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

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.

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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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)



1. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

33. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Popcorns! Get your apple vs. samsung popcorns!

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 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

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

13. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

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.

38. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014


39. apakalo1

Posts: 67; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

49. Khyron

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 28, 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

58. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Who did Apple buy it from from

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.

28. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

54. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"Constantly arguing over who did something 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.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

62. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

3. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 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..

14. Nopers unregistered

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.

19. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

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

44. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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)

21. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 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.

45. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

30. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

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

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

5. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 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 :( :'(

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.

22. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

27. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

26. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 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)

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