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Galaxy S7 may come with microSD slot, but keep the unibody design and sealed battery

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Galaxy S7 may come with microSD slot, but keep the unibody design and sealed battery
We've barely gotten accustomed to all the wonders of the Galaxy S6, but it's already Galaxy S7 rumor mill time, indicating that Samsung might have indeed succeeded to shorten the development timeframe for its flagship through a more robust project management techniques.

We already heard that the Galaxy S7 might employ two chipsets - Snapdragon 820, and Samsung's upcoming Exynos M1 project, and the alleged Exynos 8890 version was leaked today in a benchmark, sporting 4 GB of RAM. Moreover, we just learned that it might also have two versions when it comes to the screen diagonal - one with a 5.2" and one with a 5.8" screen. This tale is similar to the one we got last year for the S6, and in the end the larger unit turned out a totally different phone, so we'd take it with a grain of salt, though it might be a version with a flexible dual-edge display.

Today, one more rumor has appeared, fleshing out the eventual Galaxy S7 a bit more. The handset will allegedly have a microSD card slot, unlike its predecessor, but keep the unibody design with a sealed battery inside. The fact that Samsung wants to keep the premium designs it's been doing for almost a year now, is no surprise, as its handsets are now turning up as the only ones built with high-end materials, yet managing to stay extremely compact, and at the same time with some of the best screen-to-body ratios in the industry (looking at you, Note5). 

In any case, if the S7 indeed comes with expandable storage, we won't complain for sure, as the source claims that the S7 is envisioned to arrive with 32 GB/ 64 GB storage versions only for now.

source: Weibo via G4Games

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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:40 15

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2388; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Learning from mistakes :)

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:50 18

10. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

No, I think this is a grand masterplan to pent-up demand for Galaxy S7.
It's a kind of Apple refusing to release big-screen iphone for several generation.

This is the same strategy that samsung used for Galaxy Note5 in Europe.
By saying they won't sales the Note5 in europe this year, they increasing the demand.

For those of you who watch south park, it's the episode of Eric Cartman bought the themepark.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:55 2

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4839; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


South Park!!! lolololololololololololololololol


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:11 5

38. ReticentHamster (Posts: 92; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)

Very perceptive, sir. I'm glad someone else can see through the veil. :) Additionally, when Samsung pulls crazy moves like this, it keeps them in the media.

Headlines like, "Shocking: Samsung Omits IR Blaster and micro SD expansion!", although they are negative, do keep the minds of people focused on Samsung as a company.

The Europe thing with the Note5 was pretty obvious, I thought. Like using scare tactics to make people contemplate the horror of not having their precious Note5. :P

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 13:19

45. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

I'm glad you also think the same, otherwise I might need a psych to check my sanity.

The Note5 strategy is very briliant, it's a free advertisement, and it made the european got curious on why the other european want it so bad.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:47 4

24. NasirMalik (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

It will be even better if they included the IR Blaster as well as microSD Card!
I'm gonna buy one!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:56

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4839; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I am with you on that. It needs the IR blaster, Micro SD Card slot, BUT at the rumored 5.8 inch size...

Well also I need a developer edition device...


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:13

39. oister85 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Yes IR blaster is so need it

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:05

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


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:03

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


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 21:56

51. cdm283813 (Posts: 356; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)

What mistake. Qualcomm screwed up this year with the SD 810 and Samsung had to use the Exynos with a storage system not compatible with SD cards. I'd rather have a quality/fast processor with no SD card vs a gimped processor with SD card support.
On top of that Samsung increased the base storage to 32GB. Trust me; Apple has done worst in that department.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:41 2

2. zig8100 (Posts: 229; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

I knew they would start going back to it. Hope its true because I might keep my Note 4 even longer or might just switch to LG , HTC or Sony.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:07

37. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)

i switched my note 4 to lg g4 but i went back
lg smartphones are good but not at the same level as note series

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:41 23

3. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

Obviously it will come with an SD card. The memory controller on Sd 820 supports both UFS as well as microSD, as opposed to Exynos 7420. Samsung was never against microSD, that's why all Samsung phones except S6 and Note 5 in 2015 have microSD.

No matter what fanboys say, having a microSD card is objectively superior to not having one. If you don't like them, don't use them. But it's there if you want it.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:39 2

21. rishav20193 (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)

i think in next few gen's exynos's memory controller will also support both UFS & sd card !!
afterall, why will samsung use SD if they have their own SOC which is mostly on par & sometimes beat its SD rival

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:53 2

26. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Because they will always be missing newer features for a few generation as you said.

