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The Galaxy S8's new battery will degrade less quickly than the Galaxy S7's

One statistic you may see cited more rarely about Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is the performance of its battery cell over time. We spoke to Samsung about the new generation of battery found in the S8 and S8+, and they had a pretty impressive statistic to share. Compared to the outgoing Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the S8 and S8+ will lose substantially less of their effective capacity over the same amount of time, at least at the point of one year of typical usage.

Specifically, Samsung says that after a typical year's worth of charges and discharges, the Galaxy S7 only maintained about 80% of its total effective battery capacity.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge vs Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+: Photos, comparisons, specs, and more

Samsung's newest smartphones are here - so how do they stack up to the old ones? I brought a Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to my hands-on with the S8 and S8+, and I have some thoughts, pictures, and figures to share with you. Let's start with the visuals: you can see in the hero image of this post that the S8 and S8+ are both very substantially taller than their predecessors. Samsung is betting that consumers will be willing to deal with a taller phone (albeit narrower) to get that extra screen space they crave, and I think they may be right here.

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[Deal Alert] Get a seller refurbished T-Mobile Galaxy S7 for $290 ($287 off)

We're on the cusp of a major smartphone announcement, so it's no surprise to see deals like this one popping up. It comes courtesy of a seller on eBay: a refurbished Galaxy S7 (unlocked Tmo variant) for $289.99, a savings of $287. 

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Samsung updates unlocked US Galaxy S7 to latest security patch, continues to ignore Nougat exists

Samsung has finally issued an update to the unlocked variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sold in the US (the G930U and G935U, respectively), but it's going to come as bittersweet news for owners: Nougat is not in tow. While the OTA does bring the phones up to the latest Android security patch level, the long-awaited upgrade to Android 7.0 is nowhere to be found.

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Samsung is switching to a monthly security update schedule for US-unlocked Galaxy phones

When the US unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were released, many were overjoyed to have a variant that wouldn't be tied to a carrier, yet would be fully compatible with all four major carriers here in the states. Despite these unlocked versions' higher price tags, many picked them up in hopes of less bloat and quicker updates.

Unfortunately, while the unlocked models did come with fewer pre-installed apps, buyers were extremely let down in terms of updates. Not only did they not arrive more quickly, but they were actually being sent out more infrequently and much later than carrier models'.

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Verizon's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are now receiving their official Nougat updates

Out of the big four US carriers, three - AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - have already pushed the Android 7.0 Nougat update to their versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Now, though, Verizon is also sending out this long-awaited OS upgrade to its variants of Samsung's flagship.

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Google and Samsung will be rivals more than ever in 2017 (opinion)

While Google and Samsung have long sought to talk up their various partnerships over the years, there is little doubt for me that 2017 will be the year in which the two giants go after one another more aggressively than ever before in their history. Samsung actively presents a threat to Android's diversity, and Google must step in to stem the bleeding of an increasingly unprofitable device ecosystem. Samsung's challenges in wearables, television, and smart home also are a major cause for concern to Google as Samsung increasingly leverages its smartphone dominance.

Samsung and Google have been close collaborators from the days of the original Galaxy S, a phone launched almost seven years ago.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S7 Duos on sale for $382.50 with eBay coupon code

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is mere weeks away from being superseded by the Galaxy S8, but it's still a nice phone. It's even nicer if you can get it for a few hundred dollars off. That's the case right now with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Duos, the unlocked dual-SIM model. It's just $382.50 on eBay after applying a 10% off coupon code.

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[Deal Alert] Snag a Galaxy S7/S7 edge (Sprint) from Samsung for $300/$445 and get a free SD card ($250 off)

We're deep in the heart of the new phone season, which means discounts on last year's devices. Today brings us another deal for the Galaxy S7 from Samsung's own website. You can get the Sprint version of the phone for $299, which is a respectable $250 off. Oh, and you get a free 64GB SD card to go along with it. If you're more interested in a larger, curved screen, then the Sprint S7 edge is also on sale. You can grab one for $445 ($250 off again) and you get a 128GB SD card with this one.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on sale at T-Mobile for $360

For those of you T-Mobilites that don't dig the LG V20, I've got another deal for you to check out. The big LG plablet isn't the only phone that's currently on sale at Magenta Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are also marked down to the same killer low price of just $360. Yup, both are that price, no premium up-charge for the more svelte and curvaceous Edge. 

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