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Samsung Galaxy S7 to feature pressure-sensing screen and retina scanner: WSJ

Starting with the Galaxy S6, Samsung rethought its smartphones and brought forward beautiful devices with a hugely improved software. The South Korean smartphone giant is expected to announce the Galaxy S7 during the last week of February 2016, and there have been a lot of reports regarding the features of the device. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Galaxy S7 will feature a pressure-sensing display, something similar to the 3D Touch technology used in the recent iPhones.

The publication, which has an excellent track record regarding technology-related reports, states that the Galaxy S7 will also feature USB Type-C port along with fast charging technology, something we reported exclusively long back. Moreover, the report states that the Galaxy 7 will have an improved camera and a design that’s largely similar to the Galaxy S6, but there will be no camera hump on the back. Apparently, “some versions” of the device will also feature a retina scanner, and the device will be announced during MWC 2016, and it will hit the market sometime in mid-March.

Now here’s the exciting bit. The WSJ is also reporting that the variants of the Galaxy S7 with a non-curved display is likely to have expandable storage (yes, a microSD card slot). The Galaxy S7 is expected to feature a pressure-sensing Super AMOLED display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, an Exynos 8890 processor (or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC in some variants), 4GB RAM, a fingerprint scanner, fast wireless charging, LTE Cat. 12 and USB Type-C connectivity. Are you excited about the Galaxy S7?

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kronicle
kronicle

Samsung has been working with Synaptics on pressure sensitive Air Space layers both between the glass and screen digitizer since 2012 at least. Where does anyone think Air View came from? 😀 They in fact were first to patent pressure sensitivity used in smartphone/tablet touchscreens in April 2014 long before Apple used it in their watch and iPhones. They were waiting for Synaptics Generation 7 3D Force Digitizer Technology. Which are thinnest ever produced with superior accuracy to anything before it and able to also utilize In Screen Fingerprint Sensors ahead of Apple too! But….. it’s doubtful they will need… Read more »

lilis2nd
lilis2nd

Frankly, you sound like a Samsung PR person.

lilis2nd
lilis2nd

Frankly, the hardware doesn’t bug me that much, but the software does.
I’d prefer the Android version of the UI, not the Samsung-tweaked version, which makes it look ridiculous, and without all those nasty S-apps.

Eki79
Eki79

No camera hump? It’s about the only thing that bothers me on my S6… so please, remove that. 🙂

Dennis Furlan
Dennis Furlan

The camera hump doesn’t bother me a bit. Before I bought my s6 edge, I heard all this talk of a hump, so maybe my expectations were exaggerated. When I finally got the phone, the “hump” protrudes somewhat, but not nearly as much as I thought, and I don’t even notice it when I lay the phone flat on a table.

AmazingAura01
AmazingAura01

The problem is that when you lay it flat on a table the camera gets scratched. After 6 months of putting it in and out of jeans, placing it flat on a table, etc it’s as if you’ve been dragging it on asphalt.

You can buy a case but it’s got to be one of those thicker ones. And Samsung really boasted about the thinnes of the device, so…

alireza7228
alireza7228

I wish I have a great iris sensor has its own unique features to be added.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Water/dust proof? If it’s not coming with removable battery (very likely) it has to be at least 3800 mah for the small variants and 4000 mah for the big ones like in the A9. Forget about “pressure sensing screen” , 3D touch, force touch or whatever you want to name it, it’s not really that useful and necessary now. Also it’s not supported by most apps, why waste time and money on it? Only to continue the obsession with apple? Just leave it for S8 or S9 when it’s more mature and better supported by developers and apps. Samsung flagships… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

Only Samsung’s 3D Force Touchscreens will include Synaptics Generation 7 (7 generations Synaptics has had trackpads and touchscreen digitizers utilizing Air Gap Technology! In fact what do think Air View is based on? Developers are clamoring more than ever for the return of Air View. Well now not only are they working on Air View feature enhancements, but on bringing their 3D Force Touchscreen features patented before Apple ever bought the cheap little company for theirs. Samsung and Synaptics have totally trumped Apple with thinnest digitizer screen glass components ever and they are coming out first on Galaxy S7! They… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“It’s Apple who is obsessed with Samsung’s”, really? Why would Apple be obsessed with Samsung when despite having what I consider a good but boring average phone (iPhone) is selling way better than Samsung? Far less investment and innovation than Samsung and far more sales and it’s Samsung the only to blame for it for its very poor and wrong decisions in key moments.

