Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to feature water-resistance, microSD slot and large batteries?

Is Samsung looking to fix all the shortcomings that it introduced to its flagship lineup in its quest for a premium design last year? It would certainly seem so, if the latest rumor about the Galaxy S7 duo is to be believed. Venture Beat has revealed numerous interesting details about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, with the information coming from “a person briefed on the company’s plans.”

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will reportedly feature a 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch display. Apparently, the 5.7-inch S7 edge rumors aren’t correct, with Samsung deeming such a large difference in screen sizes inappropriate for devices that are “companions” to each other. That certainly makes some sense, as it would allow the Korean giant to keep the 5.7-inch screen size exclusive to its phablet lineup and not alienate its Galaxy S consumer base. Samsung could also introduce “always-on display (AOD) functionality” – probably not just on the Edges but on the main display itself, as battery usage of just one percent per hour is quoted.

But what is more interesting is the fact that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge might both be water-resistant. It’s a feature that was seen on the Galaxy S5 and is also present on the Galaxy S Active lineup. Everyone thought Samsung had done away with this feature because it wasn’t popular enough, but maybe the company only skipped it for the S6 lineup because it didn’t have any experience with making glass flagships? Sony’s Xperia series has been glassy and water-resistant for a long time now, and it would be great to see Samsung bringing back the protection against water to the main Galaxy S lineup once again.

That’s not all. This particular source says both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will feature a microSD slot (something we had said in our exclusive leak all those months ago, though a previous rumor said only the non-edge model would have it), and Samsung will be employing larger batteries. 3,000 mAh on the S7 and 3,600 mAh on the S7 edge, to be exact, which means the S7 duo might fix the battery life woes faced by users of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Wireless charging times for the two phones reportedly sit at 2 hours and 2.2 hours respectively.

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to feature water-resistance, microSD slot and large batteries?

There’s more. Venture Beat says the S7 and S7 edge will indeed feature a 12.2-megapixel camera on the back instead of a 16-megapixel sensor. The lower megapixel count will be offset by an extremely low aperture of f/1.7, and the camera is reportedly very capable in low-light situations. The back camera is said to sit flush with the body instead of protruding out, and the 5-megapixel camera on the front is said to be making a return untouched.

The source also confirms some other specs that are already known – the S7 and S7 edge will be powered by the Exynos 8890 processor, have 4GB of RAM, and come in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. It’s a lot to take at one go, and frankly, we wouldn’t get too hopeful about seeing all the aforementioned features on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. We would certainly love to see those features, but the varying reports on what Samsung is planning leave a lot of room for baseless claims.

What do you think?

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Total Faith
6 months 29 days ago

Well… they wouldn’t do a mistake here (especially with the Micro SD Card slot!!)!

#throwsmoneyatscreen

imart
7 months 1 day ago

HTC One M9, Sony Xperia 5 LG G5 all of them have micro sd card option.. why samsung cant have it, it have no sense at all.. it is stupid of you samsung.. i have S6 but in future i will think twice before buy another samsung flagship. must have sd card support like other companies android flagship have!! with this you are loosing your customers, man..

drmodify
7 months 3 days ago

I guess it will come with microsd coz the new A5 and A7 models have Lollipop and Microsd support, wow Note 6 here I come!!!

redgumtv
7 months 17 days ago

And of course the answer is money. The only reason Samsung are concerned about SD is profit. If they can make more money from selling phones with increased internal memory they will and the best way to do it is remove the SD card, they have. Good on you Samsung, that’s what any successful business would do.

drmodify
7 months 3 days ago

They do also sell microsd so it’s a win win situation but if they care about customers they should give them options

adam.kirby5
7 months 17 days ago

Can someone please explain what exactly the fuss is about an SD card that people MUST have one otherwise the phone is utterly useless?

First off, for those who want to claim they own 999 billion songs, just go away. If you had the income to pay for millions of songs, you’d be able to invest in a device with higher capacity. Even in the current global financial struggle, I’m a student and I own many devices and a really costly computer. I’ll reiterate… I’M A STUDENT! Simple Maths, 0.99 x 100,000 = 99,000. Some people claim to own in the region of 100,000 + songs, so that’s why I made the point. Even if songs are 0.50 the answer is 50,000. As low as 0.10 the answer is 10,000.

