Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: CNET editors weigh in

The "beautiful" S7 and S7 Edge might be crowd-pleasers, but are unlikely to turn things around for Samsung, say CNET's Jessica Dolcourt and Shara Tibken.

Samsung's newest flagship phones were treated to a grand unveiling at last night's Mobile World Congress press conference. But beyond the glitz and surprise Zuckerberg cameo, are Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge actually any good? In the video above we catch up with CNET's Samsung aficionados Jessica Dolcourt and Shara Tibken, to get their first impressions of the latest flaghip phones, and what they can do for Samsung's fortunes.

"These are very high-end premium phones, and I think they're going to be very attractive for people who have an older phone," says Jessica, a senior editor for CNET. "But for people who have last year's models, I don't think they're going to be as interested in moving onto this year's versions -- and in fact I would recommend that they don't."

As for Samsung, which has endured a rocky few years as its position as top smartphone maker comes under fire, the new mobiles aren't likely to solve the company's problems, according to Shara, a senior writer for CNET News.

"It's not going to completely turn their fortunes around," said Shara. When asked whether the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will help Samsung fend off increasingly vicious competition from Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Huawei, she notes those rivals still have the edge when it comes to aggressive pricing.

"There's no way they're going to be able to reach the pricing of the Chinese vendors," says Shara. "It's not really going to change things for them on the low end."

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