There are two great mobile releases ahead for Samsung in the next twelve months, with both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 due to be released. Samsung will be hoping that a stronger performance from the Galaxy S6 bodes well for their next-generation Galaxy S7, as reports emanating from sources close to the company indicate that this will be an extremely ambitious device.
Galaxy S7 Edge rumors
The first thing to note about the Galaxy S7 is that Samsung apparently intends to place a much greater emphasis on the curved screen aspect of the handset. This is not exactly surprising, as Samsung has become inherently associated with the curved screen technology which it previously promoted via its range of high-end televisions.
Early rumors related to the Galaxy S7 indicate that Samsung will greatly ramp up production of the curved screen variant of the mobile, and that it intends to make the Galaxy S7 Edge a truly mainstream device.
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This will be a departure from the approach that it has taken with the first Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy S6 curved model. Although curved screen mobiles are clearly part of its strategy going forward, at this point in time the technology has remained a niche and premium element of the Galaxy smartphone lineup. But whispers emanating from Korea suggest that Samsung is ready to take a more aggressive approach to marketing the curved screen beginning in 2016.
However, the rumors about the Galaxy S7 have also led some analysts to speculate that the Galaxy Note Edge will be similarly prominent in its forthcoming release. Samsung first tested out curved screen technology for mobiles with the Galaxy Note 4 last year, and the excellent reception that it received was a bright point in an otherwise disappointing 12 months.
It is possible considering the strong reception that the Galaxy received that Samsung will significantly increase the proportion of Galaxy Edge devices that are available in 2015. This would then allow the corporation to test the waters ahead of a large-scale operation for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Aside from this, there has already been significant speculation about the sort of specifications that we can expect from the Galaxy S7 when it is released. Samsung has been associated with producing smartphones that are extremely powerful in terms of specs, and the Galaxy S7 is certainly expected to continue this general trend.
Galaxy S7 specs
Thus, analysts are expecting the next flagship phone produced by Samsung to feature between 4 and 6 GB of RAM. It is thought that this will be necessary in order to deal with the outstanding screen resolution that the Korean corporation will provide for this flagship device. 4K Technology is very much on the horizon for the Galaxy S7, and this could become the first mainstream smartphone-sized mobile device to feature a 4K resolution screen.
Whether Samsung will continue to opt for the super AMOLED Technology that has proved so popular in recent years, or conceivably update it to OLED remains to be seen. What has been widely reported is that the Galaxy S7 could be the world’s first phone to feature a foldable screen design.
The Galaxy S7 should also feature a true octa-core processor. Samsung has advertized the Galaxy S6 as featuring octa-core processing, but this is slightly misleading, as the smartphone in fact driven by two bundles of quad-core processors which are clocked at different speeds. However, analysts already expect this to change with the Galaxy S7, and this could be the first flagship smartphone from the Korean electronics giant which features a legitimate octa-core set-up.
With Apple being linked with some spectacular cameras for the iPhone 7, it is also expected that Samsung will significantly upgrade the snapper in the Galaxy S7. Some sources have suggested a whopping 30-megapixel capability for the rear-facing camera in the device.
But attention in Samsung will presently be directed squarely at the release of the next Galaxy Note device. The Galaxy Note 5 is likely to launch in October, and after the outstanding reception that the Galaxy Note 4 was afforded, Samsung will be extremely motivated to keep up the momentum of this phablet range.
Galaxy Note 5 specs
There is a possibility that the Galaxy Note 5 could be the first mass-market mobile device of comparable size that is based on 4K technology. This has been rumored to be included in a smartphone for sometime, with 4K becoming a somewhat more prominent technology in recent months.
However, recent reports have suggested that Samsung will instead opt for an Ultra HD display in the Galaxy Note 5. This would mean that the device will be less detailed in terms of resolution than a 4K smartphone, but would still compare extremely favorably with virtually every other mobile device on the market.
A 5.9-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection is also mooted by numerous sources, with the Galaxy Note 5 Edge device featuring the first dual-curved screen design that Samsung has produced.
What we do know about both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 is that they will feature Samsung’s own proprietary Exynos technology. The Korean company has recently made the decision to move away from Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and this is expected to continue with the next-generation Samsung releases, despite some reports to the contrary.
The Galaxy Note 5 is also expected to adopt wireless charging which has been associated with the Galaxy S6, while the camera in the device has been reported to be in the region of 20-megapixels. Storage and memory will also both be upgraded from the previous generation of Galaxy Note devices, And there are some interesting rumors about the battery capacity of the phablet.
Having surprisingly released a Galaxy S6 smartphone with a smaller battery than the previous iteration of the series, this is expected to be reversed by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 5. Early murmurings suggest that Samsung will include a massive 3700 mAh cell in this technologically advanced phablet, and this would give the Samsung device a whopping battery life.
Both devices look set to be well worth waiting for.