Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, is slated to launch at the Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona on February 21. One of the most awaited mobile phone events annually, the launch of the Galaxy S7 has been preceded by a large number of leaks, rumors and source confirmations as usual.
We curate the top 8 rumors and leaks that are most expected to make it to the actual smartphone. Read on to find out what all features are expected on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
SNAPDRAGON 820 CHIPSET AND 4GB RAM
With the first smartphone equipping the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset already launched in China, we can almost confirm that the Galaxy S7 will feature the same processor. As has been the trend for all the past seven generations of Galaxy flagships, this one will be no surprise and the latest and fastest processor will always be the pick.
Also, the amount of RAM will remain unchanged from the previous generation Galaxy S6, staying at 4 gigabytes. This number will be stable as that amount of RAM is more than enough for app processing and can run flagships for another year of technology.
FORCE/3D TOUCH DISPLAY
One of the biggest and most anticipated rumors for the Galaxy S7 is the addition of Force or 3D Touch onto the screen of the device. Borrowing features from the recently-launched Apple iPhone 6S, this smartphone might also feature a display that judges commands according to the pressure applied on the screen.
IRIS SCANNER FOR INCREASED SECURITY
Recently launched on Microsoft's newest flagship smartphones, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, the Iris scanner is a security tool that identifies the unique movements in your retina blood vessels for the purpose of unlocking your phone. It is a biometric technology that will most probably replace the usual fingerprint sensor tech, featured on the previous Galaxy smartphone.
SAME DESIGN BUT WITH MULTIPLE MODEL OPTIONS
It is highly rumored from various leaks and sources that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will have the same design that was refreshed with the Galaxy S6. It will sport the same glass back, have the same rectangular home button and be carved from the similar magnesium alloy chassis.
While having the same design, the Galaxy S7 is expected to have four models this time around - S7, S7 Plus, S7 Edge and the S7 Edge Plus. While it sounds confusing, Samsung is aiming at offering users with multiple form factor options to choose from.
REDUCED CAMERA PIXELS WITH INCREASED SENSOR SIZE
Samsung has always been known to increase the number of megapixels on their latest Galaxy flagships but 2016 is expected to be different. The Galaxy S7 is expected to sport a 12MP camera sensor, instead of the previous 16MP one on the Galaxy S6. Do not panic as yet; Samsung is instead focusing on bettering their camera performance this time around, instead of just boasting about numbers. With an increased sensor size and improved camera quality, the company wants to beat all the competition it has in 2016.
IMPROVED TOUCHWIZ UI WITH REGULAR UPDATES
As was done with the TouchWiz UI on the Galaxy S6, Samsung is again looking at refreshing things a bit. While the overall design and feel of the OS will remain the same, the company has reportedly hired some Google engineers to optimize their UI and eliminate possibility of any bugs hindering user experience. Samsung is working closely with Google to look at opportunities of providing faster software updates for their smartphones starting this year.
NO USB TYPE-C, MICRO-USB TO STAY
A lot of rumors and design leaks are out and they suggest that Samsung is not ready to accept the USB Type-C as the norm on their smartphones yet. Part of a big majority of 2015 flagships, the USB Type-C is not being given too much importance in the Samsung bootcamp and Micro-USB is set to stay as the default port on the Galaxy S7 for all the data-syncing and charging needs.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
All generations of the Samsung Galaxy S series have been priced starting at $649 in the United States, and at similar prices in most of their international markets. This time around, with the addition of Iris scanner technology, the Galaxy S7 will most probably be priced a bit higher than usual. We are expecting it to start somewhere around $700-$749.
The launch date of the Galaxy S7 smartphone is February 21, according to this teaser put up by Samsung for their annual ‘Galaxy Unpacked' event in Barcelona. Talking about availability, it will come to most major markets in the first or second week of March, production preparation for which has already been initiated.