7 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

These are the most important details about the power couple you’ve been waiting for

At this point you're probably drowning in news and specs from MWC 2016. We hear you, which is why we thought we'd cut the gubbins and cut straight to the point.

These are the seven things you need to know before deciding which, if either, of Samsung's new flagship phones is the one for you.

The displays are the same resolution, but not the same size

Both phones utilise the Super AMOLED display tech that we've come to know and love - lush, bright, and colourful.

But while the Galaxy S7 retains the same pixel density and measurements as the S6 at 577ppi, the S7 Edge's screen size has increased from the S6 Edge's 5.1in to 5.5in. It seems that if you want an edge-tacular Samsung phone this year, it's going to have to be phablet-sized.

The S7 Edge's screen may be slightly smaller than the S6 Edge+'s, but it's packing even more pixels: The pixels per inch count has gone up from 518ppi to 534ppi. 

That might seem like a minor step up in clarity, but your eyeballs will feel the difference when you have to read a wall-o-text email on your S7 Edge.

The camera is blisteringly fast

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have an autofocus that will more than make up for your ponderous, human reactions. During our hands-on every tap turned out excellent shots, instantly and without blur, even as we were simultaneously moving and snapping in dim conditions.

It comes as something of a surprise that the megapixel count has actually dropped from the S6's 16MP to 12MP on both the S7 and S7 Edge, but larger pixels on the sensor coupled with a larger aperture (f/1.9 compared to f/1.7) means way better shots in light-lacking situations.

Simply put, Samsung has prioritised speed and low-light performance, and so far it looks to us as though that decision has paid off.

They've got serious game

With GPU performance improved by 60%, the sum of the phones’ parts equals a liquid smooth user experience and also higher quality gaming. The phone will even take the heat off you during long gaming sessions with a special, closed cooling system. 

To prove how seriously the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are taking your gaming experience, there’s a new native app called Game Launcher. When you open up a game app using this, it will grab snaps of you as you play, giving you a very shareable smug-mug to accompany that new high score.

Game Launcher can also lock your Recents and Back keys so you don't accidentally exit your game, and it will stop notifications from spoiling your winning streak. If you're not top of the leaderboard after pulling these extra stops, you've only got yourself to blame.

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