Samsung Electronics West Africa just announced that their new flagship devices – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – are now available for pre-registration in Nigeria from today, March 1st, 2016. Both devices were unveiled on February 21, at the Samsung Unpacked event at MWC (Mobile World Congress) held in Barcelona, Spain. Asides from maybe the LG G5, the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge looked like the major headliners, as far as mobile phone technology is concerned. I’ve not used any of them, yet, but on paper? Beastly.
The S7 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, while the S7 Edge has the 5.5-inch variant. Did I mention the screen resolution for both devices is 2560 x 1440? That’s Quad-HD! To give a sense of scale, I’m typing this article on a 13” Macbook Pro with Retina Display (AKA one of the best laptops in the world for anyone to use), and my screen resolution is 2560 x 1600. Seems a little like overkill to me though.
The S7 runs on a non-removable 3000 mAh battery, while the S7 Edge has a 3600 mAh juice pack. I expect both of these to perform excellently well in real world use. How well? I’d have to use it physically to tell (somebody tell Samsung). Even if the batteries get drained quicker than usual, both devices support adaptive fast charging, and fast wireless charging (though I think the latter is a bit…gimmicky, and doesn’t present any real world advantage over the current charging paradigm).
Unlike with the Apple iPhone, where you need to tap the screen or one of the buttons on the side to see time, date, notifications, etc, the S7 and S7 Edge both sport an always-on screen. All this spec-heavy goodness is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with the usual TouchWiz UI layered over it), 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable to 200GB.
Both phones are water-proof in up to 1.5 meters of water, and sport a “Dual Pixel” rear camera with F1.7 aperture with optical image stabilisation.
The phones will both come in Gold Platinum, Black Onyx and Silver Titanium (see below), and to pre-register, you can visit www.samsungs7.ng, MTN, Airtel, Etisalat, Glo, Samsung Experience Stores, and other retail partners nationwide.
“Samsung did not just redefine these devices but also re-imagines what they could do based on the feedback from the people who use them, and what they need most from the devices…” said Emmanouil Revmatas, Director of Information Technology and Mobile, Samsung, “Our customers are the inspiration for any innovation. These devices do not only look great, but feel great as well and comfortable to hold. They are sleeker with smoother edges and lines.”
I’m pretty excited about the Samsung S7 Edge in particular, because I think its predecessor (the S6 Edge) is the best smartphone on the market at the moment, with the Samsung Note 5 and iPhone 6S Plus as close seconds.
There’s no word yet, concerning how much these devices will actually cost in Naira, but I don’t expect them to be cheap. Asides from the fast that they look like amazing pieces of technology, let’s not forget the dollar-naira exchange rate. Epp.