TechSummit Rewind #055: Samsung at MWC 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, covering Samsung’s MWC 2016 announcements.

Not to be outdone by Korean rival LG, Samsung unveiled some of their latest wares at their Mobile World Congress Unpacked event in Barcelona.

The Seventh Galaxies

Samsung Galaxy S7

“We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun. We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience. We empower consumers with technology to help them get more out of life and will continue to push the frontier of what’s possible.”

-DJ Koh, Samsung Electronics mobile communications business president

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge introduce a Dual Pixel camera to deliver “brighter and sharper images,” according to Samsung. New camera mode Motion Panorama brings movement to traditional panoramas.

The 5.1-inch S7 and 5.5-inch S7 edge are constructed with 3D glass and metal with ergonomic curves. The devices also feature Always-on displays for a “simplified, zero touch experience.” Both devices have IP68 water and dust resistance.

On the S7 edge, Edge UX provides shortcuts to functions like email, taking selfies/panoramas, or third party applications.

Both devices support wireless charging, along with a hybrid SIM card tray for microSD card support or dual SIM card support.

Samsung also announced a focus on gaming with a faster processor and bigger battery, and an internal cooling system to prevent overheating. Game Launcher lets users manage battery consumption and minimize notifications. Additionally, users can record their gameplay or share their screen to play with others.

Both devices will be available in mid-March. Until then, here are the full spec sheets:

Galaxy S7

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g
  • 3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad Octa-core processor
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64GB internal, microSD card slot
  • 1-inch Quad HD (2560×1440, 577ppi) Super AMOLED display
  • Cameras: 12MP rear, 5MP front
  • 3,000mAh battery

Galaxy S7 edge

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g
  • 3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad Octa-core processor
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64GB internal, microSD card slot
  • 5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440, 534ppi) Super AMOLED display
  • Cameras: 12MP rear, 5MP front
  • 3,600mAh battery

Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung also unveiled the Gear 360, a 360-degree camera.

“Samsung continues to push the boundaries of the mobile experience to extend beyond the smartphone. On the heels of last year’s Gear VR release, Gear 360 continues to push the limits on immersive content – providing a visual experience that makes capturing and sharing life’s moments even easier.”

-DJ Koh

The Gear 360 is equipped with dual fisheye lenses with 15MP image sensors that can shoot 3840×1920 360-degree video and 30 megapixel still images. Users can also shoot 180-degree video and images with one side of the camera lens.

When Gear 360 is synced with a Samsung smartphone, users can preview content in real time while recording. Also, Gear 360 will automatically bring up recorded content for viewing or saving or to upload on social media. Users can also watch self-created content in Gear VR.

The Gear 360 will be available in Q2 2016.

Here’s the full spec sheet:

  • microSD card slot
  • 5-inch 72×72 PMOLE display
  • Dimensions: 7 x 56.2 x 60mm, 153g
  • 1350mAh battery
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