Warning: Article written below might feel like an infuriated rant about growing barrage of smartphones. Fanboys must behave themselves.
Samsung has recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ smartphones and we are sufficiently impressed with both of them. That is to say, we are not completely blown away and we are patiently waiting for Samsung Galaxy S7.
In any way, the road is now clear for another Samsung’s smartphone, only this time, whether to call it a flagship device or one of the flagship devices, is still unclear.
Recently, we have had a barrage of Samsung Galaxy smartphones with the release of A series and J series. They are trying to compete with several other low price segment smartphones, which are offering quad core (octa core in some cases) specs and are bringing down Samsung’s global market hold.
Things looked fine till the release of Samsung Galaxy S5, because that’s when Apple decided to launch their flagship device with two variants. This made Samsung, go bonkers; let’s call it a marketing strategy!
They wanted their flagship segment reachable for medium and higher price brackets among power users. It is obvious that Galaxy S lineup is not for the faint of hearts.
It is for those who want nothing but the best and do not want to compromise because of the cost. But this kind of thinking made this premium market a little bit too saturated.
Remember when you had a unique flagship device from either Samsung or Apple or HTC or LG? Pepperidge farm remembers!
Now, let’s get back to the topic at hand here! What do we know about Samsung Galaxy S7 at this point? Well, quite a lot actually!
Samsung will focus on Health & Security with Samsung Galaxy S7
You should leave all hopes or tensions (depends if you are an optimist or pessimist) regarding December release because it is not going to happen.
It was quite possible when we didn’t have Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ staring at our face with that small ‘+’ telling us that there is a teeny tiny bit enhancement over S6 Edge and if you have already purchased it, then it’s on you and Samsung had nothing to do with it.
Set your hopes high for MWC 2016 (Mobile World Congress)
MWC is the place where you see the coolest things about Mobile technology and it would be the perfect place to announce Samsung Galaxy S7.
Mobile World Congress is due between 22nd February 2016 and 25th February 2016.
Samsung’s new development process Agile
It is being said that Samsung has changed their development process to compete with the growing competition due to Micromax, Karbonn and many other local companies which are releasing less expensive (read: cheap) smartphones with high performance (in a lower build quality, which causes heating issues and that’s when people realize it was a mistake!).
This is the case at least here in India, where people keep sacrificing health, so that they can say, “I have an octa-core smartphone too. It heats up a lot though, but only when I multitask, watch a video, play a game, listen song continuously, pretty much everything besides calling. Ooh! Now that I remember, it heats up when I make a call too!!”
Nevertheless, it is not the case with every less expensive (read:cheap) smartphone. There are some, which have set a benchmark on how to do it successfully and some, who have failed repeatedly.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Features
Apart from the regular features, those which stand out are as follow:
- Android ‘M’, Marshmallow, as core operating system.
- USB Type-C Charging and Connecting port
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – SoC
- Adreno 530 as GPU
We’ll discuss these more in detail in just a couple of paragraphs.
Should you buy Samsung Galaxy s7?
As said above, Samsung Galaxy S7 is not for the faint of hearts. With a processor that rivals current generation of desktop processors and gpu, that can power games just as well as next generation of Xbox One and PS 4, one must wonder why Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t suitable for him/her!
The answer lies within the labyrinth of recently released Samsung Galaxy Series and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Let’s compare them side by side for a better reasoning:
|S5||S6||S6 Edge||S6 Edge+|
|Announced||February 2014||March 2015||March 2015||August 2015|
|Released||April 2014||April 2015||April 2015||
|Display||5.1 inches||5.1 inches||5.1 inches||5.7 inches|
|Resolution||1080X1920 (~432 PPI)||1440X2560 (~577 PPI)||1440X2560 (~577 PPI)||1440X2560 (~518 PPI)|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57|
|GPU||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400||Mali-T760MP8||Mali-T760MP8||Mali-T760MP8|
|RAM||2 GB||3 GB||3 GB||4 GB|
|Memory (Internal)||16/32 GB||32/64 GB||32/64/128 GB||32/64/128 GB|
|Memory (Card Slot)||Yes, Up To 128 GB||NO||NO||NO|
|Camera (Primary)||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP||16 MP|
|Camera (Secondary)||2 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP|
|USB||2.0, USB Host||2.0, USB Host||2.0, USB Host||2.0, USB Host|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2800 mAh – Removable||Li-Ion 2550 mAh – Non Removable||Li-Ion 2600 mAh – Non Removable||Li-Ion 3000 mAh – Non Removable|
|Weight||145 g||138 g||132 g||153 g|
As you can see, even for a power user, Samsung Galaxy S6 was sufficient, but they just had to experiment with the new curved screen, which looks awesome (no doubt about it), but has limited practical use as of this moment.
Thank the gods, the old and the new, this moment is soon to pass and we might see several applications in Google Play Store trying to take advantage of that curve.
Otherwise, thanks to Samsung, we now have to care about our handsome gadget falling on the side and shattering the whole screen!
Did that little table answer our question? Well, look closely and you’ll find it screaming at you! If you already have S5, we still see a point to migrate to S6, if 128 GB less memory (with the help of microSD card) doesn’t bother you and let’s not forget a non-removable battery, which ensures that you buy a 20000 mAh power bank and carry it with you all the time.
However, there is absolutely no point in shelling out money for S6 Edge and Edge+, just for that curve. Believe me, it’s what’s inside that counts. And, it’s still the same!
Samsung Galaxy S7 Release Date
I firmly believe that Samsung Galaxy S7 will be announced in MWC 2016 and released in April 2016. It is expected by several marketing pundits that S7 is also going to confuse your pockets with different variants touting that curved screen.