Let’s say for example, a normal non-liar has 8GB worth of music locally stored. That is ABOUT 1600 songs. Doesn’t sound a lot. However, the average song length is 180 seconds (3 minutes), therefore 3 x 1600 = 4,800 minutes. 4,800 minutes is the same as 80 hours. Therefore, it is IMPOSSIBLE to need that many songs for a day as there are only 24 hours in a day and listening to music for all 24 isn’t possible, because of sleep, and the rest of the world.

If you’re a DJ, you are vastly unprepared for your job using your phone over the conventional DJ method of owning a laptop. I would further add, if you’re a DJ and use your phone, you are a bad DJ and shouldn’t be a DJ. In a surgery, surgeons don’t use their phone’s LED flash light to improvise for their big lamp do they? No. “Oh, that’s a bit tricky to see, let me turn on my flash light from my phone.”

Music, unlike films (see below), are very easy to replay. Have you ever listened to a radio station? Do they play 1600 songs? Nope… They play the same top charts all day. Anyway, that’s besides the point, nobody listens to a song ONCE and then never plays it again. And if that’s true, your argument is invalid anyway because you can then delete the song and download another one. You would therefore only really need 100MB of storage for your music collection.

Next, for those who want to play for some unknown reason 10 films or whatever. Films are usually 2 hours long. Times that by 10, 20 hours. No trip can be that long in which you won’t sleep for 20 hours which is bad for your health anyway. And watching many films is in itself, boring.

Also, once I have watched a film ONCE, I tend not to want to watch it again for AT LEAST 1 month. Possibly more. If you’re going on holiday and want films, that is NOT an unusual request. Because I understand there will be times, for example in the evening, in which you might want to curl up and watch a film. However, you CAN fit a very small portable HDD in your suitcase. I have a 2TB portable HDD, it’s a 2.5″ drive, not a data centre.

I imagine you’re now saying “well, carrying a portable drive and an OTG cable is inconvenient” and to that I say, watching a film on a screen that is LESS than 8 inches is not immersive in any way and actually degrades the whole experience. That’s why in the cinema, the films are projected on to a surface equivalent to over 100 inches in size. I also imagine if you are the type of person who doesn’t mind waiting a good hour or MORE for 10 films to be transferred on to your phone, a portable HDD with an OTG cable isn’t going to be much of a hassle for you and in fact, might be a better solution since once all 10 films have been watched you need to change them.

I’m currently running out of scenarios in which I can imagine having many films or songs to the point where an SD card is absolutely necessary or the only possible solution, so you know please feel free to post your scenarios in the form of a reply and let me take a look at your scenario in which I imagine the possibility of being able to either remove some songs because there WILL be some you don’t listen to, taking a portable HDD for films or any other sensible solution.

P.S. Just a quick note. My comment is NOT a stab at SD cards. I think they are useful, however I don’t care whether or not a phone has one, because although I don’t have the World’s largest collection of films or songs, I have enough songs on my phone to last me until I get bored of them and remove them as well as last quite a good few hours. I think ahead, I know what a particular travel might involve and plan ahead. If I need (which I don’t) many films or for some reason songs, I will ensure that I take the necessary items to ensure that I am well catered for during a long-haul flight or whatever.

Total Faith
6 months 29 days ago

Easy explanation:

If you want to r00t then you actually need a SD Card! If you listen to music you also need an SD Card! If you like SD Cards then you, of course, als

adam.kirby5
6 months 29 days ago

Easy response… You actually don’t for both of those. :-)

Solun
7 months 2 days ago

That´s the lamest comment. First, most people (worldwide) download music ilegally so they can easily have 30 gigs of music on their phones – like me, I have a collection of CD´s that I ripped and have 15 gigs on my phone (more legal music than anyone I have ever known personally from my generation). Then 15 gigs downloaded illegaly. Second, even though I use Deezer to stream, I have a lot of music available offline because I only have 5 gigs data a month in my data plan – those 5 gigs are more than most people I know have and still is not really enough, most people only have around 1-1,5 GB so they cannot afford to stream online and have to therefore pre-download from their music service -> need more space again. Then, you´ve got pictures and videos and even though I don´t have a single movie on my phone, the videos one records are much bigger anyway so that´s 70 gigs of pics and videos only, not talking about some 12 gigs of apps. Can´t imagine what storage requirements those with their porn collection on their phone have lmao. So my Note 4´s 128 gigs card is pretty much full to the point when I have to transfer videos to my computer to have enough space.

