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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: 2240; 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: 992; 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: 133; 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: 2240; 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: 710; 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: 2240; 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: 7; 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: 5428; 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: 213; 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: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


4-4.5 SoT isn't great.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:09

27. UglyFrank (Posts: 1606; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I get 5 minimum on my unrooted S5

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:10

28. UglyFrank (Posts: 1606; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Edit: accidentally posted twice

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 12:11

34. Xperia14 (Posts: 374; 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 (Posts: 75; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


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: 78; 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: 869; 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: 78; 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: 8939; 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: 78; 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: 869; 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: 869; 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: 127; 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: 78; 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: 3491; 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.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:31 3

6. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


1. You're not going to use the phone bare. That's just a potential drop waiting to happen. I personally use a tempered glass on the back of my S6 ( with oleophobic coating, so no fingerprints like the stock back)

2. Phones like s6, g4, m9 and 6s are splash resistant already. Wasn't there a video of s6 surviving in water for 22 min. This isn't even close to rating that Sony provides (1.5 m) . But for what it's worth, you can use it in rain.

All other options are fine. I would also like better battery life ( battery life similar to mate 8, 8-10 hour SoT). A non-stuttery software ( after 5.1.1, the smoothness really took a hit. I see stutters everywhere) and micro SD.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:32 4

7. Gulliver (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


... and FM Radio (the only reason I still keep my S3 too), IR .. please!

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:36 1

8. DmitrLP (Posts: 291; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


What i would like to see is dual internet connection, one WIFI and the other mobile DATA, both running at the same time with the option to choose which one to use for app download, stream media etc
Also image projection

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:28 2

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung phones already have that. It's called WiFi Booster. It uses the WiFi and carriers 4G signal to increase download speeds.

However, not all carriers networks support the feature.

It is supported by Verizon (well the last time I used it, which was on my S6 Edge I had at the time). T-Mobile also support the feature. Can't speak for Sprint or AT&T.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:47 2

9. trublackrose (Posts: 24; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


What I would like to see is a Phone that does what a Phone is suppose to do. Make and Receive calls. The rest of it is all fluff.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 08:59 5

10. Gulliver (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Why would you even bother writing here if that's what you want?!?

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:22 2

12. DmitrLP (Posts: 291; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


All phones do that, it´s up to you if you use the other features, duh!

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:23 1

13. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 783; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


oleophobic coating plz. S6 and note 5 are finger print magnets.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:13 1

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


They have oleophobic coating on front glass. It's the back glass which lacks it.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:35 3

16. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


8. Larger battery
9. Humpless camera
10. 8MP ISOcell front facing camera that was announced a while ago
11. MicroSD card slot coupled with better NVMe internal memory
12. Better audio chip and codec support
13. At least one front facing speaker
14. More microphones

Ad nauseum, ad nauseum, ad nauseum.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 09:57

18. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Thin phone made with premium materials with no slow ass sd slot, larger camera hump and more features on touchwiz.

wait wut?

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:03

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


1. I've never been a fan of dual glass designs no matter who does it. Yes it is nice and yes it feels cool to the touch, but I agree their has to be a better way.

2. Right now TW is trimmed down enough for me. I don't see anything on that front to bother with.

3. Bloatware is definitively a problem. For Samsung apps, Samsung does have icons, but usually ti takes you tot he Samsung App Store to download them. I agree every app should be this way.

I have statement before that the reason Samsung can't upgrade their phones is because of the baked in apps. Samsung needs to force all devs and carriers to develop apps and make them available in the app store. They could also make them directly available to their users via a text message that lets them know a new version of "My Verizon" or "My T-Mobile" account apps are available and the link goes to either the app store or a direct install from the carrier.

This will work no matter what contracts they have. You can offer baked in dev apps as links. That way we can pick what we want. Being able to disable an app doesn't solve the problem because it is still taking up valuable space on the internal storage.

4. Is partially wrong. I can edit the video even if I recorded it in QHD. The problem is when you save it with the native editor, it wont be in UHD. I could care less if this changes or not because I never edit my videos.

I've recorded over 500 UHD videos and not once have I needed or wanted to edit them.

For those who do, doing it from the phone would be dumb as you cant see the video in detail. Also, since the iPhone for example only has a 750/1080p display, you aren't seeing what you are editing in UHD anyways.

A real video editor is only on the desktop, whether Mac or PC. I rather do it where I can see it. Especially since I have a native display to do it on.

So I disagree with you here. It offers no advantage to do on a small screen. Since my display on my phone is only QHD, a UHD video is still not being shown in all its glory.

5. My phone already has live photos. It si a plugin which Samsung provides. If you open the camera app, and click the "Mode" icon, you see other ways you can snap pics or record. If you click download you will be taken to the Samsung Apps and you can download their live photo plugin. I have downloaded it, but haven't had a time I thought I even wanted to use it. It's useless. If I want a live recording, I simply record it. All live photos does is creates a live clip as a photo so you can easily text or email a live shot which is a good idea, if you can use it.

Force Touch is the native hardware name. It was made by a few 3rd parties. Apple made their own which is limited and dumb. Synaptics already has this tech built-in touchpads as I have one built into my HP laptop. I haven't found a way to make it useful on my PC. I can set my TouchPad to not use pressure at all which is cool. But I've left everything at their defaults for...

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 10:09

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


most part.

6. An IP67/68 rated device is nice to have, but I've never dropped my phone in water. I have mad devices splashed with water, but all of Samsung phones can handle a splash of water or even a quick dunk if you pull them right out.

7. Speaker? Seems fine to me. What would be cool is if they found a way to make the speaker at the top of the phone, to work as a loudspeaker as well so you wouldnt need a extra speaker.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:16

29. Loubielou (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Samsung as really made the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus batterylife superb,buts really missing my 128gb micro sd card i had in my Note 4,Just wish the Back was Leather instead of Glass,so the battery could be changeable,as Glass is aFingerprint magnet,plus the Glass used on the S6 models was easy breakable,so always have to put a case on my S6 edge plus to protect the Glass from getting smashed,Louder speakers are needed on the S7,Hope Turtle Glass is Stronger this time on the S7,Galaxy Apps needs to improved as well,Hope Larger batteries will be included as well

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:37

32. Jazbec (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Even if they leave everything the same as with S just give it a killer battery life ...

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:41

33. Romantico3pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


Ips screen ftw

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 12:18

36. may_czos (Posts: 718; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


I'd love to see 5,1" S7 edge.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 14:08

38. SupermanayrB (Posts: 470; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Based on the Note 3 & Note 4 I agree with #7.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 17:28

44. jeroome86 (Posts: 901; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Like to see a premium body. Some form of metal. Water resistant like the S5. No carrier or 3rd party bloat. Let the consumer download what they want or let us uninstall it. Uninstall and just not hide. Samsung should be able to keep the carrier bloat off by now.

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