How many time its took to get LTE to work correctly built-in?
How many time its took to get the SOC right so its dont overheat and have issue? ( even then its not perfect with a 40% throttling )
Do they have hardware malware detection? nope.
They also dont have half the features in the new DSP.
SD 820 GPU will also put to shame the crappy stock Mali one in Exynos.

PS: SD810 also support both UFS and SD card at the same time so this is nothing new.. i think even the 805 had thats support already.

Pas exynos soc where never on par with SD one lol i dont know what you smooking.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:28

49. martinjhm271 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Aug 2015)

all features that you describe all are garbage, you says 'the adreno 530 is more powerful than mali gpus' lol the mali t760 mp8 @ 778 mhz is better than adreno 430,you can search on this web benchmark at 1080p manhattan and the galaxy s6 beat the htc m9,the adreno 530 is only 40% more powerful than adreno 430 while the mali t880 is 80 % more powerful than the t760,the exynos m1 will rape the snapdragon 820,kid go to sleep

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:42

4. miket1737 (Posts: 2549; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:42 1

5. Kumar123 (Posts: 802; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

This is going to be epic.

I'm really going to enjoy if S7 comes with microSD slot.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:50 1

11. havefunlets889 (Posts: 16; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)

You are going to buy S7???

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:59 4

15. Kumar123 (Posts: 802; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

I'm going to praise Samsung for including it. But I'm going soooooo going to make fun of those S-heep who said you don't need microSD slot. And said Samsung did the right thing for not including it. I really hope Samsung include it.
Oh, A certain s-heep already changed his opinion. Ha ha ha. Seriously can't wait.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:54 1

27. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Same ;)

All those excuses they gave its was so funny.

Maybe they have the head in the cloud? ( Pun intended )

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:58

14. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Just having mere microSD won't make a phone epic. microSD is just a small part of whole package. If batterylife, software, camera is bad, even having 10 microSD slots won't make the phone any better.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:34

18. rishav20193 (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)

& u really think samsung's flagship phone's camera will be bad......
it will be one of the bese if not best in the business !!
besides, software hass been optimiseed a lot....as many owners of s6 series say & battery life is decent to say the least !!
nothing's bad in s6 (except no sd card slot)

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:57

31. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Touchwiz = bad crap.
Memory management = horrible so horrible multitasking.
Overheating = Yep this sucker overheat as much if not even more than the SD810 in some case. Camera 4K limited to 5 min where others using SD810 limited to 10 min.. do 20 min in a row on a S6 of 4k video ( 4 time 5 min whitout cooldown time ) and you see what happen...

Battery life is nothing special my Z1 has a better battery life (i used one for a whole week a S6 to test it fully as i work at a cellshop ) and for same usage my Z1 has better battery life lol ( strange how in review from tech website its good when in real life its just ordinary )

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:40

22. Tziggy14 (Posts: 443; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

Bad camera? They already have the best and most optimized camera in the market.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:57

32. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Overall i prefere the LG G4 camera but yes its not a bad one.

posted on 27 Dec 2015, 02:31

53. Dalamar (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Dec 2015)

Either you're on Shamesung's payroll or completely clueless.

ALL android phones have bad camera software, ffs we have to use raws to even get anything workable. Good sensor means squat if the input gets destroyed by the software, and that's about the only thing Apple has actually done right (probably because of their rep as being for graphics people).

In any case, I won't buy from Sc@msung again, only international and gsm variants actually get updates. Plus their bs with the sd card/battery/nonsense pr drivel reply to my email = shtlisted for life. I told them they should unify their ROM like the Nexus so we actually get the updates we're promised, and they told me to fk off with some nonsense PRspeak.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:44

6. gersont1000 (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

If they do this, I will probably go back a Samsung phone at the end of next year when I'm done paying off my Z3.

By the way, I think it's funny how they call metal wrapped with glass "premium design". One of my biggest complaints against iPhones was how fragile they are because of the glass back. You would see broken iPhones all over the place. Now, if a phone looks good and is all aluminum or a hard, high quality plastic, then that should be called premium design. Unfortunately, Samsung and Sony are following the glass trend.

And yes, I know, the Z3 has the glass back, but I keep it in a case anyway.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:54

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

I would recommend buying a tempered glass for the back as well as front. That way, if the phone falls, the tempered glass will break but screen or back will remain unscathed.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:49

25. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

aluminium is not premium. It develops dents and scratches over time. All companies are cheating us with their terminology of premium. Nylon, kavlar, stainless steel or probably liquid metal are premium. Glass is fragile and aluminium is a crap

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:58 1

33. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Yeah f**k Aluminium make me a Titanium handset ;)

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:44

7. Shocky (unregistered)

If this comes at the cost of internal storage and the dreaded 16GB version makes a return they've lost a customer.

