Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines Price, Specs : 2016 Dual Curved Edge Flagship Smartphone

Apple isn't the only company that's becoming worse at keeping unreleased devices under wraps. I mean, it's not like we haven't heard about the main selling points or seen in-the-flesh photos of the freshly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge weeks before its formal outing.

Officially announced just a few hours ago via a landmark keynote at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, which was video-streamed at a local Samsung event here in Ascott Hotel BGC, Taguig City, the Galaxy S7 Edge represents a clear upgrade from last year's flagship that came replete with a 5.1-inch curved edge display.

Just like its sibling - the regular Galaxy S7, some of the highlights of the larger S7 Edge include IP68 Water and Dust Resistant Certified construction, Gorilla Glass 5 scratch-resistant touchscreen, 12 MegaPixel Dual Pixel camera with faster autofocus and improved low light performance, 5 MegaPixel front cam for selfies, 3,000 mAh battery pack, 64-Bit Octa Core Exynos 8 Octa 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and the TouchWiz-skinned Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The two new top-of-the-line models have identical internal hardware, build, and design language -- but what makes them different is that Galaxy S7 Edge flaunts a bigger 5.5-inch QHD SuperAMOLED screen that gently curves down either sides.

32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Dual SIM version (via hybrid nanoSIM suppoting microSD card memory expansion) will become available in our country starting on March 11, 2016 with official suggested retail price of Php 39,990. Smart Communications will likewise offer it as a bundled handset with high-end Smart Postpaid Plans.

Here's how the 2016 curved edge phablet looks in the flesh:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
Flaunting a 5.5-inch Quad HD SuperAMOLED display, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is in between 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus both released in 2015.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
As earlier disclosed by insiders, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a more flush back plate compared to its predecessor -- thanks to the rather flat 12.1 MegaPixel Dual Pixel camera module. This shooter features faster shutter speed, a larger f/1.7 aperture, and dual photodiode sensor resulting in noticeably improved low-light performance.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

The Galaxy S7 Edge has Dual SIM Dual Standby capability via secondary nanoSIM slot that doubles as a microSD card memory expansion slot, which many users - including me - missed on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from last year. It would have been nice if instead of the hybrid SIM slot, Samsung used a separate microSD card so there won't be any compromises -- but hey, I'll take this one.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

This year's model frankly simply looks like a larger version of the one it superseded -- having the same glass-metal-glass-sandwich construction. Nonetheless, the 2016 iteration's build is more air-tight as it is IP68 Certified Water and Dust Resistant -- meaning it's protected against water ingress when submerged in 1.5 meters of liquid for up to 30 minutes. But again, I'm not recommending that you use this phone while swimming as electronics and water don't really mix well. Just think of it as an added protection against accidental spills and splashes.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
Galaxy S7 Edge comes with Samsung's new Edge Display software feature that lets you access more apps with just a swipe on the curved part of the screen.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
Despite measuring only 7.7 millimeters at its thickest point, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - amazingly - has a non-removable 3,600 mAh battery, which is one of the biggest you'll find on a 5.5-inch phablet currently -- most of which only have 3,000 mAh packs or less.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, respectively. The curved-edge phablet measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 77 millimeters and weighs 157 grams while the regular flagship has dimensions of 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 millimeters and has a weight of 152 grams.

