Samsung starts selling unlocked Galaxy S7s in the USA

Back when the Samsung Galaxy S7 phones first appeared, they impressed reviewers all around. However, one thing that might have put a damper in interested buyers' enthusiasm was the fact that the models on sale were all locked to a specific carrier and phone contract—and loaded down with carrier bloatware. That's now changing, however. A number of US retailers have started selling fully unlocked versions of both the S7 and S7 edge phones.

The regular price for the unlocked Galaxy S7 is $670. Best Buy has the black model on offer for that price, but it's already offering discounts on the silver and gold versions, bringing the price down to $620. Meanwhile, the marginally (heh) fancier S7 Edge is currently going for $750, which Best Buy has in both black and gold. According to a report from The Verge, you should also be able to get these phones from Amazon, Sam's Club, and Target.

To recap, the US-sold Galaxy S7 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC packing four Kryo CPU cores—two clocked at 2.15 GHz, and another two at 1.6 GHz. Four gigabytes of RAM offer a generous work area for the SoC. The GPU is an Adreno 530 model, powering a 2560x1440 screen with a pixel density of 576 PPI (a figure that's slightly lower on the S7 Edge, due to its slightly bigger dimensions).

Reviewers praised the phone's construction, excellent camera, and both fast and wireless charging features. As added bonuses, the S7s pack microSD slots for storage expension and are fully water-proof. One sticky point with reviewers, however, was the fact that carrier-installed bloatware made the already-questionable TouchWiz interface feel particularly crowded and sluggish. With the unlocked models, that ought to be much less of a problem.

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