Samsung is preparing another duo of Samsung Galaxy S7 flagships
It may be a new year, but some things stay the same for Samsung. This time last year we were talking about the forthcoming Galaxy S6 and how imporant the launch was for the Korean firm, as the previous Galaxy S5, though not a complete flop, failed to deliver on consumer expectations, meaning it didn't sell in anywhere near the numbers Samsung needed. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was in fact a considerable improvement on its predecessor, critically acclaimed by journos across the world - we think it's fair to say the Galaxy S6 and its stable-mates are some of the best phones Samsung has ever produced.
But despite this, we're in a similar scenario again. You see, although everyone praised the Galaxy S6, it still failed to shift in the numbers Samsung wanted - the kind of big figures it had seen in 2012-2013 with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.
Samsung's earning reports paint a gloomy picture.
“Samsung flagged a second-quarter drop in operating profit on Tuesday that missed analyst estimates after sales of its newest flagship smartphonefailed to meet expectations,” reported The Telegraph. “The earnings forecast came as a South Korean court ruled in Samsung's favour against a US hedge fund's efforts to block the proposed merger of two major affiliates. The giant smartphone and memory-chip maker predicted operating profit of around 6.9 trillion won (£4 billion) for the April-June period, down more than 4 per cent from a year earlier.”
Samsung blamed the lacklustre sales on not being able to produce enough Galaxy S6 EDGE units. Analysts, however, had other ideas and pointed towards a more sinister problem: long standing Android users defecting to iPhone. Throw in China for good measure, a market Apple smashed in 2015, and you have a recipe for bad earnings calls. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder Samsung has fast-tracked development of the Galaxy S7, the handset that will do battle with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Samsung, once again, needs to pull out all the stops for the Galaxy S7 and knock things right out the park. Surely though it's not merely a question of aesthetic design and build quality? After all, the Galaxy S6 had that nailed pretty well. Perhaps it's a feature set problem that is preventing as many users as we once saw jump on the Samsung bandwagon? It will be interesting to see how Samsung aims to tackle the issue.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Teaser Page Reveals Tons Of Features - Confirms NO Water Resistance
It seems Samsung got the memo that LG has thrown down the gauntlet with its LG G5 and is aiming to take its fellow Korean rival head-on - and what's more, Samsung's response is to take a leaf out of LG's playbook, in what may be an unprecedented move for Sammy, by launching an official teaser website in Indonesia ahead of the official unveiling.
As expected, the teaser confirms many of the features we've heard rumoured for some time, including the fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S7 edge's curved display, and the advanced camera capabilities. It also hinted at water resistance, as did an embedded YouTube video by showing the device being used in the rain. Interestingly, GSMArena reports that the video originally posted was different, previously explicitly naming the Galaxy S7 - a new version since uploaded no longer does. Also it's worth noting that at the bottom of the teaser page Samsung writes a disclaimer:
"THE SCENE IN THE VIDEO IS FOR DRAMATIZATION PURPOSES ONLY. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT WATER RESISTANT AND IT SHOULD NOT BE EXPOSED TO AND/OR SUBMERGED INTO WATER/LIQUID."
GOT THAT?! OK THEN!
As of February 18, the Galaxy S7 has been handled on video - an anonymous tipster sent Android Authority video footage of the handset in use, showing off the design, interface, and a small selection of features, as well as a list of details. According to the tipster's info, however, the Galaxy S7 DOES apparently have water resistance (which makes us wonder why Samsung is making claims it doesn't?), a 12MP camera, and microSD support.
It lacks the new Type-C USB port, but it's claimed the battery pack is a 2800mAh setup.
Some new photos have emerged on February 19 confirming the lack of a Type-C micro USB port on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, though on the plus side we get confirmation of a silver coloured variant of the former (via @evleaks), and a black coloured variant of the latter.
Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge Prices LEAK!
