The biggest difference with the S7 Edge compared to the S6 Edge is the increase in screen size, up from 5.1 to 5.5 inches. With a slightly rounder design it will probably be easier to hold in the hand that other similarly sized phones.
The phone is only available with 32GB of onboard storage. Samsung have reintroduced expandable storage to the range with a clever two in one SIM tray that houses the SIM and also a microSD card up to 128GB in size.
The camera is in for the same treatment as the S7, featuring less (12 megapixels) but larger pixels with a larger aperture to improve low light photo’s. Additionally dual pixel technology has been borrowed from DSLR’s which significantly speeds up the autofocus speed.
As with its sibling the S7, the Edge is waterproof up to 1.5m in depth with a IP68 rating.
The Edge also has a new feature, the Always-On display that will display a chosen function without having to turn the phone on. A lot of people use their phones to tell the time or to check their calendar so having this information always on screen so this could be a very handy feature. If you are worried about it draining your battery, fear not, Samsung say that it will use one percent of battery per hour.
Speaking of the battery, it has been beefed up to 3,600mAh and is capable of viewing up to 13 hours of HD video non stop. Battery use is also optimised with the new processor. Samsung actually haven’t revealed which processor is in the S7 and S7 Edge but what we do know is that there will be two processor models and that the UK and the US will get an octal-core (4 cores at 2.3Ghz and 4 cores at 1.6ghz) 64 bit processor. Its also 30 percent faster than the one in the S6 Edge and the GPU is 64 percent faster.
Samsung are clearly trying to entice casual gamers with a new app called Game Launcher. There are plenty of extra features such as recording gameplay with picture in picture of the gamers expressions via the front camera. Samsung have even added water cooling and a mini heatsink in the phone to managed the heat generated from the CPU and GPU when stressed during games.
There are a few more options for the side bar compared to the previous generation. Contact list remains an option, the information bar can be wider now. It has also been opened up to third party app developers which should make for interesting uses of the side bar.
Pre-Orders open now, with a release date of 11th March 2016.
Available on amazon.co.uk for £639.99 for black and £699 for the gold version.