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Galaxy S7 Targets Gamers

Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, Hardware & Peripherals, Smartphones
 
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With the new Galaxy S7 phone, Samsung is putting their sites on gamers, adding a whole new set of featured that aims to appeal to the growing number of people who play games on their phones.

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The most noticeable feature is the Game Launcher app. The app contains a suite of tools to make gaming easier. It allows users to turn off notifications so they can play without interruption. It also speeds up game downloads and has power-saving options to prevent your phone from going dead just as you’re about to win.

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You can also lock the screen so you don’t accidentally back out of a game, plus take instant screenshots and videos while you play.

Those games should play a lot smoother thanks to faster CPU and GPU speeds and 4GB of RAM. There’s also an improved cooling system to prevent your phone from overheating during graphic-intensive games. These are the first phones to use the Vulkan graphics API, which should make for beautiful-looking gaming experience.

The phones allow you to use optional Bluetooth gaming controllers.

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Samsung is offering a free Gear virtual reality headset if you purchase a GS7 before March 18, 2016. The goggles give you a complete virtual reality experience when you slip your phone in and play compatible games or videos on your phone. Normally, the headsets run $99. Plus you’ll get $50 worth of VR-compatible games while supplies last.

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The Galaxy S7 isn’t an inexpensive phone. It costs more than $700, but you may be able to get a better deal through your phone carrier.

As a kid who grew up watching Star Trek, I have to say I’m just a little impressed that these tiny computers that fit in our pockets now work as communicators, computers we can talk to and get answers from, tri-corders and now apparently holodecks.  If they figure out how to put a phaser in one, I would be pretty excited.

~ Cynthia

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