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The Samsung Torture Tests - Can Your Smartphones Survive Them?

The Samsung Torture Tests – Can Your Smartphone Survive Them?

Samsung has been working hard to restore the truth of their customers that was sorely tested when the much-vaunted Galaxy Note7 was torched by battery issues. They started the long, hard process with an extensive recall process, followed by a serious revamp of their quality assurance program.

Samsung just shared with us the videos of the torture tests that all of their top smartphones have to survive. Can your smartphone survive the Samsung torture tests? 😀

 

The Samsung Torture Tests

For a quick understanding of the extensive torture tests Samsung put their top smartphones through, watch this video.

 

The Samsung Water Resistance Test

Watch this short clip on Samsung’s Water Resistance Test, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) was tested under simulated raindrops and splashes, and submerged under 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes. The 2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 (Amazon) and 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5 (Amazon) will similarly survive the same test.

 

The Samsung Durability Test

The Samsung Durability Test helps to ensure that Samsung smartphones live long and survive, even under pressure.

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The Samsung Drop Test

Samsung performs these extensive drop tests on their smartphones, because well, people drop them all the time!

 

The Samsung Extreme Weather Test

Finally, Samsung puts their smartphones through extreme weather tests, including extreme temperatures. Just in case you bring your Samsung smartphone to the desert or heck, even the ice planet Hoth? 😀

 

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Galaxy S7 Edge Best Smartphone @ MWC 2017

Barcelona, 28 February 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced that the Galaxy S7 edge was recognized by the GSMA as the Best Smartphone in the Best Mobile Handsets and Devices category at the annual Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress 2017.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Named Best Smartphone at MWC 2017

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As the world leader in mobile innovation, Samsung continues to relentlessly pursue the best in hardware, software and services, redefining what is possible for consumers across the globe. The Galaxy S7 edge was awarded for its refined design, advanced camera and outstanding performance.

“We are honored to be recognized for our craftsmanship in design and innovation with the Galaxy S7 edge,” said Junho Park, Vice President of Global Product Strategy, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “This award is a testament to our constant pursuit of excellence as we continue to exceed consumers’ expectations through revolutionary mobile technology.”

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral Is Here!

4 November 2016 – Add a hint of the vast ocean and limitless sky to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) and you have a birth of a bold smartphone to take on life’s adventures. Yes, Samsung has officially released its latest colour variant of the Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral.

Inspired by nature and this year’s colour trend, the mesmerizing Blue Coral edition shimmers as if it is illuminated from the inside of the phone’s glass surface. Samsung also applied a contrasting gold tone hue to the phone’s metallic frame – resulting in a two-toned combination that is bold yet sophisticated.

 

The Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral

“Blue is a significant colour for us at Samsung as it is not only our corporate colour, it is a colour for the bold and the adventurous. As a global brand, we constantly create significant innovations useful for worldwide consumers, and with the Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) in Blue Coral, we are offering millennials who want to be different a bold and aspirational smartphone companion in the pursuit of their unforgettable lifetime adventures,” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

The Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) is the perfect companion for those living the vivacious and audacious lifestyle. In Blue Coral, the phone is an even more perfect representation of confident individuals ready to explore new quests and embark on exhilarating adventures.

The ultimate expression of a worry-free, can-do attitude in life, Blue Coral is a bold colour that lets you make a statement to the world that you are ready to take on the adventures that life has to offer.

Featuring a sleek design with ergonomic curves, the Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) incorporates cutting edge mobile technologies that enhance the user experience. Included among these features are its Dual Pixel camera – the first to be implemented on a smartphone – that delivers brighter and sharper images even in low light together with f/1.7 aperture lens, as well as its IP68 dust and water resistance and microSD card slot.

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Availability & Pricing

In addition to Blue Coral, the Galaxy S7 edge (Lowest Prices) is also available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. The Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral is now available in Malaysia at a recommended retail price of RM3,099 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 775.

