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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features

It is increasingly expected that Samsung will release the Galaxy S7 early next year, and thus numerous rumors are circulating about this flagship smartphone. Reports this week have suggested that the Galaxy S7 may release during February 2016, with Samsung officially confirming the handset at some point during January. This would be a departure from the approach of the corporation in previous years, as the Korean consumer electronics giant has utilized the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce Galaxy S devices in recent years.

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features

Cat 12 LTE to be included

Murmurings this week suggest that the Galaxy S7 will come complete with Cat 12 LTE, and that this will be supported by both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung’s own Exynos 8990 processor. It appears increasingly likely that Samsung will revert to its old policy of releasing two separate Galaxy S units in different regions of the world, with the East Asian marketplace likely to receive its proprietary technology.

Samsung is particularly known for packing its devices with the highest specifications possible, and the company has pioneered numerous innovations in recent years. The most notable of these is the curved screen technology that is now almost indelibly associated with Samsung, and it is expected that this will become even more significant when the Galaxy S7 is released.

Internal documents leaked in Korea suggest that Samsung will produce more curved screen models of the Galaxy S7 than in previous generations of the handset, as the technology becomes increasingly mainstream in nature. Whether this will be reflected in pricing remains to be seen, but certainly the suggestion is that this will no longer be a premium device, and instead will be marketed as a mainstream unit.

Samsung seeks Sony sensors

Elsewhere, it has been suggested this week that Samsung is keeping a particularly close eye on Sony. The Japanese corporation has hardly been successful in the smartphone market in recent years, and indeed the significant financial loss that Sony made in 2014 was largely attributed to its mobile phone division.

Nonetheless, Samsung isn’t prepared to completely drop the ball on its smartphone offerings, and has just recently announced the first mass market 4K smartphone. Considering the association that Samsung has with high-quality screens, it was largely anticipated by industry insiders and analysts that the Korean corporation would have debuted this technology, so the Samsung hierarchy has indeed been keeping very close tabs on Sony.

This includes monitoring the IMX300 sensor that has been recently included in the Sony Xperia Z5. Those who are knowledgeable about Samsung may wonder what the corporation hopes to gain from the IMX300, but rumors suggest that Samsung is considering something truly innovative for the Galaxy S7.

Despite the fact that Samsung already posted the impressive ISOCELL feature sensor, it is suggested that the Korean corporation could have produced a handset that is capable of utilizing the two sectors interchangeably. It could even be possible for users to switch between the two sensors in the Galaxy S7 device; certainly an innovation for the smartphone marketplace. It is also possible that the two mooted models of the Galaxy S7 could ultimately feature different sensor technology.

However, if Samsung is indeed considering this possibility, the road to achieving it is not entirely clear. The Korean manufacturer would have to deal with the fact that Sony intends to use the sensor exclusively in its Xperia line of devices. Yet murmurings from Korea suggest that Samsung is determined to acquire this sensor for the Galaxy S7.

It seems that the particularly attractive aspect of this sensor is its 25-megapixel capabilities that can also be scaled down to 23 or 21-megapixels. This is considered to be a particularly attractive proposal for Samsung considering that its ISOCELL sensor is only 20-megapixels.

Sony’s sensor has been particularly praised for its 192-point hybrid autofocus system, which produces outstanding fast focus times of 0.03 seconds minimum. Considering that Samsung has been praised for its camera technology in the past, and is also associated with extremely high spec devices, it seems that the Korean corporation is not willing to wait on the sidelines while Sony reserves this technology for its own devices alone.

Galaxy S7 screen

Aside from this, Samsung is also likely to upgrade the display technology included in the Galaxy S7. With Sony having released the world’s first 4K smartphone in the shape of the Z5 Premium, Samsung is expected by many analysts to follow suit. It is also suggested according to recent rumors that the Galaxy S7 will follow the example of Apple and include a technology similar to Force Touch. This could utilize a system known as ClearForce, which is able to differentiate between a tap and a press to trigger different actions.

Analysts are currently split on this suggestion, with many expecting Samsung to stick to the ultra HD technology that it has included in previous devices. But with Samsung falling increasingly behind Apple at the head of the mobile marketplace, and facing challenges from affordable Android manufacturers as well, it seems likely that the corporation will attempt to produce a knockout Galaxy S7 this time out.

Three Models

Another rumor that has emerged in recent weeks is the suggestion that Samsung will release three models of the Galaxy S7 simultaneously. The Samsung product range has been a little complicated in recent releases, and it is suggested that the Korean company will simplify the situation by producing a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge+, and releasing them at the same time.

