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Everything you need to know about Samsung Galaxy S7

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Its predecessor might still be one of the hottest smartphones on the market, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 release date is already being tipped by that ever-faithful rumour mill. And the handset could be set to play nice with your wallet.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6, and spin-off Galaxy S6 Edge having seen the Korean firm return to former smartphone glories, it has been suggested that the Galaxy S7 is being rushed to market in a bid to stave off competition from the recently released iPhone 6S – it might take more than a few pointers from the latest Apple handsets though, if rumours are to be believed.

With a slimmer, sturdier body tipped to make an appearance (in two sizes), Sony-inspired improved camera optics, a new, faster processor from Qualcomm and sizeable software enhancements are all already being mooted for the Samsung Galaxy S7’s features list. The handset could even add a 3D Touch-echoing pressure-sensitive display. Ahead of the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy S6 replacement.

Headlines

  • Expected unveiling: January, 2016
  • Likely release date: Early March 2016
  • Rumoured specs: 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD display, 1.0μm pixel-based 23-megapixel camera, Android M, Snapdragon 820 CPU
  • Key features: USB Type-C, Iris scanner, wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 release date could be upon us much sooner than expected. Despite its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6, having only hit retailers in April – following an early March unveiling – it has been suggested the S7 will be debuted as early as January.

According to claimed insider sources, slow sales have forced Samsung to accelerate its smartphone design cycles, meaning the S7 could be ready shortly after we swing into the New Year.

We would recommend taking these Galaxy S7 release claims with a hearty pinch of salt, however. Just because a device is ready by the end of the year, it doesn’t mean Samsung will necessarily rush it into the market place.

What’s more, ever since the Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung has unveiled its flagship smartphones either during, or in the weeks around Barcelona’s annual Mobile World Congress gathering. We would be highly surprised if this wasn’t the case again next year.

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With MWC 2016 pencilled in to run between February 22 and 25, we’d expect to see the Galaxy S7 release date confirmed in the days leading up to the show, potentially at a dedicated launch event the day before proceedings kick off.

As such we’d tentatively pencil Sunday, February 21 into your diaries for a possible unveiling – although, as you would expect, Samsung has yet to offer up any formal details on Galaxy S7 release date plans at this early stage.

This has been backed up by Korean supply chain sources who have confirmed the device will be formally introduced in “late February”.

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumours

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While you keep an eye out for all the latest Galaxy S7 rumours, certain reports have suggested the smartphone could soon be keeping an eye on you, with an iris-scanner tipped for inclusion.

Something Samsung has long been known to be working on, it has been suggested that the eye-tracking biometric security measure will finally enter the realms of reality aboard the S7. Why? Well, when paired with the phone’s existing fingerprint sensor incorporating home button, it should make the S7 almost completely inaccessible to unwanted users if lost or stolen.

The tech will reportedly make use of the S7’s front-facing camera, mapping the individual intricacies of users’ unique iris patterns. As well as letting users unlock their device simply by looking at it, the tech will also allow for even more secure payments to be made.

This largely software-based feature will likely be added to a device – sorry devices – with a finish almost identical to that of the existing S6. Why devices? Well, the Galaxy S7 is expected to land in both 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch forms on day one in a bid to better rival the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Given that Samsung has reportedly moved to a modular production method to speed up smartphone evolution, it is expected that at least visually, the S7 will look markedly similar to its predecessor.

Thanks to new, slimmer camera modules, however, the S7 should at least be slimmer than the device it’s replacing, doing away with the somewhat unsightly protruding camera unit.

Being slimmer doesn’t mean more fragile though. Samsung is known to be working on a new, reinforced glass coating. Forget about Gorilla Glass, Sammy’s own-brand efforts are reportedly known as Tortoise Glass – sound’s sturdy, right?

Samsung Galaxy S7 specs

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As well as all of the usual headline-grabbing updates – we’re talking screen, camera and power upgrades – the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks set to make a number of smaller, but no less important changes to its specs sheet. Arguably one of the most interesting updates will focus on the handset’s charging port – yes, really.

Set to echo the OnePlus 2, the Galaxy S7 is expected to ditch a traditional microUSB port in favour of a new, USB Type-C connection. Although currently a fledgling tech, USB Type-C is set to become the new industry standard, promising quicker charges, speedier transfer times and, pleasingly, reversible cable attachments.

This, however, is just one of a number of improvements set to be handed to the LG G4 and HTC One M9-rivalling device. Wireless charging is expected to make another appearance, with Samsung said to be working on denser batteries for improved staying power.

Samsung Galaxy S7 screen

Samsung is clearly fond of its side-incorporating displays, and it looks like the tech could make another appearance on the S7. With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ acting as a curved-display hosting flagship for the masses, it has been suggested that the Galaxy S7 could even ditch its traditional screen option completely and be all about the curve.

Despite the success of the ‘edge’ sub-brand, this is still hard to believe, especially given the added premium still associated with the innovative display tech. As such, at this stage we’d expect to see a ‘normal’, flat-screen S7 line up on retailers’ shelves alongside a secondary handset with a dual-edge incorporating panel.

Both will likely retain the S6’s existing stunning 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution and Super AMOLED display technology, despite musings of a 4K smartphone panel being in the works at Samsung HQ. Retaining the same display as its predecessor wouldn’t be seen as a negative for the S7, either. Currently the S6’s screen offers strong battery management alongside vibrant colours and deep, well-defined blacks.

Although visually the Galaxy S7 screen might not be set for a revamp, beneath the surface things could be all change, with the phone tipped to add a iPhone 6S-inspired, 3D Touch-copying pressure sensitive panel. According to mouthy supply chain sources, the phone will ClearForce panel like that found on the Huawei Mate S.

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera

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Believe it or not, this far out from launch Samsung has already confirmed the camera set to be bestowed on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Formally announced at the tail end of July, Samsung revealed it’s producing the world’s first 1.0μm pixel-based 16-megapixel camera. Well, at least that was the plan. Then the Sony Xperia Z5 touched down.

According to recent reports, Sammy is looking to use the Z5’s Sony-made 23-megapixel camera module in the S7. Or at least the units coming to Western markets. This best-in-class smartphone snapper offers stunning low light images and brilliant colour management. Other markets, however look set to add Samsung’s own 1.0μm pixel-based​ camera.

What does this actually mean? Well, in brief, Samsung has utilised ISOCELL technology to squeeze in smaller pixels than those found in traditional 1.12μm camera units. The result – sharper, more detailed images, especially in low-light shooting conditions.

Another benefit of the new camera tech is slimmer handsets. The revamped camera module, at 5mm thick, is 20% skinnier than its predecessor – hence the earlier chatter about slimmed down smartphones.

This will likely be paired with an improved front-facing camera – not just to enable the phone’s iris-scanning ways, but also because who doesn’t love a good selfie?

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