Galaxy S7 Leaks Hint At New Always-On Feature

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Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S7 in February, and more information has now been leaked from close to the Samsung supply chain about this forthcoming mobile. It is increasingly anticipated that the Galaxy S7 series will be officially announced at the Mobile World Congress, which commences this year on February 21.

Two models expected

While a significant amount of information has already seeped out about the Galaxy S7, the latest reports apparently emanate from someone intimately familiar with the plans of Samsung. This individual suggests that only two members of the new Galaxy S7 range will be announced in February. This will entail a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7, featuring a flatscreen display, and a larger 5.5-inch S7 Edge, naturally featuring a dual-curved display.

Display and resolution

It is expected that Samsung will stick with the Super AMOLED Technology that has served the corporation so well in previous years. And the Samsung insider suggests that the corporation will not push the boat out and adopt 4K resolution with the S7. This has been anticipated for some time, but leaks now strongly suggest that the S7 will indeed be a quad HD resolution smartphone. 4K resolution will instead be reserved for the next Galaxy Note release, which is expected around September time.

Always-on anticipated

Another interesting aspect of the S7 proposed by this leak is that the device will feature an always-on display feature, ensuring that the Galaxy S7 offers improved battery life. This could ensure that Samsung is able to retain the same size of battery in the S7 as last year’s Galaxy S6, or possibly even reduce the cells slightly. This would be extremely beneficial for the Korean corporation considering the extent to which space is at a premium in contemporary smartphones.

The always-on feature will reportedly enable users to glance at notifications and various information without fully turning the screen off. Although this is a new feature in the Galaxy range, it is not entirely unheard of in smartphones. Indeed, this rumored feature seems rather similar to Motorola’s Active Display, or the Ambient Display feature of Google’s latest Nexus smartphones.

New features

It is further expected that both the S7 and and Galaxy S7 Edge will be dustproof and water-resistant, both of which will be to IP67 certified standards. This would be a return to the standard of the Galaxy S5, whereas the Galaxy S6 which was released last year did not feature this particular quality.

Samsung is also expected to resurrect microSD card support, with both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge featuring this important technology. This will probably be particularly welcomed by fans of the Galaxy S range, as the 64GB maximum storage that was delivered by the Galaxy S6 was a little on the slim side.

Exynos and Qualcomm processors

Leaks also suggest that the S7 and and  S7 Edge will feature a brand new octa-core Exynos 8890 processor, although this model of the smartphone will not be universally available. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor will be utilized in devices intended for the Western marketplace. It is anticipated that the Galaxy S7 will offer 4GB of RAM, and the minimum amount of storage delivered should be 32GB.

Galaxy S7 – Camera innovations

Recent reports have suggested that the  S7 camera may be downgraded in megapixel rating. The rear-facing shooter in the Galaxy S7 and and Galaxy S7 Edge may be 12.2-megapixels, with 5-megapixel front-facing cameras also included. Larger sensors and f/1.7 aperture are also anticipated, but one should not conclude from this that the photographic capabilities of the Galaxy S range will be significantly diminished.

Quite the opposite is the case; the new BRITECELL technology that will be utilized in the Galaxy S7 will ensure that the smartphone is significantly better in low-light shooting conditions than the 16-megapixel, f/1.9 aperture rear cameras of the Galaxy S6 series.

Galaxy S7 – Battery gains

However, despite the power saving features that are apparently to be incorporated in both the Galaxy S7 and and Galaxy S7 Edge, leaks also suggest that both devices will in fact feature larger batteries than last years’s release. VentureBeat reports that the S7 and S7 Edge will feature 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries, respectively. Both of these units would be significantly larger than the cells utilized in the Galaxy S6 last year, with the smaller Galaxy S7 benefiting from an approximate 15 percent improvement, while the larger galaxy S7 Edge battery will be increased by a pretty impressive 30 percent.

Coupled with the always-on technology this suggests that the S7 will feature an extremely long-lasting and convenient battery life. This will be a real feather in the cap of the flagship smartphone series of Samsung, as the Apple iPhone range has been criticized in recent years for its relatively paltry battery life.

The S7 will be an extremely important smartphone for Samsung, as the Korean electronics giant has fallen significantly behind Apple in terms of sales, profitability and prestige over the last 18 months. It is this that has motivated the mooted release date of the S7, with the Korean corporation wishing to tap into the post-Christmas residual sales that Apple tends to dominate with its iPhone range.

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