Sunday, 21 February 2016
How and when to preorder the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung just took the wraps off its brand new Galaxy smartphones. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature improved cameras, faster performance and longer battery life, among a myriad of other features. The highlight, however, has got to be the return of a microSD card slot and IP68 water-resistant rating, both of which were favorite features that didn't make it into the Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy S7 is equipped with a 5.1-inch display with a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution and a 12-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, along with a 3,000 mAh battery (a big step up from the 2,550 mAh of the Galaxy S6). The Galaxy S7 Edge adds adds a larger 5.5-inch display with curved edges and 3,600mAh battery.
This year there's an added incentive to preorder the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung will offer its Gear VR headset, which usually costs $100, for free for users who preorder either device. To sweeten the deal, Samsung will also be throwing in six virtual reality games with the headset.
When and where
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be available on Friday, March 11, with preorders set to begin on Tuesday, February 23.
AT&T customers can pick up the 32GB model of the Galaxy S7 for $0 down and monthly payments of $23.17 for 30 months, or the Galaxy S7 Edge for $26.50 per month for 30 months. AT&T's pricing works out to $695 and $795, respectively.
T-Mobile is offering customers who preorder either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge a free year of Netflix (in addition to the Gear VR headset). The carrier will also pay switching fees for customers who come from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
The Galaxy S7 (32GB model) will cost $27.92 per month for 24 months, while the S7 Edge will cost $32.50 over the same period. That works out to $670 and $780, respectively.
New and existing Sprint customers have the option to either buy or lease the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. For a limited time, customers who purchase either device can get a second one for half off. The carrier also announced a "Galaxy Forever" plan, which is similar to its iPhone For Life plan. The program lets Sprint customers upgrade to a new Samsung phone any time after making 12 payments on a Sprint lease.
The Galaxy S7 (32GB model) will cost $27.09 per month for 24 months, while the Galaxy S7 edge will cost $31.25 per month for 24 months. As part of the "Galaxy Forever" plan, the price of the Galaxy S7 drops to $25.99 per month for 24 months with an upgrade after 12 months, while the Galaxy S7 Edge drops to $30.50 over the same period of time.
Sprint has also extended its "Cut Your Bill in Half" promotion until March 31, and will pay early termination fees of up to $650 per line for customers switching from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Verizon hasn't announced any pricing information yet, although the carrier is highlighting two accessory bundles. As part of the Memory Bundle, you can get any case up to $39.99, any display protector up to $34.99, and a 32 GB microSD card (a $39.99 value) for $79.99. The Charging Bundle will get you a Samsung Wireless Fast Charging Stand (a $69.99 value), a car charger with Fast Charging (a $34.99 value), and a Samsung Fast Charging Portable Power Pack with 10,220 mAh (a $79.99 value) for only $100.
Verizon will also cover switching fees of up to $650 for customers coming from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. In addition, the carrier is also offering 2GB of additional data each month to customers that upgrade or activate a new phone (including the new Galaxy devices) on a Verizon Plan XL or larger and choose the device payment option.
US Cellular will offer the Galaxy S7 for $0 down and payments of $28 per month for 24 months. The Galaxy S7 edge will be available for $0 down and payments of $32.50 per month for 24 months. The total payment works out to $672 and $780, respectively. With a two-year agreement, the Galaxy S7 will be available for $199 and the Galaxy S7 Edge for $299.
You can check out both devices in Best Buy stores nationwide starting on February 24. The retailer is offering customers who preorder either device a free 64GB microSD card (in addition to the Gear VR headset). The Galaxy S7 will be available for $199 with a two-year contract for Verizon and Sprint customers, while the Galaxy S7 Edge will cost $299 with a two-year agreement.