Samsung has officially announced that as of today, they’ll be selling their 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, totally unlocked and bloatware-free. The devices mark one of the few times where the company has sold their flagships not part of a data plan with a carrier.
One the greatest things about an unlocked is, as previously stated, there’s no bloatware. Samsung is pretty much known for having a ton of extra, useless software on their devices when they get locked down to a network. However, when you have an unlocked phone, none of those apps make it to the device and you can enjoy a super clean and speedy experience since there’s nothing dragging you down like that AT&T “Cares” app or Verizon’s backup software. And the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are certainly no exception to that rule. In fact, Sammy’s gone so far as to offer customers the choice of having their pre-built software on their new device. This means that you decided whether to have Samsung’s calculator app, email app, browser app, or any other application the company makes themselves on your new Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. This is really a great option as Google already offers those applications which come pre-installed on all Android devices.
Luckily, Samsung hasn’t taken it upon themselves to slim down the high specs build inside the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for the unlocked variant. This means that you’ll be getting the same Snapdragon 820, 12MP camera, 4GB of RAM, and AMOLED display (amongst others) as you would if you picked up the devices at a carrier.
Pricing wise, the Galaxy S7 will start at $669.99 and will be available in black, while the S7 Edge will start at $769.99 and will come in silver. Retailers where the devices will be available include directly from Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy, Ebay, Sam’s Club, and Target. All major US carriers are supported by the handsets, so no matter where you go (whether to Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile), you’ll be guaranteed to get a data plan.