Evolution rather than revolution has been the reaction to Samsung’s launch of its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, at Mobile World Congress.

The reveal comes less than a year after the launch of the S6 and its Edge stablemate. Some suggest that the Galaxy S7 is more of the same, but some of its functionality might be raising the bar more than just a little.

Samsung has not dramatically changed the overall look of the two devices. Outwardly, styling and design are more refined than that of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The most significant refinement is the transition between the metal and glass, which is reportedly smoother. The new models also have a curvier back panel for better grip.

Screen size of the S7 is the same as its predecessor, but the S7 Edge has gained 0,4 inches in screen real estate.

And another thing: the Galaxy is now Always-On. Samsung’s new display technology allows users a zero touch experience to enable them to see basic information and notifications.

Samsung also says the new phone will handle games better than before. The new models run on either octa or quad core processors, sport 4 GB RAM and have a built-in games centre. This will allow the user to adjust notifications, alerts and sounds before launching a game to conserve power.

Pricing and availability of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are still unconfirmed, but the rumour mill has the release date set at 11 March. Local cellphone network providers have them on pre-order, bundled with a Samsung Gear VR.

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