The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were arguably two of the standout Android devices released in 2015.
Prior to their release, a declining market share and a fall in profits meant that Samsung was under pressure to get it right with the Galaxy S6.
New, excellent devices from the likes of LG, Xiaomi, Asus, as well as Google’s Nexus 6, which were more affordable than any of Samsung’s flagships, all helped to chip away at Samsung’s previous domination of the Android market.
Then there was the release of the hugely popular iPhone 6, which further cemented Samsung’s need to release a device that would stand up against Apple’s latest offering and dominate the Android smartphone market once more.
To its credit, Samsung delivered with the Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge), which in addition to the latest specs also offered users a sleak new design and user interface. Samsung had reduced much of the bloatware pre-installed on the device, much to the agreement of users.
But the Galaxy S6 was the Android device of last year and attention now turns to Samsung next big release, the Galaxy S7.
For several months now rumours and supposed leaks have been swirling around the interwebs, all claiming offer to up little nuggets of information on what we can expect from the highly anticipated Galaxy S7.
What will the Galaxy S7 look like?
If Evan Blass, serial tech tipster and writer is to be believed this is what the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will look like.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 29, 2016
Blass is normally a pretty good source when it comes to tech leaks. A Tweet from Blass at the end of January suggested that Samsung will not only continue with launching multiple models, based on a flat and curved screen design as was the case the Samsung Galaxy S6, but will go one further by launching a larger Edge device.
The jury may still be out on whether we’ll actually see the Samsung release a larger Edge smartphone but what it does seem certain is that Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will include 5.2 inch and 5.5 inch displays respectively.
Samsung then all but confirmed the existence of the Edge when details of the device was published on its website, before being promptly removed a short time later.
Galaxy S7 specs and features
Depending on which leaks you believe, the Galaxy S7 will a new Snapdragon 820 processor or Exynos 8890 chip.
4GB of RAM as found on the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus is also expected to feature in the S7 lineup, as is a MicroSD slot, previously dropped by Samsung, could also make a return.
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that USB-C is likely to replace the Micro-USB port that featured in the Galaxy S6 as the new USB type becomes the industry standard connector.
The same WSJ article also claimed the Galaxy S7 would include a pressure sensitive screen similar to the 3D Touch found on the latest iPhones.
A report from Korea suggested that Samsung had filed a patent for something called Turtle Glass. This could indicate that it is about to drop Corning’s Gorilla Glass that features in its sturdy, scratch resistant screen, in favour of its own super durable and reinforced display.
It is also rumoured that the Galaxy S7 will feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology which is said to be able to charge from dead to full in less than 30 minutes.
Samsung fan site Sammobile recently discovered a patent filing which detailed the Galaxy S7 Edge including a 3,600 mAh battery which would represent a 20 percent improvement on the battery in the S6 Edge and a 40 percent improvement on the battery in the S6.
Further improvements in performance from the new processor, as well as improvements in Android 6.0 could result in users benefiting from a huge increase in battery life with the S7.
As for the camera, Android Authority recently claimed the Galaxy S7 would include a whopping 25 megapixel camera.
Other rumours have suggested that the Galaxy S7 will include a 12MP camera, which seems unlikely given that the Galaxy S6 featured a 16MP camera, but which would offer much better performance in low light compared to the S6 shooter.
Finally, the last new feature rumoured to be included on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a retina scanner, which in addition to unlocking the phone could also be used to access secure apps or used in mobile payments.
Galaxy S7 release date
For the previous two years, Samsung has used the Mobile World Congress event held annually in Barcelona to launch its flagship smartphone for the year ahead. In 2014 it was the Galaxy S5, 2015 the Galaxy S6 and this years event will see the Galaxy S7 officially unveiled for the first time.
In January, Samsung released the short trailer shown above all but confirming the launch of the S7. The video featured a Samsung Gear VR which suggests there could also be a new addition to the VR lineup unveiled at the same time.
It is likely the S7 will be in mass production by the end of February and will then be first on sale in major markets by mid March.
As for when the S7 will hit the shops in Thailand, expect the device to be available at official Samsung stores by the end of March, if not before, and no later than the Songkran holidays in mid April.
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Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.