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

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.


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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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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111 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 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.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

11. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

100. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 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 :-)

101. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 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?

103. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

111. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 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.

17. Nopers unregistered

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

25. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 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.

98. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

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

65. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

76. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

105. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What the hell is "doneithbot"?

93. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 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....

47. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

85. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 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?!

69. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

thats why it has fast wireless charging

73. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

75. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

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

5. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

20. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

29. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

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

57. maherk

Posts: 7021; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

33. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

"You just need to fix your brain and stop repeating boloney all the time." Techie, you should take your own advice.

95. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

You should stop liking your own comments from different accounts.

48. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

43. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

60. Khyron

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

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

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