Otherwise great, best of both worlds.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:35 1

19. roldefol (Posts: 4259; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I don't they can do that. The competition (LG, Sony, HTC if they're still alive) has been shipping phones with 32 GB and microSD for two cycles now.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:45 2

8. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung already know that there current phones are not Grabbing the Full intention they thought they would get by improving the Build of there phones,but losing the Micro sd card slot or even removable battery as not Improved the Sales of there modern phones,Samsung know that they need to bring the Card Slot back plus a Stronger battery that can substitute for the Removable Battery Option,even Sony are offering the card slot on there Z5 phones,so the Galaxy S7 could be a phone that sorts Samsung future out,or loads could be finally saying Bye Bye to Samsung

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:47

9. 27satz (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Good move Samsung. If the battery is non-removable then they should approach near 2800 mAh for a 5.2 inch phone.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:59

35. marorun (Posts: 3607; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Anything under 3000 mah is not enuf for such phone.

I would say even 3500 to 4000 mah minimum.

2 milimeter thicker phone if need to be!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 10:54

12. WeezyF (Posts: 154; Member since: 09 Jul 2015)

definitely a good move
but lets see how it turns out to be

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:01 1

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

Of course. They'll spin the PR and say something like "we listen to our customers, so here's your microSD card slot" and all the sheep will praise them

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 21:11

50. mixedfish (Posts: 1182; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

It'll be as if UFS2.0 memory didn't matter at all.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:31

17. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

It's far too early for this to be reliable. I'm not holding my breath.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:36

20. sam3k (Posts: 108; Member since: 02 May 2013)

Now that's good news

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:41 3

23. FReDcc (Posts: 57; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)

so samsung thinks removing sd card was a wrong move ???okey now what would be their tag line for next phone ?? "next is previous" or "next is next" or "no next only"

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:55 1

29. Guaire (Posts: 521; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

One of the biggest NAND flash manufacturer of the world, but no 128GB for their premium phones.

Better ditch 32GB rather than 128GB.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:17

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

Just yesterday I purchased a 64GB Samsung microSD card for $19.99. You've got to wonder why they can't just include that in phones and have 64GB upgrades for even up to $50, instead of the $100 they (and Apple and others) charge for the upgrade from 32GB to 64GB and then another $100 for the upgrade from 64GB to 128GB. The only reason I prefer microSD cards over internal memory upgrades is the ripoff pricing of the latter, especially when you can get a good 128GB microSD card for $50 nowadays. I am sure Samsung can give us reasonably priced internal memory upgrades, but they have this frustrating pattern of doing the Apple thing.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 11:59

34. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:16

40. mdsheik (Posts: 52; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)

Old samsung phones got a well build quality, but tables turned now and samsung works fine for upto 3 months after it sucks i didnt complain technology of samsung it stays up ahead than many products but their UI really sucks i dont know why they r not trying to fix it, i prefer to buy google or apple phones these r buttery smooth.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:45

42. bubbadoes (Posts: 992; Member since: 03 May 2012)

typical bs as usual. whats next for s8--bring back removable battery

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 12:54

43. medicci37 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

I don't even care anymore. I'm so done with Samsung &touchwiz

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 13:06

44. Bm888 (Posts: 501; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)

at least I can have big hopes for note 6 ie
1. 6GB Ram
2.64Gb standard Rom
3.Micro-sd upto 2Tb
4.5.9 inch 4k display
5.iris scanner
6.front camera flash
7.3500/4000mah long lasting battery
8.super fast charging / wireless
9. blazing mongoose custom cpu.
10.return of IR blaster

hope Sammy doesn't screw up coz it will be the perfect phone/phablet ever.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 13:22

46. FluffyBled (Posts: 515; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

I think asking for both 64GB storage base model and micro-sd up to 2TB is a bit too much, other than that, only the iris scanner is doubtful!

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 14:21

47. joevsyou (Posts: 813; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

i don't need a super thin phone. Give us a nice battery and we got a deal

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 12:02

52. airstream25 (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)

An SD card slot is nice, but I think a removable battery is even more important. Phone manufacturers seem to think thin is important but I think all weekend long battery life is more important. I want to be able to install an extended battery.

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