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Samsung Galaxy S7: What to expect

The latest rumour is that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be unveiled at a Samsung press event on 21 February 2016, and go on sale on 4 March. It will be unveiled alongside up to three other models including the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge+. It will also come with a pressure sensitive screen and a feature similar to Apple’s Live Photos. Waterproofing and a Micro-SD card slot are looking more likely, too.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 may still be a month away, but we already know quite a lot about this upcoming device. Check out what we know and what to expect about the Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs and rumours below on Samsung Galaxy S7: What to expect.

Display and Design

The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch screen, Samsung will either stick with a 1440 x 2560 resolution or bump it up to a 4K display for the device. The most interesting rumour about the display is that it will feature a pressure-sensitive display like the iPhone 6s. The Galaxy S7 will also feature the ClearForce screen technology, it works like Apple’s 3D touch, offering users a new level of gesture interaction through harder finger presses.

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Talking about the design of the S7, it seems that Samsung are sticking with the curved display just like with the Galaxy S6. According to reports, Samsung sees little point in spending time and money reinventing a design that has proven successful and prefers to focus its energy on improving speed, display quality and cost.

Storage & Memory

It is rumoured that Samsung are going to reinstate the microSD slot in the Galaxy S7. The rumours goes on to say that the storage will be expandable upto 200 GB if it is the case. But we will have to wait and see if it is true. The phone will be available in 3 versions, 32/64/128 GB. The device will have 4 GB of internal RAM and the price will depend on the version you are buying.

Processors

Samsung will use either the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 for the Galaxy S7. Samsung opted to ditch Qualcomm for its last round of Galaxy S devices, instead using an Exynos processor produced in-house. But that does not mean they will follow the same path with its 2016 flagship phone.

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The S7 will obviously use the Google’s new Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system straight out of the box. The new OS is set to bring a number of perks including Android Pay, improved app permissions, standardised fingerprint support, and battery life improvements.

Cameras

The cameras on the S7 probably wont be much different from its predecessor. The S6 featured a 16-mega-pixel shooter enhanced by optical image stabilisation, autofocus, and an LED flash, that was quite impressive on itself.

There is also a rumour that Samsung is planning to implement a camera feature called either Vivid Photo or Timeless Photo intended to rival Apple’s Live Photos. The feature works by capturing 1.5 seconds of video before and after a photo is taken. The idea being that when you choose to view your ‘Vivid Photo’, the scene appears to briefly come to life.

Samsung is said to be discarding audio capture from the video, unlike Apple, in order to allow the clips to be uploaded to Facebook more readily as GIFs.

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Samsung claims that the camera’s RWB colour pattern enhances light sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio in low-light and back-light conditions.

Other features

The Galaxy S7 could feature a  USB-C. The Galaxy S7 looks like a very likely candidate to adopt the new technology.The USB-C is a growing alternative to Micro USB that offers faster data transfer and a reversible tip like the Apple’s Lightning cable. If the Galaxy Note 5 features USB-C when it launches later this year, the Galaxy S7 will almost certainly follow suit.

A rumour has also surfaced which suggests that the Galaxy S7 could come with a keyboard cover. The cover would make the phone a bit chunky if added but it is yet to be confirmed.

Details on the battery life are yet to be released but statistics point to a better battery life for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Samsung has patented a new method of biometric tracking that works by embedding four sensors into, or “near” a phone , i.e. a case, to measure a user’s body fat. This could be a new addition as the body fat scanner.

Price and release date

The Galaxy S6 launched at MWC 2015, and the Galaxy S5 launched at MWC 2014, so it safe to say that the Galaxy S7 release date will undoubtedly coincide with MWC 2016: that’s February 22-25, 2016. Market availability will likely be around five or so weeks after the launch. That would put it on shelves in the last few days of March.

Its expected that the Galaxy S7 will be priced pretty high, if the Galaxy S6 is anything to go by. We’re not sure if the rumours of a 4K display will pan out to be true, but if they do you can expect another price increase, especially if the base model internal storage increases from 32 GB to 64 GB.

The rumours are that the S7 will be in the more-than 3,000 Yuan price range, which means it will cost more than $460.

That’s all of the rumours and specs available right now of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Be sure to keep referring to our page for more updates on the phone and other gadgets as well.

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