details about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are
beginning to leak.
Today some new information has come to light courtesy of Evan Blass (also
known as @evleaks). He says the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be
waterproof, thus adding a much-requested feature that used to be present in
the S5 from 2014. Not only that, but they will adhere to the IP67 standard,
which means they will also be dustproof.
Furthermore, they will both have larger batteries than their predecessors,
which will hopefully improve their running time on one charge. The S7 is said
to sport a 3,000 mAh cell, while the S7 edge will apparently get a 3,600
mAh battery (that’s up from 2,550 mAh and 2,600 mAh, respectively, in the
S6 and S6 edge). Unfortunately, the new batteries will not be user-
replaceable. On the other hand, the S7 will fully recharge wirelessly in just 2
hours, and the S7 edge in 2.2 hours.
The S7 will allegedly have a 5.1-inch QHD touchscreen, while the edge
version will keep the resolution but sport a 5.5-inch display. Both models will
get something called "Always On Display" functionality, with glanceable
information on the screen at all times (something that’s been done by Nokia
with its Windows Phones ages ago). This is made possible by the fact that
AMOLED displays don’t consume any energy for showing black pixels – thus,
if the screen is mostly black, then the power impact of such a feature is
The S7 and S7 edge will have microSD card slots, once again getting back a
feature that disappeared in the S6 even if it was present in the S5.
As previously rumored, at least one version of each S7 device will employ
Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC, which will reportedly come with an LTE
Cat.9 modem built-in. 4GB of RAM will be in both phones, along with 32 or
64GB of storage.
The selfie camera will be 5MP as in the S6, but the main cameras in the S7
duo will have 12MP resolution, down from 16MP in their predecessors.
However, this will be a new Samsung Britecell sensor, which will be 1/2" in
size, and pairing that with the rumored f/1.7 lens aperture should result in
very good low-light shots. The rear camera’s lens will probably be flush with
the device (for both S7s).