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
11 months 28 days ago

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

#throwsmoneyatscreen

imart
1 year 20 hours 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
1 year 2 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
1 year 16 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
1 year 2 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

warlockba
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
11 months 28 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
1 year 1 day 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 17 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
1 year 1 day 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
1 year 17 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
1 year 17 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
1 year 18 days ago
coupefx
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 1 day 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
1 year 18 days ago

i want 6 inch s7 edge

davidatscpc
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 2 days ago

Coz they have insiders themselves as well

1 year 18 days ago

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

harinsheth
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 days ago

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

harinsheth
1 year 18 days ago

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

preime101
1 year 18 days ago

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

harinsheth
1 year 18 days ago

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

coupefx
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 days ago

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

gtone339
1 year 19 days ago

Fingers crossed right?

herpherpherp
1 year 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
1 year 18 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
1 year 18 days ago

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

orionbg
1 year 19 days ago

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

 
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