After reading a part of your non-sense post again, I think you have actually never even owned a smartphone.

adam.kirby5
7 months 2 days ago

Also, before replying, I’m extremely tired of repeating myself. Read ALL comments for more information, you’ll find all the information there! Remember, not wanting to do something is NOT the same as not being able to do something. So think carefully when writing.

adam.kirby5
7 months 2 days ago

You do not have 30GB of music or 70GB of movies or films, so stop lying to try and make a point. Next, you haven’t read my comment at all because you haven’t added anything of value to this discussion in any way. Also, stop being an ad hominem; if you want to discuss something, then do it properly, don’t just attack me. If you’re unable to make a point then don’t join a discussion, it’s not my fault you’re an incompetent turd.

Your comment adds zero value to this dead discussion. Furthermore, with that embarrassing comment you just posted I would really take a good hard look at yourself. I deal with people like you all of the time, so if you even bother replying, I would get a team of geniuses together and compile something actually worth reading and responding to. I’m embarrassed for you.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 17 days ago

“you CAN fit a very small portable HDD in your suitcase. I have a 2TB portable HDD, it’s a 2.5″ drive, not a data centre”
Easy, some people might not want to spend money on another device and have everything stored in their more portable phones. It’s up to people to decide if they want to keep or remove songs or videos they no longer listen to or watch.

adam.kirby5
7 months 17 days ago

Well if these people don’t want to spend money on another device, why would they then buy an SD card? That in itself voids your whole point. In fact, buying a portable HDD is even better because guess what… You can backup your precious data from the SD card on the HDD and have even more stuff like films and music stored locally. I myself don’t think cloud-based storage is a way out of the current memory crisis and hope that one day soon we will have phones capable of storage at SSD speeds with capacities up to 4TB. I’m not at all saying phones have enough storage, because that is based entirely upon the user’s needs.

The point of something being portable is so it’s not too big or heavy so that it can be carried in a shoulder bag, laptop bag etc. and a portable 2.5″ HDD fits EXACTLY into that category. Who sits in a coffee shop watching a film? Who walks and watches a film? All of the scenarios in which you may want to whack out your mobile phone and watch a film WILL allow you to use your portable HDD! That’s my point!

There ISN’T a scenario (that I’m aware of so far) in which you may want to watch a film and cannot use a shoulder bag or whatever to carry a small and equally portable HDD with an OTG cable. That’s what I’m asking for. A scenario in which it is impossible to carry something that can easily be a substitute or an SD card. And you’re not off to a good start, but by all means keep trying.

I’m also not trying to control what people do with their music and videos. But having a pointless amount of music and films and then complaining about the lack of storage is like buying a really cheap and nasty computer for 5 pence and then complaining that it’s slow. It’s the end-users’ fault if they are incapable of properly maintaining their storage usage.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 17 days ago

“That in itself voids your whole point”
No, it doesn’t. Some prefer to have everything in one device instead of carrying two, simple as that. People have the right to complain or demand what they prefer or want because these flagships are not cheap.
I’ll be honest with of all the features Samsung ditched from S5 and other phones the one I care the least is SD card, for me removable battery is the deal breaker. My note 4 is 32gb which is enough for me but I know people who really fill up the storage of their phones very quickly even 64gb with whatever they want to put in, it’s up to them and if they prefer SD card to whatever of the option you and other say it’s up to them too.

adam.kirby5
7 months 16 days ago

Let’s go back a bit. “Easy, some people might not want to spend money on another device and have everything stored in their more portable phones.”

Let’s break that up… The mobile phone is 1 device on its own. An SD card is not included in the package, it is not built in to the phone. Therefore, an SD card is a separate entity entirely. Therefore, in order to own an SD card, you need to buy one. With money.

So as an matter of fact, your statement DOES invalidate itself simply because of the wording. Also, it’s largely invalid because in this situation we’re talking about having one or the other. Not both.

