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What to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

It’s all going down on February 21st – Samsung will be unveiling what could be its most anticipated flagship yet a day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. Okay, so maybe every Galaxy S flagship takes the title of the most anticipated flagship before launch, but that is pretty normal considering it’s the best-selling high-end smartphone series out there other than the iPhone. But where the hype for the Galaxy S7 (and Galaxy S7 edge) differs is in the huge amount of conflicting leaks that have made it hard to come to a conclusion on what the Korean giant will actually show the world at the next Unpacked event.

Now that Samsung has officially announced its plans to unveil the Galaxy S7 on February 21, we thought it would be a good idea to go over what one can expect from the device. There have been many rumors about the Galaxy S7, but at this point we have a pretty clear picture of the features the phone will offer, so let’s get to it.

One of the biggest features the Galaxy S7 has been rumored to include is a pressure-sensing touchscreen, similar to Apple’s 3D Touch technology. A few trustworthy sources (such as the Wall Street Journal) pointed out that such a display could be part of the S7, but oddly, we haven’t heard much about it in the leaks that have made their way online recently.

Even a retina scanner is said to be a part of the package, in addition to a fingerprint sensor. It’s possible the sources of these leaks don’t have enough information to be talking about these aspects, and also that Samsung is keeping things tightly under wraps, but we aren’t very hopeful to see the company’s version of Force Touch or a retina scanner on the Galaxy S7.

What we are hopeful of seeing, and what seems to be pretty much confirmed at this point, is the return of the microSD slot, something we were the first to report a few months back. The entire 2015 went by without a single Samsung flagship offering expandable storage, and it’s highly likely sales were affected considerably. Samsung even managed to make the 128GB a non-option with the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, so it’s not surprising everyone is extremely excited that the microSD slot will be making a comeback.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are also expected to come with large batteries – 3,000 mAh on the regular S7 and 3,600 mAh on the 5.5-inch S7 edge, with the S7 quoted to be able to last more than 17 hours of video playback on maximum brightness. The battery won’t be removable, but with such endurance most consumers shouldn’t rue the fact that the battery will be fixed and inaccessible. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were great phones, and it would be great to see their successors fix the almost abysmal battery life that was offered by the original S6 duo.

Imaging is also set to see major changes this year, with Samsung set to make the move to a 12-megapixel camera sensor. A downgrade from the 16-megapixel sensors the company currently uses, but the new sensor is said to have impressive low-light shooting capabilities, partly because of its low f/1.7 aperture and partly because of a larger pixel size. The camera itself will not protrude as much as it does on existing flagships; all in all the camera performance should be amazing, something we have now taken for granted when it comes to a Galaxy flagship.

Under the hood, the Exynos 7420 processor is set to be replaced by the Exynos 8890 in most markets, and the Snapdragon 820 in others. The 7420 was an excellent SoC and we should see performance improve with the newer chips, in addition to improved multitasking because of 4GB of RAM (hopefully with none of the aggressive task killing of Samsung’s current software). On the storage front, Samsung should offer 32GB and 64GB options, and the S7 should also come with a USB Type-C port with charging speeds of 100 minutes for the regular model.

When it comes to design, not many things are changing this time around. Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 will look like their predecessors, but with the S7 edge to come with a 5.5-inch display (a Quad HD Super AMOLED panel). Rumor has it that both devices will also be water-resistant. It’s a feature that Samsung experimented with on the Galaxy S5 and is present on the Active variants of these flagships, and it could be something that puts the S7 siblings ahead of all other flagships launched this year.

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On the regular S7, the back will curve similar to how it does on the Galaxy Note 5 – not just on the left and right, but on the top and bottom as well, which should help improve grip during usage. The Edge panels on the S7 edge will offer the same feature set as that found on Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6 edge. Speaking of Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1 is sure to be running on both devices out of the box. Samsung has made a few changes to its TouchWiz UX for Marshmallow.

Samsung is even reportedly working with a few Google engineers to optimize its software and make it run even more fluidly than iOS. The status bar is now all white with new quick setting toggles, and we should see all the regular features of Android 6.0 present on these devices. Doze should be particularly useful, especially with the bigger batteries under the hood. A feature that is inspired by Apple’s Live Photos could also be included.

What about that rumored Galaxy S7 edge+ though? Well, it doesn’t seem like such a device will be getting announced with the S7 and S7 edge. What will be announced is Samsung’s new Gear 360 virtual reality camera. It will be compatible with the S7 duo and let people create 360 degree imagery. It’s the next step after the Gear VR virtual reality headset – let users create their own VR content rather than depending on regular VR content. Retail availability is tipped to begin on March 11, and as our own exclusive report revealed, the pricing isn’t expected to change over the S6 and S6 edge.