 

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Strutting Down The MODA Catwalk With Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

19 September 2016 – Technology makes a device useful. Design, meanwhile, makes it aspirational, enjoyable and has the power to make us do incredible things, pushing us to explore new and unprecedented possibilities.

Put both fashion and technology together, and their distinctive elements combine into one perfect device that make the Galaxy S7 edge more than just a phone. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is most certainly more than a stunning-looking device – a crowning achievement in design and functionality, redefining the blend of style and substance.

The revolutionary smartphone made its runway appearance recently at the industry-acclaimed fashion show organised by MODA, aimed at nurturing up-and-coming Young Malaysian Designers. Inspired by Samsung Galaxy S7 edge’s motto “Rethink What A Phone Can Do”, the budding designers fused futuristic elements with fashion, narrating their creative visions into compelling creations. The result is a mesmerising collection ready for the runway.

Apart from the designers’ creations on the MODA catwalk, Galaxy S7 edge devices also made a special appearance alongside the creations. Decked in unique fashionable wear from top to toe and clutching Galaxy S7 edge ingeniously encased in see-through water clutches and glass cases, the models strutted down the runway to showcase the many designs by young talented designers from various backgrounds.

At the end of the showcase, three teams’ creations stood out, earning themselves the coveted MODA Samsung Innovative Award and a Galaxy S7 edge each.

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Created for today’s consumer lifestyle, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge lead the industry with a refined design, more advanced camera, streamlined software functionality and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services, and experiences. Reiterating that design is dynamic and is constantly changing like innovation, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are flawless representations of cutting-edge design and technology.

This year’s MODA fashion show marks yet another fruitful collaboration between Samsung and MODA in support of their initiatives in the local fashion industry to turn enterprising dreams into reality. With this, Samsung continues to embrace its vision to build a better tomorrow by investing in the future and offering opportunities to talented young people to encourage and enable creativity in their profession.

To experience perfect moments captured with the Galaxy S7, Samsung Malaysia Electronics is offering RM300 savings for the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, exclusively available on Galaxy Life app. Just head over to any Samsung Experience Store or Samsung authorised dealers, search for the deal in the app, swipe “Redeem” and make payment on the spot.

 

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The Kirin 950 & Kirin 650 Technology Report

In our Kirin 950 and Kirin 650 technology report, you will be able to watch the full technical briefing and check out the performance of the Kirin 955 compared to the Exynos 8890. We will also share with you the presentation slides for your perusal. Enjoy!

 

Kirin 950 & Kirin 650 Technical Briefing

We were invited to an exclusive briefing on the unique features of the Kirin 950 and Kirin 650 family of processors (more accurately, System on a Chip or SOCs). The briefing was conducted by Mr. Zhou Chen, the Director of the Kirin Chipset Solution Planning, HiSilicon Wireless Terminal BU of Huawei.

Mr. Zhou Chen and his colleague also demonstrated the performance advantage of the Kirin 955-powered Huawei P9 Plus smartphone against the Exynos 8890-powered Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Check it out :

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Key Features Of The Kirin 950 Family Of SoCs

  • Manufactured on the TSMC 16 nm FinFET+ process technology
  • Processor : 4 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (2.3 GHz to 2.5 GHz) + 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
  • Graphics Processor : ARM Mali-T880 GPU (900 MHz)
  • Motion Co-Processor : i5 sensing co-processor
  • Memory Support : LPDDR3 or LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Dual 14-bit ISPs (960 MP/s) with standalone DSP
  • HiFi audio DSP
  • 4K video decoder (supports H.265)
  • 5 Mode LTE Cat6 modem, with RF band of 450 MHz ~ 3.5 GHz

 

Key Features Of The Kirin 650 Family Of SoCs

  • Manufactured on the TSMC 16 nm FinFET+ process technology
  • Processor : 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz) + 4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.7 GHz)
  • Graphics Processor : ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU (900 MHz)
  • Motion Co-Processor : i5 sensing co-processor
  • Memory Support : LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • LTE Cat7 modem, with support for VoLTE and pseudo base station protection
  • Features SPLC intelligent voice enhancement technology

Next Page > Kirin 950 & Kirin 650 Briefing Slides

 

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Kirin 950 & Kirin 650 Briefing Slides

Huawei has kindly provided us with the slides for their Kirin 950 and Kirin 650 technical briefing, which we sharing with you here. They should allow you to have a clearer picture of the video presentation above.

