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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge make their debut

Samsung officially announced the newest additions to the Galaxy family this week, showing off the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. Both devices offer an updated design, a higher-quality camera, and new software features.

“We believe in a world that is brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun. We strive to deliver on that vision with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge by marrying elegant design with functionality and providing a seamless mobile experience,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “We empower consumers with technology to help them get more out of life and will continue to push the frontier of what’s possible.”

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both have an updated rear camera sensor, one that captures 95% more light through a wider aperture and larger pixels. The phone offers the first ever Dual Pixel sensor in a smartphone camera, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge autofocus on an image quicker, and the phone allows you to capture moments even in dim light.

Users will find a curved-glass back on the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge, the purpose of the curve is to make the phone easier to hold in one-hand. The Galaxy S7 edge gets its name from the curved glass on all sides of the device, giving users a unique dual-edge display and bigger screen than the Galaxy S7.

The larger edge panel on the Galaxy S7 edge gives users more space for apps, and the new Tasks edge screen offers one-tap access to applications, functions and news. You can also use it to quickly access contacts, the selfie mode or your calendar. Both versions feature a Super AMOLED, “Always-On Display” which allows users to take short, quick peeks at basic information like the time, calendar or notifications without touching or waking the screen. Always-On Display intelligently turns off when your phone is tucked away in your pocket or purse and out of sight.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are made both water resistant and dust resistant and both phones offer an improved CPU and GPU. On the battery side, the S7 offers a 3,000 mAh battery and the 3,600 mAh for the Galaxy S7 edge. Both phones offer wireless charging. Additionally, the hybrid SIM card tray allows users to insert a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage.

In the U.S., the Galaxy S7 will be available in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum and the Galaxy S7 edge will be available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available with built-in memory of 32GB and expandable memory options. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will carry the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in stores beginning March 11, with pre-orders starting at 8:00 a.m. EST on February 23.