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Samsung Galaxy S7 is the waterproof powerhouse we were hoping for

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 in white

The wait has felt like an age, but it’s finally over – say hello to the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Samsung has officially announced the new Galaxy S7 smartphone, its flagship handset for 2016, at Galaxy Unpacked 2016. The company is angling for the high-end market with a super-premium Android (Marshmallow) device that follows on from last year’s Galaxy S6.

Samsung Galaxy S7 specs & features

The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. There’s also a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge variant, succeeding 2015’s Galaxy S6 Edge.

The design is classically Samsung, although the back is now slightly curved in the style of the Note handsets.

samsungThe Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Powering both handsets are sizable lithium ion cells, specifically 3,000mAh for the Galaxy S7, and 3,600mAh for the Edge. Neither device features USB-C, but fast wireless charging is included.

When it comes to photography, you’re looking at a 12-megapixel camera (sans the bump), with an f1.7 aperture and 100% phase detection autofocus. The Galaxy S7 also features the world’s first dual-pixel smartphone image sensor, which should offer improved low light. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a 5-megapixel selfie cam to boot.

Performance is a tricky one, because Samsung is being cagey about details. While we know processors will differ based on regions, we still don’t have exact specifications. It’s likely, however, that we’ll see Samsung’s custom-built Exynos chip featured, as well as Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820.

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samsung galaxy s7Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz

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Whatever the case, Samsung reckons the Galaxy S7 offers 30% improved CPU performance and 64% improved GPU performance. There’s also a hefty 4GB RAM on board.

So what’s actually cool about the Galaxy S7? Well it’s waterproof, for a start. In fact, it’s IP68 certified, which means it can be dunked at depths of one metre for up to 30 minutes. What’s more, there aren’t any flaps or caps; the ports are waterproof too.

Another interesting feature is the always-on screen, a move mirrored by LG with the new LG G5. This lets users see notifications without waking the phone. According to Samsung, this luxury will cost the user 1% battery per hour.

samsung galaxy s7Pictured next to an iPhone

And finally, there’s a new Game Launcher feature that lets you stop notifications, share footage, and optimise battery during mobile gaming.

As far as we’re aware, the handset is available to purchase in at least three colours – black, silver, and gold. We’re not yet privy to pricing or availability just yet, however.

Check out our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge video below:

What do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy S7? Let us know in the comments.

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