Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and curved screen S7 Edge, it's latest flagship smartphones on Sunday, and made another big push into the virtual reality (VR) space as it looks to new areas of growth amid a slowing smartphone market.
The Galaxy S7 series will be available to buy from March 11. Customers in select countries will get a free GearVR headset when they order their phone.
The South Korean electronics giant has made some key improvements on several aspects of the S7 device including:
- A 12 megapixel camera which it claims lets more light in allowing for a picture that is 95 percent brighter than the Galaxy S6 as well a faster autofocus
- An "always-on display" where a part of the screen remains constantly on but at a low power level, draining less battery power
- A bigger battery compared with the Galaxy S6 which allows for 13 to 15 hours of high-definition video playback
- 5.5 inch screen on the S7 Edge and 5.1 inch display on the S7
- A faster processor and better graphics card specifically to enhance mobile gaming
- Expandable memory
- Dust and water resistant
On the Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has improved the use of the edge capability. It has a feature that lets you put specific contacts and apps to be accessed quickly. But it has also introduced a new features called "Task Edge" which allows you to put specific tasks to be carried out quickly, such as immediately accessing the selfie camera or going straight to the message thread of a specific contact.