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WSJ: Galaxy S7 coming with 'lowlight' camera, Force Touch and microSD slot, release date is mid-March

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WSJ: Galaxy S7 coming with 'lowlight' camera, Force Touch and microSD slot, release date is mid-March
Samsung's Galaxy S7 is looming on the horizon as the most anticipated phone for the first half of 2016, and there is barely a passing day now when we don't hear a little something about its alleged features, release date, or model versions.

We have already rounded up the oft-cited rumors about the device's upcoming features, and now the Wall Street Journal is corroborating some of this speculation, too, claiming "people familiar with the matter" as its sources. First off, the publication confirms the rumors that the Galaxy S7 will ship with a pressure-sensitive display, similar to what Apple did with its 3D Touch tech on the newest iPhones, or Huawei is yet to unleash with the Mate S Force Touch version on the Android side. 

Given that Synaptics, the maker of all things touch and controlling, recently enlisted Samsung as one of the core partners for its upcoming ClearForce pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology, that's what may end up in the Galaxy S7. ClearForce allows for a more complete list of features to be had in future smartphones with it, besides contextual menu pop-ups upon harder press, such as variable-speed scrolling, screen unlock and wake up, variable gaming control, and so on, but which of these will be implemented, remains at the discretion of the manufacturer.

Another Galaxy S7 tip that the WSJ reconfirms is that the phone will come with a USB Type-C port, allowing for next-gen charging and data transfer speeds. The report says that the new port will offer a full-day battery top-up in less than 30 minutes, which may further cement Samsung's lead as maker of the fastest charging phones among the big brands. The source also reiterates that the Galaxy S7 (but not the eventual S7 edge) will have a microSD slot for storage expansion, unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy S6.

Galaxy S7 Camera

The aforementioned features - pressure-sensitive display and Type-C port - are largely expected, though, as a 2016 flagship without them would be heading for a failure, yet there is a way more interesting claim in the WSJ report, too. The insiders tipped that the Galaxy S7 will feature a brand new camera, sporting improved low-light photography, and flush with the rear surface, unlike the protruding 16 MP module on the Galaxy S6.

So far we've heard about two new camera units that Samsung is working on  - a 20 MP piece, and a 12 MP one with a big sensor size. The 20 MP sensor is actually mentioned in slides for a Samsung investor presentation, whereas the 12 MP unit is just a speculation for now. Given the specs listed for the 20 MP module - a new 28nm production method that makes it 23% thinner than Samsung's current 16 MP units - we'd wager to guess that this will be the sensor in the S7, if Samsung aimed to flush the camera with the back indeed. 

Moreover, the new 20 MP endeavor of Samsung is built with a RWB pixel color pattern that, according to Samsung, enhances light sensitivity, and improves the signal-to-noise ratio in low-light conditions, which might be why the WSJ report is mentioning that the S7 camera will be "optimized for lowlight photography." To top it all off, Samsung recently trademarked the terms "BRITECELL"  for mobile devices, hinting in its turn at new camera technologies for its upcoming phones.

WSJ: Galaxy S7 coming with 'lowlight' camera, Force Touch and microSD slot, release date is mid-March

As for when will the Galaxy S7 hit the shelves, the WSJ is unequivocal that it will arrive at the US shores in mid-March, which jibes with the rumored February 21st unveiling prior to the MWC expo, and a release date scheduled for 2-3 weeks later, as usual. Check out what's been rumored so far about the Galaxy S7 in the slideshow below, and tell us what you think on how the upcoming S7 is shaping up so far.

source: WSJ

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posted on 14 Dec 2015, 05:49 7

1. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Bring it on. Just bought a 6s plus 128gb. Might sell it

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:13 5

33. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

Popcorns! Get your apple vs. samsung popcorns!

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 05:52 1

2. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

Huawei already released the force touch version PA?

This looks like the phone I was looking for btw. Just make it 5,1-5,2 with edge for extra beauty

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:37 2

11. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

The release of the force touch variant of mate S is 'early next year'.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:42 3

13. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 398; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

We all know that samsung is copying it from apple Huawei also wasn't going to make it in mate S if apple didn't announce that this feature is going to be in its next iphone,try to be fair.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:48 36

16. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

You know that Apple or Samsung or Huawei are not the ones who make this stuff right?

It's Synaptics who makes it, and some other supplier. These OEMs are just buying them.

