S7 and Edge hit SA market

2016-03-15 16:37
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on display at the MWC launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on display at the MWC launch. (Kyle Venktess, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Samsung released Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to South Africans at an event held in Johannesburg on Thursday last week.

The company raised eyebrows when they mentioned that their Accident Damage from Handling (ADH) service, available for most Samsung devices damaged from water, or screen-shatters from being dropped — took a step up.

They announced that devices taken in to the centres will have a one-hour turn-around time on repairs.

The devices already have a IP68 rating making them dust and water-resistant, and they also have a sensor in the charging port that prevents the devices from charging when the port is wet.

The S7 has a 5,1-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

The Edge device features a slightly larger, wall-to-wall display of 5,5 inches, also with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution.

The S7 has 12 megapixel, and the device features quicker focusing and sharper images and records video in 2160 p at 30 frames per second.

There is also a facing five-megapixel camera for selfies.

While capturing images with the device, the camera is able to shoot brighter and sharper images in low conditions with both the rear and facing cameras.

The device also has similar features to the S6, which include a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, and UV sensor.

The S7 devices will have a faster processor and better graphics to optimise mobile gaming on the device.

Coupled with the Galaxy Gear VR , virtual reality headset, the S7 devices built to give users a better and more immersive mobile gaming experience.

Both the S7 and S7 Edge come in 32 and 64 MB internal memory derivatives, with memory card support of up to 200GB and 4GB of RAM.

Samsung also announced the that Gear 360, an accessory device almost the look and shape of a golf ball, with two cameras — one on the back and another on the front — will be available to South Africans.

The device’s primary use is to capture photo and video for use in Virtual Reality.

The Gear 360 device has not yet been priced for the local market, but will be within the next few weeks.

It was also said that add-on accessories such as protection for the Gear 360 will be available for the device later this year.

The camera can be used for taking either 360 or 180 degree videos or images to offer a Virtual Reality experience to anyone viewing the content with a VR headset like the previously launched Galaxy Gear VR or Google Cardboard.

The GalaxyS7 will be priced at R 13 999 and the S7 Edge will be priced at R 14 999.

On contract at MTN, the S7 is available for R599 for 24 months and R649 for the S7 Edge. Vodacom are offering the device at R599 and R699.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge went on sale from Friday.

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