Clap your hands together and chant with me: Rumours! Rumours! Rumours! Oh yeah, the Samsung Galaxy S7 rumour-mill’s in full swing, with ‘anonymous sources’ left, right and centre taking time out of their busy schedules to tell us what’s about to go down. God bless you leakers.
As usual, we’re expecting to see big things from Samsung at MWC next month. The South Korean firm loves a good Barcelona smartphone launch, and this time we're holding our hands out for the Galaxy S7. Here’s what we know, what we think we know and what we definitely don’t know about the upcoming smartphone.
The Same Sort of Sexy
For the first time in yonks, Samsung smashed it in the design stakes last year, producing flagships that were neither ugly, nor plain, nor clad in crappy plastic. It was a long time coming. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are arguably the best-looking handsets on the market right now, which is quite a turnaround. As such, we imagine the S7 and S7 Edge will follow very much in their footsteps.
While looks are likely to remain the same, that doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t fiddle in other areas. There’s been talk of the company experimenting with a magnesium alloy body, which is said to be tough, light and capable of allowing excess heat out when the S7's processor’s going at it like the clappers.
We’re also optimistic that we’ll see an ‘IP67-certified’ label slapped across the phone when it lands. Dust- and water-resistance weren’t included on the S6, despite being key draws for the Galaxy S5. We’re hoping for a 2016 comeback.
Big or Little?
We’ve heard a lot of conflicting reports concerning the Galaxy S7’s screen, which is sort of exciting but also sort of annoying. For a while, it looked like the S7 was odds-on to pack a 5.1-inch display, but recent gossip has pointed at the possibility of a 5.7-inch panel instead. That seems a little large to us, especially as Samsung will most likely release a couple of Note- and Edge+-branded phablets later in the year.
To further muddy the waters, we’ve also heard that the regular S7 with be a 5.1-incher, with the S7 Edge being a 5.7-incher. Take your pick. Well played, Samsung. One thing we are pretty sure about is the resolution of the S7’s display. Like the S6, it’s likely to squeeze in 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. There have been a few 4K whispers in the air, but that seems like overkill.
With 3D Touch already established as a firm favourite amongst iPhone users, Samsung is almost guaranteed to introduce its own version with the S7. Hopefully the company comes up with a better name for the feature than Apple has. DeepFinger, anyone?
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a sprinkle of new TouchWiz bits. Next.
A Double-Helping of Chips
Samsung bloody loves chips. Two separate versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are set to land, with the South Korean firm unable to pick a favourite between the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890. The 820-powered version will be the one to hit shelves here in the UK, while the more powerful Exynos-running model is likely to cater to Asian markets.
4GB of RAM will also be the order of the day, as, if all else fails, impressive benchmarks are a good thing to fall back on.
We, of course, haven't mentioned battery life yet, mainly because there isn't a great deal of stamina chatter making the rounds right now. There is, however, talk that Samsung won't make the S7's battery removable. If that helps with waterproofing, we can't imagine there'd be too many complaints.
What could get pulses racing, on the other hand, is the rumour suggesting that the S7 will bring back the microSD card slot, which could provide support for an extra 128GB of storage. That was a huge miss on the S6, and its inclusion on the S7 would make many a Samsung fan very happy indeed.
Wap Your Wallet Out
We haven't yet received an invitation to Samsung's main MWC event (hurry up, yeah?), but the two dates on people's lips are 21 February and 25 February. We should have a clearer view in the next couple of weeks, but the S7 is likely to hit the market at the back end of March. Get saving now, because we can't imagine it retailing for any less than £600.