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Samsung's 2016 flagships arrive in India

Visvaksen P New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on March 08, 2016

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are now available for pre-order in India

Less than a month after being unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's new generation of flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge — have hit the Indian market. The 5.1-inch S7 will cost ₹48,900 and the S7 Edge, which has a 5.5-inch screen and curved display functionality, is priced at ₹56,900.

Both devices have near identical specifications with display size and shape being the major difference. They are powered by Samsung's Exynos chipsets, which feature octa-core processors paired with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash storage. The Super AMOLED displays on both devices support Quad HD resolutions and have the ability to remain 'always on'. Battery capacity is 3000 mAh in the S7, while the Edge gets a slightly larger 3,600 mAh battery unit.

Both devices conform to the IP68 specification meaning that they are completely dust proof and also capable of withstanding immersion in water for up to 30 minutes.

According to Samsung, the 12 MP rear camera, which is equipped with an aperture of f/1.7, dual pixel technology and optical image stabilisation, will offer unparalleled low-light performance. Both devices also feature 5 MP front cameras.

The devices, both of which run on Android Marshmallow, were built with significant inputs from Samsung's Indian R&D wing — the company's largest research unit outside of South Korea. Features such as the My Galaxy platform, Motion Panorama and Selfie Spotlight were all developed by engineers based out of Bengaluru and Noida.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available for pre-order now with a bundled Samsung Gear VR headset. They will be available for direct purchase on March 18.

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Published on March 08, 2016
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