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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: Should You Buy The Unlocked Version?

By Adie Pieraz , Jul 01, 2016 05:10 AM EDT
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When it was released back in March, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were tied to specific carriers. Whether it was the GSM or CDMA mobile networks, users of the Samsung flagships were stuck to just that. However, Samsung has just announced that they will be releasing unlocked models in the market, thus providing more flexibility.

According to Droid Life, the unlocked S7 is priced at $699.99 while the S7 Edge is priced at $769.99. While the units are available for purchase on the Samsung website, the phones can also be purchased through Amazon, Best Buy, Ebay, Sam's Club and Target.com. The unlocked units definitely give the user more options in terms of network carriers. The chance to transfer from one to another is made available.

However, E Week notes that there are no differences when it comes to the specs of the unit. So users that already have either the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge that are tied to a carrier will get the exact same unit should they buy an unlocked one. The only difference being that the user can now change network carriers.

This would mean the same 5.1 inch super AMOLED display screen of the S7 and the 5.5 inch super AMOLED display of the S7 Edge.The S7 has a battery of 3000mAh, while the S7 Edge has 3600mAh. All around, the S7 measures 5.6 x 2.74 x, 0.31 inches and weighs 5.36 ounces. On the other hand, the S7 is 5.94 x 2.85 0.30 inches and is 5.53 ounces

Both units are powered by a Qualcomm quad-core 2.15GHZ and 1.6GHz processors. There is also 32 GB of internal memory in each of the models, which is expandable through a microSD card. The camera of both units are 12 megapixels at the rear and 5 megapixels in the front. Either one has a fingerprint sensor for security purposes and is water resistant. Samsung also included fast charging and wireless charging capabilities to each of the units.

As a unit, both the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge are worth the money. The unlocked feature just adds a little extra. The Korea Times even reports that the unlocked version is cheaper than those tied to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, although it is more expensive than those tied with Sprint.

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