Not long to wait now until the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are officially unveiled, but luckily today the pricing has leaked so you can start budgeting for this flashy new set of hardware! The word comes via reputable Samsung source SamMobile, which says that the Galaxy S7 will cost €700 while the S7 edge will be €800 for its curvy glass and larger 5.5in display. Directly that translates to £543 and £621 respectively, although naturally this is the unlocked, SIM-free cost for buying the handsets straight-up from Samsung or a retailer, rather than getting in on a contract and paying piecemeal. The report also adds that this is for the 32GB storage model, while the 64GB option will be another €70-80 on top.
An image of the Galaxy S7 edge handset inhabiting its box, and a breakdown of what you get bundled in there alongside the phone, has appeared online. According to PhoneArena, a user on Dubizzle (Dubai's equivalent of Craigslist, apparently) posted for sale what appears to be a legit Galaxy S7 edge handset. Naturally being some kind of shady pre-release setup the asking price is a hefty $1225 with the description "get before commercial launch, imported from USA". The seller also mentions a Galaxy S7 for sale on his page at $1144.
As for the box contents there's a USB cable and wall plug, and what appears to be a wired headset inside a small box identical to the headphones which came with the Galaxy S6. The Dubizzle posting has since been removed.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch & Release Date
Samsung will launch its Galaxy S7 handset on February 21 -- the same day LG launches its LG G5. Media invites as well as a new promo video for the Galaxy S7 appeared over the weekend, confirming previous rumours that said Samsung would release its new flagship in and around MWC 2016.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE will go on pre-order the very same day they launch — February 21. The news comes via Android World and has been confirmed as true by @evleaks, an always reliable source. This doesn’t mean it is 100% legit, of course, but it is about as close as we’re going to get to an official confirmation before the official announcement.
This wasn’t the only news, however: the same source also claims those that pre-order the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 EDGE will get a free GEAR VR, though this deal only lasts for a limited period — Feb 21 to March 10. And if you don't know what a GEAR VR is it's one of these things below:
New images have now leaked as of February 15, showing the colour options for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, it shouldn't be too surprising that these leaks came via @Evleaks on Twitter. Samsung isn't being super adventurous here by the looks of things, as the choices are black, silver, and gold, but having said that the firm has introduced additional colour options in the past after the main launch of a flagship, usually restricted to specific regions though. Anyway, here's the picture:
What's Getting Launched On Feb. 21?
According to details published on January 13, Samsung's Galaxy S7 range has been named as a trio of devices. The information comes from reliable Twitter source Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, who says that although he is "surprised" by the move, he has seen evidence to suggest the main model will be called the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the other members of the range will be the S7 edge and S7 edge+. Those name logo images also seem to be official promotional material and have a background with a water-splashed finish, which may sit with earlier rumours for waterproofing on one or several models. Also omitted from the group is a Galaxy S7+ rumoured previously.
On February 3 it seems Samsung may have confirmed the Galaxy S7 edge early with an "accidental" reveal of the handset via one of its webpages. Yeah it may be deliberate hype-build or it might be a genuine error, but either way, Samsung listed the Galaxy S7 edge in a table which demonstrated its use of curved display technology - in short, the Galaxy S7 edge can (unsurprisingly) do the same things as the Galaxy S6 edge with its curvy screen bits. Naturally, the posting has since been edited, but as usual, screencaps don't lie.
In terms of details and features, however, we know quite a bit about the Samsung Galaxy S7 already; there have been hundreds of leaks during the past month. But now @evleaks is back on the scene, things have, well, escalated. No one gets access quite like this guy. And the info he gets is usually very solid.
According to a Samsung trademark filing uncovered on February 9, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature an "always on" display panel. The filing is listed in the US Patent and Trademark Office database describes the technology for "smartphones, mobile phones and tablets" but doesn't go into too much detail other than the rather broad "Always On" functionality, so we don't know exactly how it works, but we have seen always on functions on other phones before. It will likely involve utilising AMOLED display tech for use in a low-power state and only activating a limited set of pixels to display specific information, for example, the time and date.
