MrX, 22 Feb 2016No OIS No Force touch No IR-blaster No Dual tone flash No Usb type CI'd like to see those features too.
Wonderful phone. Amazing camera. And what a great specs. I though this phone is more than enough for human.
Negative thing from this phone is, why S7 back body is made by glass. So easily get dirty.
No Force touch
No Dual tone flash
No Usb type C
Is "Always On" similar to Symbian's display feature? With Nokias running Symbian OS always displays the date, time & notifications... Hmmm.
I haven't heard or read if these phones are USB OTG and MHL compatible, are they? Has Samsung ever mentioned even at least one of these features?
They've still kept the KitKat style capacitive buttons.
No influence of material design on these chaps.
Innovative from Samsung, cant wait to grab both of them ... so beautiful devices really.
Wow. This got me excited. Will wait for reviews and actual units instore. Maybe I can replace my Z3 then. I hope the battery is as good though.
good job Samsung .. this is the Phone of The Year (at list until The Note 6 arrive) .. i use Note 5 now but feel tempted with this Beautiful Beast :-)
AsimtheMLGpro, 22 Feb 2016They could've added 0.5mm or 1mm thickness so they could have more room to work with battery size.In my eyes this would have been a great idea.
Raised camera lens means I would have to keep this thing in a case to feel safe laying it down on surfaces (same thing I did for my Galaxy Note).
As it is now only raised "half a millimetre", perhaps I can find a protector film of same thickness for the back of the phone, to stop the lens protruding.
Samsung-give us a slide over lens cap in future devices and this evil can be forgiven....
The Z5 premium is referred to as a 4K screen, but the software on the phone treats everything as (1920x)1080, except for really high def videos.
So the onscreen 3D benchmarks where the Sony beat the Samsung are not comparing like.
The offscreen numbers are more useful to compare in this instance, as if often the case.
And as another forum poster here asked, not knowing if the exynos or snapdragon variant is being tested makes most numbers less exciting to me.
Yes, the opening line telling us that the chipsets are closer is great reassurance. Either is, of course, overkill for whatever we would do on the phone (VR being a notable exception).
These phones are excellent market entries, and good work to Samsung for not just playing a marketing game (eg camera excites me), and for responding to users Wishlist. (IP rating for water fastness and SD card slot option).
May you have a stellar sales year with these units!!
Adil Khan, 21 Feb 2016So does it support 4K video recording and why degrading from 16 MP to 12 MP........Yes to 4K recording (4K is still waaaay below 12K, and often the extra image sensor space can be used for digital stabilisation).
Not downgraded sensor by being 12million pixels instead of 16 million, it is an upgrade (in low light instances).
If you have a window with a fly screen over it, a 'super fine mesh' with sixteen million holes (to let light through), and replace it with a fly screen that has only twelve million holes, it will let more light into the room. (Less wire blocking the light)
What we need to understand is that if the physical sensor that captures the light is the same size, less 'wire in the way' allows more light to be captured.
This is why lower megapixels on the same size sensor are better at low light.
Three megapixels was good enough print resolution for National Geographic (single page). As most people's monitor are around two million pixels and six megapixels is plenty for an A4 page, why do we need more?
We don't. It is marketing numbers to we the partially informed consumers who think megapixel matters.
Two reasons for greater megapixels is for digital cropping (after cutting out the piece of a photo you want to keep, it may still have three megapixels worth of data) and for poster sized prints (not the realm of camera phones and their tiny sensors).
I would take low light performance every time. It allows better shots, shots without flash become acceptable, more intimate poses etc.
BSI sensors (back side illuminated) is where they moved most of the tech (wires)in front of the sensor that stopped photons (light) being captured, to the back of the sensor, allowing more 'light gathering surface' up the front.
Less megapixels (on the same sized sensor) means more 'light gathering area'.
Lens and sensor and photographers mind are the three important things here. Not megapixels.
papercut, 22 Feb 2016Laser focus? For what? S7 have Dual Pixel technology which four times faster than PDAFthe laser focus is for replace the annoying led in your face when you are having a pic in the night
farbror Frej, 21 Feb 2016Quote: "Unlike the Xperias, though, the touchscreen does not work when wet."
I can confirm th... moreTo be fair I have no interest using my phone in the ocean or shower... But knowing I can keep talking to friends whilst walking in the rain is a feature. Feeling safe enough to film my daughter swimming for the first time, not worried about splashes....
I think Samsungs' true advantage is 'no little rubber caps' over usb jacks (that have to be finger nailed hundreds and hundreds of times, and 'in place' for water resistance to work...)
Anonymous, 21 Feb 2016Can anyone explain this to me, why? I dont know much about amoled, only that black pixels are ... moreCorrect (when displaying all/mostly black it saves power by not backlighting the whole screen)
Perfect fit for the technology of 'always on', unless you have an always on device that you want fully lit up.
LCD screens run a backlight (that three layers of closed pixels cannot fully contain/isolate), that leaks out light, hence the black value on LCDs being unable to be 'pure'.
OLEDs, the individual pixels light up.
Bright white screens on OLED displays consume more power than the LCD equivalents.
LCDs typically had brighter screens than OLEDS. There has been improvements in the last couple of years. Whilst OLEDS will have 'unlimited contrast ratios' their ability to have great performance in sunlight has only recently caught up. (Last couple of years)
Image retention can be an issue for all screen technologies (crt included), in worst case scenarios.
The example given in this thread of 'go look at OLED screens that have been displaying a static screen at 100% brightness' is a great example.
Over the phones typical life OLED is a perfect tech.
Now the next Hero is official. Super features. The best part is that is micro ad slot. Now I am waiting for this hero.
They could've added 0.5mm or 1mm thickness so they could have more room to work with battery size.
mineisbigbutshort, 22 Feb 2016It's a matter of preferences. I've seen severe burn in on Samsung Phones, yet mine is working ... moreI guess burn-in can happen if you leave a phone on 24/7 at 100% brightness or if the display isn't of good quality (and I've heard of it happening on Nokia's Windows phones with Amoled too) or simply bad luck, but in this case it's just a few pixels that move their position downwards by a few pixels every minute, so it's not like the phone is using the same ones all the time - at least I hope Samsung did it that way too. This feature shouldn't cause any burn-in. As for Nokia's implementation just do an image search for "Nokia sleeping screen" and you'll get the idea. Anyway, if you get one of these phones, looks like a good choice to me. And the feature should probably be easy to turn off.