Calling Samsung or Huawei as copycats is like calling Google as copycat as Apple released the MacBook with type C before Google announced pixel 2. It doesn't make sense.

Apple and Huawei and Samsung or any other OEM are just buying modules. Saying one copying other is pointless.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 09:09 2

38. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 398; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:02 4

39. apakalo1 (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)

Tyrion. I always like your comments.
Forget those end users who don't understand tech, but always try to debate...
Please some of you should be quite when it come to technicalities for we (the programmers) to share little techie with you all.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 11:34

49. Khyron (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)

If the s7 will bring sdcard slot what kind of storage built in will they put inside the s7?
Donyou believe they ll match appple speeds?
Man load gallery on samsung devices its butthurt

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 14:22

58. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Who did Apple buy it from from

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 20:06 1

64. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

I don't remember the name. But it's not Synaptics. Though they will switch to Synaptics on iPhone 7 too as allegedly Synaptics has a better tech than what's currently on iPhone 6s( I believe it's called clearforce).

You can always Google and find out the supplier.

The same goes for fingerprint scanners too. Apple went for some other supplier for iPhone 6, Samsung and other android OEMs( namely one plus, Sony and HTC) went for Synaptics. S6, 1+2, z5 and m9+/A9 use the same Synaptics viper fingerprint sensor.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:53 3

28. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

That copy cat crap Hauwei is not on the market yet my friend. They just announced that crap to look like they beat the iPhone. Forced touch was on the Apple Watch first and the 6s/6s plus has been on the market for over 2 months now and in millions of hands.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:37 1

46. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Samsung note used similar tech since note 2.

As Tyrion said those are off the shelve part nothing special so even Apple is not special with this tech.

OEM are just using all possible trick to increase price including useless crap.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 11:40 3

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

Since Force Touch on any device is a 1st party implemented concept, who gives a f**k who shoved it into their device first? Force Touch is very old and has been available for nearly 2 decades.

Constantly arguing over who did something first, with a half-assed poor implementation is just ignorant and stupid. I dont care what side you're Apple

Apple wasnt the first OEM to ever use Force Touch whether its hardware or software implemented.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 14:01 4

54. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

"Constantly arguing over who did something first...is just ignorant and stupid"

- I think someone hacked TechieXP's account

If history is any indicator, Samsung will probably imitate as close as possible Apple's "half-assed poor implementation". Samsung's lack of influence over play store developers is probably going to be the biggest obstacle.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 16:34 2

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

Again, Force Touch hardware was already being discuss and collaborated on by Synaptics with several OEM's which included Samsung and many others.

Apple rushed to be first and of course, the bandwagonning fans come and say everyone is copying Apple

I don't work behind the seens. But I do know Apple was tipped about OEM's making plans to drop fingerprint readers in their phones and Apple tried to stall them out; by buying the company that offered one of the best. This forced all the other OEM's to find alternatives.

I am betting the same thing happened with Force Touch because Apple's original supplier can't even keep pace and the hardware has issues or some type of issue where Apple is also now talking to Synaptics.

The first time I ever used Force Touch that as hardware based is on HP's laptops. some laptop models had the hardware built into the TouchPad. In fact my present Envy has a TouchPad that has Force-Touch-like features.

I wasn't hacked. I just get tired of seeing these stupid comments about Apple when 9 times out of 10, Apple is using 2nd and 3rd party hardware just like most of the OEM's do. As soon as Apple rushes to implement something, the only thing the fans care about is "apple did it first so everyone is copying". No! Apple rushed to be first with hardware they bought from another OEM. No more or less.

Their implementation was rushed. It works ok. But you have no way of knowing which apps work with it. You have to find out by trial and error. Something is simple as having some type of Force Touch symbol on top of the icon would be great. For people like me who have an iPad, with over 200 applications installed, I am not going to sit there and touch each to see which one works or try to remember. That's lazy/poor implementation of what could be a nice idea..maybe.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 18:25 3

62. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

You say you're done with all this copy talk, but you're really still saying Apple is the copycat. Apple somehow found out what all the OEMs were planning to do and beat them to it. That's a bogus argument, even for you, especially when you consider the fact that fingerprint sensors have been available for years and that force displays, like you said, have been available for almost 2 decades.

It's not a coincidence that fingerprint sensors and force displays are all of a sudden becoming popular. Whether or not your brain can handle it, Apple is the reason.