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The Beauty Of Ramadhan With Yaman Ibrahim

Kuala Lumpur, 24 June 2016 – When Samsung first introduced its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to Malaysians, one of the features that took the nation by storm is its outstanding built-in camera. Many were looking for the perfect smartphone camera to take great shots in any condition; and much to their anticipation, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones made users rethink what they can do with it.

One such fan to appreciate this remarkable camera in a smartphone is award-winning Malaysian photographer, Yaman Ibrahim, who has since begun his journey of capturing his country’s beauty with his Galaxy S7 edge.

Stunning night shots of Malaysian sights captured by Yaman Ibrahim on the Galaxy S7 edge

Inspired by the holy month of Ramadhan and the customs that come along with it, Yaman embarked on a quest to uncover and showcase his unique perspective on how Malaysians celebrate Ramadhan as a prelude to the upcoming Raya festivities.

Yaman, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, harnessed his interest in photography since childhood. With a deep passion in all forms of photography, his new series “Colors of Ramadhan”, all shot with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, perfectly encapsulated the culture, practices and traditions of the Ramadhan month.

The magnificent architecture of mosque interiors as shot by Yaman Ibrahim

“As a Malaysian, my goal is to provide an accurate representation of what my country is to me – in all its charm and splendour. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge really was an extension of my being and my vision. It showed me more than what I thought a phone was capable of doing and I too was pleasantly surprised by the unexpectedly amazing shots,” said Yaman Ibrahim.

This photography series has touched face on what the lead up to Hari Raya is all about – the Malaysian culture and lifestyle, the joy of gathering together, the crowd of the evening bazaars and the peacefulness of prayers.

The Galaxy S7 edge captures even the busiest of lights in night setting

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“When we designed the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, we wanted to ensure that it truly serves as the perfect lifestyle companion. Taking pictures during the day is great especially with sunlight as your natural lighting; however, the night holds just as much beauty. This is where the Galaxy S7 edge’s camera comes in – its superior quality helps users take stunning images regardless of the time of day,” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT and Mobile, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

People from all walks of life going about Ramadhan as seen through Yaman’s Galaxy S7 edge

As the world’s 1st smartphone to incorporate Dual Pixel technology, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are capable of producing photographs of DSLR quality; perfectly retaining every detail in the contrasting shades of Malay cuisine to the brilliantly intricate architecture of the mosques. So as the kids play with fireworks and sparks, the fast auto-focus means no more blurred shots when you need to take blink-of-an-eye moments!

Both front and rear cameras are also built with f1.7 lens, allowing more light in into the photo for brighter shots that essentially capture the pure absolute beauty and rich colours even under low-light conditions, making its camera performance unrivalled and one-of-a-kind. Its outstanding low-light shooting function uncovers a whole new perspective into Malaysia’s rich culture and nightlife, and like what many have said about this the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge – this game-changing smartphone never does fail to impress.

The captivating splendour of lights dancing at night perfectly captured by Yaman Ibrahim with his Galaxy S7 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition Is Coming!

Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2016 – Genius billionaire and philanthropist by day and caped crusader by night, everyone’s favourite hero from Gotham City now comes in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge exclusive and limited version, the special Injustice Edition. In collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced that 500 units of Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition will arrive on Malaysian shores on 17 June 2016.

The Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition set comes equipped with a sleek deep black Galaxy S7 edge, accentuated by gold detailing and an iconic bat insignia on the back, inspired by DC Comics’ Batman. The set additionally offers a Gear VR (Black Edition), Back Cover (Injustice Edition), as well as exclusive contents and services vouchers*.

