“With just a few more days to go before the official launch, it’s time to figure out what Samsung could have in store for us at MWC”
This time of the year is defined by the innumerable launches of flagships and other smartphones by major companies. And, with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) coming up, this just spices things up even more. Among the various products expected to be launched, are the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the successors to the company’s current generation of flagships. With so many speculations and high expectations from the company, we bring you all that Samsung may unveil in its flagships.
If you’re expecting a radical change in the physical looks of the device from the S6, you may be up for some disappointment. With the company making major changes to the design aesthetics last year, we expect it to carry forward the same design in the S7 and S7 Edge along with some minor changes. According to the leaked images, the S7 and S7 Edge will feature subtle curves along all four sides of the device, making them visually more appealing.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 will reportedly sport a 5.1-inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution. The company is expected to drop the idea of 4K resolution on the smartphones in order to offer better battery life. It is speculated that the curved screen would not be the only differentiating factor between the S7 and the S7 Edge this year. The S7 Edge will allegedly feature a larger 5.5-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution. There’s also a word going around that Samsung could introduce a pressure sensitive screen (and name it ClearForce) to counter 3D Touch in the new iPhones.
The two flagships will purportedly come powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor or the Exynos 8890 octa-core chipset depending on the region. Rumours also suggest that the company is expected to opt for the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, despite ditching it last year in lieu of its in-house Exynos series of processors.
The S7 and S7 Edge are expected to ship with a minimum of 32GB onboard storage, with more variants available. The RAM should also see a bump up to 4GB from the 3GB RAM available in the current flagships.
One of the major drawbacks of the Galaxy S6 was its average battery life. This time round, Samsung seems to have listened to its customers, and may opt for a massive 3,600mAh battery in the S7 to boost the battery life remarkably. Fast charging and wireless charging out-of-the-box are expected to see a return as well. What might be new though, is the inclusion of an USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers.
On the software side of things, the S7 and S7 Edge will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the next iteration of the company’s TouchWiz UI on top. According to rumours, the UI is expected to be refined further in order to offer more fluidity and less bloatware. And, as customary with Samsung, it is expected that the S7 Edge would feature some fancy features up its sleeves to make better use of its curved screen.
According to a leaked AnTuTu benchmark, the smartphones are expected to come with a 12MP rear camera. As there’s no way to verify this rumour, we take this information with a pinch of salt given the current flagship itself sports a 16MP rear camera. Optical image stabilisation in the rear shooter is speculated to make a return in the S7 and S7 Edge. The front camera might see a jump from 5MP to 8MP to keep up with the growing competition.
Features expected to return
Last year, the S6 got rid of some of the most desirable features of its predecessor to make way for a better design. Fortunately, with the launch of the S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung may bring back support for microSD cards and protection against dust and water. However, the probability of a removable battery may seem a little far-fetched. The home button would invariably incorporate an improved fingerprint sensor for security.
Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be unveiled on February 21st at the company’s “Unpacked” event, a day before the MWC, and should be available to buy within a month. As for the price, not much is expected to change from last year.
With not many days left for the launch to take place, we’re awaiting the big announcements by Samsung quite eagerly.