kronicle
kronicle

Apple sells one model phone in all iPhones sold that still include iPhone 4 and 4s even selling new in the USA. iPhone 4 now 9 models back (including 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6+, 6s and 6s+) for a total of 10 models, is still selling new in China, India, Brazil and a lot of other markets. Pit that against Samsung’s over 60 models in that time frame…. even with them dropping any model older than 3 models back and Samsung is still outselling all iPhones models put together since 2010 by staggering near 2 to 1 devices sold… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yeah and the sad thing is that despite Samsung doing all that you mentioned and being the #1 Smartphone manufacturer in the world Apple with practically just those models of iPhones it’s the most profitable company in the world which means it’s making far more money with just one line of product basically.

Dennis Furlan
Dennis Furlan

I don’t really get 3D touch, or similar efforts, and generally thought it was a superficial upgrade for the 6S, as most S-version iPhone upgrades are. I’m therefore inclined to believe that Samsung is taking a similar limited-upgrade approach with the S7, which is something the company maybe hasn’t done since the S4. However, the only potential game-changing upgrade — or, more accurately, reversion to previous technology — is the SD card slot, which has clearly been missed by a vocal segment of S-line users. I believe this feature, more than anything else listed in the rumours, gives Samsung a… Read more »

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

I’m an Android guy and I used 3D touch on an iphone 6s last week, it’s pretty fantastic. FINALLY the iphone has a “right click” menu, (context) like android. Click on an icon regular style, or hold it down for cool functions. Example, the dude demoing it, held down tight on his twitter app, a small menu came up with “tweet last photo” – he pressed that, bam, it opened the app, attached the last taken pic from camera roll and composed a new tweet. It’s stuff like this which is cool – it’s a nifty feature and I think… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Yes, it might be cool but my point is that cool doesn’t really make it a selling point probably not even for apple despite reviewers insisting on it. I don’t think that most people buying the iPhone 6s are doing it mainly because of the 3D touch, it’s a new addition that being apple that doesn’t really offer much “OK, why not? Let’s buy it”. It will only be another feature that will add another unnecessary headache for Samsung (and consumers) when it comes to optimization and tweaks for the updates. Samsung should focus on bringing back improved features that… Read more »

Dennis Furlan
Dennis Furlan

Apple introduced 3D Touch as a shiny new object to justify the usually bland s-version upgrades to the iPhone line, and Samsung is probably following suit in order to neutralize a point of differentiation between them and Apple, as well as to also provide a shiny new object to justify an otherwise bland off-year phone upgrade. Some people seem to think that staying more true to the S5 approach to smartphones is the answer for Samsung, but that phone was losing sales to the iPhone 5s, which was a previous-generation phone. The fact of the matter is that Apple is… Read more »

DareDevil01
DareDevil01

“Apple is blowing away all other smartphone models with the iPhone” Really?? Maybe in sales… But why did they feel the need to finally add 4K, upgrade the megapixels, while keeping the sensor the same size, therefore making the pixels smaller? Apple are following certain trends from other manufacturers too. And I personally think the Note 5/ LG V10/Xperia Z5 camera is much better than the iPhone 6S camera. If Samsung takes the S6 design, increases the battery, adds MicroSD, adds the improved camera, then I’ll be more than happy. I couldn’t care about 3D Touch, but they’ll probably add… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

For your information Samsung had Air View out on Galaxy S4 and that’s now 3 generations back with coming S7. Air View preceded the Samsung 3D Force pressure sensitive Touchscreen patent applied for in April 2014….. prior to anything 3D pressure sensitive on Macbooks, Watch or iPhones! So what I want to know is how has Samsung ever followed Apple, when they have been the largest selling Smartphone Brand in the World the last 5 model years in a row? If you are thinking Fingerprint sensors, then you are really wrong. Because Samsung had patented Fingerprint sensor in Home Button… Read more »

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

One of the PRIMARY REASONS I switched to Android is the menu (context) button, being in a consistent place.
It’s logical and CONSISTENT, useful.

