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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look

Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
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Water World
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sport an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. That's enough for Samsung to conduct immersion demos like the one pictured above. Really, all phones should be this way. But adding water resistance has a price -- part of the reason the battery isn't replaceable is that removable panels and water-tightness tend to not go well together.
(Image: Thomas Claburn/InformationWeek)

Water World

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sport an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. That's enough for Samsung to conduct immersion demos like the one pictured above. Really, all phones should be this way. But adding water resistance has a price -- part of the reason the battery isn't replaceable is that removable panels and water-tightness tend to not go well together.

(Image: Thomas Claburn/InformationWeek)

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SunitaT0
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2/28/2016 | 2:30:32 PM
Re: USB Type-C
@Brian: Upgradations only need 6 months. Chargers would start appearing everywhere. Most of us carry a powerbank with us, its just takes swapping the regular USB cable with the USB Type C cable.
SunitaT0
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2/28/2016 | 2:27:54 PM
Re: 12 megapixels too low?
@SachinEE: I agree, Samsung cameras are flawless under proper lighting, but they fail miserably in low light conditions. I believe their camera interface is backwards at best, and needs changing. It needs proper manual modes and a better post processing software. 
Brian.Dean
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2/28/2016 | 12:01:28 PM
Re: USB Type-C
@SachinEE, there is also the situation of not finding a USB Type-C charger at a friend's or relative's home. Currently, a mini USB charger can be found at virtually every location. Public charging stations will also need to be refitted with USB Type-C chargers. However, it will be interesting to check a public station as there might have installed it. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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2/27/2016 | 1:37:16 AM
12 megapixels too low?
I don't understand why they had to do this. Yes they went with an ultrapixel camera, but no matter the pixel size, the 12 MP camera is only fit for social networks. Moreover, Samsung phones are pretty bad in low light, they get hazy and jittery. I don't think the aperture size has to do anything about it, I think samsung uses really bad post processing software. 
SachinEE
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2/27/2016 | 1:35:06 AM
Re: USB Type-C
@Brian.Dean: Samsung should have included it. The normal public wouldn't understand the difference but smartphone enthusiasts would. If the other manufacturers did include the USB Type C, they must have done it knowing fully that the supply chain would adjust in a couple months time and churn out back-compatible products.
Brian.Dean
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2/23/2016 | 7:34:17 AM
USB Type-C
USB Type-C is the future. However, it is acceptable that Samsung decided to not include it at this early stage as the supply chain of complimentary products (power banks, data transfer cables and wall chargers) for USB Type-C is not up to the level to fulfill the requirements of the high-end smartphone user.
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