How and when to preorder the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Everything you need to know about picking up one of Samsung's new smartphones in the US.

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge will be ready for purchase soon.

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Samsung just took the wraps off its brand new Galaxy smartphones. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature improved cameras, faster performance and longer battery life, among a myriad of other features. The highlight, however, has got to be the return of a microSD card slot and IP68 water-resistant rating, both of which were favorite features that didn't make it into the Galaxy S6.

The Galaxy S7 is equipped with a 5.1-inch display touting a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution and a 12-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, along with a 3,000 mAh battery (a big step up from the 2,550 mAh of the Galaxy S6). The Galaxy S7 Edge adds adds a larger 5.5-inch display with curved edges and 3,600mAh battery.

Free Gear VR

This year there's an added incentive to preorder the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung will offer its Gear VR headset, which usually costs $100, for free for users who preorder either device. To sweeten the deal, Samsung will also be throwing in six virtual reality games with the headset. The offer is valid with a two-year contract, a device installment plan, a leasing plan or when you purchase the phone outright at full retail price.

The Gear VR promotion runs from February 23 to March 18. You can find full details here.

Interested in picking up a new Samsung smartphone? Here's what you need to know.

When and where

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be available on Friday, March 11, with preorders set to begin on Tuesday, February 23.

Samsung Galaxy S7 pricing (32GB model)

AT&T Next 24 (30 months) $23.17/month
AT&T full retail $695
Sprint installment plan (24 months) $27.09/month
Sprint Galaxy Forever plan* (24 months) $25.99/month
Sprint two-year contract (Best Buy) $199
Sprint full retail $650
T-Mobile installment plan (24 months)** $27.92/month
T-Mobile full retail** $670
Verizon Edge (24 months) $28/month
Verizon two-year contract (Best Buy) $229
Verizon full retail $672
U.S. Cellular installment plan (24 months) $28/month
U.S. Cellular two-year contract $199
U.S. Cellular full retail $672

* Sprint's "Galaxy Forever" plan allows users to lease the Galaxy S7 and upgrade to a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone after 12 months.

** T-Mobile is offering customers who preorder the Galaxy S7 a free year of Netflix.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge pricing (32GB model)

AT&T Next 24 (30 months) $26.50/month
AT&T full retail $795
Sprint installment plan (24 months) $31.25/month
Sprint Galaxy Forever plan* (24 months) $30.50/month
Sprint two-year contract (Best Buy) $299
Sprint full retail $750
T-Mobile installment plan (24 months)** $32.50/month
T-Mobile full retail** $780
Verizon Edge (24 months) $33/month
Verizon two-year contract (Best Buy) $329
Verizon full retail $792
U.S. Cellular installment plan (24 months) $32.50/month
U.S. Cellular two-year contract $299
U.S. Cellular full retail $780


* Sprint's "Galaxy Forever" plan allows users to lease the Galaxy S7 Edge and upgrade to a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone after 12 months.

** T-Mobile is offering customers who preorder the Galaxy S7 Edge a free year of Netflix.

Best Buy

You can check out both devices in Best Buy stores nationwide starting on February 24. The retailer is offering customers who preorder either device a free 64GB microSD card (in addition to the Gear VR headset). The Galaxy S7 will be available for $199 with a two-year contract for Sprint customers and $229 for Verizon. The Galaxy S7 Edge is available for $299 with a two-year agreement on Sprint and $329 on Verizon.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket has announced that it will offer both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, however pricing information was not disclosed.

Sprint

New and existing Sprint customers have the option to either buy or lease the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. For a limited time customers can get a second Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge for half off with their purchase.

Verizon

Verizon is offering two accessory bundles. As part of the Memory Bundle, you can get any case up to $39.99, any display protector up to $34.99, and a 32 GB microSD card (a $39.99 value) for $79.99. The Charging Bundle will get you a Samsung Wireless Fast Charging Stand (a $69.99 value), a car charger with Fast Charging (a $34.99 value), and a Samsung Fast Charging Portable Power Pack with 10,220 mAh (a $79.99 value) for only $100.

The carrier is also offering a $100 bill credit to customers who purchase a Droid Turbo, Turbo 2, Maxx 2, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition, you can get 2GB of additional data each month when you upgrade or activate a new phone (including the new Galaxy devices) on a Verizon Plan XL or larger and choose the device payment option.

Storage options

You can purchase the Galaxy S7 in Black Onyx or Gold Platinum. The Galaxy S7 Edge will also be available in Silver Titanium. Samsung announced that the phone will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models. At this time, however, U.S. carriers haven't released pricing or release information for the larger capacity models.

Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are equipped with a microSD card slot, which lets you add up to an additional 200GB of storage for a relatively low price.

Editors' note: This article will be updated as more pricing information and promotions become available.

Last updated on Tuesday, February 23 at 10:50 am ET: Fixed an error with Best Buy pricing, added information on Cricket Wireless.

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