“At Samsung, we always seek to provide a unique top-of-the-line mobile experience and this time, we are excited to bring our exclusive Injustice edition of the Galaxy S7 edge to Malaysians! With the Vulcan API as one of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, this partnership only reinforces our commitment to enhance the mobile gaming experience for consumers,” said Lee Jui Siang, Vice President of Mobile and IT Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Also to commemorate the third anniversary of the popular mobile game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, the companies came together to bring Samsung’s technology and one of the game’s central characters, Batman, in a suave, high-performance smartphone.

Developed from the ground up by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, the Injustice: Gods Among Us mobile game delivers stunning graphics and a completely unique fighting gameplay experience. The game features a collectible card mechanic and engages players in 3-on-3 tag team combat that features many of DC’s most iconic characters. The Injustice: Gods Among Us game is available as a free download on Google Play.

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Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition Availability & Pricing

The Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition set is available for online order starting from 10am, 17 June 2016 at recommended retail price of RM4,099 (inclusive of 6% GST) at http://www.samsung.com/my/gs7injustice.

 

Online Purchase Mechanics

1. Access http://www.samsung.com/my/gs7injustice to order online from 10am onwards on 17 June 2016.
2. Register contact details with preferred Samsung Experience Store for collection.
3. Make deposit payment of RM500 via PayPal (please contact your issuing bank to ensure the online transaction is not barred).
4. Collect your Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition set on the collection date provided upon completion of online order.

*Enjoy ‘Injustice’ game credit worth USD$100 and Oculus VR contents voucher worth USD$50 with each purchase of The Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition set.

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Samsung Pink Gold Galaxy S7 edge Released

Kuala Lumpur, 27 May 2016 – Following its record-breaking global debut, Samsung Malaysia Electronics is proud to release the Pink Gold edition of the Galaxy S7 edge to the Malaysian market, bringing the total of available colours for the devices to five – so everyone can experience the Samsung Pink Gold Galaxy S7 edge with a touch of exclusivity.

“Samsung continuously endeavours to create products that are innovative, bold and in a class of its own. Besides the functionality and features of the phone, colour choices also play an important role in purchase decisions. With the introduction of the Galaxy S7 edge Pink Gold, we are offering a softer and more sophisticated look and feel of the Galaxy S7 edge,” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Samsung brings the use of pink gold in electronics full circle by making it a highly visible element of today’s mobile experience. With hues that glitter and shimmer as if illuminated from inside their glass surfaces, the blending of pink and gold is the perfect representation of elegance and luxury.

The refined Pink Gold colour scheme was chosen to soothe while incorporating a touch of gentleness, radiance and sophistication to the smartphones’ design – a minimalistic expression of premium ownership.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Pink Gold is more than a just a new colour option, it is an expression of one’s personality and lifestyle. As mobile phones become more and more integrated into our lives, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Pink Gold transforms into a luxury centrepiece that interprets a modern affluent owner.

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Samsung Pink Gold Galaxy S7 edge

The Galaxy S7 edge Pink Gold becomes available in Malaysia starting 27 May 2016 at the recommended retail price of RM3,099 (inclusive of 6% GST) / ~US$ 809. The Galaxy S7 edge is also available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium.

 

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Samsung Great Galaxy Raya Deals

Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2016 – Want to celebrate this Raya with great gadgets, or better yet, a brand new set of wheels? Now you can, as Samsung Malaysia Electronics is excited to bring its fans fantastic rewards with its Great Galaxy Raya Deals! From 23rd May 2016 until 17th July 2016, fans who purchase selected Galaxy devices during this period are eligible to be in the running to drive home a brand new Honda City!

