Samsung may be planning to announce the Galaxy S7 as soon as January

Samsung may be planning to announce the Galaxy S7 as soon as January
Samsung has been on a pretty strict schedule with its releases of its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. For years now, the new Galaxy S has usually come out in March or April at the latest while the Galaxy Note comes out about six months later in September or October. But, a new rumor says that Samsung might be planning to announce the Galaxy S7 as soon as January.

According to the Electronic Times out of Korea, Samsung may have finalized the design of the Galaxy S7 in September and will soon be starting up production in order to hit an announcement date of January 19th. At least, that's what the translation appears to say, it's not the best translation from Google or Bing. There may not be much in terms of changes aside from a new processor either. 

The article also references the possibility that Samsung may have both a "premium" version of the device as well as a "sub-premium" version, which sounds like it may be a mid/high-end option that will compete directly with options like the Moto X Pure, OnePlus Two, or Nexus 5X. There isn't a lot of info here either except to say the "premium" S7 would feature a Samsung-made SoC, while the "sub-premium" model might have something from Qualcomm or even MediaTek. 

If the timing is right, it would mean Samsung is planning an event for a couple weeks after CES, but well before MWC. If that is true, expect more leaks to be surfacing in the next couple months. 

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60 Comments

1. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

If it has a micro SD card I'll consider it.

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And the broken record keeps playing It won't have - end of discussion. There is no if or no but, miscroSD is irrelevant. World's top selling phone in 2015 didn't have microSD, and this is not going to change in 2016.

8. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Micro SD is NOT irrelevant. Although I will be using a Nexus 6P, I wish I had a micro SD slot along with it.

24. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Not irrelevant but it is not an important factor. Simply get a model with more memory. I got the Galaxy S6 with 128 GB. They were important when I had 16 and 32 GB memory phones but Now memory cards are the least of my worries.

35. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Let me translate what you're saying: Simply shell out another 50-200 bucks every time you upgrade your phone for more GBs (every year for many people) instead of buying a high capacity SD card once. I'll take the trade off of being a tad slower than needing to pay a lot extra for more storage.

49. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Sure, if you can afford and don't mind paying a bit extra then I don't see why not. It's not like most people get new phones often. Even with super fast class 10 micro sd cards the performance is very notacible slower than with the memory inside the galaxy s6. I have thousands of pictures and dozens of videos and movies available to me almost instantaneous, with no lag nor effect in performance. If i need extra memory i carry a 128 memry stick on my keys. But i haven't even filled a third of the phones memory. Ill pay a little more for better performance because that is my priority. I guess we all have different priorities. I always sell my old phones with the memory stick included anyway. Always looking for newer faster memory, else why would I upgrade phone? Why would i get a faster phone when the older one works just fine? Why get a newer faster phone when its memory reads will be dragged down to the speeds of an old memory??

55. jessyi

Posts: 325; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I have a 128GB lexar sd card on my G4 and picture and file one it load instantly with no lag..pictures and videos get written on it fast aswell. I cant even notice.

56. Dinged

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

With the advent of 4K video recording, the addition of an sd card is more relevant than ever. I used to have your stance on the subject matter until the latest crop of video enhancements that gobble up memory - 4k and super slow motion video.Take away external storage from any number of video cameras(gopro, sony a7, dslr) with this functionality and no one would buy them. Phones are rapidly becoming the storage vault of much media and people will want flexibility when not cloud connected.

42. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Wrong. SD is not only about more memory. Also swappable battery are not only to change the battery when the battery is getting old, I guess Note 5 in this version was meant ONLY to US market, because of Samsung hunting for iPhone user base It was not meant for EU , where ppl are not so iDumb like rd_nest and upvoters. So this rumors are very likely to be about the release of EU version of Note 5 (not S7)

61. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yeah, as long as you don't mind paying 500% more for the internal memory than adding an external SD would cost. Not everyone is a spoiled brat getting their phones from daddy and once you move away from your parents' basement there are other costs to pay as well.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I think there's nothing wrong with a consumer hoping for something that was and has been a prominent part the smartphone sphere. Personally, I think releasing a flagship too soon brings the value, not the price, of a flagship a notch down. It loses its exclusiveness...

