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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.

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Total Faith
Total Faith

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

#throwsmoneyatscreen

imart
imart

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
drmodify

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
redgumtv

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
drmodify

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
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“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
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“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!!!

Frosasen
Frosasen

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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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
drmodify

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.

pjt
pjt

“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… Read more »

redgumtv
redgumtv

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
adam.kirby5

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.

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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
pjt

“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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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…… Read more »

pjt
pjt

“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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

Solun
Solun

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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

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.

Total Faith
Total Faith

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
adam.kirby5

Easy response… You actually don’t for both of those. 🙂

warlockba
warlockba

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.

coupefx
coupefx

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… Read more »

ThaiM
ThaiM
redgumtv
redgumtv

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%… Read more »

ThaiM
ThaiM

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.

redgumtv
redgumtv

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
ThaiM

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.

Nine54
Nine54

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
SAMgalaxyXXX

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;… Read more »

Solun
Solun

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.

Solun
Solun

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… Read more »

zzzaac
zzzaac

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

ThaiM
ThaiM

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
Solun

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
ijazali

i want 6 inch s7 edge

davidatscpc
davidatscpc

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… Read more »

redgumtv
redgumtv

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.

Martin R.
Martin R.

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

harinsheth
harinsheth

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…

drmodify
drmodify

Coz they have insiders themselves as well

preime101
preime101

“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
harinsheth

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

harinsheth
harinsheth

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

preime101
preime101

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

harinsheth
harinsheth

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

coupefx
coupefx

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

isroisro
isroisro

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

Kartik Pokar
Kartik Pokar

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

gtone339
gtone339

Fingers crossed right?

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

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.

SomMabile
SomMabile

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

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“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.

orionbg
orionbg

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

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