Although their current Galaxy devices are still making sales worldwide, Samsung confirmed in an interview that they will release two new Galaxy S handsets early next year in time for the Mobile World Congress (late February). Experts predict that they will be out sometime around April 8-16, 2016.
SamMobile reported that the South Korean company will expand their Galaxy S series device with the arrival of two smartphones entitled: SM-G930 (Galaxy S7) and SM-G935 (Galaxy S7 Edge). The smartphones are under the project name “Project Lucky” for those working internally for the company, but others refer to the devices under the code name Hero and Hero 2.
Early reports reveal that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge aren’t recording enough sales for the company. In fact, the Galaxy Note 5 outperformed the Galaxy S6 Edge based on its online sales in the United States. Nevertheless, Samsung is positive that they’ll regain their top spot in the mobile market with the release of their upcoming handsets. However, experts expect these smartphones to be rather expensive. TechRadar said that they will be “one of the more costly phones to buy next year,” starting at around £600 / $650 / AU$1,100 / ₦ 129,382.
Samsung also confirmed the countries that will receive the first wave of devices: Canada, Europe, United States, China, and Korea.
So, what’s new this time around? We were surprised with the arrival of the Galaxy S6 Edge and its curved functional display that oozes futuristic-appeal at first glance. What should we expect from the two Galaxy S7 models? Will there be anything notably groundbreaking? Here are some of the rumored features that the handsets will feature:
• Body sizes at 5.2-inch and 5.8-inch
• 4K display screen
• 64-bit Exynos 889 procesor, Snapdragon 820 SoC
• 4GB RAM up to 128 GB internal memory
• Dual-lens camera, 20-megapixel rear camera
• microSD card support
• water-proof, dust-proof
• Infrared sensors
• USB Type C connectors, embedded SIM (e-SIM)
• Running latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
In July, Latino Post reported that the Galaxy S7 is likely to sport the same physical appearance of its predecessor. Thus, expect to see the same glass and metal materials used on the Galaxy S6 on the next Samsung smartphones. Latino Post also revealed that one of the handsets will have a flat display while the other comes with a dual-edged curved panel.
It is unlikely that the next Galaxy smartphones will be competing with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due to the distant release dates of the devices. The new iPhones were launched this September and were released to their prime markets on September 25. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 handsets are expected to see their launch in late February 2016, in time for the MWC next year (February 22-25, 2016) in Barcelona, Spain.
But, undoubtedly, Samsung and Apple will still be in a tight competition as their flagships are boasting some of the most eagerly anticipated features and technologies, today.
Based on O2’s featured post, Apple called their new handsets as “the only thing that’s changed is everything.” Although they come in the same physical appearance as its predecessor (4.7-inch and 5.5-inch in size), the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with a myriad of upgraded features. New premium colors (Gold and Rose Gold), sturdier 7000 series alloy bodies, 3D Multi-touch displays, 12-megapixel cameras, A9 64-bit processors with 2GB RAM, and pre-built iOS 9 with smarter Siri.
What do you expect to see on the Galaxy S7 handsets? Will the next smartphones help Samsung lead the global mobile market? Leave us a comment on what features you hope to see on the next Galaxy device. We will continue to follow the next developments, so stay tuned!
By Savannah Amber