Samsung will be unveiling their flagship devices for this year any time this week, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These will be the successors to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices released about a year ago. There are already numerous rumours about these devices’ designs and features, and it can be difficult to find the truth from all the rumours. The following are some of the features rumoured by reliable sources about what the new devices will be like:
There have been several leaked shots of the Galaxy S7 and one thing is clear, Samsung are not going to change the design. The S6 and S6 Edge had a beautiful design and the S7 and S7 Edge will have the same general design. Rumours, however, speculate that the S7 Edge will have a 5.5-inch screen while the S7 retains a 5.1-inch screen. There’s also talk of a more curved back on the two devices; the s6 Edge especially was difficult to pick off the table due to the curved screen, but a slightly curved back will help improve this.
The qHD screen resolution (1440 x 2560) was amazing on the S6 and S6 Edge, do not expect any changes there. Super AMOLED technology has also stood the test of time and will probably be back in the upcoming devices.
Last year Samsung chose to focus on the design, which they perfected, at the expense of battery life. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge’s batteries were not remarkable, actually bringing down the devices in overall performance. The only reprieve for the S6 and S6 Edge was fast charging and wireless charging, but it didn’t make up for the weak battery life.
This year, expect to see this corrected. VentureBeat reported in January that the S7 will sport a 3,000mAh battery compared to the S6’s 2,550mAh. On the other hand, the S7 Edge will receive a significant bump up to 3,600mAh from its predecessor’s 2,600mAh. This will definitely improve the devices’ battery life, and couple with Android Marshmallow’s battery features, perhaps make them the best performers in battery life.
The camera on the S6 and S6 Edge was awesome, definitely one of the best smartphone cameras of the year. This is why it’s worrisome to hear about a possible downgrade to 12MP from 16MP. The idea behind the ‘downgrade’ and a reduction in aperture to f/1.7 from f/1.9 is to improve picture quality in low-light. On the other hand, it means less video quality, which was a huge selling point for the devices. Either way, let’s hope Samsung find a balance that will not make the camera any worse.
All of Samsung’s flagships last year saw the MicroSD card slot being abolished, but it may be coming back again. Just like Huawei and Motorolla’s SIM trays that hold SD cards as well, the same might be done for the S7 and S7 Edge. It is also rumoured that the devices will have an IP67 rating to protect against water splashes, but we won’t be sure about this.
It’s always difficult to come up with new stuff, especially when the old is still great. Yet we expect a lot from Samsung every year and to date they haven’t disappointed. The South Korean company has been revolutionary in mobile technology and one shouldn’t expect anything but amazement this week.
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