Fans are already waiting for Samsung’s next flagship iterations, particularly its upcoming offering from the Galaxy S series.
While the South Korea-based company has yet to announce details on the Galaxy S7, speculations on what could be the upgrades for the next-gen flagship are already circulating online.
Meanwhile, Know Your Mobile surmised that while Samsung will still use its signature look and design for the Galaxy S7, it will make differences in the specs and other features as well.
The industry follower said rumors are saying that Samsung heard customer feedback and will reportedly return the microSD support to the Galaxy S7 (the feature was absent from the previous Galaxy S5 and S6 flagships). However, it is unclear if Samsung will re-introduce the feature as a hot-swappable option on the side of the device or, like previous iterations before adopting the glass-and-metal design, will also feature a removable back panel.
If it will be the latter, then fans may also see the return of a removable battery.
Here are 10 leaked features that are expected for the Galaxy S7
1.) Two Sizes
Samsung is expected to be trying something bold with the Galaxy S7 — two sizes. South Korean news agency ET News reported Samsung will be releasing 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch options. The standard Galaxy S7 will have a 5.2-inch display, which is a departure from the 5.1-inch displays on the S6 and S5. And there is supposedly going to be a 5.5-inch option called the Galaxy S7+.
ET News also said that the edge variation of the Galaxy S7 devices will have the same screen dimensions as the standard S7. This means that the S7 models will have less than a half inch difference between all of them,according to Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly. As a comparison, the difference between the Galaxy S6 edge (5.1 inches) and S6 Edge+ (5.7 inches) was 0.6 inches. But another rumor suggests that the new Galaxy S7+ will be a 6-inch device.
2.) Four Flagship Models
Samsung will be offering plenty of options for its new smartphones. There will be a Galaxy S7, a Galaxy S7+, a Galaxy S7 edge and a Galaxy S7 edge+. EVleaks, a reliable source of Samsung leaks, recently tweeted a screenshot with the names of the new devices from what appears to be a website where the phones will be listed for sale . Making a choice about which Samsung device to buy even more complicated is a potential Galaxy Note successor being released several months later. However, there is a chance that Samsung may phase out the Galaxy Note line because the flagship devices are getting closer in size and the Korean electronics giant limited the global availability of its previous Note device. Aside from the four flagship models of the Galaxy S7, there is also a rumor that a “Premium Edition” of the device will be offered. More details about the “Premium Edition” are in the design changes below.
3.) Subtle Design Changes
Rumor has it that the Galaxy S7 will feature a similar design as the Galaxy S6, but it will use a new kind of magnesium alloy. The new magnesium alloy is expected to make the Galaxy S7 much stronger than the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 line of devices will also have a glass back, but this time Samsung may be switching to Turtle Glass instead of Gorilla Glass. Turtle Glass is a glass cover developed by Samsung that is supposedly stronger than the Gorilla Glass used in its current devices.The rear glass casings in the Galaxy S6 line were designed using a nano-thin multi-coating process. Nano layers of multiple coatings gives the devices a dynamic color that reflects light at different angles. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge shells were created using 6013 aluminum, which is typically used in products like automobiles, mountain bikes, yachts, aircrafts, etc. But the Galaxy S6 edge+ was upgraded to 7000 series aluminum, known for being 1.7 times stronger and 1.3 times more scratch-resistant than standard aluminum. The curved design of the Galaxy S6 edge uses a 3D Thermoforming process where glass is inserted between two molds and heated to a temperature of 800 degrees Celsius before it is pressed into a symmetrical shape. These design changes are radically different from the Galaxy S5, which has a plastic case surrounding it.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge displays are Quad HD Super AMOLED, which have more than 3.6 million pixels (577 ppi). And the Adapt Display feature adapts the color range and saturation to the app being used. The Galaxy S7 will likely have improvements over those specs and there arerumors that Samsung will offer a “Premium Edition” of the upcoming flagship with a 4K display. If Samsung introduces a UHD 4K display to its flagship smartphones, it would not be the first Android-based devices to do so. Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium has a 3840 x 2160 resolution with 806 pixels per inch, which was introduced at the IFA event in September.