We’re also going off-topic here. The point here is not a matter of what people want, opinion or anything specific to a single individual, because that isn’t a valid point anyway. My point is, give me a scenario in which it is impossible to use an external source of memory rather than an SD card because of the circumstances. People seem to always argue for SD cards and make it sound as if it’s completely impossible to carry an external source of memory and use that.

If you think this is a matter of personal preference, you’re vastly incorrect. I don’t know why I responded to your matter of opinion because that clearly isn’t my point. My point is, people say “well I need 5,000 films locally stored because I watch all of them during a 15 minute train journey”. To which I say you don’t that’s a lie first of all, and secondly, you’re sitting down on a train, so plugging in an OTG cable to your phone and having an equally small HDD near by is not impossible because you’re on a train.

I’m not suggesting that phones do have 100MB of storage. I’m saying, put the music you want to listen to on your phone, so 8GB worth of music perhaps, have some pictures too and a couple of games. But for the extreme like wanting 6,000 films, or 9 billion songs (which is for the liars anyway), a portable HDD DOES serve as a valid option because there is no scenario in which it is impossible to use one when you might need one.

I don’t see any scenario where you cannot put a portable drive in a bag and carry it. People don’t go out empty handed; you usually carry a wallet, your phone, keys, you might like me carry headphones all of which fit into a shoulder bag. My portable drive is smaller is all dimensions other than depth (thickness). So even if for some reason a shoulder bag is impossible, put the portable drive in your back pocket and the required cables inside your side pockets.

[Off-topic rant] Money is also not a factor in this. If you buy an expensive phone then you clearly should be able to buy other less expensive items. That’s like buying a Bugatti Veyron and not being able to afford the insurance, don’t buy the expensive car. If you cannot afford a portable HDD, then you should not be buying a more expensive mobile phone. You should just continue to buy food, pay bills and what not.

Final side-note even though it has nothing to do with the on-topic subject is that I totally agree that removable batteries were the absolute best feature. What I did was I purchased 2 spare (official) batteries, and when the phone had low enough battery to the point where I knew a day wouldn’t be possible, I took a spare one with me, once the phone died I swapped them out and the dead battery went into a battery charger. This was an endless loop.

pjt
7 months 6 days ago

“Let’s go back a bit. “Easy, some people might not want to spend money on another device and have everything stored in their more portable phones.”

Let’s break that up… The mobile phone is 1 device on its own. An SD card is not included in the package, it is not built in to the phone. Therefore”

Therefore?
1.I’m a long time Samsung user, I’ve already have SD Cards with stuff. I don’t buy a new SD card for every new phone.
2. Larger built in memory is much much more expensive than buying an SD card with the same capacity.

And don’t get me started on cloud. For those who never leave their city it’s ideal. But once you go abroad, well try it once, and you’ll see.

adam.kirby5
7 months 6 days ago

I have explained myself many times and people just vote down the comment because it’s the truth, there is always another way. Read all of my comments for a full description and don’t take things out of context.

If you already have a micro SD card, then buy a micro SD card to USB adapter and plug it into your phone when needed. Don’t forget to read all of my comments first. I’ve already explained every point you would like to make.

pjt
7 months 6 days ago

“If you already have a micro SD card, then buy a micro SD card to USB adapter and plug it into”

Or you go and buy me a micro SD card to USB adapter. I’ll PM you my address. Thank you!
Or maybe if I have to go and buy more hardware to have the same functionality that I had before, then I’ll buy a cheaper phone instead?
Without removable batteries and SD card it now does what a Nexus does, just with a better camera. And then it’s up to the person to decide if he or she is willing to pay almost double price for that.

adam.kirby5
7 months 6 days ago

Again, that’s your prerogative. I’m not telling you how to live your life. What I’m saying is that it is physically possible to store data on things other than a micro SD card.

You’re not understanding my point. Why can’t you understand that’s my point? I don’t care what you want to do with your data, just don’t try and tell everyone it’s the ONLY way possible.

Just read my other comments if you need some clarification. I’m tired of telling the same things to different people. You won’t go far in life if you have no problem solving skills… Oh no it has no micro SD card slot and therefore the sky is falling in on us, nothing works any more and life isn’t worth living. You need to grow up and stop acting like a child. You’re trying to continue a discussion that has long finished with invalid points.

If you don’t want to try any other method of external storage then that’s your prerogative and it is not a valid contribution to this discussion. I don’t want to hear any more on the matter as it is a waste of my time. I’ve told you the information and at some point you will accept it. Deal with it.

