IN PHOTOS: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and S7 land in the Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines - Coinciding with the global unveiling in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung Electronics Philippines officially launched the new flagship devices Galaxy S7 edge and S7 on Monday at the Philippine leg of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

    Solenn Heussaff and John Spainhour Samsung Galaxy S7
    Long-time Samsung ambassador, Solenn Heussaff, is the face of the latest addition to the Samsung S line, the S7 edge and the S7. John Spainhour challenges the IP68 and water resistant feature of the Galaxy S7.
    Samsung Philippines also unveiled the much talked-about and highly-anticipated Gear VR virtual reality headset, and gave a sneak peek of the premium Gear S2 Classic in platinum and rose gold finish, giving the guests a triple treat of the expanded Samsung Galaxy ecosystem.

    Samsung ambassador, Gino Quillomar Gear VR
    Samsung ambassador, Gino Quillomar, gets his hands on the first consumerized virtual reality headset
    Erwan Heussaff dons the Gear S2 smartwatch.
    Complementing this athlete’s lifestyle, Erwan Heussaff dons the Gear S2 smartwatch.
    More than a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and S7 defy previously held notions of mobile phone limitations, carrying the legacy of Samsung’s premium mobile experience with its industry-leading features.

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is available in gold and black colors
    The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is available in gold and black colors
    IP68 Water and Dust Resistant

    Exceedingly durable and designed to function even in unfavorable conditions, the Galaxy S7 edge and S7 are cap-less, water and dust resistant with an IP68 certification to boot, ensuring that it could survive getting wet in the rain or being accidentally dropped into the pool, withstanding being submerged in 1.5 meters of water for half an hour. It is also dust-tight, meaning it is safe from the ingress of solid foreign objects like sand, dust, or soil. With this, users can now be worry-free from spills, dust, or accidental drops in water.

    DSLR-like Real Pixel camera

    Setting new benchmarks for smartphone photography, Samsung outdid itself with the Galaxy S7 edge and S7’s Dual Pixel camera that uses a dual photodiode technology, originally used in professional DSLR cameras and has now been adopted for the very first time in smartphones. This technology enables even faster Auto Focus for crisp, strikingly clear pictures. Just as a person focuses on an object with both eyes, every pixel has two photodiodes to enable super-fast focus, while larger pixels and the brighter F1.7 lens allow bright photos to be taken even in low-light conditions. Added to this is a front camera with brighter F1.7 lens capable of turning the screen as a flash that allows selfies to be taken even in low-light conditions.

    Gino Quillomar, Solenn Heussaff, and Erwan Heussaff.
    Rhinn Piczon, Product Marketing Head for IT & Mobile Business pose with the Samsung ambassadors Gino Quillomar, Solenn Heussaff, and Erwan Heussaff.
    Complementing these, Samsung has taken its camera’s fun features up several notches. There is the Motion Panorama feature to capture action-packed and fun moments by bringing panoramic shots to life. Another Galaxy feature, Hyperlapse has been upgraded to make small time-compressed videos easier to create and share. Moreover, the well-loved Beauty Mode has been further enhanced with the Spotlight feature to capture faces with the effect of natural light.


    The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and S7 have been designed to give users a worry-free experience, with a base memory of 32GB expandable up to 200GB so that precious memories on videos and photos no longer have to be deleted.

    To support this amazing storage capacity, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and S7 come with an even increased battery capacity. The Galaxy S7 sports a 3000mAH battery while the Galaxy S7 edge has a 3600 mAH battery. Both support Ultra Fast Charging (wired), as well as built-in wireless charging, with even faster charging speed than the previous Galaxy S6 smartphones.
    Refined Design with Purpose

    Building on Samsung’s re-imagined design philosophy introduced in the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge, the Galaxy S7 edge and S7’s elegant yet functional design features a streamlined body of glass and metal finish, with ergonomic curves to easily fit the user’s grip. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1” Super AMOLED Quad HD display while the Galaxy S7 edge features a bigger 5.5” dual-edge display both purposefully designed to enhance the user’s viewing experience.