As of February 10 there have been two separate sets of images leaked for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. First up is what appears to be an official product render of the Galaxy S7 edge coming via @evleaks.
Looks pretty huh? As you can see, this image shows a silver finish to the metal components. Next, a couple of live photos of a gold Galaxy S7 came via Pisapapeles, again confirming the curved back panel design.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Features -- Five "Sort of" Confirmed Features
LG and Samsung will both come to market with something special in 2016. They kind of have to as well; Apple is running away with profits and sales at the moment, and Xiaomi is other cheaper brands are harming Samsung and LG’s traditional bases in Asian markets.
There’s been TONS of leaks about both handsets. We know, for instance, that Samsung will re-introduce microSD support and the LG G5 will feature a removable battery, which, again, is another HUGE plus for a lot of users out there.
As for which will be the better handset… that’s very tricky to say. I am very excited about the Galaxy S7, though this is mainly because I have a lot of time for the Galaxy S6 EDGE and, for obvious reasons, am keen to see where the company takes things with the Galaxy S7.
The LG G5 has the potential to become the “The New Samsung” in 2016/17 after a few solid years of brand-building. 2015 was a bit dull for handsets, but we do not expect 2016 to follow suit and things will kick off with a BANG later this month at MWC 2016.
Samsung’s Galaxy VR headset makes an appearance in the video too, implying some likely cross-over functionality with the upcoming Galaxy S smartphone. Also, we now know EXACTLY what Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE will look like, thanks to the one and only @evleaks.
This week Mr. Leaks dropped five confirmed features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7. The leaker says these features are now 100% confirmed and will all feature aboard the Galaxy S7 when it launches in a few week’s time. And now, without further ado here are those five CONFIRMED features.
Water Resistance is BACK
Yep. That’s right: both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 EDGE will be water resistant just like the Galaxy S7 and, if rumours are to be believed, Apple’s iPhone 7 and the HTC One M10 - metal, it seems, is no longer a reason to be bothered by the wet stuff. Previously the Galaxy S5 was waterproof, but this model featured a plastic bodyshell, so with the switch to metal and glass the waterproofing got canned along with a few other features. We've been hearing manufacturers say for years (we're looking at you HTC) that things like waterproofing compromise the good looks and elegance of premium phones lovingly crafted from metals. But we've never bought this idea, not least because of devices such as Sony's Xperia Z line-up - metal, glass, waterproof, and not bad lookers if you like their style (which Paul does. Me?...Not so much!)
HUGE Battery Increase
The Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 EDGE had 2550mAh and 2600mAh battery packs, respectively, and performance was OK, generally speaking. The Galaxy S7, however, will have use batteries that are 20% larger, meaning 3000mAh in the standard S7 and 3600mAh in the EDGE variant. Still, as far as we can tell neither cell will be removable which will be sure to continue to upset old Samsung fanboys who loved battery swapping on the go. That said, LG seems to be stepping in to fill this void as according to rumours the firm's LG G5 will feature a metal body with a unique detachable module in the base of the handset; allowing you to slide out the battery pack.
Samsung killed off microSD support in the Galaxy S6 and people went CRAZY. Keen not to make the same mistake again, Samsung will apparently reintroduce microSD-support aboard the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE. This is great news. There seemed to be something of a kick against microSD from many major manufacturers in the last couple of years with the removable storage feature being painfully absent from many big flagship launches. Who can say what the reason is? Cost? Streamlining production? Whatever it was, enough people have got a grump on about it and, presumably, voted with their wallets, that microSD seems to be (perhaps reluctantly for OEMs) back on trend. For many though, it never left, of course!
A 12MP Camera
Samsung is apparently switching from a 16MP sensor to a 12MP one. The reason? Simple, according to Forbes: “it also allows Samsung to make it flush to the body of the phone and use a super fast f/1.7 aperture (up from f/1.9 in the S6) for action shots and improved low light performance”.
