16MP on previous models. However, pixel size has been increased, and the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also feature improved f/1.7 sensors for better low-light performance, we're not too worried about their photography capabilities. The front camera is unchanged, sticking at 5MP.
Another surprise is that the larger Galaxy S7 Edge is in fact the thinner device, measuring 151x73x7.7mm and weighing 157g while the Galaxy S7 measures 142x70x7.9mm and weighs 152g.
In the UK, both devices will use Samsung's own Exynos 8890 SoC, which contains four 2.3GHz cores, four 1.6GHz cores and 4GB of RAM. In North America, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is used instead.
As for storage, only 32GB and 64GB internal drives have been confirmed, seemingly leaving the 128GB option of previous Galaxy S models out in the cold. With newfound support for up to 200GB of microSD storage, though, it 's not a total loss.
On the software side, the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be the OS, although it will be customised with an updated version of Samsung's TouchWiz skin, which has been redesigned with softer, more rounded icons. Samsung Knox, a tool for creating encryption-secured private storage spaces for sensitive data and apps, is also pre-installed.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also include a Live Photos-style feature where photos are animated when viewed in the Gallery app via short video clips automatically recorded immediately before, during and after taking the shot. µ
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