Samsung has been facing the heat with declining sales and a lackluster performance from their halo model, the Samsung Galaxy S6. Although the model looked to be an improvement over the S5, at least on paper, it lost a rather good amount of ground against its main rival, the iPhone 6S.
So, What’s New For The Galaxy S7?
Samsung promises a host of features for its flagship model, and looks on track to tackle the iPhone 6S by providing great features and conveniences. The iPhone 7 also promises to up the ante, therefore, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board to dream up features that will be designed to sustain any amount of pressure from the market leading iPhone models.
If rumors are to be believed, one of the most important features on Galaxy S7 would be the return of the water resistant feature, which was one of the major selling points for Galaxy S5. For reasons unknown, Samsung had removed this essential feature from the Galaxy S6 model, which had led to criticisms from all quarters. The iPhone 7 is also rumored to be water resistant, which makes sense for Samsung to entice new buyers by adding this vital feature on all of their future flagship models.
The screen might also see some changes, with some sources pointing towards a curved screen to complement the Edge models. We may also see two different models in terms of screen size, with the Edge model getting a screen size of 5.5 inches when compared to the 5.2 inches of the regular model.
Samsung is also working on increasing the existing battery life of their Samsung Galaxy S7 model by opting for a slightly larger battery. Samsung is believed to be contemplating a 3000 mAh battery for the Galaxy S7, and a 3600 mAh battery for the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is a significant improvement over the regular 2550 mAh and 2600 mAh batteries for the S6 and S6 Edge models respectively. The downside to this upgrade is that charging takes longer, and the thickness of the phone increases by a millimeter or two.
Another expected feature for the Samsung Galaxy S7 model is the option of a MicroSD slot that is capable of increasing the storage up to 200GB. This could be a significant selling point for the S7, especially if iPhone 7 restricts their buyers’ options to the standard range of 16, 64, and 128 GB models.
Samsung is also expected to play it safe with the camera, and instead of increasing the megapixels, it is widely anticipated that the Galaxy S7 model will reduce the megapixels to 12 MP from the existing 16 MP. This will also accompany a reduction in aperture ratio to f/1.7 for better picture quality and motion sensing.
The Anticipated Launch Date & Reception
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to be launched during Q1 2016, and according to strong rumors from company insiders, the phone will be launched on February 21, 2016. Samsung hopes to sell the Galaxy S7 in great numbers, but the true sale numbers can only be gauged after the launch of the much awaited iPhone 7 model, which is scheduled for sometime later this year.