“Samsung Galaxy devices have enjoyed immense growth and popularity in the Malaysian market throughout the years and a large part of this success is attributed to the confidence and support of our loyal customers and diehard Galaxy fans. We are extremely appreciative of this encouragement and as such, we always find ways to show our gratitude to our fans and customers. As Raya comes again, we want to reward Malaysians with our latest Galaxy devices at amazing deals!” said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

 

Great Galaxy Raya Deals

The Great Galaxy Raya Deals introduces a special purchase-with-purchase (PWP) promotion where fans who purchase the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge or the Galaxy Note5 at selected outlets within the promotion period is eligible to purchase Samsung’s latest wearable, the Gear VR, at 30% off the original price at RM321. To top it off, each purchase will also entitle buyers to redeem a Samsung wireless charger stand worth RM279, absolutely free!

Those in need of a set of wheels or those looking to upgrade their drive can take it a notch further by participating in the campaign’s ‘Win a Car’ contest.

To be in the running, fans simply need to purchase selected Samsung Galaxy mobile devices, tablets or wearables above RM300 from any participating Samsung authorized dealers during the promotion period and retain the original receipt as proof of purchase.

Next steps include switching on your new Samsung Galaxy device, setting up your Samsung account, and answering a simple question through SMS submission.

It’s that simple, so what are you waiting for? Head on over to the nearest Samsung authorised dealers for your chance to drive home one of the 30 brand new Honda City’s up for grabs!

*Terms and conditions apply. Promotion valid while promotional stocks last. Promotion price is inclusive of GST.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge – Unboxing & First Impressions

We hope you enjoyed our extensive coverage of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon), from the preview, our first opportunity to try it out with the Gear VR and the smashing launch with Korean superstar, Lee Kwang-soo. But nothing beats having the real thing at hand, and today, we will share with you the unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and our first impressions!

This is just a preview. Please read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge instead!

 

Unboxing The Galaxy S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) comes in a very classy black cardboard box, with the storage capacity and colour printed on a gold-coloured label on the upper right corner. In this video, we open up the Galaxy S7 edge box and take a look inside.

Inside, you will find the following items :
  • One Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone
  • One Samsung 15 W adaptive fast charging travel charger
  • One micro-USB to USB 2.0 cable
  • One USB OTG adaptor
  • One pair of Samsung earphones with spare set of earbuds
  • One SIM card slot extractor
  • One Quick Start Guide (in English and Mandarin)
  • One set of Warranty Cards & Regional Lock Guide
  • One OTG adaptor manual (in English and Mandarin)
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Specification Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) comes in two variants – one powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, and another variant powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890 octa-core processor. Let’s compare their specifications with their predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S7 edge (Qualcomm Variant)Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Exynos Variant)Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Display5.5" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
5.1" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996)
- 2.15 GHz ARM Kyro x 2
- 1.59 GHz ARM Kyro x 2
- Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
- 2.3 GHz Samsung Mongoose x 4
- 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 x 4
- ARM Mali T880 GPU
Samsung Exynos 7420
- 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 x 4
- 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 x 4
- ARM Mali T760 GPU
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM3 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
32 GB / 64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
No microSD slot
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash16 MP Sony / Samsung sensor (1.1 µm) with f/1.9 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
None, single SIM only
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 12/13 (600 / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.1 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 8 (450 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.2 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 6 (300 / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 4.1 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 2.0, NFC, IR Remote, GPS
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68None
Battery3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
2,600 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired only)
- wireless charging (Qi and PMA)
Dimensions150.9 mm tall
72.6 mm wide
7.7 mm thick
142.1 mm tall
70.1 mm wide
7.0 mm thick
Weight157 g132 g
Colour OptionsBlack Onyx, Silver Titanium, Gold PlatinumWhite Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Green Emerald

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge model we have is the South East Asian model, that is powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890 and has a hybrid dual SIM slot. Now, let’s take a closer look!

Next Page > A Closer Look, Initial Setup

 

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Close Look At The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Superficially, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. The Galaxy S7 edge is taller and slightly wider, and has double-curved edges. Just like its predecessor, it has the Volume buttons on the left, a Power button on the right and a Home button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The SIM and microSD card slot is located at the top. This is a hybrid slot, in which SIM 2 doubles as a microSD card slot. You can choose to either use a second SIM card, or a microSD card; but not both at the same time. The earphone port is located at the bottom, near the USB 2.0 and microphone ports.

