Samsung have today announced the launch of their flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Here are eight key things you need to know about.

Samsung Pay will be available in the UK and other countries

Samsung Pay is currently available only in the US and South Korea. Over the next few months, Samsung Pay will be available in seven more countries including; UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Singapore and Spain.

Samsung and Facebook partner to push VR

Samsung announced the Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree camera that lets people easily create, view and share their favourite experiences through video and still image content.  The new camera leverages the best of the Samsung Galaxy experience so users can become the creator of their own virtual reality content to enjoy through Gear VR.

The Gear VR combines Samsung’s hardware with Facebook owned Oculus software to deliver a mobile VR experience. Facebook have announced in a blog post, people have already watched more than a million hours of video in Gear VR.

You don’t have to worry about water 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will have have the added protection against water and dust. The phone can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes and still work. No more having to worry about dropping it in water. The phone is now sealed from the inside rather than the outside, as it was done previously.

Expandable storage is back

With the new phones Samsung have brought back the MicroSD card slot, something a lot of fans were previously in uproar when it was removed. The MicroSD card slot will use the same one as the sim card, so there isn’t a need for two slots.

Always on

The average user checks their phone 150 times a day. Now you will be able to see notifications and the time on your phone without having to wake up your phone. This saves battery as notifications are displayed in a small portion of the screen, meaning you do not have to wake up your phone activating all the pixels. The phone knows when the phone is in your pocket or turned face down and that’s when the screen does dark.

An even better camera

The cameras on both phones will feature 12 mega pixel. The lens will be more brighter by allowing in more light. Samsung have allowed for bigger pixels which capture more light.

Samsung are the first to embed technology called ‘dual pixels’ in a smartphone, this allows the Samsung camera to focus much more quicker, so you don’t miss that perfect moment you are trying to capture.

Your phone will stay cooler and last longer

Samsung has added a new cooling system with technology first used in rockets and satellites. A tube containing a liquid vaporises at high temperatures and condenses at lower temperatures. Think of it as air conditioning for your phone.

With the improved battery, you can now watch an entire season of Game of Thrones on one charge according to Samsung. There are also additional power accessories available for extra juice.

Samsung gets serious about gaming 

Their advances with graphics will bring PC like gaming experiences to your smartphone. They also added features for gamers, allowing them to block notifications and block certain keys to prevent pressing a button that will kick you out. Samsung are also helping you to kick off your game play with $200 worth of in-game currency.

Tobias Matthews

Tobias Matthews


Writer at Fourth Source.