Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rumor review: specs, features, price and release date

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be one of the biggest launches of 2016 and with the first rumors and leaks already out there, we can already paint a picture of what the Galaxy S7 will look like.

One thing is clear: there will be not just one S7, but just like last year, Samsung will unveil two phones at the same time: the 5.1" Galaxy S7 with a flat screen and the 5.5" Galaxy S7 Edge with edge functionality.

With a very familiar but evolved design language, they are expected to have more curves, fit easier in the hand and sport larger home keys. Under the hood, though, is the place where the biggest changes occur: the new Snapdragon 820 system chip and a brand new, 12-megapixel Britecell camera that comes with the promise of big improvements in low light image capture. Add larger batteries and a fresh paint to TouchWiz on top of Android 6 Marshmallow, and there is quite a lot to look forward to.


Before jumping in the fine details about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, here is a quick run-down of all the important features as per leaks and rumors:

1. Same design, but with more refined curves, a less protruding camera and sturdier frame
2. microSD card slot is back, but still no removable battery
3. Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution: 5.1" for S7, 5.5" for S7 Edge
4. Snapdragon 820 version for US and most Western markets, Exynos - for others
5. New, 12-megapixel camera sensor with improved low-light performance
6. New TouchWiz on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
7. USB Type C with faster charging speeds
8. Pressure-sensitive display (tech similar to the iPhone's 3D Touch)
9. IP67 water resistance
10. Earlier release date in mid-March (March 11th for the US)


1. What's new
2. Design and display
3. Under the hood
4. Camera
5. Galaxy S7 Edge version
6. Price and release date

What's new

Pressure sensitivity, USB Type C and microSD cards

First, the pressure sensitive display (God forbid Samsung calls it S Touch!). For those who follow the industry, it really is no surprise to see Samsung follow in the footsteps of Apple's iPhone 6s with its 3D Touch. We expect similar functionality: tap harder on an icon to get additional options (similar to a right click on Windows), tap lighter to open it up. The feature should be built in Samsung's own apps, but what about third-party apps? There's the biggest challenge: Samsung will have a hard time to convince developers to develop code just for one (even if it's the most popular) phone of many Androids out there.

Second, fast charging and USB Type C. Hurray for the universal and conveniently reversible USB Type C that is now confirmed from various sources to arrive in the Galaxy S7. No more wondering which way to plug the cable in. Moreover, the promise of a 30-minute charge for a full-day battery refill is definitely promising.

Third, the microSD card slot is back! Samsung has equipped its flagship phones with microSD card slots for expandable memory for years, but it broke the tradition with its 2015 S6 and Note 5. This caused an outcry and was a reason for many users to look towards different phones like the LG G4 that offered the versatility of microSD cards. In 2016, Samsung seems to have learned from this mistake and the microSD card is expected to make a comeback in the Galaxy S7 (keep in mind that the S7 Edge might not have it, though).

Design and display

A new generation of AMOLED screens

Last year, Samsung stepped up its design game hugely with the Galaxy S6. Then, the company was starting to lose market share and with the most fierce criticism against it centering around the uninspiring, plasticky design of its phones, Samsung took notice. The Galaxy S6 was a huge departure from earlier plastic designs: with a sturdy metal frame sandwiched between two pieces of toughened glass, the S6 turned out a stylish, good-looking handset.

The Galaxy S7 is likely to retain this focus on design and early leaks have even shown renders of the phone looking very similar to the Galaxy S6. Unlike the regular aluminum alloy used in the Galaxy S6, rumors claim that the new S7 will feature an even sturdier magnesium alloy frame, while the front and back are likely to remain made of glass. Also, the S7 will have more curves and less sharp edges, for a more comfortable in-hand feel. Another neat additional feature is IP67 water resistance certification that will allow you to not worry about getting your phone a bit wet (and it might save it from the surprisingly common drops in the toilets).

The last two generations of the Galaxy S - the S6 and S5 - both featured 5.1-inch Super AMOLED displays, and the S7 is expected to have a 5.1" screen as well. The S7 Edge is expected to be a bigger, 5.5" phone. Resolution on both is likely to remain at 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), which makes them two of the sharpest screens out there. New AMOLEDs also means more efficient technology, so the screen draws less power and this should help battery life in a big way.

Under the hood

Two versions, one with Snapdragon 820 and an Exynos one

Last year caught Qualcomm in one of its most challenging periods of a transition to 64-bit chips, and its Snapdragon 810 had issues with overheating. This is what allegedly forced Samsung to use its own Exynos 7 Octa system chip in the S6, and this was no mistake, as benchmarks ranked it among the very best in the Android world.

In 2016, though, Qualcomm should finally be done with its Snapdragon 820, a chip expected to feature the first custom 64-bit Qualcomm CPU core, and the Galaxy S7 is likely to ship in two versions: one featuring a Samsung-made Exynos 8890 chip, and another one running on the Snapdragon 820. Both are expected to be built using Samsung's next-gen 14nm production method and the non-planar FinFET manufacturing method.

Leaked benchmarks give us reasons to believe that these new chips will be a huge step forward in terms of single-core performance. With octa-core setups in the past, Android flagships have always had great multi-core performance, but they did lag behind noticeably in single-core oomph when compared with Apple's large custom CPU cores. Hopefully, this situation will finally change in 2016 with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.


New 12-megapixel sensor

The Galaxy S6 features an excellent camera, but it is large, it bulks out of the back of the phone and is not a perfect blend with the otherwise sleek design of the handset. The Galaxy S7 won't fix that completely: but it will have a camera that protrudes less. 

Most importantly, it will have a brand new camera sensor: a 12-megapixel Britecell tech that is said to bring big improvements in low-light shooting.