Expert Reviews agrees, saying: "while the resolution may be lower, f/1.7 lens will let in more light (the current S6 has an f/1.9 lens). Rumours abound that the new sensor will be comparatively large at 1/2". A larger sensor means that each pixel gets more light, so noise is reduced and quality is improved. Finally, the leak suggests that the battery size will be increased. Combined with the new, more efficient processor, it should mean that the S7 will last longer than its predecessor, which is great news if true."
According to details from reports surfacing on February 3, the Galaxy S7 camera will only protrude from the bodywork by as little as 0.8mm - a signifcant reduction on the typical "camera bulge", by comparions the Galaxy S6 bulge was 1.7mm. The word comes via reputable source @OnLeaks, which also reveals other design details and shows that the Galaxy S7 will have body curvature from every edge rather than just two sides as with earlier Samsung models. The news follows reports that Apple will eliminate the camera bulge from its iPhone 7 completely.
4GB of RAM
Both the S7 and the S7 EDGE will feature 4GB of RAM, a frankly insane amount for a smartphone. Expect performance to be off the charts.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge To Feature 3600mAh Battery?
According to an FCC document it appears the Galaxy S7 edge variant will have a massive battery cell, with a boost of as much as 38% over its predecessor, the Galaxy S6 edge, bringing the milliamp-hour rating up to a whopping 3600mAh - the Galaxy S6 edge's battery was rated at 2,600mAh. However, the new model is larger at 5.5in so has a bigger display panel to keep going, so a bigger battery makes sense.
The Galaxy S7 has rocked up in live photo images, or at least the front panel, display, and camera module, all have. GSMArena was handed some snaps on January 25 by a tipster - the images are said to come from inside a Samsung production facility. The main takeaway here is the display panel, which looks fairly typical for Samsung.
There's been a few certifications for the Galaxy S7 already and now, just as we've learned the offical Unpacked event will take place on February 21, it has rocked up with China's certification authority too. Gizmochina picked up the official database entries for three Samsung Galaxy S7 variants passing through, which include the SM-G9308, SM-G9300 and SM-G9350, it's believed the third in the list is the Galaxy S7 edge.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 design has been leaked by @evleaks, with the Twitter tipster getting hold of some official press renders ahead of the launch. While rumours have suggested as much before, the images confirm what some have feared - there isn't much of a design change this time round and it looks very similar to the Galaxy S6. But does this really matter? The Galaxy S6 was one of the most refined and gorgeous phones Samsung has ever produced, and still didn't sell the way the firm wanted - suggesting it's less the looks and design turning people off, and more something else in the mix of features. Anyway, check the handsets out below - the S7 is on the left and the S7 edge on the right.
Following on from the above leak showing the front fascia of both handsets, another image leak has emerged on February 2 showing the back panel of each new Samsung Galaxy S7 variant. Unsurprisingly this is another press render from the same set and coming once again from @evleaks. Again, there's not a huge amount to see here as the duo look very similar to their predecessors, and this dark-hued set of examples don't offer much detail to the eye, but at any rate we can see the slight curvature of the back panels and the branding towards the bottom.
A leak on February 8 details various official Samsung accessories designed to compliment the Samsung Galaxy S7. According to the leaked details from WinFuture, Samsung will sell its own battery case design similar to the one Apple released for the iPhone. It'll retail at €89.99, so not exactly cheap, but hopefully it should provide a significant battery boost for that outlay thanks to a 2,700mAh cell and wireless charging support. Essenitally the case will nearly double the rumoured onboard battery of the Galaxy S7. The other listed official case is the Samsung LED View Flip Cover, which is rumoured to contain its own LED indicator lights for showing incoming calls and other notifications. The rest of the list includes revamps of existing Samsung accessories, including leather covers, the standard S View Cover, Clear Cover, Wallet Flip Cover, Glitter Cover and Keyboard Cover.