    Samsung gives new meaning to functional design. The Galaxy S7 edge comes with various edge panels which can be selected by simply tapping an icon. By simply swiping the edge screen, different panels will appear. The App Edge panel pops out with the user’s favorite apps, the People Edge panel appears with the user’s favorite contacts, while the new Task Edge panel appears with the task apps and features the user usually utilizes. The larger Edge panel also contains more icons and displays more information.

    Expanded Galaxy Ecosystem

    Taking the smartphone experience to an entirely new dimension, the Galaxy S7 edge and S7 prove to be more than a phone as it allows users to explore more through the Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem by being a gateway to a network of devices and experiences.

    The Samsung Gear VR, which is also compatible with the Galaxy S7 edge & S7, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5, is the first consumerized Virtual Reality headset making it accessible to more premium Samsung smartphone users. Compared to other VR headsets, the Gear VR is lightweight and offers more cushioning that provide comfort to users. It also has adjustable head straps to keep the headset secure and firm.

    Phoemela Barranda, Carla Humphries, and Bubbles Paraiso
    Phoemela Barranda, Carla Humphries, and Bubbles Paraiso experiencing the
    out-of-this-world visuals on the Gear VR.
    With its accelerometer and gyroscope, the Gear VR promises a 360-degree, out-of-this-world, immersive viewing and gaming experience, and lets its consumers experience multimedia content like never before. Through the Oculus Store, gamers can download hit mobile games that can be played via the Gear VR such as Temple Run™. Movie buffs can also live in the world of their favorite movies right on their couch by browsing through the expansive movie selection of Netflix.
    Aside from the Gear VR, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can also seamlessly connect with the Gear S2 smartwatch, the wearable of choice of fitness and fashion enthusiasts alike, offering both connectivity and convenience for those who are challenged by the need to carry their smartphones everywhere.

    “We are proud to reinforce our status as the leader and driver of mobile innovation by bringing Samsung’s flagship offering to the Philippine market. With the Galaxy S7 edge and S7, we enjoin more Filipinos to go beyond their limits and see their Samsung Galaxy smartphones as a hub to new and exciting experiences through our wearable devices, the Gear VR and the Gear S2,” said Digs Dimagiba, Business Unit Head of IT and Mobile Division of Samsung Electronics Philippines.

    Samsung Galaxy ecosystem
    Samsung introduces better Galaxy ecosystem: Ien Rivera, Category head for Tablets, Wearables & Accessories, IT & Mobile business, Gino Quillamor, Nio Judalena, Category Head for Smartphones IT & Mobile Business, Solenn Heussaff, Rhinn Piczon, Marketing Head for IT & Mobile Business, Erwan Heussaff, and Ivan Pua, Smartphone Category Head for IT & Mobile Business.
    To elevate their Galaxy S7 edge and S7 experience, owners of the smartphone can enjoy automatic enrollment to the Samsung Concierge Service, a VIP program exclusively for Galaxy S7 edge and S7 users.

    Owners can enjoy premium experience at Samsung Experience Stores, VIP phone pick-up service for repairs, their very own VIP hotline, and exclusive offerings via the MySamsung app.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Samsung Gear VR will be available at Samsung Experience Stores starting February 26, 2016.

    The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will be available starting mid-March 2016 globally and on March 19 in the Philippines.

    Reports said that the Korean giant will be selling only the 32GB version of the S7 and S7 Edge in the country. The S7 is priced at Php 34,990 while the S7 Edge is priced at Php 39,990.

    Meanwhile, you may pre-view and experience the Galaxy S7 edge and S7 at Samsung Experience Stores from March 4-16.

    Samsung launches Galaxy S7, S7 edge: Photos, Specs, Pricing and Availability in the Philippines
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