At Mobile World Congress 2016, Samsung has announced along side the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, two Cover Lenses, a wide-angle Cover Lens and a Telephoto Cover Lens. So although the S7 doesn’t use an optical zoom, you do have the option to use attachable lenses. Unlike many other lenses from 3rd party vendors that attach to your phone using a clip, these two Samsung lenses can be screwed-on to the cover. This means that if you don’t want to use them, you can just screw them off and of course replace to another lens attachment.
The two lenses are made of metal to nicely fit the S7 metal build. Furthermore, these two lenses are only compatible with the S7 and S7 edge, there aren’t designed to work with older Galaxy phone models. The cover itself is made of plastic and has a rubbery texture.
I don’t know whether Samsung is planning on releasing more lenses to the S7, but it’s unlikely. It’s not a professional high-quality mount were you can build an entire system on. These two lenses aren’t cheap either. According the gsmarena.com, the two lenses and the cover sale for around €152.46 on a Dutch e-tailer. The price is expected to be lower than that in other European countries and the US, but it’s still pretty expensive for the average user.
We can expect very high-quality, as these are prime lenses. The wide-angle lens takes 180-degrees shots and it doesn’t say what the exact magnification or focal length of the Telelphoto-lens is, but the Galaxy S7 Wide-angle Lens Cover as you can see in the video below, provides ultra-wide field of view and the second one provides an extra magnification.
As of the time of writing, the official prices and release date for the Galaxy S7 Cover Lenses are TBD.