Samsung unveils new phones

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BARCELONA: Samsung unveiled the latest iterations of its flagship smartphones, the much anticipated Galaxy S7, and its sibling, the Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as a 360-degree camera phone aptly called Gear 360 at its Unpacked event at the 2016 Mobile World Congress.

The smartphones are the first to feature a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera, which has larger pixels for capturing brighter and sharper images even in low-light conditions.

The 5.1in Galaxy S7 and 5.5in Galaxy S7 Edge also feature an Always On function so that you will never miss a call or message.

The South Korean electronics giant touted the phones’ improvements over their predecessors, the S6 and S6 Edge, in terms of enhanced processors and graphics performance (30% and 60% respectively) and bigger batteries (3,000mAh for the S7 and 3,600mAh for the S7 Edge.

The phones’ seamless design also now boasts dust and water resistance that meets the IP68 rating.

Samsung has also brought back the expandable storage function, now upgradeable to 200GB via microSD.

The company has gone a step further and improved usability by adding the option of a dual SIM function, available for the first time in its top-of-the-line flagships. This is done via a hybrid tray that allows users to either use two SIM cards at once, or one SIM card and one microSD memory card.

As can be inferred from the name, the Gear 360 is a portable 360-degree camera that can be synced to and controlled by the S7 phones. The phones can stitch together photos and footage taken by the camera to produce 360-degree videos, a function which according to Samsung could previously only be performed by computers.

Samsung expects to make the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge available in Malaysia in March and the Gear 360 in the first half of 2016, with prices to be announced later.-The Star

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