A handful of companies have already announced their intention to launch devices during (or before) MWC 2016 in Barcelona in a few weeks’ time. LG and Huawei have both sent out invites, while rumors are that Sony also has something planned. But, Samsung — a company which for the past few years has used the conference to launch its Galaxy S range — has been quiet so far…
We’re all expecting Samsung to launch the S7 at some point next month, but we haven’t been sure as to whether the manufacturer would stick with its Sunday-before-MWC annual event tradition. If a leak from Evan Blass is anything to go by (and it normally is), Samsung is planning to unveil the Galaxy S7 on February 21st. Like last year and the year before, that’s the Sunday immediately before MWC kicks off officially.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 31, 2016
The next generation Galaxy S isn’t expected to throw up many surprises. If this was an iPhone, we’d more than likely be calling it an ‘S’ upgrade. It looks as though the design will remain the same, but it won’t be an identical device. It’s rumored to have a lower-resolution, but better quality 12MP camera, boasting one of Samsung’s new BRITECELL sensors. Inside, it’s allegedly going to have a much larger battery alongside either the Snapdragon 820 processor or the Exynos 8890 (depending on which market you’re in). It might even have a pressure-sensitive touchscreen.
One slight change in strategy compared to last year, is that the dual-curved ‘Edge’ model won’t have the same-sized screen as the regular S7. Instead, it’s expected that Samsung has opted for a 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch pairing, to better distinguish between the two phones.
Recently, the Galaxy S7 got its first official-looking press render leak, shortly after several components seemingly showed up. It’s been rumored that Samsung will begin selling the phone on March the 11th, and might do so with a new upgrade program, aimed at getting customers to purchase the next generation Galaxy S every 12 months.