And although we've already seen it before in the press renders, the Galaxy S7 edge has now appeared in live photos. The image comes via nowhereelse.fr and has clearly been sourced through China's Weibo network. We can see the handset, complete with its curved display edges, in a users hands while running an AnTuTu benchmark test. This image also gives us the clearest look yet at the rumoured curvature to the phone's top and bottom edges, as well as the sides.
Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S7: Samsung Exynos 8890 Pitched Against Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 In Variant Benchmark Battle
There are multiple variants of Samsung's Galaxy S7 which will be distributed across different regions, as usual, different devices have different sets of hardware and compatibilities tailored to local networks and the like. But, broadly speaking, all of these variants can be divided into two camps - the ones with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor (which will likely be seen in most regions including North America and Europe) and the model using Samsung's homebrew Exynos 8890 chipset (most likely restricted to Asia). Both types have now rocked up in benchmarks and their resulting scores can be directly compared with each other.
The Exynos 8890 model appeared a few days ago chalking up a score of 5946, just shy of Huawei's Kirin 950 chip (inside the Huawei Mate 8) with a score of 6088. Now the model destined for distribution via US network AT&T has popped up with a Snapdragon 820 inside. Not only is this model scoring lower than the Exynos 8890 equipped Galaxy S7 stable mate, but also lower than last year's Galaxy S6 wearing the Exynos 7420, with scores of 4979 and 5215 respectively. Ouch!
Of course it's not a direct reflection of day-to-day performance but does hint at how these phones might handle top-end tasks and applications. Also because these are pre-release devices there's possibly a bit of software and hardware tweaking to be done before they're final, so take it with a grain or two of salt. Right now though, Samsung's processor tech has something of an edge here, and it does once again beg the question of when/if we might one day see Samsung distributing its own chip devices outside of Asia? We can but dream!
Well this is interesting, according to some new AnTuTu benchmarks emerging on February 16 the Galaxy S7 powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip actually comes out with faster performance than the Galaxy S7 using Samsung's own Exynos chipset. The AnTuTu Weiboaccount posted a set of results for an international Galaxy S7 model tested in France - however, in the past Samsung's international models have been the Qualcomm Snapdragon-based editions, but it appears here to be the Exynos 8890 version. Does this mean the Snapdragon 820 edition will be available in Asia instead? At any rate, the Exynos version scored 105,000 points. The Snapdragon 820 model has already scored 125,288 points. AnTuTu's analysis claims the difference in performance may be down to the GPUs - Qualcomm's Adreno 530 GPU allegedly being much more powerful.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Release Date
Samsung has officially announced an event believed to be the unveiling of the Galaxy S7 and its stable-mates, the firm posted a video to its YouTube channel revealing the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event for February 21 - it'll take place in Barcelona just a day before CES, and kicks off at 18:00 GMT. As we've mentioned before, Samsung has brought new Galaxy S flagship hardware to such Unpacked events before MWC for the last few years, so we're pretty certain (considering other rumours also support this) that the new devices will be at the event. Not only that but the firm hashtagged the video with #TheNextGalaxy and the tagline "get ready to rethink what a phone can do." It's worth noting the GearVR headset features prominently in the promo, so there'll probably be some tie-in involved.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Rocks Up In AnTuTu Wearing Snapdragon 820
Samsung's forthcoming flagship, and in particular the variant that will likely be the UK, Europe, and North American model, has popped up in the AnTuTu benchmarking suite. The handset in question showed up as the SM-G935A, a number already associated with the Galaxy S7, but here it is carrying the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Based on Samsung's established habits, it's assumed the model released in the firm's home region of Asia will pack its own Exynos chip hardware, while everywhere else we get the Qualcomm-based edition. Including the processor model, the benchmark shows the Galaxy S7 has exactly the same specs as the already benchmarked Galaxy S7 edge+, aside from the smaller 5.1in display that doesn't have curved edges, of course.
