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Samsung unveils the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, powered by Snapdragon 820

Feb 22, 2016

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If Kuzco the llama is any indication, Samsung’s got a new groove: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the company’s new flagship phones boast incredible 4G LTE download and upload speeds, advanced camera features, and next-generation power efficiency.

Unleashing the power of  X12 LTE

The Snapdragon 820 features integrated X12 LTE with peak download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and peak upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps when used with a compatible network, thanks to LTE Advanced carrier aggregation and higher order modulation. Compared to the modem’s previous generation, that’s up to 33 percent faster 4G LTE download speeds and up to 200 percent faster upload speeds. To put it simply, the integrated X12 LTE modem is engineered for lightning-fast connections, quicker network response times, and richer app content.

True Connectivity with TruSignal

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge incorporate both Qualcomm TruSignal Antenna Boost and TruSignal Multi-Antenna Boost technologies, engineered to compensate for signal impediments by using more than one antenna. These solutions are designed to improve call reliability, data speeds, and call coverage without the need to increase transmit power consumption.

Hold the new Galaxy smartphones any way you’d like—with TruSignal Multi-Antenna Boost, your phone has the ability to connect even inside the most extreme death grip.  And TruSignal Antenna Boost is designed to avoid dropped calls in weak signal conditions as well as in standby mode—in fact, up to 30 percent fewer dropped calls. Battery life is also improved: the technology provides up to 20 percent longer battery life.

Getting the big picture with Adreno

The S7’s graphics excel, thanks to the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, which supports up to 40 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation of Snapdragon. And with a 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra ISP and enhanced computer vision, you can take DSLR-like quality photography with accurate color. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge also support surround sound straight from the mobile device. Pair this audio technology with the Samsung Galaxy S7’s vivid graphics for an immersive multimedia experience.

Charging ahead with Kryo and Quick Charge

Blazing-fast graphics when gaming, amazing audio and video, and high-quality photos mean nothing if your smartphone’s battery life isn’t up to the task. The Snapdragon 820 features Qualcomm Technologies’ first quad-core custom 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo CPU, engineered to adapt to the user’s mobile needs with efficient battery use. The Kryo combines different functional cores of the Snapdragon 820 processor to sustain high performance at low power.

To ensure that you’re spending less time plugged into a socket and more time enjoying your mobile experience, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is outfitted with Qualcomm Quick Charge fast charging technology.

The Galaxy S7 will come in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum, and the Galaxy S7 edge will also come in Silver Titanium. They are expected to be available in mid-March, and starting February 23 (while supplies last) you can pre-order a Galaxy S7 edge or Galaxy S7 and receive a Gear VR powered by Oculus. 

Find out all about Qualcomm at MWC 2016, and follow @Qualcomm for MWC updates and more.

[Edited 3/2/2016]

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm TruSignal, Qualcomm Spectra, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Kryo, and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.