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Agreed, adding micro sd slot will only slow the phone down. There's no way s7 will be as fast as the iphone if they return to micro sd slots. We need faster internal memory if we want to keep up with the iphone. Samsung's flagships were always about the performance. Just get sth cheaper if you want cheap memory.

18. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

The micro SD is faaaaar from irrelevant because I bought the S5 on release expecting to upgrade to S6 after a year, but the S6 and every other phone I've found just isn't worth the upgrade with their lack of features and other reasons. So now I'm stuck with S5 until probably next year now. Now when I first got S5 32gb was plenty memory but I'm now using almost all of 128gb, but just imagine the S5 wasn't upgradable would mean I'd have to buy a whole new phone, and the same goes if I buy any phone without upgradable memory now.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If the device has UFS 2.0 or higher, than its not.

53. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Mid-high and High end option eh? Just like the nexus, it may be something to consider. I REALLY HOPE that Sammy can polish their UI and fix the little things. New battery tech is incoming too...go big or go home!

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1203; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

If it has IP68, micro SD and a large battery I'll consider it.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well Since The Active Will Have IP68 This Won't. Beside The S6 Doesn't Have Any Water Protection And It Can Last An Hour Submerged In Water. Regardless Of The Size The Battery Life Will Be Great. You Can Forget Sd Card Its Gone Forever(Probably). 64gb Base Model.....? Probably Not LOL.

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1203; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No, the battery life of the S6 is not great and no, it won't last an hour under water.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Gets Me Though A Whole Day That's All I Need, Plus I Charges Really Fast.

62. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If you only text 10 times a day then sure, it lasts a whole day, but people who actually use their phones love replaceable batteries.

20. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Ugh.... How can you people not understand basic electronics. If water comes in contact, it takes several weeks to corrode it. If the S6 falls in water you will notice damage way after the drop. It's how oxidation works.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Dropped Mine In Water, Been Months since Then And Still No Damage Cause I Dried It LOL.

46. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Not too much to look forward to, would not have expandable memory and a replaceable battery. SAMSUNG turned into APPLE. He's in the trend of decreasing battery capacity and reducing obesity, S7 will have a 2300 mAh battery, of course irreplaceable .IMPORTANT IM ONLY PROFIT

58. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What I Look Forward To Is Impressive Specs. I Play A Lot Of Games An Samsung Offers The Best Performance When It Comes To Android Phones. I'd Get A 6s If It Didn't Look The Same As The 6 And Had A 1080p Screen So Who Knows Maybe I'll Ge A i7 Next Year To.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Really Do Hope This Gets Released In February Cause I Want A New Phone And Its Either This Or The iP6s. Guess I Got Some Waiting To Do :(

43. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

You don't HAVE to get a samsung though.. that's just ONE android company, get an LG V10 or HTC or Sony if the GS7 isn't out by then...

57. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Like Samsung The Best Tho. And I Would Get A Sony Handset If It Was Offered By My Carrier Cause I Don't Like Paying Full Price Up Front, Installments Are Better For Me. Also I Play A Ton Of Games So LG V10 With 808 Is No Good For Me.

4. ryq24

Posts: 873; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So soon? Seems they are adapting Sony's strategy of 6 months cycle. Either that or the S6 is another big disappointment.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

S7 Release Date February Something, That Would 10 Months After The Release Of S6, Which Was April 10th. S6 Sold Better Than S5.

5. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We are All hoping that Samsung finally brings back the Micro Sd Card Slot on the Galaxy S7,as since the Note 4 they have not pleased a lot of loyal Galaxy phone users with there latest phones,as copying the iPhones was a bad mistake made by Samsung,Android Headlines as got this story on there website that Samsung might be taking over of Sandisk

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