When Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge on Sunday night ahead of the Mobile World Congress, there wasn’t many surprises. In the run up to the launch event the phone was leaked left, right and centre. We knew how it looked and we knew what was coming inside it.With this context, when you see the Galaxy S7 for the first time, you do feel a tinge of disappointment. If you have seen the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, you have seen the S7 and the S7 Edge. At least that is what it feels like at the first glance. But take a closer look, and you realise there are subtle changes in the design and big changes in the hardware.Design wise, the changes are really subtle. The glass that covers the screen now has a slightly more curve to it, which helps it meld into the metal frame. The same is true for the glass back cover. The metal frame is less prominent now. Instead, the S7 has the glass warring around its edges. This makes the devices look and feel more premium, although the S6 is anyway one of the best looking smartphones ever released. The other change, at least on the S7 unit that we checked out, is in the look of the glass back cover. Unlike just the glass look, like on the S6, the back cover has this subtle hue to it in the S7. It is as if there is liquid metal under the glass. It looks really cool.The other design change is that the camera module now sits almost flush with the back cover. It doesn’t protrude anymore.advertisementThe S7 Edge is also the same. Although, compared to the S6 Edge, its screen size has gone. It sports a 5.5-inch screen size with 1440p resolution.Talking of screen, on both the S7 and the S7 Edge we get the superAMOLED panel. It shows extremely vibrant colours and is very punchy. Once again, Samsung is going to to lead in terms of screen that it puts in its high-end phones. The screen on the iPhone 6S is nice, and a shade brighter probably compared to the S7 screen, but overall we have to say that the Samsung’s phone packs in a display that more will like.The big changes with the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are inside its sleek body. The phone gets a new processor. Depending on the market, Samsung will either sell the S7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8990. Both phones have 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. At the Samsung we tried the Exynos version. Samsung says that the S7 is over 30 per cent faster than the S6 in general processing. In graphics performance, it is around 60 faster. Although these are big claims, important bit to note here is that the Galaxy S6 was also a fast phone. When we used the S7, we didn’t find any discernible performance advantage that it may enjoy over the S6 in day to day use. That said, we will know better when we try demanding games on the device or use it a bit more thoroughly. A more important point to note is that the processors inside the S7 are more power efficient. This means they may not heat as much as the processor that powers the S6 as well as may offer better battery life. But this is something we will test when the phone launches in India, which is likely to be March 11.One big change in the S7 compared to the earlier Galaxy is the camera. The phone comes with a 12-megapixel camera that has optical image stabilisation and bigger pixel so that it performs better in the low light. It also has a wide F1.7 aperture. We will say more about the S7 camera in the coming days but from some of the images we clicked with the S7 in the low light indoor settings we can say that this is probably going to be the best camera we have seen in a smartphone. Even in low light, it captured crazy amount of detail and maintained reasonable quality of colours.The S7 and the S7 Edge come with Android Marshmallow. It is customised with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, which is frankly a pity. Put stock Android on the S7 and it will fly off the shelves. But that is not going to happen. The S7, unlike the S6, also comes with support for a microSD card and has a body that is waterproof.advertisementWe will take a better look at the devices in the coming days. We feel it is not something that S6 users will like to upgrade to. But those looking for a high-end Android must consider it. The camera, screen and design of this phone are crazy good.
Anthony Martial’s stoppage-time goal sent Manchester United into its first FA Cup final in nine years as they registered a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Wembley stadium on Saturday, giving Louis van Gaal a chance to end an underwhelming season with a major trophy.Marouane Fellaini scored against former club Everton in the 34th minute and United goalkeeper David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty, but Chris Smalling scored an own goal with 15 minutes remaining.Just as the semifinal was heading into extra time, Martial netted in the third minute of added time at Wembley Stadium.United will play the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Crystal Palace and Watford in the final on May 21 when the 11-time FA Cup winners will seek its first major trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.