4.) Upgraded Processors
Now let’s talk about what will be under the hood powering the Galaxy S7. There are rumors that the Galaxy S7 devices will feature chips made by Qualcomm and Samsung. Qualcomm allegedly had overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 so Samsung decided to turn to its Exynos 7 Octa for the Galaxy S6. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip should be ready in time to power the Galaxy S7. The Snapdragon 820 chip features the first custom-designed 64-bit quad-core CPU.
Depending on the country where you will be buying the Samsung Galaxy S7, it will probably feature either the Samsung Exynos 8890 chip or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Samsung Galaxy S7 devices made for the United States and China will have the new Snapdragon chips and Galaxy S7 devices shipped in other countries will have Exynos chips packed in, according to Reuters.
How much RAM will the devices have? The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ have 4GB of RAM so the Galaxy S7 line should have at least that much.
5.) Speculation About The Battery
Earlier this month, a rumor popped up about the Galaxy S7 potentiallypacking a 3,500 mAh battery. But this rumor seems farfetched because Samsung seems to favor making its devices thinner, which is not conducive to fitting larger batteries. And it’s worth pointing out that the Galaxy S6 line of devices have smaller batteries than its predecessors.
The Galaxy S6 has a non-removable 2,550 mAh battery, which is less than the removable 2,800 mAh battery in the Galaxy S5. But the Galaxy S6 has a fast charging feature, meaning the device hits nearly 4 hours of usage with only 10 minutes of wireless charging using WPC- or PMA-compatible wireless charging pads.
The battery in the Galaxy S7 is also most likely be non-removable, but sources with The Wall Street Journal are reporting that it will support a full day charge in only 30 minutes. The Galaxy S7 Plus and Galaxy S7 edge+ should have larger batteries than its smaller flagship counterparts.
6.) Type-C USB
When Type-C USB became widely available in 2015, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook became the first notebook to use the new port for its battery power. And the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P became two of the first mainstream smartphones to ship with USB Type-C. According toSamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 series of devices are expected to have USB Type-C instead of microUSB too. The USB Type-C port is known for faster data transfers and reversible cable support.
Another advantage of USB Type-C is its ability to multitask. For example, it could be used for charging a smartphone, USB 3 data transfer and video output supporting HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort connections all at the same time.
7.) Pressure Sensitive Feature Similar To Apple 3D Touch
Earlier this month, Gordon Kelly also reported that Samsung is expected to be integrating a pressure sensitive display similar to Apple’s 3D Touch feature into the Galaxy S7. 3D Touch senses how much pressure is applied to the display of the iPhone 6S devices that offers a new way to interact with the devices such as “Peek and Pop.” Peek and Pop lets you preview kind and act on content without having to open it. For example, a light press on an email previews it and a deeper press actually opens it.
Another 3D Touch feature is having a pop-up menu appear on an application icon when pressured it applied to it on the home screen. The pressure-sensitive functionality in the Galaxy S7 will likely be similar the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.
8.) High Quality Camera
One of the least appealing features in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is that the camera is large and sticks out of the back. Regardless, the photos and videos it takes are very sharp. A couple of months ago, Samsung filed a trademark application for a mobile phone image sensor known as “Britecell.”
Britecell utilizes a new RGBW pattern and light sensitivity technology. The new sensor is also expected to be upgraded from 16-megapixels in the Galaxy S6 to 20-megapixels in the Galaxy S7.
It is unclear whether Samsung will be using Sony sensors for its smartphone cameras. Last year, some Samsung Galaxy S6 devices shipped with Samsung’s ISOCELL sensors and others shipped with Sony sensors.
9.) microSD Card Slot Reportedly Returning
For some reason, Samsung removed the microSD card slot in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. But the microSD card slot is expected to return in the Galaxy S7 for expandable storage, according to HDBlog.it. Expandable storage will definitely be welcomed back to the new Samsung flagships because photos and videos are becoming higher quality and they take up a lot more storage space.
10.) Iris Scanner
For months, Samsung has been hinting at the addition of an iris scanner for its future devices. Digital Trends pointed out the Samsung ExynosTwitter account posted a tweet in July 2014 saying: “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision. What would you use? #ExynosTomorrow.” And the tweet used to have this photo embedded in it before it seems to have been removed: