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7 things we would like to see in the Samsung Galaxy S7

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is among the most exciting launches of 2016, and while there are a lot of rumors and leaks out there, we still don't know the exact specifics in terms of upgrades and features that are to be added or removed. So, just like any smartphone lovers out there, we too have our secret wishlist of things we'd love to see in Sammy's next flagship.

Now, while our wishes are based on actual rumors, or features and technology that is already present on other smartphones, this here is by no means a rumor roundup of any kind. If you want to check out everything we've heard about the Galaxy S7 thus far, do read the rumor review over here. For this article, we list the 7 things that would take the S7 a step up from last year's Galaxy S6 in our eyes, aside from the obvious processor upgrade.


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posted on 25 Jan 2016, 07:33 4

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sam Should Make The Glass On The Back Like That Of The Z5 But Get Rid Of The Slippery.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:30 1

14. vuyonc (Posts: 1023; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Yup. Frosted glass on the Z5 series feels amazingly grippy and smudgeproof.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 14:08

37. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


We need S7 to start off with 32 GB in 2016.
Goodbye to 16 GB coz its so 2015..

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 15:08

40. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


It's guaranteed to start out at 32 GB, S6 never offered a 16 GB option, don't think the Note 4 had a 16 GB option

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 16:08

41. vijay.alapati (Posts: 146; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Lol, they stopped 16gb flagships from 2015. Looks like you haven't used recent samsung phones

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 11:57

48. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Samsung's last 16gb high-end phone was the S5. They stopped offering 16gb high-end phone starting with the galaxy note 4 and galaxy alpha in 2014 both have a min of 32gb.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 07:13

47. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Sammy should get rid of glass and go again with soft touch plastic with metal frame.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 11:59

49. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2713; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


i Would mind some plastic but the vast majority of people would whine and cry about that. Fake leather like the note 4 and s5 wouldn't be bad tho.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 07:47 9

2. Sapere (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Jan 2016)


Get back SD card slot/dual Sim slot, keep quick UI on Android 6, increase battery life, make it water&dust resistant, and put in all the latest greatest hw. I cannot think of anything else, what a man could desire in 2016 from a phone... Than people will buy millions of these.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:07 12

26. TomMax (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Nov 2015)


@Sapere, Well said, I wish they add multi-user support (guest mode), I don't get it Samsung make duos phones (dual-SIM variant), but they remove multi-user feature, then how would people instal dual apps for both SIMs like whatsapp and so on.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:16 1

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


sd and please better battery life... also global launch of sd820 model, because qualcomm always has wider developers support

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 20:06 2

45. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Not to forget the IR blaster! Very handy feature.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:00 2

3. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 237; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


what about battery life Phonearena?

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:52 3

17. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


There's nothing wrong with the battery life of my 128GB S6 (edge)

I'm a heavy user and it gets me trough the day with ease.
15 ~ 20% battery power left at the end of the day when I put it on the wireless charger for the night.

ScreenOnTime is 4 ~ 4,5 hours according to BetterBatteryStats :-)
I'm using Greenpower Premium and Greenify and my phone is rooted.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asksven.betterbatterystats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.gpo.greenpower2
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:16 3

22. nodes (Posts: 748; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


4-4.5 SoT isn't great.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:09

27. UglyFrank (Posts: 1732; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I get 5 minimum on my unrooted S5

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:10

28. UglyFrank (Posts: 1732; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Edit: accidentally posted twice

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 12:11

34. Xperia14 (Posts: 528; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


No, there's nothing wrong with your S6. All S6's have that horrible 4 hours of screen on time. My Z2 gets about 7,5 hours of SoT in 2 days.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 12:15 1

35. MedLEB (unregistered)


You are talking about battery life after you get used to what companies nowadays produce, Samsung is great in terms of battery life compared to other companies, but "FrankUnderwood2" is talking about the battery which was when we had Nokia ... (4-5 days of hard working/using).

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:02

4. pmsap (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 May 2015)


Software! How will the pressure display work? It will be a gimmick (as the dual edge)? Will there be new capabilities to the new camera? It's all about how people interact with the device. That's how apple created their brand. UI! Just that. Not SD card, not waterproof, not battery life. They are nice to have but the value they've created relates to UI.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:08 1

11. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I'm not interested at S6 edge model, but i'll give credit to samsung because they dare to make a wager or at least try to be unique. You think it's a gimmick but did u actually own one? S6 edge wasn't the perfect example/benchmark, the Note series are! They are well known for power user.

I'm iOS & android user as well and most of the time my iDevice was left on the table getting dusty over time. TBH i think iOS was "boring", it's fluid but the ui feels more like repetition & i didn't find much ui advantage on 6s plus compared to Note 5 (3d touch might change the way you interact with your device but at this point i think it's still too early).

