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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to feature water resistance, large batteries, and always-on screen functionality

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to feature water resistance, large batteries, and always-on screen functionality
Expected to look a lot like last year's Galaxy S6, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 series might be officially announced at MWC 2016, on February 21.

While we already heard quite many things about the Galaxy S7 family, VentureBeat now has new details that allegedly come from a person familiar with Samsung's plans. Reportedly, only two members of the new smartphone series will be announced in February: a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 (with flat display), and a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge (with dual-curve display). Both displays should be of the Super AMOLED variety, offering 1440 x 2560 pixel resolutions. Interestingly, it's said that Samsung has implemented an always-on display feature that's easy on battery life, and allows users to glance at notifications and various info without fully turning the screen on - this appears to be similar to Motorola's Active Display, or the Ambient Display feature of Google's latest Nexus smartphones.

VentureBeat further notes that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be dust- and water-resistant (IP67-certified), just like the Galaxy S5 from 2014, and unlike the S6 series from 2015. Another feature that Samsung is expected to bring back is microSD card support: both the S7 and S7 Edge should have it.

Samsung's new octa-core Exynos 8890 processor should power the Galaxy S7 series, though some models (depending on market) may use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Chipsets aside, all S7 models should offer 4 GB of RAM, and at least 32 GB of internal memory.

On the camera front, the S7 and S7 Edge are expected to have 5 MP front-facing shooters, and 12 MP rear cameras with larger sensors and f/1.7 aperture - theoretically, this means they're going to be better in low light environments than the 16 MP, f/1.9 aperture rear cameras of the Galaxy S6 series.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to feature water resistance, large batteries, and always-on screen functionality

VentureBeat has it that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will feature 3000 mAh and 3600 mAh batteries, respectively. These are significantly larger than the batteries of last year's S6 and S6 Edge (2550 mAh and 2600 mAh), and should obviously offer extended usage times.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are expected to be available around the world starting March, in three color variants: black, white, and gold. Are you waiting for them?

source: VentureBeat

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posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:11 24

1. Landon (Posts: 394; Member since: 07 May 2015)


It's shaping up to be one heck of a year for smartphones! It would be great to see the S7 waterproof but without having a plug covering the micro SD/USB Type C port.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:18 18

2. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I guess the flap wouldn't be present like the Xperia Z5. Samsung pays great attention for design these days.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:45 11

11. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


This news of the s series better be a good sign of a monster note 6..later this year.. I prefer phablets than the s series...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 02:43 4

100. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Downgrading the main camera resolution from 16 to 12mpx, the same time
that others go for over 20, just for night shots? Why don't just add a 2nd flash?
I sure hope that Samsung do the potato again like last year with the S6's
lack of SD and many others, so they make space for others in the market.
Wave us as you go by, bye-bye Samsung :-)

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 03:07

101. spin9 (Posts: 279; Member since: 31 May 2014)


But-but... It has design, and-and... premium materials! Why do you need functionality? Samsung says you don't. Why can't you just be an Ssheep?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 03:56

103. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2154; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Yeah, that'll be a step back in the camera department; you wouldn't get as much lossless details as a 16MP camera when digitally zooming...unless of course they implement optical zooming, in which case, the 12MP makes sense.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 08:25

111. belovedson (Posts: 977; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Most i mean most people would appreciate a camera better at taking night shots especially when 12mpx is more than adequate for day shots.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:57 1

17. Nopers (Posts: 132; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


I wouldn't mind so much if it had fast wireless charging. Then the data port would only be for data.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:14 3

25. Landon (Posts: 394; Member since: 07 May 2015)


The S7 will no doubt have fast wireless charging since the 2015 Samsung flagships already support it. However, it would be awesome to see it be just as fast as wired charging.

However, if they incorporate the USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 standard, fast wired charging will get even faster and wireless charging will once again be left in the dust.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 01:47

98. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


but no news or leaks abt incorporation of force touch technology ('3D touch' for apple users)

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 17:07

65. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 319; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Of course they will as they knew that apple is gonna make it in iphone 7.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 19:16 1

76. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What does Apple.have to doneithbot. SAMSUNG already have wireless charging and wireless fast charging.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 04:41 1

105. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


What the hell is "doneithbot"?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 00:35

93. phaneendra_92 (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)


Sony gave ipx8 water resistance means its mear to water proofing.... No one can avoid flaps bcoz mempry card and sim is not a water rresistant.... If place inside back panel... Its not a real water resistant... Like old galaxy s5....

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:58 1

47. nctx77 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


How is this shaping up to be a great year for smartphones? If anything, it looks like smartphones have stagnated. A faster chip and water proof is not exciting at all anymore.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 22:30

85. Landon (Posts: 394; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I might be overly optimistic lol. I have a feeling Samsung once again has an ace up their sleeve...with a foldable screen phone?!

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 17:56

69. andrewkb (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Jan 2016)


thats why it has fast wireless charging

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 18:54 1

73. zeeBomb (Posts: 1779; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Samsung is going back to basics. I am VERY satisfied with these specs.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 18:59

75. zeeBomb (Posts: 1779; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Damnnnn 1/2inch sensor, Britecell tech and f1.7 aperture... thing will score at least like a 94 on Dxomark with specs like that.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:21 9

3. Clars123 (Posts: 596; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


Please don't be like the 4100mAh Note 5 rumour!!..it would break my heart

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:26 6

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


I like Samsung but unfortunately I doubt the batteries will be this big. Cause they have to contend with apple on how "thin" they can get the device.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see a DIP in mah. Because the new chipset and screen will be more power efficient. Not that I agree with that move. But if I had to bet, that'd be the cup that I placed my chips.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:07 9

20. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


That battery is too dope if true. I just really hope they fix touchwiz.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:14 17

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


There is nothign wrong with TouchWiz. You just need to fix your brain and stop repeating boloney all the time.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:17 19

29. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


He can have an opinion you know. I'm also not a huge fan of touchwiz. What's up with your personal insults?

