Samsung has quickly become one of the brands to beat in the mobile phone world and each release is now greeted with excitement from customers all over the world. There’s little doubt about it, Samsung produce innovative and forward thinking smartphones that offer a different appeal to Apple products.

Their latest incarnation, the Samsung Galaxy S7, is likely to be just as popular as previous models. Whilst there hasn’t been a huge makeover from the S6, the tech giant has churned out something that’s superior in every way.

But what is it that sets the Samsung Galaxy S7 apart and why should you be looking to buy one of these models in 2016?

What’s new with the Samsung Galaxy S7?

Mobile phones now have more storage than ever before and the Galaxy continues the trend of packing smartphones full of storage space. The microSD slot has resurfaced after being questionably removed in the S6 and this addition doesn’t compromise on the design either.

There’s also the addition of water and dust protection, which is an upgrade from the previous IP67. This again wasn’t included in the Galaxy S6, but returns for the first time since the S5. The water resistance is pretty impressive too and Samsung say you can submerge the smartphone in up to 15 metres of water for 30 minute periods.

Of course, unless you’re planning on diving in the near future it’s something you wouldn’t necessarily worry about. However, the peace of mind with water resistance means you can drop your S7 in the bath or toilet without worrying.

What are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S7?

As promised, the Galaxy S7 comes packed with the latest specs and features. Take a look at what’s included with Samsung’s latest offering:

  • 5.1in Super AMOLED display, Quad HD resolution
  • Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor, running at 2.3GHz and 1.6GHz
  • 32GB storage
  • Android 6.01 Marshmallow
  • microSD slot supporting cards up to 200GB
  • IP68 dust- and water-resistant
  • microSD slot
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel phase-detect autofocus
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Always-on screen
  • Curved glass at rear
  • Smaller camera “hump” protrudes only 0.46mm

The Samsung Galaxy S7 display

As always with Samsung, this smartphone delivers an impressive display that looks simply fantastic. The display is as sharp as ever and whilst there are no major changes from the S6, they weren’t really required in the first place.

The S7 has the same 5.1-inch screen and a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560. This results in an incredible colour quality and you’ll be able to read the screen in all weather conditions – even on a bright and sunny summer’s day.

What about the design?

The design’s also similar to the S6, with a high quality appeal and metallic finish that looks impressive. Whilst the shine does lose its edge when it’s covered in greasy fingerprints, it just requires a wipe over to restore the glamour.

Whilst the front has the same looks as the previous Samsung edition, the rear has undergone a facelift. For starters, the camera hump has been reduced in size – from 1.6mm to 0.46mm. With rounded edges it’ll also be less likely to catch in your pocket.

There’s a slight alteration with the vertical lines as they now curve with the phone’s slim aluminium frame, but aside from these minor differences, everything else from a design perspective is similar to the S6. The buttons haven’t changed and the stance from Samsung certainly seems to be along the lines of not altering something that’s proved successful in the past.

You’ll notice one useful addition to the S7 though, with the new always-on capability. Even when the S7 is on standby it’ll reveal useful information on the screen, such as the time and recent notifications. You’ll be able to refine this look too and choose what you want included on the screen, with various clocks and calendars available.

Our conclusion on the Samsung Galaxy S7

Whilst the major differences with the S7 compared to the S6 aren’t hugely noticeable, it’s certainly an improvement on the previous model. There are some serious upgrades in the spec and to be honest, Samsung didn’t need a huge overhaul of the design.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained though and Samsung has continued its surge to the top of the smartphone tree with this upgraded model. The impressive screen quality and extra storage space are major perks of the Samsung Galaxy S7, whilst the addition of the always-on feature and water resistance gives the series a new lease of life.