Samsung has recently announced that the much-awaited Galaxy S7 and the S7 EDGE will be officially unveiled on February 21st, 2016, a day before the Mobile World Congress commences in Barcelona.
The Korean tech giants revealed a teaser promo for their upcoming lineup, called #TheNext Galaxy, which includes the upcoming Galaxy VR headset as well. The latest announcements finally arrive, even though spy images of the Galaxy S7 surfaced on the internet back in December 2015.
Samsung had confirmed long back that they planned on launching two variants of the Galaxy S7, a flat-surfaced Galaxy S7 and a curved-edge Galaxy S7 EDGE. This keeps up with the tradition of Samsung launching two variants of every major product.
For example, Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge, Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, etc. According to another rumor, Samsung plans on launching four variants of the Galaxy S7, two standard variants and two with curved displays.
Judging by the kind of advancements brought on board, the Galaxy S7 is expected to feature a better display apart from bringing a few performance enhancements on board. However, judging by the exterior design of the smartphone, the base variants will be similar to the Galaxy S6.
Samsung usually maintains a standard MO for processors, with the Asia-bound devices featuring their in-house Exynos processors, whereas the rest of the world gets the latest Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.
However, this strategy was revoked at the last minute with the Galaxy S6, which was supposed to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, but featured the Exynos due to the overheating issues faced by the 810.
However, despite numerous rumors suggesting that Samsung planned on parting ways with Qualcomm over the heating problems last year, Samsung went back to using dual processors with the Galaxy S7.
Initial rumors claim that the S7 and the S7 EDGE are rumored to feature the Exynos 8890 processor, which has been designed exclusively by Samsung from the ground up. Hence, the performance on this one should be at par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered variants, which are up for sale outside of Asia.
Details of the Exynos 8890 chip has emerged online, which features Samsung’s own 14nm FinFET architecture. The device features a built-in RAM for superfast performance and an LTE modem. According to a leaked AnTuTu result, the Exynos 8890-powered SM-9300, or the Galaxy S7 for you, scored a massive 103,692, killing the entire competition along the way.
Second in line is the Huawei Kirin, which reached a range of 79,000 – 94,000. Samsung is famous for their camera hardware and the same holds true for the Galaxy S7 as well.
Even though it is unclear how Samsung plan on improving the near-perfect camera performance of the Galaxy S6 this time, initial speculations claim that Samsung is in conversation with Sony about using the 23MP IMX300 camera, which is found exclusively on the flagship Xperia Z5, on the Galaxy S7 range.
Another batch of rumors suggests that Samsung is currently working on its own range of technology, which is the ISOCELL sensor. Samsung is expected to either use the 12MP ISOCELL sensor or the 20MP sensor. The official details can only be guessed at the moment since Samsung is yet to make a formal statement on the tech specs.
Samsung is also rumored to be re-introducing external SD card slots on the Galaxy S7 range since the absence of a MicroSD slot was one of the many reasons behind the Galaxy S6 failing to meet the expected market sales, and the fans are hopeful that the company has learned from their mistakes.