Samsung improved the front camera slightly, giving it a faster f/1.7 lens, giving it better low-light performance. The rear camera also comes with f/1.7 lens, but drops the 16 MP sensor for a 12 MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus technology. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing by using every effective pixel on the sensor for phase-detection autofocus.

This video gives you a quick tour of the various aspects of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) smartphone. Take a look :


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Initial Setup

When you power up the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon) for the first time, it will take about 23 seconds to boot up. If you set it up as a fresh device, it will take no more than 5 minutes to complete the initial setup. Check out our video on the initial setup process, and a quick look at some of its software features.


We are working on the full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (Amazon), which will be out shortly. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures we took of the Galaxy S7 edge powered up!

This is just a preview. Please read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge instead!

 

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Consumers Buzzing About The New Galaxy S7 Edge

Kuala Lumpur, March 18, 2016 – Samsung Malaysia Electronics is proud to launch its latest flagship model – The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Malaysia! Only after a day of its unveiling to the media, the Galaxy S7 edge nationwide launch and roadshow locations saw thousands of visitors, both local and foreign, hoping to get their hands on the stunning new device.

With consumer roadshows in four (4) locations, and offers in three (3) Samsung Experience Stores nationwide, fans and supporters of Samsung were given a chance to personally experience the smartphone before many others. Crowds were gathering in all locations since the early hours of the morning and there was no doubt that many were eagerly waiting months for this very day.

Samsung Galaxy fans arrived at their respective launch locations hours in advance to qualify for one of Samsung’s exclusive deals. The first lucky 2,000 customers across seven locations nationwide who purchased the Galaxy S7 edge received a complimentary Samsung Gear VR. The rewards did not stop there as Samsung also offered a trade-up promotion for existing S series owners.

“At Samsung Malaysia Electronics, we work very hard to give Malaysians a chance to experience the phone, which brings us to our purpose of this nationwide launch. These roadshows are a chance for Samsung to bring the brand and consumers closer together, and we are very grateful for the continuous support and constant positive feedback Malaysians have given us. The turnout for the Galaxy S7 edge is beyond our expectations and we aim to continue providing everyone quality service and do our best to ensure a favourable experience for everyone.” said Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT and Mobile, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Nicklas Hystad, a building engineer from Norway, was first in line at the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge roadshow in KLCC. During his backpacking travel across Southeast Asia, this 22-year old heard about Samsung’s new flagship device buzzing around in the news, “I fell in love with the features of the Galaxy S7 edge and I knew that I must have it! I heard that Kuala Lumpur would be launching it the same time I would be visiting the country so I thought, this is it! As a frequent traveller, I absolutely love the advance camera and water and dust resistant feature – it is the perfect phone to take with me on all my travelling adventures. I can’t wait to take beautiful pictures of Malaysia with my new Galaxy S7 edge!” exclaimed a really excited Hystad.

The Galaxy S7 Edge, is offered at the recommended retail price of RM3,099 (inclusive of 6% GST), and is available in three colours: Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Gold Platinum. The roadshow continues on until 22nd March 2016, from 10am to 10pm at the following locations:

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Lee Kwang-soo Launches Samsung Galaxy S7 edge To Great Fanfare

South Korean superstar, Lee Kwang-soo, flew into Malaysia to help launch the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone to great fanfare. His fans started lining up for the best spots by 3 AM, and hundreds of them thronged the Suria KLCC Concourse by 10 AM.

In this video, Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics officially launched the Galaxy S6 edge, before Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, Mobile and IT Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics, detailed the unique features of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone.

Of course, many of you already know all that. After all, we had earlier posted our Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Preview, including our first experience using it with the Gear VR. In fact, you are probably one of those who tried to buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in the first pre-order, and the second pre-order. [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Lee Kwang-soo Is In The House!

