Samsung has launched two more flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, which will make their way to the Indian market in the second week of March. The mobile device juggernaut is hoping to improve sales and breathe new life into the slowing smartphone industry.
An Important Market
India is recognized as an important market with regard to virtual reality handsets, and the country is seeing an increase in sales despite the current global sale decrease. Research firm IDC notes that the global smartphone market saw shipments increasing from 1.30 million units in 2014 10.1 percent to 1.43 billion units in 2015. India is currently one of the world’s fastest-growing global markets thanks to shipments increasing by 28.8 percent in 2015 to 103.6 million units over the previous year.
Samsung is a leader in both the Indian and global markets, as it had over 21.4 percent of the global market share by the end of the December 2015 quarter. The company has a 26.8 percent share in India.
More “Convenient and Fun”
Samsung Electronics President of Mobile Communications Business, DJ Koh, notes that the tech giant believes in a world that’s “brighter, sharper, more convenient, and more fun.” Samsung continually aims to deliver on this vision via the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 by combining functionality with elegant design. The intended result is a “seamless mobile experience.”
Both phones feature the first dual pixel camera on a smartphone, which is designed to produce brighter and sharper images whatever the light situation due to their apertures opening wider and letting in more light. These phones’ shutters don’t require staying open as long, which significantly reduces the chances of blurry images. The Galaxy S7 is 5.1 inches, while the Galaxy S7 Edge is 5.5 inches. Each features 3D glass and metal construction, and is dust and water-resistant.
There’s also a hybrid SIM card tray that allows you to insert a microSD card for up to 200GB of additional storage. In some countries, the tray may be used in conjunction with a dual SIM card. Both phones work with the $100 Gear virtual reality headset Samsung unveiled last fall. Additionally, the tech company is working on a 360-degree camera that makes it possible for anyone to capture and share virtual reality images. The Gear 360 camera will be available within a few months.
Teaming With Facebook
Samsung is currently working with Facebook to stress the virtual reality aspect of mobile phones and social media platforms. Mark Zuckerberg joined Samsung at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, to announce the partnership, where he noted that while virtual reality has mainly been used for gaming purposes, its role is changing. This is why Facebook is making the investment: to “deliver these social experiences.”
The new phones begin shipping on March 1, and Samsung is offering advanced order options. Free Gear VR headsets will be available in some markets to those who place advanced orders, including the U.S.