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Galaxy S7 may come with a microSD slot, S7 edge with a top-to-bottom curved display

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Galaxy S7 may come with a microSD slot, S7 edge with a top-to-bottom curved display
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has already begun to take shape, with numerous rumors pointing towards two versions being announced at once - a smaller one, and an S7 "edge" with a larger, flexible display. The rest of the specs are expected to be top-notch, such as an Exynos 8 Octa or Snapdragon 820 chipsets, depending on the region, 4 GB of RAM, and an eventual 20 MP BRITECELL camera on the back, as well as the inevitable for 2016 USB Type-C connector.

Today the Galaxy S7 variations got fleshed out a bit more, at least according to the rumor mill of "inside sources." The "regular" Galaxy S7 is alleged to come with a flat, 5.2" screen, while the larger S7 edge is tipped coming with a 5.7" flexible display, which will be only slightly curved at the sides, but will feature curves at the top and the bottom this time, too.

If this materializes, it will be quite the proof of concept for Samsung's YOUM display line of panels with flexible plastic substrate. It may also open the doors to intriguing interface possibilities, like having the dock or virtual navigational keys at the bottom of the curved screen, which would certainly look cool, regardless of the practicality. In fact, Samsung patented such a top-to-bottom curved display recently, so the rumor isn't entirely baseless. There are already renders out of this patent, so you can see how it might look like in the patent sketches and concept designs below. 

Still, we are more interested in the other tidbit that is spilled by the alleged "insider sources" - that the Galaxy S7 and its larger sidekick will reintroduce the microSD card slot back to the line, just as previously heard. The S6 doesn't have one, so adding an expandable storage option to what already seems like a great handset, would spice things up a little further for potential buyers, what do you think?


source: HDblog.it (translated) via SamMobile

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posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:35 27

1. Tsrnexus (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)


If the s7 has a SD card I'm buying that baby.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:39 15

2. UglyFrank (Posts: 1657; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


And if the battery is bigger

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:08 7

8. belosava (Posts: 55; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


will reduce the capacity of the battery, to put micro sd .s7 will have a 2300 mAh

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:33 6

25. Nopers (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


I will assume you mean that because you think there will be less internal space. They could always integrate the mSD slot with the sim card slot. Furthermore capacity of batteries is reducing (as it should) As mobile processors require less battery to get you through the day, I expect they will increase the speed of fast charging and reduce the power consumption of the processor. Specs on a sheet aren't everything.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:53 3

68. gersont1000 (Posts: 337; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Did you just say that the capacity of batteries is reducing AS IT SHOULD?! I guess cars should just come with a 5-gallon gas tank since they're more fuel efficient now.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:40 2

45. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


Come on now Samsung not like Apple it wouldn't do that would they?

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:41 2

46. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


Come on now, Samsungs not like Apple it wouldn't do that would they?

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:10 1

10. belosava (Posts: 55; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


each succeeding model has weaker battery .s5 have 2800mah battery ,s6 2550 mah battery

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:42 2

47. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


I believe are right it was 3000 this time for the battery since a lot of people were pissed about the drop

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 10:15

69. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung will use its battery space saving tech used in the gear s2 to make it so you get 3000 in the same space as a 2600 normal battery
(The saving is 50 per 200)

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:10

21. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


and if it gonaa have everything

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:17

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


And if they add multi user support I'll buy this phone

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:37 2

43. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


Wasn't that the old news from like 3 months ago when Samsung said that they were releasing an SD card and I think it was supposed to also have a removable back to get the battery since those were the big things people were complaining about

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:39

44. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


turned us you know they make a s6 case with built in SD card slot and the case is plugged into the bottom of the phone since it's fit a spare battery in it

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:28 3

62. shy2papa (Posts: 309; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


If it has an SD card slot and bring back IR blaster then I am sold

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 13:47 1

100. AliGee (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Nov 2014)


I am with you 100% bring back IR and SD card, Samsung!!! I don't know why would you leave IR on the regular s6 but take it off from the Edge+ and Note 5 when they are basically the same phones. Oh yeah add full manual video controls to top it off...LoL

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 11:38

76. Hallyu (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Since when SD card became first world problem? I can't see how could you allow such a small deal to make your decision. 32GB is pretty decent for normal users. And if someone is a hardcore user, he just needs to get a 64GB/128GB version. Problem solved!