As the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is no stranger to many of those who attended, the real star of the event was truly the Korean superstar, Lee Kwang-soo. Almost a thousand of his fans screamed and mobbed him as he joined the Samsung Malaysia team in launching the Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Check it out!

Samsung Malaysia also reserved 100 units of the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones in a special sale earlier in the morning. They came with an exclusive ticket to meet and greet Lee Kwang-soo, and get his autograph!

Somehow, I managed to snag one of these tickets! Lucky me!

Lee Kwang-soo was a really nice guy. Even though his handlers kept insisting that we are not allowed to take photos with him, he readily offered to snap photos with his fans.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Pre-Order Chaos

If you are not up and awake, you have just missed the biggest tech offer this week – the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Pre-Order. Samsung fans who waited up in the wee hours of the morning will not only get to be amongst the first 1,000 people in Malaysia to own the Galaxy S7 edge, they will enjoy an incredible 20% discount off the retail price, an extra year of warranty plus a free 128 GB microSD card!

Samsung set 5 whole days for the pre-order, but frankly, we expected the Galaxy S7 edge pre-order to sell out within hours, and it looks like we would be right. Right after the stroke of midnight when the Galaxy S7 edge pre-order mini-site was activated, it has been hammered so hard, it was impossible for us to even load the registration page properly.

In fact, it is now just past 2 am and we still have not been able to completely load the registration page.

Update @ 2016-03-07 : Samsung has just announced an extension of the pre-order campaign, with a new deal. Check it out!

 

Some People Succeeded

Our friend, Tc Pun, somehow managed to complete the process and pre-order his Galaxy S7 edge at about 1 am. His friend also made it about 15 minutes later. They had to use Telerik Fiddler to do it though. It pays to be a techie! 😀

What’s really funny though is that when he received the pre-order confirmation by email, it was titled as the Samsung Gear S2 Pre-order… 😀

Looks like someone at Samsung Malaysia reused the Samsung Gear S2 pre-order email template and forgot the change the title… Oh well, at least the email contents are correct! 😀

 

Sold Out!

As of 8:30 am, we can confirm that Samsung Malaysia sold all 1,000 Galaxy S7 edge smartphones they reserved for this pre-order. They probably sold out hours ago but we didn’t wait up to check! 😀

* From the comments of disgruntled customers who failed to register themselves for the pre-order, it looks like the entire pre-order sold out at around 3 am.

So we were right that the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones would sell out in hours, not 5 days as allocated by Samsung Malaysia. That said, maybe they will extend the offer, or introduce a different offer? We will find out soon enough! 🙂

 

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First Gear VR Experience With Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

At the sneak peek of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone yesterday, we were also given the opportunity to try out the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with the Gear VR Consumer Edition virtual reality headset. In fact, Samsung took us (virtually) to the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, through seven 3D videos.

If you are wondering, this is exactly the same Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition (SM-R322) that was launched on the 20th of November 2015. Although it was officially designed for the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5, it appears that they had already planned to make it compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones as well.

The Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) is the improved version of the Gear VR Innovator Edition (Amazon). It not only supports more devices, it also comes with an improved touchpad on the right side of the headset. Another improvement is the addition of a cutout in the Gear VR frame to allow the insertion of a headphone jack. This allows for a more immersive experience.

If you look closely at the lower left corner of Gear VR’s front, you will see the labels next to the adjustment locks that this is the Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) originally released for the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge / S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5.

Incidentally, the Consumer Edition of the Samsung Gear VR is 19 percent lighter than the original Innovator Edition, and features better foam cushioning.

 

Performance

[adrotate banner=”4″]The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge unit you see paired with the Gear VR Consumer Edition (Amazon) in this article is an engineering sample. So there were some glitches in getting Oculus VR to start up. For some reason, it loaded Google search with the keyboard instead.