The 3D touch, ability to “right click” anywhere on the screen is very powerful and I see all phones having this within 2 years, anything without it will seem antiquated.
This is a VERY good thing for Apple to Add, considering they are too dumb to add buttons left and right of the home button, sadly.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Also, I can see the pressure sensing tech to look like the Note 5’s S pen menu. When you press hard on an app a ring of options rises up and blurs the background, so you can clearly see and choose what options you want. That would be cool!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Force touch was on Android first stop referring to it as an Apple thing. Only makes those fan boys more insufferable. And the lack of SD Card doesn’t bother me, especially with unlimited Google photos and 1TB of Dropbox space. 64GB is fine, and still got around 22GB free. I’d take better performance over expandable storage on my phone. I have all my movies on an 128GB SD Card on my Tab S which is perfect.

DareDevil01
DareDevil01

Not everyone get’s good data plans or coverage… Google Music and Google Drive is useless if you’re out of range.

dj palmis
dj palmis

Removable battery or planned obsolescence?

imjd2
imjd2

Battery capacity should be around 3500mAh .. I don’ think many would care if that makes it 1-1.5 mm thicker as well..

Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis

What about multi user mode any words!

jpd514
jpd514

MicroSD card is not a good news! We need something more reliable and faster. Samsung, you need to innovate. We don’t want this microSD slot. We deserve better.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Reliable? DSLRs work with them to make all those pictures at world summits, sport matches, etc. It has been one of the most reliable storage options ever. Even if your phone quits on you, you can extract the card, pop it in the new phone and still have every picture or file.

I know numerous people who evaded the S6 line because of the lack of SD.

jpd514
jpd514

MicroSD card aren’t reliable. It’s a fact. If you are keeping valuable data on a MicroSd card, you need a backup, because once in awhile you are going to lose your data. We now deserve better. Please Samsung.

lilis2nd
lilis2nd

What do you suggest as replacement of MicroSD cards? As of today, there aren’t much options other than cloud server, but that needs constant network access. CF cards are dead, memory sticks are not that different with MicroSD, and there’s not something as small but much reliable to substitute it.

kronicle
kronicle

Old MicroSD UHS-I slots? Are DEAD and will no longer be on anything but the cheapest junk from China! But…. USB Memory Sticks are many many times faster and more efficient than old MicroSD slots especially. Which can’t even utilize latest UHS-II speeds and simultaneous Read/Write features in latest MicroSDXC cards. Granted we’re talking ultra high priced MicroSDXC cards like newest 512GB cards for $1000…. but hey who can afford those except high end cameras for Professional Photography? Samsung was indeed working on a new portable memory standard of their own…… with SDA membership demanding greater licensing fees for UHS-II… Read more »

kkb19762015
kkb19762015

64gb should be the minimum size….

Dennis Furlan
Dennis Furlan

I have 32 GB on my S6 edge and it’s been more than enough.

kronicle
kronicle

Samsung NX1 was first to utilize UHS-II SDXC (w/ extra row of pins) capable using all it’s speed and simultaneous Read/Write functionality in cameras. Only because they don’t sell all that many High End NX1 Digital Camera Kits for $3500! SDA membership was attempting a bid at highway robber license fees for these new slots for the past 3 yrs. They finally saw after Samsung basically told them they would no longer put MicroSDXC or old card slots (w/o extra row of pins) in their high end phones. Losing Samsung’s licensing fees would have killed them as they found out.… Read more »

dj palmis
dj palmis

Talk for yourself, you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about!

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

Go read up on the performance of MicroSDXC U3 (UHS-II) spec.
It’s very high performance (extra pins) – not cheap but good. MicroSD isn’t dead.

laruku
laruku

You said “the variants of the Galaxy S6 with a non-curved display is likely to have expandable storage”, is this typo? You mean Galaxy S7 right?

Martin R.
Martin R.

