As expected, a lot of rumors and news regarding the expected release of Galaxy S7 are increasingly building up. The current details circulating about this phone range from its release date, the expected technical features, price and the overall design among others.
This post outlines everything we know so far about the Galaxy S7 that is expected to be released early 2016.
Samsung S7 Release Date
Typically, Samsung releases most of its flagship Galaxy devices around March or April as seen in the case Galaxy S4, S5, and S6. However, this is expected to change slightly this time with the announcement date of the Galaxy S7 is February 21.
Samsung S7 rumors
An eye-tracking biometric security measure is something that Samsung has for a while been working on, and the S7 is rumored to be the first of their Galaxy chain of phones that will utilize it. This feature in collaboration with the existing fingerprint sensor home button will significantly enhance the security of the users’ data in case of a phone loss or theft.
The device is also rumored to be considerably slimmer than its predecessor, Galaxy S6, due to its lesser protruding camera unit. However, Galaxy S7 is expected to have a finish closely identical to that of the Galaxy S6.
Galaxy S7 features
The key features to focus on any smartphone are the screen size and type, its camera, processor, operating system and battery life.
There are rumors that Samsung could release the Galaxy S7 in two different screen sizes. One version will have a 5.2-inch screen while its counterpart will have a 5.8-inch one. Additionally, at least one of them will have a 4K display with also 1440 x 2560 QHD display type being considered.
There is also a talk on the Galaxy S7 coming with a curved screen that will offer users a flexible display. However, this is expected to be only a variation as has been the case with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Another version of the rumor on the screen type is that Samsung may also deliver a foldable phone although this is seen to be quite unlikely to happen so soon.
In July this year, Samsung made a major announcement on their plan to launch the world’s first 1.0μm pixel-based 16-megapixel camera. This is a type of camera that utilizes ISOCELL technology to fit in smaller pixels than those found in the conventional 1.12μm camera units. This camera is expected to yield sharper and clearer images, especially in low-light conditions.
This camera is the first of its kind and is expected to make Galaxy S7 appears slimmer since the entire module is only 5mm thick which is 20% thinner than the traditional cameras.
There have been various rumors regarding the type of processor that Samsung is expected to mount on Galaxy S7 with news making rounds that the company is currently testing two variants of the flagship device processors. One of the variants is rumored to be using Snapdragon 820 processor that is expected to be launched later this year. This variant will be targeted at western markets. On the other hand, a variant aimed at Asian markets is running on Samsung’s Exynos M1 processor type.
A lot of questions have been raised on why Samsung could have decided to revert to the Snapdragon, which utilizes the Qualcomm chip that had earlier been plagued by reports of having a patchy performance and overheating. However, unlike the existing Snapdragon 810 chip, the new Snapdragon 820 chip is expected to cover these issues. Nevertheless, the Samsung’s Exynos M1 is still considered to be more powerful than even the yet to be released Snapdragon 820 in virtually all aspects which makes it a real option that could feature in Galaxy S7.
Whatever the processor Samsung settles on for this flagship device, it is expected to come with at least 4GB of RAM (with a possibility of 6GB) and 64GB of internal storage.
Galaxy S7 is expected to run on Android M software that is set to debut before the end of this year. Android M is touted to be the Google’s next operating system that will greatly offer significant battery boosts, more advanced app permissions, and an improved Google Now support. This software is expected to offer users a more polished look and feel especially if skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
Battery life has always been a key area of concern for the smartphone market and it’s no different in the case of Galaxy S7. Samsung is expected to push forward as far as the energy department is concerned especially after announcing in June this year that they had devised a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene.
However, nothing much has been spoken or speculated about the type of battery that will be used on Samsung S7. Nonetheless, it is expected that a non-removable battery will be used for this device especially now that it is supposed to maintain a very slim design.
Samsung Galaxy S7 price
This is another high-end device from Samsung, and as expected, its price will obviously be quite high. However, the actual figure is still a long way to be confirmed although speculations are that it will not trade at less than $650 at launch. The phone comes with an array of great specifications and premium materials have been used to design it. As has been the case with its predecessors, the Galaxy S7 is expected to be priced at premium rates.
A summary of the expected features/specifications of Galaxy S7
- Octa-core Snapdragon 820 processor or Samsung’s Exynos 16-core processor
- 4K screen resolution or even a foldable display
- An innovative 16-megapixel camera
- Highly advanced retina scan capability combined with Touch ID technology
- A fast charging technology
- Android Marshmallow operating system
Samsung has to be credited hugely for the revolutionary smartphones it has introduced in the market in the last few years. The release of the Galaxy S7 is another indicator that the company is determined to continue using better technology and innovation for every ensuing release. There’s still a lot more to be revealed about this flagship device, and thus more rumors and news are expected to keep streaming in before it is formally announced and launched.
Stay tuned for more updates as they come.