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:31 5

57. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Because he has to end EVERY SINGLE one of his comments with the same line, fix touchwiz lag.
Everyone on this site knows he is an Apple slave, and he jumps on every article to bash Samsung, one way or another.
Just ask him how many of his comments PA deleted this week by itself.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:24 6

33. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


"You just need to fix your brain and stop repeating boloney all the time."

Techie, you should take your own advice.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 00:55 2

95. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


You should stop liking your own comments from different accounts.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:00 4

48. nctx77 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Says the guy who has 3 Samsung phones that all work exactly the same lol!

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:46

43. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 350; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Well, when you think about it, Sony first created the compact series and put a 2300 mAh battery in the Z1C. Next year, they slimmed down the phone (9.5mm thickness) and increased the battery as well (8.6mm thickness, added 300 mAh).

The it's possible that Samsung has achieved this or something close to it. This might be the reason the S7 has more squared off corners. Math dictates that a square holds more room than any other shape at the same maximum dimensions.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:38

60. Khyron (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Touchwiz fix
Root+ titanium backup+freeze samsunghome+install nova

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 18:17

71. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They do have new battery tech that Ws used in the gear s2, ther made a 200 battery be like 250 for the same size, so the battey size will easy fix the same space used in the s6 what the saying for the s7 and so on with ease

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 02:05

99. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


Slightly larger mAh won't help anything ,staing last for few more minutes ..that's all

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:13 7

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Did you not see the article on PA where Samsung is working on batteries that pack a denser capacity, yet fit into the same or smaller space?

http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-denser-batteries-slimmer-camera-sensors-611498/

Though the article says it could be for 2017 phones, there is no reason to believe they haven't achieve some degree of results they can use now.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:21

31. SenorThrottles (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


I think they might be able to put in a battery that big, whilst still making the phone really slim. Didn't Samsung reveal a few months back that they managed to create a 4000mah battery that is the same size as the S6 one?

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:34 1

58. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They will pull it off, look at the Galaxy A8, very slim yet still packing a huge battery.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:44 1

61. GreatBigPhoney (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


The recently announced Galaxy A9 is listed as 7.4mm vs the 7.6mm Note 5, and has a 4,000mAh battery versus the 3,000mAh battery in the Note 5. I don't see how it would be such a stretch. Also keeping in mind that the Note can only be as thin as the S-Pen slot will allow.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:19 1

30. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It won't be, I have my solid reasons to believe so. Let's co-relate some rumours we have heard from reliable sources (including WSJ).

1. WSJ reported that there is no camera bump in S7. This means the body might be thicker than S6. You can't make camera module thinner beacuse of physical limitations of sensor and lens. So, only feasibily for no camera bump is beacuse the phone itself will be thicker.

2. A thicker phnes, means more space of battery.

3. S-series follows battery pattern of A-series. All A-series phones increase dbattery capacity.

I am almost certain S7 will have a decent battery capacity.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 19:17

77. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why would you even believe a rumor.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:22 7

4. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Hot Damn if this turns out to be real

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:09 3

21. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


I'll be first in line! I'd root it just for dat battery.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:27 4

6. kkmkk (Posts: 463; Member since: 06 May 2013)


my next smartphone for sure ..... samsung is love

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:29 4

8. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 609; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


For sure.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:27 1

7. pmsap (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 May 2015)


Waiting for the phone to come out! A 5.2 inch in the same S6 body size would be awesome! More viewing space at no cost to your hands. Awesooooome.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:36

9. shield (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


And the price will be 1200eur at 32gb edge even more.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:50

63. FluffyBled (Posts: 470; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


It will be 10% less than the Galaxy S6 on release!

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 03:32

102. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


You dirty cheap! Whant all the goodness for a dime! (sarcasm)

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:41 1

10. danman7200 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Samsung, if you can improve battery life, and improve touch whiz so its as responsive as stock android or IOS I'll switch back.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 19:23 1

78. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The TouchWiz I am using is as responsive as the iOS UI even with more features. Obviously you haven't used a Samsung I at least a year.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 00:59 1

96. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Get a Nexus

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:46

12. DmitrLP (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


Yes, yes i´m waiting **rubs his hands

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:52 1

13. nebula (Posts: 515; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Finally larger battery common sense starts to emerge. Finally!

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:53 5

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


S7=S5+S6, Samsung You Ain't Playing Around Are You.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:54 1

15. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


SD slot and water resistance are exactly what I want and need and that's why I'm still using my Galaxy S5 and is the first time in almost a decade I've owned a phone for over 1 year.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 18:15

70. Xperia14 (Posts: 331; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Z5? ..

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 21:51

84. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


I need a Samsung phone because they're the only Androids that have full link capabilities with my Samsung smart TV.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:55

16. abdoualgeria (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


i want medium format sensor in smartphone

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 14:58

18. aegislash (Posts: 218; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Hmm isn't the current Galaxy flagship line-up water resistance? I dropped my S6 Edge+ in a snowy puddle a few weeks ago and it was in there a good two minutes while I fished it out, and it is fine.

But yeah I'm glad they're bringing back the Micro SD slot! Couldn't care less about removable batteries.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:07

19. shield (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Otherwise far better than LG G5 but not price.

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 15:16 4

28. abdoualgeria (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


so u already tested LG G5 ?

posted on 04 Jan 2016, 16:25 3

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


He's the CEO of LG. Of course he has

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