Samsung Galaxy S7: Buying guidelines for shoppers in Uganda

Samsung Uganda last month unveiled the latest editions of its flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – sparking off familiar debate on how this compares with its predecessors as well as the devices offered by competitors.

Undoubtedly, the Galaxy S7 was the most anticipated phone when we turned our calendars to 2016. Such anticipation only built up following its grandeur style announcement at the Mobile World Congress with Mark Zuckerberg himself delivering the keynote address. Obviously, when speaking about connecting people, no one knows more about that the man who has already connected 1.59 billion people.

In essence, that’s what our smartphones are to us today. The tools we use to capture moments and share them with friends and families, while keeping up with our work and financial obligations. They bring the world to the palm of the hand.

Yet with the S7, Samsung hopes to take that a step further by allowing you to experience another your imaginative galaxy as if it were real. By design, Virtual Reality technology replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it (Wikipedia). 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system.

In relative terms, looking at the specs of the Galaxy S7, it doesn’t seem to indicate monumental leaps over its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. But key features such as the Dual Pixel technology (improvement for camera), faster wireless charging, and its now improved water resistance, the phone still offers plenty of reason to upgrade/switch over.

Dual Pixel Autofocus for the camera

“The Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone with dual-pixel technology, so it captures better photos in low-light environments and focuses faster than the blink of an eye,” notes Samsung.

Samsung 7 content

Dual Pixel Autofocus is one of the newer features of modern cameras, announced earlier this year as Canon announced their new 80D DSLR camera. “[It] is a sensor-based, phase detection Auto Focus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos,” notes Canon.

Samsung will have been proud, therefore, to successfully fit this into their new smartphone.

Water Resistant?

Yes, actually. Samsung has stepped up its focus water resistance, and here is how they decided to explain it:

“You can’t live without water or your smartphone, which is why the Galaxy S7 has a certified water-resistant rating. It repels spills, splashes and even dunks without a bulky protective case.”

Below is a video we recorded at the Kampala launch last month.

Buying Options:

MTN Uganda has announced a promotional offer of UGX. 2,095,000/= for the Samsung Galaxy Edge, with a free 5GB Internet bundle. This represents a substantial discount from the UGX. 2,950,000/= listing price.



MTN Airtel
Samsung Galaxy S7 UGX. 2,500,000 UGX. 2,499,999
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge UGX. 2,095,000 UGX. 2,849,999


4G Support Yes No
Starter Internet Bundle 30GB 24GB

With MTN, you can purchase this phone is available for online purchases on Jumia and Kaymu that will enable you to have the phone without leaving your office.

If you hurry, you can take advantage of MTN’s limited offer and get yourself the Galaxy S7 Edge+ at a price you likely won’t find anywhere else.


Albert Mucunguzi

Award-winning Founder of PC Tech Magazine and current Chairman of ICTAU.
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