- Enjoy the rest of your day.

pjt
7 months 5 days ago

“Just read my other comments if you need some clarification. I’m tired of telling the same things to different people. You won’t go far in life if you have no problem solving skills… Oh no it has no micro SD card slot and therefore the sky is falling in on us, nothing works any more and life isn’t worth living. You need to grow up and stop acting like a child. You’re trying to continue a discussion that has long finished with invalid points.

If you don’t want to try any other method of external storage then that’s your prerogative and it is not a valid contribution to this discussion. I don’t want to hear any more on the matter as it is a waste of my time. I’ve told you the information and at some point you will accept it. Deal with it.

I’ve read all your comments, and you bully everyone who doesn’t see things your way. You call me childish, and wasting your time. This is not your comment section, it’s for all registered users, even those who do think that Samsung made a mistake in removing the SD card slot, and they should bring it back for the S7.
I don’t say you don’t have the right to love the Samsung phones like this, but you shouldn’t want to stop me from expressing my views. Your posts about alternative storage options are only a ruse to derail the conversation.

adam.kirby5
7 months 5 days ago

How am I bullying anyone? You’re replying to my comment. I started this comment and people reply to me. The whole purpose of these comments is to get across to people they don’t need an SD card, there are other ways and if they want an SD card for whatever reason then that’s their prerogative. If people don’t wish to be told otherwise then don’t join in on this discussion. However as soon as people reply, they accept that they will be challenged as that is the entire point of this discussion.

You seem to really be missing the point of this whole discussion. Meaning you haven’t read all of my comments including my original one to which all later comments branch from. Stop being a child trying to argue! This section is dead now. You are the only person going off-topic in my discussion.

redgumtv
7 months 6 days ago

Of course. You’ve answered your own question. If Samsung put an SD card slot in each handset, how much extra can they charge? Nothing. If they put an extra 32Gb of storage, how much extra can they charge? $100+. If they sell 30 million units worldwide, how much do they make? $3 billion dollars. Now, if it were your business what would you do? Certainly no SD card, wouldn’t make sense particularly when your major competitors, Apple & Google and probably a lot more don’t use SD cards. Hey, Samsung make plenty of handsets with SD cards. Make a choice.

adam.kirby5
7 months 6 days ago

Please read all comments before posting, I have made clear and valid points throughout and will explain every point. I suggest you exit swiftly if you do not like to face facts.

Please note I explained already that wanting and needing are different things. If you don’t want to use other solutions that’s your prerogative, but it still doesn’t make it a valid point in this discussion. These solutions still exist, so my point still stands tall and strong. Sorry.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 16 days ago

“The mobile phone is 1 device on its own. An SD card is not included in the package, it is not built in to the phone. Therefore, an SD card is a separate entity entirely. Therefore, in order to own an SD card, you need to buy one. With money”
Hahaha really? Now you have totally convinced me!!! Naaaah you haven’t like I’m sure you won’t convince the vast majority of people that support and would like to have SD card in their phones despite your extremely long and unnecessary dissertations against it but if thinking that you are right makes you feel a better student then so be it, enjoy your weekend!!

adam.kirby5
7 months 15 days ago

Clearly logic, although not the same as facts, has nonetheless caught you out completely. You have reverted to sarcastic remarks which is as obvious as you made it and clearly tells me you have had enough of your points being totally and utterly destroyed through the use of no facts, but logic itself. I don’t think a single fact went into my points. I didn’t need to, people greatly exaggerate the chasm between what they think they need and what they actually need.

If you are not willing to just tell me you cannot think of any more scenarios in a civilised manner, then why get into these discussions in the first place? Do you think being sarcastic will in any way improve how you come across to me and everyone else? I’m not trying to make you look small, you’re doing that yourself. I myself have been in massive debates and arguments over many years, it’s extremely rare that I’m proven incorrect as I only get into debates and arguments that I am able to make a valid contribution to. I never go off into sarcasm or thrusting bad language into the faces of others. Because it just makes me look bad. So don’t ruin it for yourself.

