When you stick with a certain design year-over-year, you get a few certain advantages. Samsung knew it had to take the time to make the changes it knew had to happen from the Galaxy S6 line of flagships. According to Michael Fisher, it did.

The Galaxy S7 retains last year’s glassy metallic slab, but the curved backplate a la Note 5 makes a difference in the hand. It can also handle a pool just fine, thank you, with its IP68 resistance rating.

We’ve been talking about a split of processing power up to this launch event: some countries will see an S7 with a Snapdragon 820 while others will get units with the in-house Exynos 8890. Both are amazing performers in benchmarks and are supported with integrated heat pipes to really make the point that this device can cook without being cooked. As for battery life? The numbers aren’t as important as the claim from Samsung that you can watch a whole season of Game of Thrones through Netflix on a single charge. We’ll leave that claim untouched until review time.

New add-ons to TouchWiz on Android Marshmallow include that Always-On Display with the whole screen lighting up anything from notifications to your calendar to a neat wallpaper. Samsung took a heavy hand to promoting mobile gaming this year by making the S7 and S7 edge compatible with the Vulkan API. A gaming toggles hub also makes playing and recording your adventures much, much easier for the Let’s Player within you.

Last year, we said that the Galaxy S6 was finally ready to bolster Samsung into a position where it could back its advertising — it was great enough to be called “the Next Big Thing.” Will the Galaxy S7 be game enough to carry the banner forward? Our hands-on video might be. Check it out.

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