As of February 22, 2015, Samsung has announced just one Galaxy S7 Edge model that will be released in the Philippines on the 11th of March 2016 and that's the 32GB Dual SIM version, which will go for Php 39,990. It will be out in four colors, namely, Gold, Black, White, and Silver.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Weight 157 grams
Available Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz Skin
Display 5.5 inches (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio), Quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density), Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5 capacitive toucscreen, Always On Display, 16M colors
Processor, GPU, Chipset 64-Bit Octa Core Exynos 8890 Octa or Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Internal Storage 32 GB expandable via hybrid nanoSIM slot that doubles as microSD card slot supporting up to 200GB
Camera Main: 12 MegaPixels, f/1.7 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, LED flash, 1/2.6' sensor size, 1 ┬Ám pixel size, Touch Focus, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Auto HDR, Panorama
Front: 5 MegaPixels, f/1.7, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Video Capture Main: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, Optical Image Stabilization, Auto HDR
Front: 1080p @ 30 fps, Auto HDR, Dual Video Recording, Live Panorama
Audio and Video Playback Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8,
HEVC, Full HD (1080p), UHD (depends on variant) Audio: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL 3.0 A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity, Sharing 4G LTE Cat9, 3G HSPA+, WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620Mbps, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X, ANT+, NFC, S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play and Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring and Extension, Samsung AllShare Framework
Sensors Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature, Humidity, Gesture, Heart Rate Monitor, Touch-Type Finger Scanner, UV
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (TBC)
SIM Card Type Dual nanoSIM = nanoSIM 1 (LTE) + nanoSIM 2 (2G, Hybrid)
Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 3,600 mAh battery, Wireless Charging compatible, Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 minutes
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Flagship Release, IP68 Certified, Dual Pixel Camera
Announcement Worldwide: February 22, 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Availability Official: Philippines - March 11, 2016
Price Official SRP:
32GB - Php 39,990

(Accurate) Leaked Information Round-Up

The 2016 follow to last year's well-received Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will purportedly feature a far larger display, a bigger battery, and a microSD card expansion slot, which many Samsung fans missed on the 2015 flagship models.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

To be announced in the Philippines alongside the regular Samsung Galaxy S7 tonight - February 21, 2016 - at 11 o'clock, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge reinforces the Korean Giant's leadership in crafting sleek devices with curved display panels.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

As shown in these leaked press photos, the Galaxy S7 Edge flaunts a design identity that's largely the same as that of its predecessor. The back is still made of scratch-resistant glass, the mid-frame is CNC-prepared anodized aluminum, and the face features a SuperAMOLED screen that gently curves down either sides giving the handset a 'tubular' look and feel in the hand.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will initially be available in three colors, namely, Silver, Black, and Gold. And just like the regular Samsung Galaxy S7, this phablet is IP68 Certified Water and Dust Resistant, which means that it is protected against water ingress when submerged in 1.5 meters of liquid for up to 30 minutes.

What's interesting, though, is that this year's Edge model is equipped with a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD display versus just 5.1 inches on the Galaxy S6 Edge, putting it dangerously close to the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in terms of screen real estate. Complementing the increase in display size is the larger 3,600 mAh battery pack; Here's to hoping that would translate to longer uptime as battery life remains to be the one of the biggest points for improvement of Samsung's flagship releases.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

As for the other features, Galaxy S7 Edge is expected to come with a more flush 12.1 MegaPixel camera module at the back - giving the phablet a back plate that can sit flat on the table - with improved low light performance (thanks to the larger f/1.7 aperture) and the world's first dual photodiode sensor (2PD) on a smartphone providing superfast autofocus, 'force touch' pressure sensitive touchscreen, 5 MegaPixel front cam for selfies, fingerprint scanner, and 4K video recording capability with Optical Image Stabilization.

Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - they say - will run its TouchWiz-flavored Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with the powerhouse 64-Bit Exynos 8 Octa 8890 chipset or - in some territories - Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, have 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of ROM that users can easily beef up via the 'comebacking' microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Philippines

So when is Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge landing in the Philippines and how much will it be? In 2015, Galaxy S6 Edge was launched in our country along side the regular version on the 18th of April with price tag starting Php 41,990 for the 32GB version and Php 47,990 for the 64GB variant. Personally, I'm expecting the Galaxy S7 Edge to don an SRP within that range and to be launched locally within that same month or a few weeks earlier.

That's it for now. I'll update this post once we get official information from Samsung Mobile Philippines regarding their 2016 flagship smartphone models later this evening.