I will reiterate one final time as you seem to misunderstand me. I am not having a stab at SD cards, I own a couple of them, but out-grew them as I realised that, whilst in some cases handy, not necessary at all. My point is not actually with the SD card itself, but with the people who THINK they absolutely need them because it is the ONLY possible way ever to store items they may want to use whilst sitting on a train, or on a plane… Or whatever.

P.S. I don’t want you to take any offence to what has been said throughout this discussion. I have been friendly all the way through to you and any offence caused is non-intentional and I convey my deepest apologies.

If you MUST have the last word then you know, you do that. But please remember, this reflects YOU, not me. I’ve been totally civilised and kind throughout.

Frosasen
7 months 6 days ago

Warning. Long and boring read for most people.
And sorry for spelling, Im not English native speaker.

I am not going to answer what OTHER people SHOULD do, want to do, or wish to do. That is theyr opinions. Same as you have youre opinion, and I respect that you have other opinions than me regarding SD card.

For ME. I am probably abit more than a average user, yes.
But for me, a SD card or 3 is a must.

Some examples. I commute to and from work. Sometimes (often, trains is delayed or cancelled).
Having 128GB Sd card with 10-15 different TV series with several episodes, a few movies, gives me choices of what to watch them hours. Instead of 32/64GB no SD card, and a few episodes only, and very narrow choices.

Wife and I have both phones with SD cards. We have tablets with SD cards. Very handy to borrow eachother cards now and then, for more choices.
“Ok, wife want to watch some tv I dont enjoy, I flip up my Tab, and fish out SD card from my phone, and continue some TV series I have followed past few days”

We have “rooted” phones. Handy with SD card for backup ROM, pictures, documents, podcasts, music, apps, data, whatever.

I do not like clouds. First of all, data traffic costs money. MUCH more money than a few SD cards.
For me atleast, where I live, data coverage is so and so. Often no data at all. On trains, maybe 50-50.

We could buy a Sandisk connect wireless media drive, and stream all over wifi, but for ME.. I dont like to carry more than minimum, and wifi streaming use more battery. SD card dont use as far as I know.

I can write a small book about why I want and “need” a SD card.
I do not flame Samsung for not have SD card support, but I choose to use other phones with SD card reader. My wife too.

Sidenote. We (wide and I) also “need” choice of change batteries. We USE phones much for TV series, gaming etc, and just swap a 10% battery, for a 100% power in 2 min, contra find a socket or use a powerbank, is some we prefere.

Sidenote 2. We also USE IR blasters. TV, decoders, AC and misc.
As a choise instead of 4-5 different remotes, we have phones..

For US, we chose to buy phones that have all that, SDcard, removeable batteries, IR blaster.

For me atleast, if all brands stop support these, I even have a backup plan. Having a couple of midrange old phones in a drawer. Because I will “always” need them 3 functions.

Thanks for reading
Frank.

adam.kirby5
7 months 6 days ago

As I have explained over many comments is that you don’t NEED an SD card. There are other ways around your problems and therefore the need for an SD card is invalid. Not wanting one is your prerogative, but it does not make it a valid point in this discussion. Sorry you wasted your time on that comment.

drmodify
7 months 3 days ago

ERGO:
That’s your opinion and in his he states the reasons why it is necessary but you refute is since you have your own opinion. So to each of his own because for him it’s for convenience and portability, etc and for you, you have your own views about SD cards well then that settles it.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 15 days ago

“You have reverted to sarcastic remarks which is as obvious as you made it and clearly tells me you have had enough of your points being totally and utterly destroyed …”
I don’t feel bad or small at all, trust me. Yes I’ve had enough but of this debate with you so get the crown you are the winner, SD cards should not be a must (in your view, the right one) there you go, now enjoy your weekend!!! Happy 2016!!!

warlockba
7 months 19 days ago

Just a thought, if microSD slot was so obsolete when S6 and N5 came out. And so many people were firing on the microSD supporters to “grow up” and “roll with the cloud”, why do we see Samsung bringing it back again? :)
Well apparently, even if it is an “obsolete technology” market research says people still want it, BAD; and Google just made it more usefull with Marshmallow.

redgumtv
7 months 19 days ago

We at OzCam did a survey among our readers and found just over 4% of Android users actually needed an SD card. There are many solutions such as OTG flash cards for video users as an alternate to Cloud. I review documentaries for instance often four or five on a flight and SD in this case is painful and a waste of time compared to Flash.
It’s always been a problem mixing technologies and I would rather dump SD if it meant a more efficient and speedy smartphone in every other respect.
From a purely business point of view 4% of the market is kind of insignificant particularly when your major competitors don’t supply SD. SD in a sense is dead, let’s bury it and provide an alternative handset for those who can’t live without it.