We’ll say it again – the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are probably the most anticipated devices in the Galaxy S lineup. If all the rumors pan out, we could be looking at smartphones that are pretty much perfect, more so than even the Galaxy Note 5. It won’t exactly be surprising to see all these features make it to the two phones; after all, Samsung now has a year’s worth of experience making metal and glass devices and can now focus on bringing back important functionality that it had to do away with, in its quest for that premiumness everyone had been clamoring for.

 We’re less than three weeks away from the official announcement, and we will be there at the Unpacked event to bring you live coverage of whatever Samsung has in store for the day. What do you think? Are you looking forward to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and do you think these are the devices that will bring Samsung to the glory that it couldn’t achieve last year?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Invoked
Invoked

I couldnt care less about removable batteries or SD cards. The S6 is a true gem and it worth the “sacrifice”. There are power banks and 128GB models should you need them (Iam fine with my 32GB S6). However I am looking forward to the S7’s water resistance and the pressure sensitive display would be a welcome addition.

flyhosain
flyhosain

Amazing things of smartphone technology.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“One of the biggest features the Galaxy S7 has been rumored to include is a pressure-sensing touchscreen, similar to Apple’s 3D Touch technology” hmmm…. really hope NOT it’s useless and not necessary. I’ve been keeping an eye on the S7 rumors not because I’m interested in the S series but in what Samsung could bring with the note 6. However if rumors are true I think Samsung will have two very competitive high end phones this year unlike last year. Currently owning note 4 and very happy with it. I’m strong defender of removable battery but I could make a… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

To be honest… The only thing that I miss from my Note 4 was the removable battery. There was nothing else I cared about. I’m not a super user, so the battery does last enough for me, however having to calculate usage is such a downside to carrying a spare fully charged battery. I have a shoulder bag, so carrying a large external battery bank isn’t bad, but it means that rather than swap the battery out for 100% immediately, I have to charge it… With a cable… For an hour or so. Ugh.

alastairgreen_Nexus
alastairgreen_Nexus

Open source UEFI for dual-booting,Developers able to sign custom ROM’s/or a special boot-loader to prevent KNOX tripping as i use KNOX sometimes,Snapdragon/Exynos processor choice, new removable storage technology(e.g. Removable UFS),more colour options like Hot Pink, Purple Mirage,Dark Black and many-more

Nallaikumaran
Nallaikumaran

SamMobile -They are brainless idiots, U have no idea what you’re talking about the Samsung smartphones.

Martin R.
Martin R.

Please do kindly explain yourself?

randyckayy
randyckayy

How would you expect a moron to explain himself?

Thedy01
Thedy01

If the rumours are true, i’ll defo switch from my sgs5.

adrscu
adrscu

Same here, been waiting for a chance to drop the mighty old exynos sgs5. Been bummed about the lack of development for the exynos platform, almost lacking in the custom rom department. Hope the exynos sgs7 will get more attention from 3p developers.

ahmedk
ahmedk

In life, mistakes do happen and Samsung has certainly grown to learn from their mistakes. Sure, there will be haters ,but I’m very eager to see what the S7 has in store for the world.

I have an S5 and i just moved to the Note 4. Both are brilliant phones and I’m waiting patiently for Android Marshmallow!

I’m super excited!… even with the rumors that have been circulating!

Ionut Ciprian
Ionut Ciprian

What can i say, amazing SPECulations. Let’s see: 1. Retina scanner: i wear sunglasses most of the time, so … useless 2. 3D touch screen? Useless as Apple’s one if not implemented inside the apps. Apps must know first that the tehnology is there so they can take advantage of it. Do any app developer will make Samsung special apps? 3. Usb type C: another reason for expensive accessoryes. 4. Whaterproof: that’s ok, but i’m not going to take my phone into the shower. 5. SD Card, that’s ok, but i already payd way more for my 64 gb this… Read more »

Buckeye
Buckeye

I’m going to wait and see what the S7 has to offer. I’m ready to use my Jump and get either the S7 or S7 Edge. I’m currently using the Note 4 and the reason I didn’t get the Note 5 was the lack of sd card slot. Glad they decided to bring it back. Wife has the S6 and loves it. After using the Note 4 I can’t see myself going back to a smaller screen. Any word on pricing on the S7 Edge?

