The S7 and S7 Edge finally debuted at MWC with some fancy new design elements and a more-mature approach to camera quality. That’s all well and good, but when can we get them? Preorders have already started on some carriers, and we'll update this article as more go live.
The good news is that Canada will see a March 11 launch day on some carriers, although TELUS claims it will be a day earlier on March 10. Generally, the Edge costs an even $100 more than the S7 both for up-front payments on contract, and as an outright retail purchase.
Remember: Samsung kept things simple this year by only releasing one storage version of each device. Your only option is 32GB for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but there's a microSD slot if you'd like to expand that further.
Rogers doesn't have a any preorders per se, but you can 'Reserve' yourself a handset if you have a Rogers account. If you don't have one, you can always register to reserve.
No pricing yet, but it's probably safe to speculate that it will be the same as, or very close to, both TELUS and Bell for both up-front and outright payments.
Rogers confirmed in a tweet that it will be offering the free Gear VR deal.
TELUS is offering the Samsung Galaxy S7 for $400 up-front in both the Black Onyx and Titanium Silver colors. No sight of Gold just yet. If you'd prefer to buy it up-front, it's an even $900.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is $500 up-front on contract, or $1000 outright. Right now it's only available in Black Onyx.
You can also grab your free Samsung Gear VR with either device. Both phones will be available on TELUS from March 10, but expect 1-3 business days shipping if you order online.
Bell has the Galaxy S7 in both Onyx Black and Titanium Silver for $399.99 up-front on contract, or $899.99 for an outright purchase.
The Galaxy S7 Edge will run you $499.99 up-front on a contract, or $999.99 for outright purchase.
Along with an order for either phone, you will receive a complimentary Gear VR. This offer ends March 7, and is available with a new activation or an upgrade on a 2 year term with a Plus plan. The phone must be activated by April 11 this year.
Bell is adhering to the original March 11 launch date, and requests you allow 3-5 days for delivery of the phone, and 10 business days after activation for the shipment of your Samsung Gear VR.
Koodo has the Galaxy S7 on three tab options: Tab Plus will run you $400 up-front, and add $21 to your monthly bill for 24 months. The regular Tab is $544 up-front, and $15 per month for 24 months, and No Tab (outright purchase) is $904.
The GS7 Edge is available on the same tiers: $500 up front with an additional $21 per month, $644 upfront with an additional $15 per month, or $1004 for outright purchase.
Both phones are only available in Onyx Black. Preorders are restricted to online, and your GS7 and GS7 Edge, as well as your bonus Gear VR, should arrive somewhere between March 17 and March 24.
It also appears that Virgin is not offering a complimentary Gear VR with purchase, and there is not yet any specified release date.
Virgin has the Galaxy S7, but not the Galaxy S7 Edge. The GS7 is available in Titanium Silver and Onyx Black for $399.99 on a Platinum Plan, or $899.99 outright.
You'll be able to preorder both the GS7 (silver and black) and GS7 Edge (black) from WIND stores come Feb 25 on five payment options. As with most other carriers, this will also nab you a free Gear VR.
The Galaxy S7 is $299 upfront and $25 per month, $499 upfront and $15/mo, $649 and $5/mo, $799 on WINDtab, or $899 for outright purchase.
Likewise, the Galaxy S7 Edge is $399 upfront and $25 per month, $599 upfront and $15/mo, $749 and $5/mo, $899 on WINDtab, or $999 outright.
SaskTel has the GS7 in both black and silver, and the GS7 Edge in black.
- The GS7 starts at $398.99 on a 2 year voice and data term.
- The GS7 Edge starts at $498.99 on a 2 year voice and data term.
NOTE: SaskTel's preorder for these devices requires that you pick up your handset in person on March 11. If you don't show up before the close of business, your preorder will be cancelled. Only the wireless account holder is authorized to pick it up. Make sure you bring ID for verification.
Videotron lagged a little behind the rest, but preorders for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now live, along with the free Gear VR deal offered by most of the competition.
The Galaxy S7 starts at $249.95 upfront with the $84.95/mo 5GB PREMIUM plan, but you can also pick it up for $349.95 upfront on the $74.95/mo 3GB PREMIUM plan, both with a 24 month agreement. Outright purchase is $899.95.
The GS7 Edge is $349.95 on the 5GB plan, and $449.95 on 3GB. Outright price is $999.95.
If you purchase either phone outright, you can bring it to any Videotron plan. However, on subsidized contract it's currently not available on anything below the 3GB PREMIUM plan.
What is the Samsung Gear VR?
The Gear VR is a budget solution to the new Virtual Reality (VR) craze, made in conjunction with Oculus, usually coming in at around $139 in Canada. On board there is a little bit of hardware; an accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity-based sensors help increase overall performance and reduce latency. Other than that, your phone does pretty much all the heavy lifting, acting as the screen, power source, CPU, graphics processor, and WiFi connection.
It only works with a select handful of Samsung phones (GS7 and GS7 Edge obviously included), and offers a range of experiences from 360 degree video, to VR gaming, to a distraction-free movie-watching experience. Right now there are over 100 apps available for the Gear VR experience, with more coming in all the time.