ThaiM
7 months 19 days ago

That is pure and utter garbage. Sales have tanked massively and epicly for every Samsung device that stopped supporting MicroSD. Sales figures and trends prove otherwise.

zzzaac
6 months 29 days ago

Sales have tanked, as with every other non-Apple smartphone, because of other reasons, and NOT just because a phone doesn’t have a MicroSD

Solun
7 months 2 days ago

The reason for sales decline was never dumping the SD card but charging much more for luxury materials that users demanded. In fact, one Samsung executive said it himself that their data show that users really don´t use sd cards. And they have the best data because they track their phones usage of course. I just don´t remember which interview it was but it was shortly after the S6 unveil, it´s probably still on youtube.

Even though I use sd cards, I only do so because there was no 128 gigs option of the Note 4. I am totally fine with paying a bit more for 128 gigs if it´s available and will be more than happy to send the obsolete card to dump. They are the most annoying component.

redgumtv
7 months 19 days ago

Hi Thaim, means nothing unless you give us a source (survey) for your information. Sales may have tanked but where is your link to MicroSD cards?
Simple survey will do.

ThaiM
7 months 18 days ago

First poll I found in a 1 second Google.
http://www.androidcentral.com/weekly-poll-results-does-microsd-slot-still-matter

32% says yes and another 31% says no MicroSD no buy. That’s 63% right there in favour/need of MicroSD support. Quite the difference from your 4%.

Real life experience? I have YET to meet anyone with a Note 5 or S6 series. All my peers and workmates in the office and abroad have upgraded to the Note 4 (myself included) and nobody dares to venture into a downgraded device without MicroSD support. In my office alone, that’s almost 50 people who ALL rock devices with MicroSD.

Solun
7 months 2 days ago

Thiam, 63% of people who say they want SD Card – on an expert android website. If it´s only 63%, then can you imagine what the real world demands? They probably don´t give an F about sd´s. Just ask around – your friends, family. Personally, the only people I see who want SD cards seem to be on websites like this.

Nine54
7 months 18 days ago

That’s a poll on an enthusiast site, which likely isn’t representative of average consumers. But the biggest problem with this theory is that S5 sales were underwhelming, which is why Samsung overhauled the Galaxy S line to begin with. So, if MicroSD and removable battery were such critical features, then why weren’t S5 sales higher?

Those features might influence enthusiast behavior, but have little bearing on the average consumers who are flocking to lower-cost models from Xiaomi and Huawei or switching to the iPhone.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 18 days ago

The main reason why S5 sold less than S3-4 (but still more than any other android manufacturer) was because of the ridiculous high price.
Samsung could have moved to the so called “premium” but without dropping so many features at once.
If the S6 was so good by removing all those features and have such premium build, why hasn’t it sold well either? Samsung would have sold the S6 series way better if it hadn’t alienated so many loyal fans in search of iPhones costumers. It should have left at least 2 of the 3 best features of the S5; micro SD card, removable battery and water/ dust proof. Getting rid of all three at once was a mistake. At least it seems to be it’s going to be wise enough to bring two back (micro SD card and water / dust proof ) and it would be wise to put a bigger battery too like in all new mid range A series.

ThaiM
7 months 19 days ago
coupefx
7 months 19 days ago

I am not a fan of the cloud storage…at all.And I never think that the SD card was obsolete.I am sure niether samsung was thinking that.But with the new UFS 2.0 storage that samsung used in their last flagship,SD card simply WASN’T compatible.And this is the reason why samsung decided not use the SD card reader.And I really like the speed of UFS 2.0 vs eMMC on my s6 edge.So…obviously they faund a solution to this compatibility issue and the SD will make a return on next flagship.For me this was never an issue not to have a micro SD option.

ThaiM
7 months 19 days ago

Samsung stopped innovating. It’s against their core values now. So there’s zero chance it’ll be water resistance or support MicroSD. They won’t be able to accept such innovations until Apple allows them to. The Note 4 is the last and final flagship for power users. Samsung now only makes Apple friendly alternatives.

