Rumors have been swirling for several months, but it looks like the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S7 will be here by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Based on a graphic used in a presentation by China Mobile to investors this weekend, the Galaxy S7 release date will be in March 2016.

Galaxy S7 Release Date: March 2016

Whether this was an actual slip by China Mobile or some kind of guerrilla marketing campaign by Samsung, a March Galaxy S7 release date does pretty much jibe with what most people have been expecting based on earlier rumors. Also keep in mind that Samsung has announced its most recent three flagship smartphones in either February or March, but not actually released them until April.

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China Mobile’s recent press conference included a slide that showed the future roadmap for China’s largest mobile carrier, which provided a clear indication that China Mobile is planning for a launch of the Galaxy S7 phone in March of next year. If we can assume  that Samsung will release the Galaxy S7 (and possibly an “Edge” variant) in China and other global market simultaneously, it is almost certain that the Galaxy S7 release date will be at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The company roadmap also provided a little additional information, such as the fact that it will be priced somewhere above 3000 yuan, which comes to around $470 at current exchange rates. Analysts are curretnly projecting that a top-end device like the Galaxy S7 is more likely to see a $650 price tag for basic version of the smartphone.

Rumors have also been swirling for some time that the actual announcement of the Galaxy S7 release date will come on the sidelines of the big Mobile World Conference in Barcelona in February, and the latest news from China Mobile confirms that the devices will actually be available to the public some time in March.

New features rumored for Samsung Galaxy S7

Previous rumors have already confirmed that the new Samsung flagship device will eventually be available in four models, and suggest that at least some of the variants will include a retina scanner, and that non-curved variants will feature expandable storage. The rumors also claim that the new device will have a new USB Type-C port and a much improved camera that has been fully optimized for low-light photography.

Given the extent and details of all the recent rumors, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect with Samsung Galaxy S7, including quite a bit of insight in to the possible specs of the device. A thorough review of the latest rumors suggests that Samsung’s next flagship device is likely to feature a 5.2-inch, Super AMOLED display, with a Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 chipset (based on the version), a 20 MP rear facing camera that includes a RGBW-pixel Britecell sensor, all carefully squeezed into a magnesium, Galaxy S6 look-a-like housing.

The general consensus of all of the rumors is that he design of the Galaxy S7 flagship will be quite similar to the Galaxy S6, except for the rear camera unit, which is not expected to bulge out to the same extent as it did in the previous flagship, but some of the earlier “leaked” images suggest otherwise. These images also do not show a USB Type-C port or expandable storage, so someone is obviously wrong about the specs for the new Galaxy S7.

Galaxy S7 concept design from Jermaine Smit

Earlier this week, tech news website ValueWalk offered the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 “concept designs” from Jermaine Smit, a well-known new mobile device concept designer. Smit has created numerous concepts of other smartphones, and his latest effort attempts to precreate the Samsung offering. Smit concepts of both Apple and HTC smartphones have been very accurate on several occasions in the past.

Smit’s new Galaxy S7 concept builds on recent trends in Samsung smartphones and the latest developments in the industry. Just a couple of years ago, Samsung was producing Galaxy S class phones with a plastic feel, but this is no longer the case. The public has generally been clamoring for metallic smartphones, and Smit is almost certain the trend will continue with the Galaxy S7.