This would send out mixed messages, with Samsung having introduced the first Edge+ just six months ago. It seems certain that there will be some disgruntled Android fans should this decision be made. However, Samsung could possibly offer upgrades to this new device relatively cheaply for existing owners, and this would be a way of keeping Galaxy aficionados on side.

With increasing pressure on Samsung from multiple directions, it has been anticipated in some quarters that Samsung will freeze the price of the Galaxy S7. This would certainly make it an attractive device, as Samsung works behind the scenes on producing an outstanding handset.

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  • FNBlackbeard

    Sure the V10 is heavier but it feels right. The stainless steel body is amazing. Samsung phones look bad with the faux chrome edges everywhere.

    I see my co worker everyday and see her struggle with the lag.

    Benchmarks prove nothing, it’s all about real world performance and Samsungs touchlag should be avoided like the plague.

    Go ahead and buy the new “premium” recycled Samsung trash so it can be obsolete in 6 months. Samsung is going down a very bad path by both ditching loyal customers by removing key features and by making their premium phones not so premium when its never a good time to upgrade.

    Sales numbers don’t lie, they’re desperate to compete with apple and don’t quite understand how to do it.

  • http://www.tohodo.com/ 10basetom

    “You may not have picked up the fact that the 6S isn’t even in half of the comparisons. They had to use the 6S Plus instead.”

    Umm…yep, definitely trolling overtime dude — they both use the same A9 chip.

    “Dude, please tell me you can see what’s right in front of you?”

    Here’s what I saw right in front of me when I went to the Samsung store to play with the Note 5 for five minutes: in those five minutes, there were already cases of stuttering when doing simple stuff like navigating the OS, and that told me all I needed to know. Please don’t blame the skin because that’s part of the problem.

    Poor Android has been handicapped from birth by the Java runtime overhead. The only thing that can make it as efficient as iOS is to go native. I mean, have you played RetroArch on an Android phone compared to iOS phone?

  • Ash J

    Wow. I’m so much smarter now. Thanks for that. You call me an idiot, yet contribute nothing to validate your argument. And as for my 12 year old comments, I was simply trying to speak in a language the minority of iPhone users would understand. It is, after all an OS that was designed for children to use.

  • dan428

    That’s what I did with my galaxy phones.. but it still ends up feeling slow, the launcher is the least of the problem.

  • dan428

    Where would I start? Your complete lack of knowledge of how electronics work? The notion that if a mobile CPU has more cores it must be better? The fact that 6S has much better RAM management and battery life? That it beats every other phone in benchmarks, and even moreso in graphics benchmarks (3-4x faster). Crapple and ifail? How original.. are you 12? I own both Apple and Samsung phones, don’t care to waste any more time educating you on the basics, you guys never learn.

  • Ash J

    Oh please wise one, correct me of my idiotic ways?

  • dan428

    Is this a parody of idiotic trolls on the internet or are you really that stupid? We’ll never know..

  • Luke

    Oh I see. You got to hold an S6 for 15 seconds….

    So junk is phones that are regarded to be some of the best Android phones available? Lag… You must of had Facebook installed.

    You don’t even spend the two seconds to fact check that the Note 5 is 21g lighter than the V10. If a Note 4 if junk, that makes your V10 junk to.

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/benchmarks

    No office, but you’re dumb.

  • FNBlackbeard

    I had my Note 4 for less than a year and it lagged, hard. The camera was slow and so was the gallery app. My V10 runs circles around it. My co workers S6 also has noticeable lag. Samsung is overpriced junk.

  • FNBlackbeard

    Just using nova launcher won’t fix the laggy camera and gallery app. Samsung is its own worst enemy. So much power under the hood ruined by terrible software.

  • Ash J

    Dude, please tell me you can see what’s right in front of you? Firstly, take another look at that article, namely the charts. You may not have picked up the fact that the 6S isn’t even in half of the comparisons. They had to use the 6S Plus instead. So essentially, you aren’t even comparing apples to apples, lol.

    As for overheating, iPhones have always been the masters of overheating, with overclocked processors, so it would be great if they finally got on top of that. This would also help to reduce their SAR rating. Something Galaxies have always had the lowest of.

    As for running circles around anything, no article that references single core-core comparisons is worth anything, as 8 will always flog 2. Also consider they are always at least 1 generation behind in data speeds, reception and WiFi.