*I won't be reading another essay, just letting you know.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 05:52 2

3. rick_mobile (Posts: 271; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

Just bought a Note 5. Might sell it... might.
Nice to see the micro sd slot back. Memory cards are getting faster too. I have a sandisk EXTREME plus just sitting around without being used :)
Type-c means even faster chargind. Damn..

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:43 3

14. Nopers (Posts: 236; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)

No if doesn't, fast charging means faster charging. One plus 2 had sub type c and it takes 3 hours to charge to full, however the Galaxy s6 charges to full in half that time. You might be able to get more power over sub type C but that means nothing unless the battery and processor can take it.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:10 2

19. Landon (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 May 2015)

Correct. However, if they incorporate a USB 3.1 Type C connection, then it will be faster.


posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:32 2

44. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Nope it as nothing to do with USB 3.1
One plus used a type c 1.0 as they was going cheap, over the now normal type c 1.1 port used in the 6p
(1.1 charging spec is what is also used for USB 3.1)

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:16 2

21. rick_mobile (Posts: 271; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)

Samsung often advertices their fast charging feature, mainly in their flagships. It's pretty normal to assume that they will implement the power delivery of the type 3.1 which will mean much faster charging than current systems.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:33

45. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Type c 3.1 can support fast charging 3.0 while s6 has usb 2.0 which supports fast charging 2.0. USB on oneplus two is usb 2.0.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:58

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

Maybe faster USB charging and that's all. The charging power limit is all about battery capabilities.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 05:54

4. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Sounds nice, the only thing missing that I want is dual front facing speakers.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:01 1

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

can't really believe.....30 min charging for a full day top up (assuming phone is used normally) !! samusng is getting really serious about the battery & its backup in its phones. even A9 sounds impressive (4000 mah battery)
i iwsh all phones now have type c as the standard port :):)
but thats far away from happening :( :'(

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:39 4

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

Are you really expecting a 5 inch 7 mm phone to have 4000 mAh pack.

It can have amazing battery life though due to efficient components and marshmallow not being crazy battery sucker.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:27 1

22. xfire99 (Posts: 827; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Why not?

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:36

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

I'm sure samsung will implement this in future phones but i dont think s7 is the future phone I'm talking about.
may be s8 or s9.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:34

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


its not me, its samsung official account claiming it. & i was talking about galaxy A9 to have 4000mah battery (its size is 6 inch)

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:10 1

6. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Ah, I'd rather have The LG V10!!! Or... Ahem... iPhone 6S! Or perhaps Nexus 6P? Yeah, I'd rather have The Nexus 6P!!! Either that or Lumia 950! You see, I don't drink 'Kool Aid'...!!!

The thing is; I never liked Touchwiz UI, probably never will...

So awfully complex, my lord... You need a short crash course to learn Touchwiz's basics!!!

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:59 1

17. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)

Dude, chill with the exclamation marks.

"I don't drink 'Kool Aid'...!!!"

Obviously mommy needs to take away your ice cream then.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:32

24. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

@shiftt Sorry, no can do!!!!!!!!!

"Obviously mommy needs to take away your ice cream then"

Apparently, you're not a BIKER!!! As otherwise, you'd have got my reference...!

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:13

7. Stayfly2407 (Posts: 55; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

But will it fit the gear vr I just got is the question I need to know........

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:12 2

31. Yousefjaber (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)

They will relase another ver.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:14 1

8. jove39 (Posts: 1857; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Low light camera is welcome addition. But force touch is gimmic, I barely use it and don't even remember it exist at times. Well, I am new to iOS as well.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:44

36. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

samsung using ISOcell is their best decision.....i works so good especially when taking photos in day......

isocell is the only reason their 16MP pics look good then xperia Z5 21MP

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:40

47. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Funny all Z5 pic we taken here where better than pic taken at same time with Samsung S6 edge.

Sure auto mode is not good but when you use manual mode with most option on automatic its work flawlessly.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:17 3

9. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)

Force touch lmao, notice how nobody here calls Samsung a copycat.

The tech community is getting more and more BS now.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:19

10. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

@Kruze Ssssshhhhh... Do yo want Android Trolls on your back??? Quiet...

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 06:45 12

15. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

You know it's synaptic so who is making it, right.

And I expect ALL flagships next year to have it. It's like a right click and has huge potential.

You can call them or anyone a copycat. But I would rather have something copied than not to. Because in the end you use a feature, not judge whether it was copied.

Same goes the other way. I won't call apple a copycat for implementing split screen or PiP for video app. It was a nice feature and implementing it is better than not to.