Fixed thank you…

kronicle
kronicle

Sounds like you read up on MicroSDXC and UHS-II memory card slots now? This Galaxy S7 will most likely be the first phone with both UFS 2.x memory and controllers to utilize backwards compatibility with old UHS-I MicroSD memory cards! …….and that’s most certainly a Win for Samsung!!! 😀

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

Assuming this rumour is correct AND it comes in 5.7 -> 6″ AND it retains the IR blaster, this is exactly the phone I’m after.
Give me a 64gb one of these for $1000 AUD and I’ll buy it, day one.

kronicle
kronicle

I don’t see IR blaster anywhere in Samsung’s future phones. Almost all remotes have moved on to BT or other form of more dependable wireless functionality. Even now your phone can already control most Samsung TV’s without IR Blasters. It’s dying technology and hopefully they don’t waste my money and cost of technology on something that won’t be used in near anything any longer than a year or two at most! Neither RF or BT remotes require line of sight to control devices and neither is as short range as well as being vulnerable to inferring with your control of… Read more »

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

I don’t know what world you’re living in but IR remotes are still extremely common.
If you’re a person who only uses TV sound, no amplifier, sure – but the VAST majority of household devices with remotes are still IR.

Furthermore, it supports peoples existing hardware, even if IR was going away, most people still have multiple IR devices.

Also it’s pretty cheap to add

kronicle
kronicle

I can still control my Samsung 64″ 3D Plasma HDTV with my Samsung phone as well as my Samsung BD player, Chromecast, Stereo System and I don’t have to lift it point it directly at the devices to control them. Plus hope nobody steps in front of the IR beam or it doesn’t hit a mirror off of some other remote and change the channel on me right in the middle of my favorite program. How universal is a remote controller that doesn’t have Bluetooth or RF today? lol….. I mean PS4/PS3 are BT remote controllable only. How about the… Read more »

Dennis Furlan
Dennis Furlan

I would agree with what you said about IR blasters becoming obsolete. However, I still use it on my S6 edge because the WiFi hookup to my TV system, which I use for just about everything else, does not include volume control. So I use Peel Smart Remote with IR blaster for volume, and other small functions, so I can still leave the physical remote on the kitchen counter Without the IR blaster, I would have to always have the physical remote around, too, which kind of defeats the purpose of standalone smartphone remote TV functionality.

dj palmis
dj palmis

Till that day your grandmother, the TV in the Hotel room and the air conditioner in the office will use IR signals.
So keep calm and have a god jorney in your parallel wold..

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“……money and cost of technology on something that won’t be used in near anything any longer than a year or two at most” Then remove it in one year or two not now. Why are you always justifying Samsung’s decisions despite as you can see they are having a backlash? Just think before you express your “thecnical” opinion. Why is Samsung adding pressure sensitivity screen when is practically useless now and doesn’t really add any extra comfort to consumers? So Samsung has removed IR blaster which a large number of consumers are still using to add a feature that it’s… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

What backlash? Their phone sales (as reported here they led all smartphone makers including Apple in Q3 quarter) and Profits are up 80% Year over Year! 😀 Edge Screened Phones as yet have literally NO EQUAL in the market place! haha…. There’s some fakery going on but no real multiscreen i/O off the Samsung Exynos like features being used. As far as Multitasking? Don’t make me laugh!!! lol….. Samsung has been using Full Desktop User Interface IBM like System Wide Pervasive Multitasking on smartphones longer than anyone. Why? Because Touchwiz is built on “Enlightenment Desktop Environment GUI and Server SDK”… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Backlash, yes. Samsung sold 83.3 millions smartphones in Q3 compared to 48 apple but apple made far more profit. And those 83.3 millions Samsung sold is mainly thanks to mid range devices not its flagships. My point is that adding pressure sensitive screen to the S7 will not be a selling point as it’s not for apple’s 6s. It’s just, as I’ve mentioned before a waste of time and money in 2016. It’s a feature for lazy and impatient people that only saves 1-2-3 seconds at most. Samsung would do better working on improving the multitasking experience by trying to… Read more »

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Only if you can hold it without having it imitate a wet bar of soap. 😉

ijazali
ijazali

damn excited….cant wait for it

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

Finally some positive news on the S7, now THOSE specs sound like flagship phone.