Galaxy S7 Edge name confirmed by Samsung, check out the new edge display features


UPDATE: All S7 Edge references have now been removed from Samsung's website, but we managed to get the screengrab that you can see in the slideshow below.

So far, we've had only tangential proof that Samsung might announce a version of the Galaxy S7 with a flexible display curved on the sides, like on the Galaxy S6 edge or S6 edge+. The rumors are that this will be a handset with identical chipset and camera, but a larger, 5.5" display, and a bigger, 3600 mAh battery pack, when compared to the 5.1" screen and the speculated 3000 mAh juicer of the S7.

Well, we no longer need to guess if there is such a mysterious device in the making, as Samsung itself has listed a "Galaxy S7 Edge on its own website. The mention appears in the developers section of Samsung Mobile's pages, where it explains to developers how to use the Look SDK that is meant to create apps specifically for the unorthodox input methods that the company brings with its unique Edge displays and the S Pen stylus on the Note series.

There, Samsung talks about the ways to overlay information with the edge display, like the narrow type mode, also called Edge Single, or an Edge Single Plus wide regime, where the overlay can show much more information when you pull the side tab. The description says that the new ones will be supported on "Galaxy S6 Edge M OS, Galaxy S6 Edge+ M OS and Galaxy S7 Edge M OS," which we'd wager to guess means with the Marshmallow update of last year's handsets that we've already seen in a beta form, and these exact features will be on the S7 Edge out of the box, it seems.

The Edge Single Plus display option can be used in the three distinctive ways you can see demonstrated in the slideshow below - the Quick access, Quick view and Quick control types. As if to corroborate these fresh modes, yesterday leakster Eldar Murtazin hinted that the 5.5" S7 Edge will bring about new apps and features that can be launched from the curved screen sides, though he couldn't specify what these might entail. Well, look at Samsung's own descriptions, taken directly from the Samsung Galaxy edge UI design guidelines, and the Look SDK website.


source: Samsung (1) (2 - PDF) via Galaxyclub.nl (translated) & Mobile-Review (translated)

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Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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39 Comments

38. shnibz

Posts: 522; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Man I'm waiting for these to come out so I can get an S6 edge for a good bit cheaper :) I love that phone and its still PLENTY powerful and has a great camera. I messed up when I bought the G4 last year. Did it because the G2 was previously my favorite phone I ever had. Lesson learned I suppose

30. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Touchwiz 1.0 + Edge = Edge screen panel.

29. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1882; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Interesting... Let's see if the note edge makes a comeback with the features... These would look beautiful on the full edge screen!

27. antmiu2

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

more gimmicks = less updates

32. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Because 95% buyers if they want to update the OS they want to update theie phone too. Update is just an option. If the old OS is more than enough, then it is enough.

24. TheAmazingBoj

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

looks clean

23. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Haven't we known about the new Edge features for a while now? Thought they were part of the Marshmallow beta for S6 Edge users.

26. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

this is an SDK for developers to add more functions

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hmm yes they did use a lot of transparency like iOS 7 (and +) but at this point this no longer matters, it's Samsung after all. The end result is nice thought, that what matters most.

16. boltman

Posts: 24; Member since: May 15, 2015

iOS???

35. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Haha, in 5 years maybe iOS will "innovate" these features.

15. Macky

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2016

am not the biggest Sammy fan , but that UI is pretty and eye catching *hats off*

14. Dodong

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

All i want is bigger battery on my note 5 and I am happy with that.

34. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If it was removeable like on Note 4 you could just have switched it to an extended. Stupid, sexy Samsung...

39. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Really all we need in note 5 and next one to be able to remove/uninstall unwanted apps and that will save a huge battery life

13. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

looks promising - interested in switching from an iPhone this year :o

33. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Good choice. Join the light side.

10. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

At last they understood that bigger battery is is an important feature .

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

More of the last S6 battery-life is kinda low. I had the Edge and Edge+. I hadnt had a Galaxy S since the S3. So I had forgotten how much battery-life it had after being spoiled by 2 day battery-life in my Note's. I can say my Edge+ did last as long as my Note 5 does, and the Edge I had was good, but not as good as I wanted it to be since I had to charge it everyday.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome, finally materializing the many potential uses of the edge display. There's so much it can be put to use for, including: - Quick switch/multitasking between multiple apps in a single tap - Dedicated notification banner placeholder, reserving your entire main screen to the content that currently matters most. - Dedicated status bar placeholder - Dedicated media/navigation/editting controls placeholder when in the right app - Dedicated gesture surface to perform tasker-like actions - Dedicated quick toggles placeholder - Battery saving methodology for glancing through pending notifications without turning on your main screen. - Notification light you can see regardless if the phone is facing up or down - etc Wonder if they'd ever update the S6 edge with such features in the furtue though :p

8. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

At this rate Samsung will have nothing left to surprise us.

7. mmajeski06

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Reminds me a little of Windows Live Tiles

6. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

So I'm guessing that's the final UI then...in that case first thing I'm doing is getting rid of those nasty squircles around app icons in the settings menu

22. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You can turn it off/ on according to marshallow beta testers. Either way i don't understand why Samsung would make it default

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Touchwiz, indeed, is getting really better starting with the S6. S7/Edge may be the best effort. Yes, one negative area is the slow update cycle, because Samsung phone have more additional features embedded to the Android code than others. If they can find a smart solution & deliver the earliest update among other Android manufacturers, they should be able to sell a few more million smartphones every quarter. LG may not be doing well with sales, but are seriously trying to deliver faster updates.

5. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Why android comes up with one way crapper ver 1 time per year and then just does small updates and never ads anything new , Samsung looks to have done the same with the new update and added more than what Google did with there update

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

there was news about samsung is going to begin working with google to provide better/faster updates about a month or so ago. Hopefully for the future it will help. You would think google would want much faster updates from Samsung long time ago with them being the #1 contributor to android makers

3. maherk

Posts: 7095; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Those Edge features are also coming with the marshmallow update to the S6 Edge and Edge+.

2. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

at one point the edge will come across all the screen.... and it'll become.... the same as a 2nd homescreen ¬¬

1. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

One word: FABULOUS!

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