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Samsung Galaxy S7 has curves in all the right places

WITH sexy new curves, water resistance, a superior camera and longer battery life, Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones will turn plenty of heads on the beach in 2016.

And coupled with its new Gear 360 camera, Samsung promises to take sharing selfies with friends and scenes from everyday life to a whole new level.

The three devices were unveiled ahead of Mobile World Congress in 2016 in Barcelona, which is expected to be attended by more than 95,000 gadget creators and lovers over the next four days.

APN Australian Regional Media was among a group of journalists and tech writers flown to Spain by Samsung to cover its launch.

 

Samsung obviously believes it's on a winner with its new devices. The Australian group was the largest to be briefed ahead of the signature Unpacked launch.

Based on their reaction, this could be Samsung's biggest opportunity yet to topple Apple.

 

So what's in the box?
The Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1 inch screen while the Edge has a 5.5 inch screen.

The new dual edge display is something to be seen, especially when viewing content on apps like Flipboard and navigation bars.

 

The wrap-around display now supports two rows of apps, instead of one, which can be customised according to the ones you use the most. You can also create folders for quick access to similar apps.

The Task Edge now allows access to threaded messages for email conversations while the People Edge provides quick access to your favourite contacts.

The same screen space supports a beautiful looking 'news ticker' of headlines and thumbnails down the righthand side.

Quick Tools provide easy access to everything from a compass and ruler to a torch light.

The protruding camera, unpopular with some with the last model, has been honed back to just a 0.46mm blip.

Samsung says its new phones feature a 30% faster CPU and 60% faster graphics.

An internal copper pipe, filled with water, provides a cooling system which promises longer and better playtime for gaming enthusiasts. There's also a new suite of features designed specifically to make it a better gaming device.
 

Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 egdge smart phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It wowed with its longer battery life, water resistance, powerful camera and sleek new shape
Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 egdge smart phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It wowed with its longer battery life, water resistance, powerful camera and sleek new shape Mark Furler

Back to the future

The water and dust resistance features popular in the S5 make a return.

The phone's internals have been reworked to ensure it is fully sealed inside, eliminating the need to plug external holes with grommets. Samsung says it can withstand 30 minutes in water. It was happy to drop a phone in a bucket of water to prove its case.

The S7 also sees the return of microSD card via a new hybrid tray which caters for both the SIM card and microSD for up to 200 gigabytes of storage. Overseas models will allow for dual SIM cards.

Samsung Galaxy S7 will be among numerous new smartphones in 2016 to feature always on display, which can be customised based on the information you always want to see - whether it be time, calendar and battery status, for example.
 

Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 egdge smart phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It wowed with its longer battery life, water resistance, powerful camera and sleek new shape
Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and S7 egdge smart phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It wowed with its longer battery life, water resistance, powerful camera and sleek new shape Mark Furler

First dual pixel sensor in camera

Samsung won well deserved acclaim for its camera in the S6 and says it has gone to a whole new level with the S7. It sports a new F1.7 lens which it says delivers much brighter and vibrant photos in low light.

The camera also boasts the first dual pixel sensor to be used on a smart phone, allowing for 'instant autofocus' even in very low light conditions.

It works by using every pixel in the image, reducing the time it takes for the camera to focus on the subject at hand.

The camera drops from 16 megapixels to 12 megapixels in the S7, but Samsung says its larger 1.4 micron pixels provide for better, brighter pictures.

To prove its point, the tech giant demonstrated images side by side using a giant black box. After dropping an image from 550 lux to 3.5 lux (candles), the image retained its clarity and vitality.
 

So how long will it last?

Samsung has copped plenty of criticism over battery life with its previous models after dropping the capacity of its battery from 2800 to 2500 mAh in the S6.

The S7 Edge now packs 3600 mAh, compared to just over 3000 for the Note 5, while the S7 also has a 3000 rating.

Samsung says that should mean the phones easily last all day and more.

Disclosure: The writer travelled to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as a guest of Samsung

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