Buckeye
Buckeye

If either phone is worth it I will use my Jump plan on T-Mobile.. I’m currently using the Note 4, skipped the Note 5 because of the lack of sd card slot. Wife has the S6 and loves it. I’m so used to the size of the Note 4 it would hard to go back to smaller screen. Any word on pricing on the S7 Edge yet?

xhustler
xhustler

” … do you think these are the devices that will bring Samsung to the glory that it couldn’t achieve last year?”

Most definitely. If Samsung can compromise regarding the micro sd slot. I guess I too can compromise regarding the non-removable battery.

Solun
Solun

I just wonder whether the use of an SD card will affect the performance. If it does, I might as well choose the Note 5 winter edition instead of the S7 edge.

sriram231092
sriram231092

Just waiting for the S7 edge to hit my market. Waited for more than 2 years for a perfect phone and now here it comes.(well at least for me)

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

This reads like a fanboy wet dream article. There’s been NO confirmation of USB-C or any RUMOURS of USB-C for the S7 in any capacity. Most rumours appear to indicate that it’ll STILL be USB-Micro, even in 2016. We hope it’s USB-C but I’ve followed very closely. Point me to a single rumour (not originating from this article or speculative) which indicates USB-C The phone is probably going to NOT come in a plus series, only 2 models, 5.1 and 5.5, regular and Edge. MicroSD is a maybe, not a definite. 3D Touch is a hopeful but even if they… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

Ha ha ha ha, you can tell what type of people read these comments, and by extension, the articles as you will always see that comments that have any form of truth in them will receive really petty negative numbers as if it in any way matters. In some cases you will get a reply from someone who only acknowledges the existence of capital letters and replies to your factual comment with really subjective and opinionated views. I agree totally with your comment and will +1 it! I myself love technology as a whole, so although I am an active… Read more »

herpherpherp
herpherpherp

Yeah they are angry that I’m right? They clearly haven’t been following closely. I want the phone to be the best it can be, but so far USB-C is no where NEAR confirmed. This is infact the first confident USB-C article I’ve seen for this phone.

I don’t even want an S7 🙁 because no plus version. I don’t want a note, the stupid S-pen just wastes battery space and I DO want an IR blaster. Samsung should make a larger S7, sigh

Hoggington
Hoggington

Who’s angry? The only bad vibes I see, are coming from you guys. This is a lighthearted comment board on a Samsung fan site. Nothing more. It’s not life or death. The reality is… People like myself and millions more, love to speculate and wonder what the next flagship features will be (of any brand). It’s that simple. Nothing to get worked up over. As for the USB-C port… the most conclusive tip was from one of Sammobile’s insiders, who confirmed the S7 will have a USB-C port, 4 months ago. Again, not official, but this was the most definitive… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

Come on what is this? Are you blind, deluded or in denial? The comments section is full of opinions, which they have the right to post, however if it says anything against Samsung then it is met with heavy resistance even if it is completely true and justified. This is not a bunch of “tech geeks” coming to speculate on the next flagship from a company, this is a bunch of fan-boys coming only to hear what they want to hear, and anything else isn’t true. This is a disgrace to the entire industry! Any fan-boy who has the audacity… Read more »

Hoggington
Hoggington

Wowie… You may need some fresh air dude…or professional help. You obviously have a lot of anger that has nothing to do with tech. The only ones being negative are you and Herp. You guys need to realize this is just a tech site. Lighten up. It aint life or death. Who cares if a comment is down voted because a HTC device is mentioned. And who cares if someone is a fan of something. Silly. Did you forget your on a Samsung fan website? The only “Severity of the problem” is from people like you guys. Yes, you guys,… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

Thanks for answering my question. You’re deluded and in denial. Shame really, I was looking forward to see what you had to say about my comment. It turns out it was a waste of my time. You clearly haven’t understood what I said in the slightest. What you have done essentially is taken my point, totally disregarded it, said “who cares?” when as a matter of fact, that is the entire point of this discussion, so you haven’t added anything useful to it and then tried to attack me personally for making a valid observation. So to recap, deluded, in… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

Well I did send a much larger reply, however it appears to have been lost… Perhaps check your email and read it. I’m tired of repeating myself, so this one will be quick. You’re missing the point of this entire discussion… You have taken the subject of this discussion and said “who cares” which means you clearly have nothing valid to add to this discussion. If you read my replies properly, I said there is NOTHING wrong with being a fan of something in any way. I myself am a fan on Samsung. However, fan-boys are bad. They make up… Read more »