SAMSUNG HAS FINALLY confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy S7 on 21 February. We'll be at Samsung's pre-Mobile World Congress keynote to bring you all the latest, but here's seven things you can expect the smartphone to include until we descend on Barcelona.
It will look nearly identical to the Galaxy S6
Much like the iPhone 6S to the iPhone 6 before it, the Galaxy S7 is expected to look very similar to its S6 predecessor. Leaked images (above) show that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will have the same metal and glass design as last year's models.
It might feature a pressure-sensitive display
The Galaxy S7's screen is likely to remain unchanged at 5.1in with a 2560x1440 resolution, but it will reportedly feature pressure-sensitive technology similar to Apple's 3D Touch. Rumours suggest that Samsung will use Synaptics' ClearForce technology that can register levels of force as well as movement.
It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have finally received an update to Marshmallow, and it's pretty much a given that the Galaxy S7 will run the latest version of Google's Android software.
This will come skinned in Samsung's TouchWiz software, which will reportedly include a new feature akin to Apple's Live Photos on the iPhone 6S that captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after a picture is taken.
It will probably be waterproof
The Galaxy S5 came with IP67 certification, but this was lacking on last year's Galaxy S6. If speculation is to be believed it will make a welcome return on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which will both offer resistance against water and dust.
It won't feature USB Type-C
Most new smartphones have the new USB Type-C connection, including the Lumia 950 and OnePlus 2, but the Galaxy S7 will apparently stick to microUSB. This is according to new leaked images (above), which appear to show the smartphone with the same old-school connection as its Galaxy S6 predecessor.
It will offer an improved battery life
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will feature beefier batteries than last year's models, according to rumours, with 3000mAh and 3600mAh units rather than 2550mAh and 2600mAh. Wireless charging support will also be included, but owners still won't be able manually to replace the batteries.
It will feature a 12MP rear camera
In an odd move, the Galaxy S7 will reportedly have a 12MP rear-facing camera, a downgrade on the 16MP camera on the Galaxy S6. It's not all about pixels, though, and the handset will apparently feature an upgraded f/1.7 sensor for better images in low light.
Check out our Galaxy S7 price, release date and specs roundup for all the latest rumours. µ
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