Calling tech community BS for not getting into childish blame game. Really dude! I would call it a mature community.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:32 2

25. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

Hell, I don't even understand why such is called copycat or copying.

It's just advancement in techs, it takes a manufacturer to implement it first and then it'll be standard on most devices.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:57

29. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I know right! They even tried to casually mention Huawei as if they came out with this as well lol! That phone is not even on the market. Plus, the tech was announced on Apple Watch over a year ago.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:12 1

32. S.A.S.P (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Sep 2015)

google this:
"IBM and Samsung tops in innovation so far this year"
so you can call IBM a copycat too!?

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:08 2

18. Zackd44 (Posts: 33; Member since: 29 Jun 2015)

PA has written a number of articles trying to clear up confusion over Type C and USB 3.1
Why do they keep saying that Type C is faster when it is not necessarily faster it is just a different connector? It could be Type C 2.0 and not 3.1

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:15

20. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Wow - interesting how the opinion on Force Touch here at Samsung Arena has changed since it was announced for the 6s lol. Anyway, the S7 has Force Touch?? Never would have guessed..

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 07:30 2

23. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

@LiquidGalaxy Yup, suddenly FORCE TOUCH has become the future & is no longer a "gimmick"...!!! Crazy, right?

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:31 2

34. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)

Please drop the force touch gimmick. That's the most disappointing thing Sammy has done, maybe ever.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 14:13

57. joevsyou (Posts: 805; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

no it's not.... it's very usefull

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:32

35. aegislash (Posts: 369; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)

I'm quite happy with my S6 Edge+ and don't mind the camera hump, but if they've found a way to make it fit without the need for a hump, I'd very much be okay with that. When it comes to the camera itself, I find my pictures to look absolutely phenomenal. By far the best camera in any smartphone I've ever used. Excited to see just what they can do to take it even further.

As for Force Touch, well, doesn't take the Wall Street Journal to figure that one out. Apple did it, so Samsung doing it this time around is a given.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 08:59 1

37. STech (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Nov 2015)

Would Samsung be able to add multi user feature in the Galaxy S7!!

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:13

40. apakalo1 (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)

@STech, you wanna use one phone with your girl friend?

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 11:05

48. STech (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Nov 2015)

@apakalo1, No I use dual sim variant phone because it gives me the option not to carrie two phones (Sim1 my personal number Sim 2 my work number that I give to my customers) and with multi user mode that is already available in stock android (I don't know why Samsung insist in removing that feature) I can have same apps for each number, I wish samsung offers me what I want this time then I can give them what they wants (my money)

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:17

41. artixine (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)

Oh god, can't wait to be at WMC 2016. If all these rumours turn out to be true i'll definitely swap my 32gb s6 for a s7. No questions asked. It should also feature an eye scanner( rather impressive form a technological point of view, even if i won't use it though). This really look like a huge beast IF and only IF all those aforementioned features will be in the s7. Really excited about it ! But there is one thing bugging me though.... none of the rumours mention any kind of improvement on the battery side ! Should we start to be pessimistic about it ? I mean, i'm quite disapointed with the battery of s6, it really is too short for me, and i don't even use it intensively. I'm afraid s7 won't sport any upgrade on this..

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:20

42. ItsTheJuan (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Well, at the rate they went from s5 to s6 I expect the s6 to have a 1,000mh battery, dual core processor, 720 display, and 16gb. Seriously. They shot themselves in the foot with the s6, I expect the s7 to be the same.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 10:29

43. artixine (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)

I can't agree. Every phone betters its predecessors. Even if they sometimes need to drop some good features like no sd slot on s6. But what is for sure is that, in the mobile industry
no manufaturer has found a way to drastically improve battery life. At least it is still not ready for use. This is clearly where the next revolution will take place.
I'll swap my s6 for s7 mainly for sd slot, so that's very positive for sammy ! Kudos

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 11:54

51. shield (Posts: 293; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)

LG G5 kick-ass S7 best price performance ratio go lg go pls

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 05:28

65. gunetel (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

second vote for G5

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 12:42 1

52. Shocky (unregistered)

If this results in lower internal storage I'm going to find the users that supported sdcard's and repetitively punch them all in the face.

posted on 14 Dec 2015, 13:11 1

53. artixine (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Nov 2015)

So you'd rather a phone with 32gb internal and no sd card than 16gb internal and sd slot ??(up to 128gb at once).... you're a joke !!

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