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:30

15. pmsap (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 May 2015)


It's fair. But let's look at some arguments.
- Apple sells much more high-end models than anyone else (and of course more than Samsung).
- My opinion is that Samsung sells phones with superior hardware (eagerly waiting for the S7 to come out to buy one). For the purpose of discussion, let's assume that Sam's hardware is indeed superior.
- Apple's are more expensive than Sam's phones.

The logical conclusion is that apple's UI is better. End of argument.

I'm not arguing they don't improve they hardware. Hell, if they don't do it I'd not be buying one. But the biggest gap is in UI.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:23 2

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10700; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They sell a single phone. If Samsung only sold the S and Note, then they would simply sell 200M of them easily because they would have another phone to choose from.

Saying Apple's UI is better is subjective. I don't see it as better. Its mostly the same as anyone else. As with everyone else, some things could have been done better.

Android's UI makes more sense. Like example, the quick toggle. Like with Apple, you can turn it on an off. But with Android, if I hold them I will be taken to the option in settings where I can make other changes. Apple's is just an on/off button.

Settings. Samsung allowing me to play setting I change often at the top is awesome since like iOS, the setting screen is very long. I also miss the fact Samsung had a tabbed view which made the settings screen even more organized in my opinion.

Apple's UI is boring because you are forced to tie everything to a single button.

The fact I can split 2 apps on the same screen, move info between them by dragging, I can changed options like themes and wallpaper without ever leaving the home screen and more makes the Galaxy UI far better..."im my opinion"

However no matter which UI you prefer there are facts that there are features of both TouchWiz and iOS that were done well. But there are things that are better that aren't open to be subjective. TW has iOS beat in that regard even ig you dont see it that way.

For example, compare the 6S Plus one-handed mode vs the same mode on the S6 Edge+/Note 5. Its better on Samsung's device and that is not subjective...its fact. Being able to place Widgets on their own screen is Bette than shoving them stack on the notification panel.

iOS has a toned down boring UI, where many things are done ass-backwards.

But if you prefer it, enjoy...but things that are subjective are only "better" to you.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:18

31. pmsap (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 May 2015)


You are not correct. I didn't mention my opinion. I also prefer android and touchwiz (I hate the time they take to update software!). But that's now whatI'm talking about. Opinions.

Saying that Samsung sells different models is irrelevant to this topic. You have a finite group of people buying high-end phones. For those it is irrelevant the number of non-high-end phones out there.

The numbers say that they buy apple, then samsung, then .... whatever. What I'm referring to is that the difference between the no of people buying high.end phones from apple and samsung is very significant. That difference might be explained on several factors. However, given that in hardware and price samsung is at least as good as apple, then the difference has to come from the software. It is simple as that.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 16:27

42. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I see, guess many review from tech blog/website wishing toned down TW, leads you and most people to that conclusion, but as you said "That difference might be explained on several factors" but i don't think you can use sales number as a benchmark to measure which one has better ui.
- i think there's google edition Galaxy S line device but it didn't sell didn't it?
- iDevice are limited to hi-end category so...
- if you love iOS there's Apple for you, if Android is your fave there's Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc... TW was far from stock android, sense & xperia ui is more like stock but Samsung is more popular kids here. I think both HTC & Sony hardware is quite respectable compared to Samsung.
- most user including me are willing to pay an extra amount of money simply for Apple brand & their hardware isn't that bad, they are good all rounder device.
- there's many thing to consider as well like subsidy from carriers, after-sales service, availability, ecosystem, etc...

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 16:48

43. Diezparda (Posts: 874; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I'd respect your opinion. Different people might wanted an option as their needs may vary from one another, if people want iOS like UI there's htc sense/xperia ui or even nexus.

I simply wish Samsung didn't cut all unique feature that make them standout like ir blaster, sd card, even some TW feature (air view for example people don't appreciate them, but when Apple introduced it different way... suddenly it's seem useful).

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:32 3

25. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


UI? You mean app drawer, lmao.... that's LITERALLY all iphones are for UI is a glorified app drawer

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 14:24 2

39. chaosnightmare (Posts: 170; Member since: 20 May 2010)


If samsungs fans cared only about nice ui we would have bought iPhones long ago, we want a strong focus in hardware, (sd slot, good battery life, good camera, the best display in the market) that's why we like samsung

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 07:01

46. pmsap (Posts: 84; Member since: 26 May 2015)


I don't know your age or job experience but the arguments used here are the ones from someone with no experience in the sales department. I will then stop arguing. It's me talking lemons and you bananas. Makes no sense.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:07

5. maherk (Posts: 4066; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Thank you for #1. Samsung is really killing it with the glass back, looks great, but only when it's clean.

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