Behold: The Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge
The rumors were true: Samsung has launched a glossy black variant of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone.
To get the color, you’ll have to buy the 128GB version of the device (so, exactly the same as Apple’s Jet Black iPhone 7), which will become available "in select markets" on Dec. 9.
In its press release, Samsung did not say which markets were selected for this launch; the price is not mentioned either, but we reckon it’s the same as the standard 128GB version of the device. Also, it appears that the regular Galaxy S7 is not getting the Black Pearl treatment.
With the new Black Pearl colorway, the Galaxy S7 Edge can now be had in a total of seven options. The other six are Blue Coral, Pink Gold, White Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium; not all of them, however, will be available at every vendor.
After the Note7 fiasco, the Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge is Samsung’s bridge to next year’s Galaxy S8, which has already been announced and is likely coming in late February.
The S7’s successor will likely be even smarter.
Partially thanks to the Note7 fiasco, Samsung has been unusually open about its next batch of flagship phones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8. Owners of Note7 in some markets can replace their device for an advance discount on these upcoming phones, and now we know about one feature that will debut on the S8.
According to Reuters, the company said Sunday it would include a new digital assistant on the S8 — the one that stems from the company’s October acquisition of Viv Labs.
Viv Labs is an AI company whose founders, Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, are also the makers of Siri which got acquired by Apple in 2010.
Samsung did not share any details about what, exactly, the new digital assistant will be able to do, but it did say that it will open it to third-party developers.
The announcement further heats up the race for the smartest digital assistant. Apple’s Siri has gotten smarter and reached the company’s macOS in its latest iteration, Sierra. Google recently launched a new digital AI called the Assistant, currently only available on the company’s Pixel phones, and Amazon’s Alexa has also been steadily updated, most recently reaching customers on the company’s new Echo Dot device.
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Edge are likely to launch in February or March 2017, but the date has not been officially confirmed. The Note8 is expected to be launched much later in the year.