Samsung is widely expected to take the wraps off its next-gen Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones at an Unpacked event on February 21. A lot of details have leaked ahead of the official launch. And now a Samsung employee has revealed the specs of the phone. Citing an unnamed Samsung employee, Korean publication Naver (via SamMobile) reports that all variants of the Galaxy S7 will feature a black chassis for a premium feel.
Camera to be the USP of Galaxy S7?
The Samsung employee also confirmed previous reports that the Galaxy S7 will feature a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, while its dual-edge sibling will come with a 5.5-inch screen. The phone’s improved camera will be its key selling point. Samsung has reduced the megapixel count from 16MP on the Galaxy S6 to 12MP on the upcoming models. Instead of megapixel count, the Korean company is focusing on sensor size and the ability to take great pictures at night.
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The Galaxy S7 camera uses a dual-pixel autofocus similar to Canon’s DSLR cameras. It will also reduce noise and yield more vibrant colors. The Samsung employee added that both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be waterproof and dustproof. Both versions of the phone will have a hybrid dual SIM slot, and one of the SIM card slots would double up as a microSD slot. It means you can either use a microSD card or a second SIM.
Galaxy S7 to launch in the US on March 11
The phone will be available in four colors: white, silver, black and gold. Separately, noted tipster Evan Blass has learned from his sources that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the US market on Friday, March 11. It means the new phones will hit the store shelves about one month earlier than the previous models.
The new devices will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC or Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8890 processor depending on the region. The phones are expected to have 4GB RAM, 5MP front camera, and a pressure-sensitive display similar to the Force Touch in Apple’s iPhone 6S. The next-gen smartphones will have 32GB of base storage, and will run Android Marshmallow right out of the box. Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy S7 may also boast of a new feature called Vivid Photos to rival Apple’s Live Photos.