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 11:34 1

97. WolfmanRobby (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


I would rather have LESS on board storage and use a removable storage medium. WHY? because I've had phones DIE on me and I lost a lot of important files on the onboard storage. CLOUD backup is NOT an easy option given I do a lot outdoors, in areas with limited data. (Its also why I use MP3's for music and not streaming.) I also prefer the idea of my sensitive files NOT being stored within the phone as, even if you wipe it, someone can still recover it. For me, being able to walk into a store, buy a new phone, move my SD card over and have my GB's of Music, Files and Pictures right there in seconds is the best way to go.

When Samsung took the SD card away, I had a feeling my S5 Active would be my last Samsung phone after being a long time customer.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 12:11 2

81. QWERTYphone (Posts: 654; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


The S7 needs BOTH a removable battery and microSD.
They need to build a durable phone and dump the fragile glass too.

posted on 28 Nov 2015, 10:55

102. Gasteasoro (Posts: 23; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


How about you get an S7 Active? lol

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:40

3. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


It should have, if Sammy wants to keep-up with Apple-like sales. Heck, moderate price tag too!!

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:42 1

4. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Sweet baby Cheezits, 2016 is looking good :D

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:54 1

5. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


that s7 edge will be mine!

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:57 13

6. Zylam (Posts: 764; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Oh so are we back to SD card slots are good again? Or is that "uses new faster builtin memory thus no SD" excuse still in play?

Samsung fans, no better than the Apple fans they bash, probably worse.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:25 23

16. tedkord (Posts: 11712; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Or, maybe they worked out a way to have both the faster memory and the microsd, so you can have the best of both worlds. Samsung pushes tech forward like this.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:40

31. _KIRA_ (Posts: 64; Member since: 25 Dec 2013)


Planned obsolescence most likely

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:51 17

36. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


They can use sd card only for data/media storage. Keep all apps running on ufs 2.0 and your office files, movies and music on sd card. That will be a win/win situation for everyone.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:44

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Depends on how the Android will see the memory card, will it sacrifice having to mount and unmounts the sd each time you access it? If not, it will slow it down, and make the faster memory inside the phone useless.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:06 2

55. tedkord (Posts: 11712; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not necessarily. Just give it a separate controller on its own bus. Zero effect on the UFS2 memory, with convenient storage expansion.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:43 6

66. willard12 (Posts: 1693; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yeah, because there were no Samsung fans that complained about the lack of an SD card and removable battery. Not one. /s

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 11:51 3

79. Hallyu (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Sony fans are the worst. Their mind are full of delusion, jealousy, and arrogance. You can see that, it is obvious when there are negative articles about Samsung, they would come out from nowhere like mosquito and attack Samsung like someone killed their family. In contrast, while some articles tend to prove good points of Samsung, they just hide themselves like cockroaches. Sad, but true.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 12:43 3

83. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Oh shaddap

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 23:50 1

94. ph00ny (Posts: 1238; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You can thank google for adding proper external storage support in Marshmallow

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 05:59 13

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I would prefer 64 GB base model over microSD. microSD is too slow and unreliable. Your preference may vary.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:08 18

9. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


In my experience, SD cards are far more reliable than phones, which means that the chances of losing critical data are much slimmer when using an SD card (that isn't set up as part of the built in storage).

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:45

20. elitewolverine (Posts: 5184; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I trust phone storage more for reliability. No cheap sd cards here but they failed a lot in my Note 3 and Z3

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:30 14

22. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


That's odd since good ones have tested to have very low failure rates. Chances of your phone bricking itself or you killing it beyond salvaging the stored data, are much larger.

I've used dozens of SD cards since their advent, mostly in photography, but also in my phones. I have never had any single one fail on me. You can drop your camera to the bottom of the ocean, pick it up years later and the memory card will likely be alive and kicking. Phones and their built in storage will last as long as the weakest link in the chain. When my old S2 suddenly refused to fire up, the SD card saved my data and my day.

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 11:40

98. WolfmanRobby (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


When my S2 Skyrocket died. It died suddenly of a heart attack... Well, that's what happens when you fall, right? You die of a heart attack on the way down? LOL Anyway, sifting through the wreckage on the concrete 4 stories below my friends apartment patio, I recovered my SD card, walked into an AT&T store, popped it into my new S3 and didn't lose anything... Including the pic the S2 took as it flew from my hands!

Everything that would have been stored inside the phone got swept up and dumped into the electronics recycling bin at work.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:32

24. Shocky (unregistered)


sdcards have a quite a high failure rate, they're not reliable.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 10:53 4

73. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


They may not be reliable if you buy the wrong ones and/or use them improperly (for example cutting power too soon after reading/writing).

