If you’ve wondered what Samsung’s next flagship phones would look like, wonder no more. Tech journalist and famed leaker Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks in the Twitterverse, posted renders of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge over at VentureBeat.
Blass, whose track record of predictions has been impressive so far, claims the new duo of Galaxy smartphones “will feature microSD, water resistance, and larger batteries,” citing a person who has been “briefed on the company’s plans” as his source. The renders also suggest that the Galaxy S7 series will look identical to the last, which I’ve noted before.
According to famed leaker Evan Blass, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ‘will feature microSD, water resistance, and larger batteries.’
If the information is accurate, it would mean that Samsung has spent the better part of last year addressing hardware-specific issues users and reviewers had with the Galaxy S6 phones, as opposed to going back to the drawing board to remake its most popular product line.
And while that sounds like taking a page right out of Apple’s playbook, I, for one, am glad that Samsung has taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach; despite its likeness to the iPhone 6 (and 6s), the Galaxy S6 tops my list as the best-looking Android phone of 2015.
If Samsung does manage to improve on an already great design by throwing microSD expansion, IP67 dust- and water-resistance certifications, and bigger batteries into the mix, the South Korean firm may well find financial success in a market that Apple has come to own.
Samsung has spent the better part of last year addressing issues users and reviewers had with the Galaxy S6 phones, as opposed to going back to the drawing board.
The Galaxy S7 and the larger S7 edge are said to have a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 on pressure-sensitive Super AMOLED panels, 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh batteries, respectively, and either Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip with 4GB of RAM and at least 32GB of internal storage.
We’ll know for sure on February 21, which is when Samsung is expected to unveil both devices a day before the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.