Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Pushed way out of its comfort zone and into a high-stakes flagship redesign last season, Samsung's back to what it does best -- making itself comfortable at the top of the heap. OK, it sounds like a bold claim but by no means incredible if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy...
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Pushed way out of its comfort zone and into a high-stakes flagship redesign last season, Samsung's back to what it does best -- making itself comfortable at the top of the heap. OK, it sounds like a bold claim but by no means incredible if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Yet, this isn't exactly a galaxy far, far away. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge looks a lot like its predecessor, and we've heard a lot of people calling it the same device. Can't blame them really - Samsung indeed focused on refinement this time around and if you caught our regular Galaxy S7 review, you'd know we liked what they come up with.

Anyway, the real deal is on the inside. If only you look at the features it brings back, such as water protection and a microSD slot, you may conclude that the Galaxy S7 edge is what the S6 edge should've been.

But that's not where the hardware novelties end. We paid due attention to the camera in our MWC coverage and the review of the vanilla Galaxy S7 to conclude that the dual pixel autofocus, wider aperture and bigger pixel size more than make up for the lower sensor resolution.

The new flagship wouldn't have done without an engine upgrade - we guess Qualcomm's return as a chipset supplier is another sign of things getting back to normal after the Project Zero coup. The Galaxy S7 pair is powered by either Snapdragon 820, or the latest Exynos 8890, each with 4GB of RAM.

There is a bigger display with an always-on option, and a more robust battery too. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge runs the latest Android of course, skinned with the latest TouchWiz.

Key features

  • Curved 5.5" Super AMOLED display of 1440p resolution; 534ppi; Always On capabilities;
  • Gorilla Glass 4 front and rear panels
  • IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant
  • USA model: Snapdragon 820 chipset - quad-core Kryo processor (2x 2.15GHz and 2x 1.6GHz cores); Adreno 530 GPU; 4GB of RAM
  • Global model: Exynos 8890 chipset - octa-core processor with four 2.6GHz Mongoose and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores; Mali-T880 MP12 GPU; 4GB of RAM
  • 12MP f/1.7 main camera with phase detect autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
  • 2160p video at 30fps; 1080p@60fps; 720p@240fps; HDR
  • 5MP f/1.7 front-facing camera, 1440p video recording at 30fps
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage; microSD slot up to 200GB
  • Cat.9 4G LTE (450Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, NFC; GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
  • Heart-rate monitor, barometer, SpO2 sensor
  • Wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
  • 3,600 mAh non-removable battery, fast charging

Main disadvantages

  • Hefty price tag
  • Sealed battery
  • No IR blaster or FM radio (except for T-Mobile units in the US, so far)

Samsung did well to bring back two of the most valued features - the microSD slot and water protection but the new design precludes any way of accessing the battery outside an authorized service center. The FM radio and IR blaster are gone for some reason at least in our Exynos version of the handset.

Update: A software update has enabled the FM radio at least on T-Mobile S7/S7 edge in the US. It turns out the FM receiver hardware has always been there and was just not enabled at launch. The T-Mobile units are powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, so technically the option is there for all variants running on Qualcomm's chip. Our international unit, however, runs on the Exynos 8890 and so far we haven't heard of FM radio enabling update (if there ever will be one).

Now, whatever deals there may have been in the debut week - including a free Gear VR headset - the Galaxy S7 edge remains among the most expensive mass-produced phones right now. But if Apple can charge as much, no harm in Samsung trying as well.

So, what is the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge really made of and is it worth the asking price? Read on as we try to find out!

 

Specification

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2016, February

Status

Available. Released 2016, March

BODY

Dimensions

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm (5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 in)

Weight

157 g (5.54 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 4), glass back (Gorilla Glass 4), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) - G935F, G935W8
Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - G935FD

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~534 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

 

Always-on display

PLATFORM

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo); TouchWiz UI

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 (14 nm) - G9350
Exynos 8890 Octa (14 nm) - G935FD, G935F, G935W8

CPU

Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) - G9350
Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) - G935FD, G935F, G935W8

GPU

Adreno 530 - G9350
Mali-T880 MP12 - G935FD, G935F, G935W8

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only

Internal

32GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM

 

UFS 2.0

MAIN CAMERA

Single

12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., OIS

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm (wide), 1/4.1", 1.34µm

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

 

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

24-bit/192kHz audio

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

 

ANT+
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh battery

Charging

Fast charging 15W
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent

Talk time

Up to 27 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 74 h

MISC

Colors

Black, White, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold, Black Pearl, Coral Blue

Models

SM-G935F, SM-G935FD, SM-G935W8, SM-G9350, SM-G935S, SC-02H, SM-G935K, SM-G935L, SM-G935R4

SAR

0.56 W/kg (head)     0.66 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.26 W/kg (head)     1.43 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 179.99 / £ 220.00 / € 329.99 / ₹ 55,778

TESTS

Performance

GFXBench: 8.3fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.439 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 70dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 71dB

Audio quality

Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.2dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 92h

     

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