Over the last weekend, Evan Blass of VentureBeat (a.k.a. evleaks) published photos of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. This week he was back at by adding photos of the back of each of these devices ahead of their expected unveiling later this month.
Latest leaks and rumors for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
In the past, I’ve often referred to January through to March as “Apple rumor season.” While that is certainly still the case that fails to take into account the fact that Samsung’s products also have their rumors ahead of the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona where it usually unveils its newest flagship phones as well as other products. This year’s Mobile World Congress kicks off on February 22nd but it’s expected that Samsung will debut the two smartphones as well as the expected unveiling of its Gear 360 virtual reality camera a day earlier at a Samsung Unpacked event a day earlier.
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While nothing is set in stone, the video shows a man wearing Samsung’s Gear VR headset at his desk and the video ends with the screen showing #TheNextGalaxy.
Many tech prognosticators are calling for Samsung’s return to microSD expansion which it, to the chagrin of consumers and reviewers alike, abandoned with the Galaxy S6. It’s also appears that the phone will retain its aluminum design having abandoned the cheap plastic back of the Galaxy S5 and will likely have the waterproof qualities of the Galaxy S6.
At a glance. the Galaxy S7 photos show a phone that is nearly identical to the Galaxy S6 though perhaps a bit thinner and more rounded at the edges. They are expected in both silver and gold colors by the looks of the new photos.
Notably from the new photos of the phones’ backs, the camera appears to be flush with the device and many rumors suggest that Samsung has gone from the 16-megapixels camera and returned to 12-megapixels in order to accomplish this feat. Low-light photography is expected to improve owing to an expected f/1.7 aperture.
Additional specifications for the Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 Edge
It’s believed that the return of the microSD slots will allow each device to be used with cards up to 200GB which is a tremendous amount of storage space to add to a phone. The Galaxy S7 should see a 5.1-inch display with the S7 Edge extending its display to 5.5-inches with both devices delivering 1440 X 2560 resolution. Both devices will likely have pressure-sensitive screen that provide something similar to Apple‘s 3D Touch and should feature in additional flagships going forward.
It’s believed by many that both smartphone will have 4GB of RAM and with the return of the microSD slots will only be offered with either 32GB or 64GB of unexpanded storage. Samsung’s in-house produced Exynos 8 Octa 8890 will likely be the processor that runs these new flagships though a persistent rumor making the rounds is that Samsung will call on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor will run the devices made for the North American market. The batteries that power these newest devices will be more powerful than the 2550 mAh and 2600 mAh batteries in these devices predecessors. It’s expected that the batteries for these devices will be 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh with the Edge getting the larger battery given its larger size. Wireless charging of the two models will likely take about 2 hours and 15 minutes.