But once we “fixed” the problem, it performed exactly like the Note5 did with the Gear VR Consumer Edition. That’s no surprise since both devices have similar sized screens (5.5″ vs. 5.7″) with the same resolution – 1440 x 2560.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Smartphone Revealed

This morning, Tech ARP was invited to an exclusive media preview of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. This is a sneak peek as the Galaxy S7 edge will only be available in Malaysia from the 18th of March 2016 onwards.

Check out the exclusive details we squeezed from Samsung Malaysia, and take a look at the video and pictures we took at the event!

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Revealed

Samsung Malaysia’s Mobile Division Product Manager, Go Benn Lee, kicked off the big reveal with a presentation on what’s new in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Check it out!

Later, we managed to browbeat him into answering some questions about the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Check out what we found out :

 

One Model, Three Colours

Samsung Malaysia will only bring in a single model – the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with 32 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy S7 edge will come in three colours though – Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Gold Platinum.

They made this decision based on the popularity of the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. They also chose not to offer larger storage capacities because the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a microSD slot, which supports up to 200 GB of additional storage.

This does not mean that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will never make it to Malaysia. That is still a possibility.

 

It’s The Exynos Processor

[adrotate banner=”4″]Samsung is using two different processors for the Galaxy S7 edge – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, and their own Exynos 8890. Samsung revealed earlier that international versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge would use the Snapdragon 820 processor, while those sold in South Korea will feature the Samsung Exynos 8890 instead.

Today, we can confirm that the Galaxy S7 edge smartphones to be sold here in Malaysia will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor. In other words, we will be getting the South Korean model.

 

Pre-Order & Special Bundle

Samsung Malaysia is preparing a pre-order opportunity, which could possibly coincide with a media event scheduled for the evening of March 17th. We will keep you updated on this.

You may be wondering if Samsung is going to throw in a free Gear VR headset with every Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Well, we tried our best to weasel out something… anything… but they were very coy. They would neither acknowledge or deny that such a bundle would be forthcoming. They however assured us that it will be “a very special offer” that will make us go “WOW!” 😀

Next Page > First Look At The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Smartphone

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone has a 5.5″ display but looks and feels like a 5″ device. This is due to the virtually bezel-less edges. And if you loved the Galaxy S6 edge’s curves, you will love the dual curved edges of the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy S7 edge retains the Galaxy S6 edge’s front camera, but uses the 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus capability, paired with a much faster (brighter) f/1.7 lens. What this means is not only better low-light performance, but near-instantaneous focusing in the dark or with moving subjects.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s  other two “killer features” would be its IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating, and its Hybrid SIM capability. You can take the Galaxy S7 for a swim at an instant – there is no need to prepare it in any way. Just jump right in! Too bad the Galaxy S7 edge does NOT support USB-C. That would have been another nice feature to have.

It also comes with two SIM slots, the second of which doubles as a microSD slot that supports up to 200 GB of additional storage. In other words, you can either use a second SIM card, or a microSD card, not both. Still, this is an improvement over the Galaxy S6 edge for many users.

The Galaxy S7 edge also features an “Always-on Display“, which shows basic information like the time, date, battery life and notifications at all times. This allows you to check those information at a glance. The Galaxy S7 edge will also feature an improved Edge Screen, which now offers more options and twice the width for more widgets / shortcuts.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge supports fast charging in both wired and wireless mode, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note5. But you may not need that as much because the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a large 3,600 mAh battery1,000 mAh (38.5%) more than the 2,600 mAh battery in the Galaxy S6 edge!

To top it off, Samsung listened to our complaints of the Galaxy S6 edge getting really hot, especially when taking photos and recording videos. They somehow managed to squeeze in a heatpiped cooler to better dissipate heat from the internal components.

 

Excited? So Are We!

We can’t wait to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge! If you are eager to get one yourself, be sure to check back because we will have more details and coverage for you. A media event has already been scheduled for the evening and night of March 17th. You can count on us to be there. If you want live updates, make sure you like our Facebook page!

 

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