Looking to purchase any one of Samsung’s current flagship devices but do not want to be tied to a specific wireless carrier? Well, the South Korean tech giant has decided to release unlocked versions of its popular Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones just as the Fourth of July weekend is fast approaching. Interested buyers can go grab the devices directly from Samsung, or from Best Buy, Amazon, and other retail outlets, and then use them on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or most GSM and CDMA mobile service providers in the United States.
Samsung’s newest flagship handsets are certified hits, not only garnering mass and critical acclaim but also helped a lot in fixing the South Korean phone maker’s sales woes. But since they were launched in the US mobile market, consumers can only buy one by way of a wireless carrier, which often meant that the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge you get sometimes come installed with bloatware (which can not be easily uninstalled). Granted, not all wireless carriers go all out when it comes to preinstalling bloatware, but there are some that load up to a dozen extra mobile apps and services that only prove to useless to mobile users, but also eat up precious storage space. But when made available as unlocked devices, the handsets will be liberated from unwanted software, and will likely get updated faster because any software patch will no longer have to go through testing by each individual wireless carrier.
With regards to specifications, the unlocked versions virtually share the same specs as the models released earlier this year, which means that they sport the same 12 megapixel dual pixel cameras, Snapdragon 820 chip sets, 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and 32 gigabytes of built in memory. However, the pricing is expected to vary in light of the fact that they are unlocked. The unlocked Galaxy S7 is priced at $670, while the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge is priced at $770.
Both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge were launched back in March early this year. But relatively recently, these devices have grabbed some headlines. Just about a week ago for instance, Samsung had announced that it was planning to debut a special edition of its Galaxy S7 Edge inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games. And then in May, Samsung also took the opportunity to release the Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition, which is inspired by the phenomenally popular Batman game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
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