Samsung has officially confirmed what Twitter tipsters had leaked way back in November 2015. The Korean company has sent out invites for its Galaxy Unpacked event that will be held on Sunday, February 21 at 19:00 CET (1pm ET) in Barcelona, Spain. The event will take place just a day ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. With this, Samsung has maintained its tradition of refreshing its flagship Galaxy S line just ahead of the MWC event.
Galaxy S7 and virtual reality
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 and its dual-edge sibling S7 Edge at the event. The company has also posted a teaser video on social media, which includes a man wearing the Gear VR headset. The text accompanying the video reads, “Get ready to rethink what a smartphone can do. #TheNextGalaxy will be revealed at Unpacked on February 21.” A few days ago, rumors surfaced that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will go for sale in the US on March 11, roughly three weeks after the announcement.
There have been a lot of rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S7. It is expected to look like the Galaxy S6 along with the glass back cover. Internally, the phone would be powered by either Samsung’s Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC depending on the region. Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will feature a 5MP front camera and 12-megapixel main camera with F1.7 lens. Last year’s Galaxy S6 came with a 16MP snapper.
Galaxy S7 to be waterproof and dustproof
Other rumors indicate that the Galaxy S7 will have a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display while the S7 Edge will come with a 5.5-inch screen. Both versions of the phone are expected to feature 3GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. Unlike the previous model, the new Galaxy S phones will include a microSD card slot. Both phones will run Android Marshmallow right out of the box.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are widely expected to be dustproof and waterproof. Last week, sources familiar with the matter told Korean publication the Electronic Times that Samsung would launch an Apple-like upgrade program, allowing customers to upgrade their phones every year by paying a monthly fee.