Holiday spirit is in the air and many eager consumers of all ages have just unwrapped a brand new phone. Whether it be the iPhone 6S or the Galaxy S6, nothing beats peeling the plastic off of your shiny, new phone. As these flagships are relatively new, both devices have been out for several months. If possible, it may be prudent to wait a few more months before upgrading. Rumors show some exciting new phones coming in 2016. One of the most eagerly awaited being the Galaxy S7 from Samsung. It’s still early, so rumors should be taken only with a grain of salt; here is a breakdown of what we think we know so far about the Galaxy S7.
#1: Release date: The release date of Samsung flagships usually stays relatively constant from year to year, usually falling within the early Spring season. The S7 is currently expected to be released in late February of 2016 at the MWC event.
#2: Design and screen: The new glass and metal design of the Galaxy S6 was one of its top selling points. The S6 was thin, light and felt premium in the hand.
Because of this success, Samsung will most likely keep this material choice with the Galaxy S7. There are several different rumors predicting the screen size of the S7. Some rumors point to there being an S7 and S7 plus, while others predict the S7 to have a six inch screen and no larger variant. The screen’s resolution is also up for debate. The S7 could have the same beautiful qHD display as the S6, or Samsung could bump it up to a 4K resolution screen.
#3: Snapdragon 820 processor for U.S. version: The recent Galaxy S6 came equipped with Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 octa-core processor. The Galaxy S7’s processor will likely vary from country to country. The most current rumors state that the version of the S7 here in the U.S. will come with the Snapdragon 820 processor. Interestingly enough, there is another rumor that states Samsung will have exclusivity rights to this processor, meaning only Samsung phones would use this processor.
#4: The return of expandable storage: Samsung’s most recent flagship, the Galaxy S6 has been highly regarded by many tech lovers. However, one of the main points of critique with the S6 was the elimination of expandable storage.
In the recent past, many Android phones and tablets came with a microSD port, which enabled users to expand their device’s storage beyond the amount that is included internally. With Android’s most recent software update (‘Marshmallow’), improvements have been made to the system of storing apps and data through microSD. With the S6, because of Samsung’s design choices, the microSD port was omitted. This limits the user to the internal storage of the model that they purchase. The S6 is available in up to 128gb of storage, which if you ask me, is plenty. However, purchasing the model with the largest amount of internal storage, will inevitably cost more.
#5: Camera: The camera quality on the Galaxy S6 is excellent.
The big, beautiful screen, great camera quality and image enhancing software worked together to create some beautiful shots. The S7 will either come equipped with a 20 megapixel camera or a 12 megapixel camera. Samsung’s reasoning for lowering the pixel count would probably be due to the introduction of an alternative method for enhancing image quality. Exactly what this method would be is unknown at this point in time.
Did we miss anything? Know any rumors that weren’t mentioned in this article? We’d love to hear it! Feel free to leave a comment here, follow us on Twitter @amcoffeetech or email me at john@morningcoffeetech. Thank you so much for reading and happy holidays!