Britecell is a patented Samsung technology that means you have RGBW pixels. Put simply, the new RGBW pattern is about improvements to light sensitivity, as well as signal-to-noise ration in low-light environments. A 12-megapixel sensor also means larger individual pixels, again for better low light performance.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge version

The S7 Edge version is expected to be nearly identical to the regular S7 save from a few elements: the edge screen that curves around the two sides of the phone with extra functionality built in those edges. It will also be a larger phone: while the S7 is said to feature a 5.1" screen, the S7 Edge will have a 5.5" display. It is possible that the S7 Edge comes with no microSD cards because of the interference with the position of the edges.

Since 'Edge' products in Samsung's lineup are considered more premium, the S7 Edge should be a tad more expensive than the regular S7 as well.

Price and release date

In stores on March 11th, allegedly

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge release date is allegedly set for mid-March 2016, almost a month earlier than the Galaxy S6, which arrived on April 10th, 2015. And with the official announcement of the S7 expected to happen at a massive event on Sunday, February 21st, at MWC 2016 and the release will happen just a couple of weeks after the unveiling. March 11th is pegged as the US release date for both the S7 and S7 Edge.

By pushing the actual release date closer to the announcement date, Samsung is clearly trying to capitalize on the inevitable hype around the new phone. An early release would also undoubtedly give the S7 an edge over other Android top dogs that are traditionally unveiled in the beginning of the year by companies such as HTC and LG. Also, in a more distant perspective, it will have more time to sell before the iPhone 7 arrives in September 2016.

Finally, the Galaxy S7 full retail prices are expected to start at $650 for a base, 32GB model and go up to $750 for a 64GB version. The S7 Edge variant would likely carry a $100 to $150 premium on top of that, so starting price for it will likely be no less than $750.

With all this in mind, are you planning on buying the 'next big thing' from Samsung?

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

What is a 'full day charge'? I expect to be able to browse webpages or stream HD video *ALL DAY* to my hearts desire. Otherwise, don't bullsh1t us, Samsung--most especially that you retracted the one feature that made such possible (the replaceable battery).

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1107; Member since: May 27, 2011

A 'full day' charge is obviously more of a marketing term that applies to the average user rather than power use like you mention.

39. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Good Point Victor- IF Samsung made an S7 Pro at 8.2 millimeters thick - Power Users and Pros could have a 3500 Mah Battery! Instead of Two SIZES of S7 we could have Two THICKNESSES with a Power Battery. And leave the Larger Screen for Note Users. OR IF LG gets smart they will have a Pocket Sized 5.1" V10 Type Device in 2016 with FULL FEATURES and in addition to Phablet Size - make a pocketable phone. As Phones get closer to Laptops in Computing Power - many of us use them that way. We do NOT care if the Phone is 8.3 Millimeters Thick- give us a 3500 Mah Battery ! ...A thin, lean Body may get you more attention or Dates but NO ONE is looking at your thin, lean Phone.

63. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

This is all also exactly what I'm suggesting - two versions, with a second one with a thicker body to at least accommodate 5000mAh. Why do we want to inherit the same problems of iPhone users? - thin phones that need to be charged 2 times during your waking hours.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Sony always says "full day charge" aswell, go troll sony to.

17. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014


28. FluffyBled unregistered

I don't remember the 2nd being a problem for you in the past!

31. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's got to adjust.

32. Nathillien unregistered

QWERTYphone fail

36. valneja

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

Sd card = WIN

37. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

You can always go buy yourself a plastic smartphone. ;)

80. FluffyBled unregistered


86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Continuously repeating the same stupid crap...FAIL!!!!!!!!!!

77. releasedate

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

The release date is feb 26th. Why are you showing in march?

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 727; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

It think the G S7 will suffer the same faith as iPhone6s. It will look the same has G S6 with better hardware. Since the G S6 is already a great phone, I dont see why many users will upgrade to G S7.

5. Nopers unregistered

What are you talking about? The 6s is a huge upgrade over the 6, on top of that its "suffer the same fate".

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It could've been autocorrect

82. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The S6 has bad battery life and has no microsd slot support.

83. geoffphuket

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

Same 'faith'? What has religion got to do with it?

85. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

95% of the population don't upgrade phones every year. This is aimed directly at S5 users that would miss their waterproof phone and their 2 year contract is up. This is a smart move. Next year they will remove the SD card slot and water proofing for S6 users upgrading because they know they can get away with it now.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Click-bait article. They will run it every 5 days till the time S7 is released.

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1107; Member since: May 27, 2011

And why is this click bait in your opinion? The S7 should be released in three months, and we have already seen some substantial rumors coming from very respectable sources that have revealed some major and interesting new features. Everyone who is interested in the Galaxy S7 will learn the important things about the phone in this article.

29. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

but ppl say, sd card cannot be offered with USF 2 memory. Does it mean, samsung will use eMmc 5 in gs7?

33. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

They've reportedly found a way to make it work with UFS. Unlikely for them to backtrack to eMMC

59. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Didn't I read about adoptable memory in marshmallow? So sd card becomes one with on board memory?

66. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They got some type of system that uses some ram to make it work or something like that

4. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

no major design changes as stated meh ill stick with my s6

38. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

It's not always about the design, the specifications will be improved. It's already sexy enough, what else do you want to its appearance?

45. aegislash

Posts: 1537; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Agreed. Beef up the internals all they want, but Galaxy S6/Edge/Edge+ (and Note 5) are easily the most beautiful smartphones in existence. Samsung nailed the design and I really hope they don't change it too much.

58. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

But it's a smartphone. If it works fine what's the point of upgrading?

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