February 26th is the day, today pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are being opened. The phones can be pre-ordered from carriers and Samsung themselves from today, with a bonus of a Gear VR headset – worth $159 – being thrown in for anyone pre-ordering either phone before the 11th of March – the day the phone goes on-sale in stores.
Samsung has priced the Galaxy S7 at $1,149 in Australia for the 32GB model, while the Galaxy S7 Edge will go for $100 more at $1,249 outright, with the phones officially going on-sale on March 11 at all four carriers if buying outright isn’t for you. The Galaxy S series is obviously popular for all Australian carriers, with all of them confirming the day of the launch that they would all be offering the phones. We’ve gathered the pricing for all the carriers, so you can see them all for yourself.[toc]
Samsung’s latest high-end phones have a lot to like, they’re fast, they’re stylish and Samsung has brought back two popular features to the Galaxy S line: IP68 water and dust proofing and of course the microSD card – though it can only be used for storage apparently, not for installing apps.
Samsung has refined the design of the Galaxy S7, which is made of glass and metal with better curves which they say ‘provide an even better grip and naturally fit in one hand’. Of course that camera is a great feature and with the f/1.7 aperture it should provide a stunning photo in low-light as well as in bright light.
Specs on the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 include:
|Screen||5.1” Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560 X 1440 (577ppi)||5.5” Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560 X 1440 (534ppi) Edge Screen|
Quad core (2.15GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Dual), 64 bit, 14 nm process
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
Front: 5MP (F1.7)
Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, Location
Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
Samsung is offering the phone for pre-order on their Australian website, as well as in their Samsung Experience stores in Melbourne and Sydney. If you want to purchase the phone directly from the manufacturer you’ll find them ready to order on the Samsung website.
So what options do you have? Well, Samsung is only offering 32GB versions of the phone in Australia in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum or Silver Titanium. They’re priced on the Samsung Australia website like this at $1148.95 for the Galaxy S7 or $1249.05 for the Galaxy S7 Edge. If you’re wanting to grab it from Samsung, head over and hit the ‘Buy Now’ button on their site.
There’s a variety of plans available for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, Virgin Mobile is currently offer bonus data offer for people switching to the Optus network. Optus of course not only owns Virgin Mobile but provides the infrastructure for their cellular network, so check coverage before signing up.
Plans for the Galaxy S7 start at $60 per month, which includes a $30 per month handset repayment. The phone with the ‘curve’ appeal, the Galaxy S7 Edge starts at $75 per month which includes a $35 handset repayment.
Virgin’s pre-orders are now live on their website, so head over to virginmobile.com.au to secure yours.
Vodafone is also offering the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 on their network. Vodafone has introduced a special plan just for the Galaxy S7, priced at $70 per month with 6GB of data included and of course unlimited standard national calls and unlimited standard national and international texts – oh, and travellers can also take all those inclusions abroad to over 50 countries for just $5 a day.
|24 Month Plan||$40 Red||$60 Red||$70 Plan||$80 Red||$100 Red||$130 Red|
|Monthly Plan Cost||$40||$60||$70||$80||$100||$130|
|Galaxy S7 (32GB) per month||$35||$20||$7||$8||$5||$0|
|Total per month||$75||$80||$77||$88||$105||$130|
|Min. cost over 24 months||$1,800||$1,920||$1,848||$2112||$2,520||$3,120|
|Galaxy S7 edge (32GB) per month||$43||$35||$20||$15||$11||$3|
|Total per month||$83||$95||$90||$95||$111||$133|
|Min. cost over 24 months||$1,992||$2,280||$2,160||$2,280||$2,664||$3,192|
Vodafone will be offering the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in Black, Silver and Gold, but as usual some colours are more popular than others so make sure you get your favourite before they sell out.
Update (Feb-26, 3pm): Vodafone revised their pricing to lower the monthly handset repayments on the Galaxy S7 Edge to $20 (down from $27) on the $70 Red Plan, and to $15 (down from $19) on the $80 Red Plan.
To pre-order either the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge, head over to the Vodafone website now, to check out their plans and inclusions.
Telstra’s plans are now available to check out as well, with Telstra talking up their 4GX network which supports Cat 9 LTE offering up to 450Mbps in compatible areas in addition to VoLTE. Telstra is offering both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 on a range of standalone Go Mobile and Go Business Mobile Plans – or they’re offering a bundle package which includes a new Samsung Galaxy A Tablet with the Galaxy S7 for $99 per month on a Go Mobile Plan.
Telstra’s pre-orders are now live and you can head over to the Telstra website to pre-order your phone now.
Optus rounds out the carrier listing for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
Optus has both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 with 32GB of storage in all three colours: Black Onyx, Gold Platinum or Silver Titanium on a range of plans, but the highlight for the Optus selection is on the $130 plan which Optus has discounted by $30 for pre-orders on your choice of either the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, with anyone choosing the plan getting all the inclusions for only $100 per month for the life of the contract.
That’s it, we’ll be seeing retailers adding the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to their inventory today, so stay tuned. We’ll see the Galaxy S7 in-stores on the 11th of March, if you’re holding off grabbing one, you may miss out on the Gear VR headset – and it’s a very interesting setup with quite a few benefits.
Chris has already had hands-on time with both phones which you can check out here; but back here in Australia, the rest of the team, just like everyone back here in Australia, are itching to get our hands on the phones and check them out.