So the spec line-up includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage (though there may be other storage variants) - as expected the software is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
As of January 20, AnTuTu has leaked a set of specs for the Exynos-based Galaxy S7 and promises that benchmark results will follow soon. The specs detail what's inside the Exynos 8990-equipped SM-G930F, where previously we've seen specs from the Snapdragon 820 powered SM-G935A, which revealed the above 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, as well as a 5.1in QHD display and 12MP camera. Unsurprisingly, the Exynos model specs, aside from the processor itself, are pretty much the same, including the 64GB storage. We still haven't seen evidence for any other storage models yet, which doesn't necessarily mean they don't exist, but we do wonder if Samsung is tidying things up to a 64GB/128GB split.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been spotted for the first time in pictures. ITSkins, a third party case manufacturer has handed a selection of CAD renders of the handset to GSMArena, as well as a few details. It seems there will be both a regular Galaxy S7 and a larger 6in Galaxy S7 Plus using the same design - so far there are no details on edge variants. The renders appear to confirm earlier reports that the Galaxy S7 would closely follow a similar design to the Galaxy S6. The report states the Galaxy S7 will be nearly the same size as the Galaxy S6 at 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94 mm, while the Galaxy S7 Plus will be bigger than even the Galaxy Note series at 163.32 x 82.01 x 7.82mm - likely meaning a 6in display panel.
A new report on December 10 reveals yet more renders of the Galaxy S7 Plus, this isn't a leak though, this is OnLeaks and uSwitch teaming up yet again to bring us polished renders of what the finished product will look like based on the previously leaked details. But don't let that lead you to dismiss it, for starters things being what they are these days there are enough legitimate leaks out there that such suppositions are not going to be widely off the mark, and what's more, OnLeaks and uSwitch have so far been quite accurate with such predictive 3D renderings as it seems they only go with details they can more or less be sure are accurate.
So with all that said what's to see in the new render? Well there's a video showcase:
As with earlier leaks, the it shows a device that looks a lot like the Galaxy S6 - no major design changes this time round, however, the rumoured microSD card slot appears to have been omitted, suggesting the legitimacy of that rumour has been brought into question by those in the know. There's also a standard microUSB port rather than a new Type-C version.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Casemakers Reveal Design Cues
Although we already knew from the earlier rumours that the Galaxy S7 launch was getting close, this latest bit of info pretty well confirms that it's imminent. What's happened is quite a common occurance - before a handset launches, the manufacturer sends details of the device to various case and accessory makers so that they can build cases and the like for the new handset in time for its launch. Invariably, one case maker or another ends up either leaking the details, or enthusiastically posting its new case design ahead of the launch, thus revealing at least partial information or visual details about the phone before it officially arrives.
This time, UK retailer Mobile Fun has published some snaps of Olixar cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7. As usual, although the cases obscure some of the phone's bodywork, we can still discern a bit of the design. And, sure enough, the Galaxy S7 seems to look quite similar to the Galaxy S6 - but then that's been rumoured for a while, so it's not really a shocker.
According to leaked information, emerging on November 23, the 'edge' variant of the Galaxy S7 will be even edgier and curvier than before. It's claimed the display will have a curvature around the phone's top and bottom edges, as well as a slightly less pronounced curve on the sides as with the current S6 edge model. The news comes via HDBlog.it's "reliable sources" and SamMobile, which also reports that Samsung is considering adding microSD card support back into the Galaxy S flagship series with the Galaxy S7. What isn't clear is whether both S7 and S7 edge will have microSD, or just one, although for our money both seems more likely, if at all.
At the moment the only cases shown are for the Galaxy S7, although cases are listed for the Galaxy S7 edge too, without images. There's nothing at all for the Galaxy S7 + and Galaxy S7 edge +.