Used properly, they are very reliable, as shown by my own usage and that of many others. And as shown by their popularity, including the use in many high end and even professional electronics.

Here's a cool test to prove it too:
http://forum.embeddedarm.com/showthread.php?3-SD-card-endurance-test

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:09 4

57. tedkord (Posts: 11712; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I've only ever had one fail, a no name brand. And it failed pretty quickly. I've got cards that are 5 years old that are still running just fine, no data loss. Actually, I've had hard drives in PCs fail more often.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:35

27. Shocky (unregistered)


That makes no difference and makes no sense.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 11:45 2

77. Techist (Posts: 242; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


You are in denial about reality. Lots of people, myself included, have had the same experience. I have many SD and microSD cards that I've been using for many years in my cameras, smartphones, and tablets, and not a single one of them has ever failed. Right here on this thread you can see a number of people saying the same thing, because, like it or not, its reality. It only doesn't make sense to people with closed minds, probably like an American in denial of the fact the South Koreans routinely enjoy mobile internet speeds that are 2-3 times as fast as the speeds those of us here in the USA enjoy. You may not like it, you may not want to believe it, it may make no sense to you, but that doesn't make it any less real.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:39 1

30. Nopers (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


I'd probably only use a SD card as a back up, for example if my phone gets run over by a car I can just rescue the SD card and all is well. However cloud storage now is better for me (I have 1.2 TB of one drive). Storage in phones now are now getting to SSD speeds.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:04 1

54. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


You do know that SD cards now hold up to 2 terabytes that's why I give you that option on the phone showing that it can take 2 terabytes of backup

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:09 1

59. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


There is no microSD which can even store 512 GB, let alone 2 TB. And even those 200GB+ SD cards cost more than your phone. I would rather attach a hard disk or external SDD via OTG.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:36 3

63. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


SanDisk 200GB microSD card is about $150 right now on AMAZON.
So no, 200GB microSD cards dont cost more than your phone.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 10:37 2

72. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


http://www.androidauthority.com/512gb-microsd-614086/

512 GB card costs 1000$. Imagine 2 TB cards.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 11:55 1

80. combatmedic870 (Posts: 631; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Tyrion, like always it will become the norm and become significantly cheaper. I remember paying 100 bucks for a 512mb CF card.

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 11:47 1

99. WolfmanRobby (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


I remember paying $1000 almost for a 1GB hard drive thinking, "Who would never need that much storage outside of a file server?"

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 09:37 2

64. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-200GB-Micro-SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A/dp/B00V62XBQQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448293035&sr=8-1&keywords=sandisk+200gb+microsd+card

$134.00

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 18:17 1

91. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


According to android authority, 128gb samsung and sandisk is now on slash price of $45 now. Maybe they're prepping up to lower the 200gb variant.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 18:19

92. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


My mistake, you've posted the 200gb variant. $134 is also a sweet deal.

posted on 24 Nov 2015, 02:31

95. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I got my 200gb sd card for free with my lg V10.:)

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:14 4

12. maherk (Posts: 3803; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Until I got the S6, I never left the sd slot on my phones empty. But now I am used to leaving it home, I stream my music and found it a much reliable way to enjoy music than download them. I tried my 64GB Sandisk on my daughter's Tab 4, and I did notice a slight drop on performance.
For that, even if the S7 comes with sd memory expansion, I will definitely not be using it. And as you said, 64GB over an Sd slot is more ideal to me.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:17 9

14. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2919; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I prefer to have both, but you are right that MicroSD isn't suitable for running apps from or taking burst shots. But I use it to store my music and installation images (W10/Office stuff like that)

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 07:42 3

33. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


I prefer to have both!!

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:06 3

39. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Agree!
Also 32 gb + sd card slot is fine to me.

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 08:50 1

49. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


I would much rather prefer to have an SD card slot used for the VR from Samsung to put the movies on that and music and pictures as a last resort for backup my Google does back it up but still if any one of those get hacked or wiped by accident then I've lost my images and all my other things plus I already have a 64 gig sd card and I believe marshmallow need SD cards able to store native apps on them I think it was something like that from the Google i/o we will just have to wait and see what Samsung has cooked up I like the remark from the first page with the person saying use the internal 2.0 for the speed for everything and use the SD card for storage of files such as music videos and other things that are large or that need to be stored and taking off multiple times

posted on 23 Nov 2015, 06:22 6

15. belosava (Posts: 55; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Do not buy poor quality and cheap Chinese micro SD card. And problem is resolved.

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