Solun
7 months 2 days ago

It´s a publicly traded company, they have to follow the money. So if apple is nr. 1 brand in the world (not only a mobile world), they have to do what they do to succeed. It´s only expected they will try to be more apple like. I am just glad they still manage to have that samsung feel.

ijazali
7 months 19 days ago

i want 6 inch s7 edge

davidatscpc
7 months 19 days ago

I currently have a HTC One XL, and have been getting messages saying it has “insufficient storage” memory for my apps (which I’ve been deleting off the phone). The storage available for apps is only 7.52GB out of 32GB in total on the One XL. The battery doesn’t always get me through a day of heavy use now too. If I was to get a S7 in a 64GB version, and it did come with a micro SD card slot, would I have any future problems with insufficient memory for my apps on the S7? If the S7 meant the end of insufficient memory problems, and it had enough battery life to comfortably get through a day of heavy use, I’d be very keen on it. Water resistance would be good in re to not needing a cover on the S7, which may be good so there is no cover to interfere with Samsung Pay.

redgumtv
7 months 19 days ago

It seems at Sammobile there are a bunch of guys who sit around all year thinking up leaks for the Samsung range. Go back through history and you will find some upgrades eventuate but the majority fall by the wayside. The only reliable source of information is release day when everybody knows.
Actually, publishing a complete list of potential upgrades for Samsung is counter productive and leads to lots of people being disappointed and not upgrading at all. Samsung loses out.

drmodify
7 months 3 days ago

Coz they have insiders themselves as well

7 months 19 days ago

This was leaked by EVleaks which has a great track record of accurate leaks. That is why we posted this…

harinsheth
7 months 19 days ago

Sammobile is always right…i visited regularly before note 4 unpacked globally and yes it contained all the features same as sammobile said to have in note 4…sammobile posted last day before unpacked event…and that speculations were also right…ex. indian version will contain 805 snapdragon instead of exynos…and it become truth when i take my hand on note 4 on 1st launch day at my nearest sammy official store…so…hope + trust on sammobile…also m visiting regularly after getting note 4 also…

preime101
7 months 19 days ago

“always-on display (AOD) functionality” on an OLED display seems like a very bad idea to anyone who has seen how bad screen burn is on the display models you see in stores.

harinsheth
7 months 19 days ago

Samsung will not make smartphone now….it will be SMAAAARTEST PHONE.. ! IF ALL IN THIS ARTICLE WILL BE TRUE..

harinsheth
7 months 19 days ago

I THINK … LG, SONY, HTC, NEXUS ARE GOING TO EXPIRE IN NEXT MONTHS…APPLE WILL SUNK DOWN ALSO…

preime101
7 months 19 days ago

we get it, you are happy about this rumour, but there is no need to shout….

harinsheth
7 months 19 days ago

Hehehe…excited to see note 6 with this all features + s pen ;)

coupefx
7 months 19 days ago

if you do not know,why there is no SD card on s6 and other 2015 flagships,is better that you stay quiet…

isroisro
7 months 19 days ago

Hahhahahaha AND WE JUST FINISHED READING the sammobile fanboy justification that sd cards cant be used anymore cause samsung is so fast now. :P No offence, but it had to be said.

Kartik Pokar
7 months 19 days ago

I think it is too much to expect from S7!!!

gtone339
7 months 19 days ago

Fingers crossed right?

herpherpherp
7 months 19 days ago

Need that Plus / Edge Plus edition.
They need to put a bullet in the Note series after ruining it last year, let it die and just go full Apple, big and small versions of the S series, no more Note offshoot.
I don’t want to wait till the end of 2016 for a ‘fixed’ phone. Note series is too gimped now.

SAMgalaxyXXX
7 months 19 days ago

“They need to put a bullet in the Note series after ruining it last year”
No more than the ruined the S series so speak for yourself. A lot of people like me love the Note series and would like Samsung to correct its mistakes with a Note 6.

SomMabile
7 months 19 days ago

Yes, get rid of the Note line and include a great stylus experience in all Samsung phones. That would be perfect.

orionbg
7 months 19 days ago

Speculations! I’m not believing anything related to Samsung any more until I see a finished product!

 
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