    But here’s the biggest kicker of them all, who makes the A9 chip? Well, that would be Samsung, using the 14nm processor technology they invented, because they actually make stuff themselves. Maybe one day Apple will actually make a contribution to manufacturing something, but until then, I guess the world will just have to rely on others to contribute…

  • guttenberg

    try using that a9 on a big OS like android and it’ll sure feel like a dual core

  • fitnesspro22

    Hi FNB … etc. LG V10
    is a beautiful phone with the best photo camera, including the manual
    operation. It is designed as a Media
    phone. Personally, I cannot stand any LAG
    and hardly take any photos or videos.
    Now T-Mobile sliced $100 off the price which makes it even more attractive. The steel frame, though adding to the weight
    of the phone, protects against accidental drops and enhances its looks.

  • Luke

    those are called features. Lacking features doesn’t make a phone bad. You care for those features, I don’t and hundreds of millions others as well. Ive had over one day battery life since the G2. Battery packs are superior as well. Im also fine with 16GB storage. Unlimited data, unlimited remotre storage. Plus unless you are rooted sdcard privileges suck.

    Thinking touchwiz is laggy shows you either haven’t used it or are just a fanny.

  • http://www.tohodo.com/ 10basetom

    Yeah it takes A LOT of effort to make a leading-edge octa-core beast feel laggy. I tip my hat off to Samsung.

  • http://www.tohodo.com/ 10basetom

    “Oh hang on, they both have a primitive dual core processor” — The sad thing is, that dual core A9 runs circles around the quad and even octa core chips in Android phones, leaving them in its primitive dust. And it does this without breaking a sweat — literally (no heating or throttling issues).

    Read the Anandtech 6s review when you take a break from trolling.

  • Elijah

    Just use nova launcher

  • Ash J

    I reckon they should re-release the S6 in just a few extra colours. It already craps on most things, especially the iFail 4S. Oh sorry, I meant 6S. Oh hang on, they both have a primitive dual core processor, 326 ppi, inferior RAM, camera, display, battery, build quality, and so on. That said, Samsung outsell Crapple by heaps, so maybe copying those who don’t even actually make a phone and just wholesale everything and relabel it isn’t such a great idea after all. I guess that’s why Crapple only have 18% market share…

    Heaven forbid the day they can split-screen and multitask. Their little heads will explode!

  • FNBlackbeard

    Who cares when it lags, has fixed memory, fixed battery and is overpriced. Samsung has gone the way of apple with its “pay for more memory” routine.

  • Luke

    Note 5 is 21g lighter

  • Ethan

    They use aircraft grade aluminum (that dos not bend unlike apple’s aluminum) on the galaxy s6 and s6 edge, they might use a magnesium alloy body for the s7
    witch is thought to be stronger.

  • FNBlackbeard

    All the fancy hardware still running lagwhiz. Samsung does not learn, no wonder they are behind Apple.

  • FNBlackbeard

    I upgraded from a Note 4 and I have NO regrets. All the lag I experienced on Samsung is gone. It’s an amazing device. Return the Flop 5 and get the V10!

  • FNBlackbeard

    I love the feel and weight of my V10. BLOWS my last Note out of the water.

  • FNBlackbeard

    No way, my V10’s battery is AMAZING. All day performance with all my apps and heavy social media use. Note 5 is trash. I moved on from Samsung.

  • fitnesspro22

    There is no evidence of either. Only feable attempts by inept provocateurs to fabricate and publish malicious disinformation. Your reference does not pass the smell test. Did your Mom ever tell you not to believe everything you read. You will find my analysis on the NEXUS Help Forum.

  • Big Bad Bully Jay

    There’s nothing premium about “cracking glass” and “bending cheap aluminum ” . Read up on those two separate issues.

  • fitnesspro22

    That is why with the LG V10 you get two (2) batteries, a chrger and SD card, plenty of memory. ?. It is kind of heavy due to the stainless steel frame and has 808 processor,, so it lags now and then. Basically it is a Media phone. Bloat ware is plenty and no Marshmallow. ?

  • fitnesspro22

    Want a premium device? Get the NEXUS 6P and be Happy.

  • Alireza Abbasi

    But v10 has the awful battery performance.??? 56 hour’s
    Z5 is better. 73 hour’s
    And note 5 is the best.??? 85 hour’s???

  • luis

    I just got a note 5 due to my Note 4 being stolen. Ive been thinking about selling it and getting the V10. Unless they bring back the SD, chanable battery and IR blaster im done with Samsung.

  • Cristian Borsa

    Why does your site lag when I scroll?

  • charles moore

    Right

  • Ethan

    This will no longer be a premium device?