The Samsung Galaxy S7 release date may be closer than many think if the latest reports and rumors are accurate. For months on end we’ve been hearing about Samsung’s new smartphones for 2016, what they’ll have to offer, screen sizes for the Galaxy S7 Edge and more, but today a firm release date was revealed.
In March of 2015 the Galaxy S6 was announced, then released a little over a month later in the US on Friday, April 10th. Rumor has it Samsung wants to be much quicker with the release this year, and now one more leak is claiming exactly that.
Rumors have been back and forth regarding what to expect. Everything from four different variants being released, only three, a completely revamped sizing system and more. It looks like Samsung will have a Galaxy S7, a Galaxy S7 Edge, and a Galaxy S7 Edge Plus early this year. Read on to hear when it could be available from all carriers in the United States.
At this point we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s new smartphones. Given leaks from the Wall Street Journal, Korean Times, Reuters, and the famed leakster @evleaks all suggest something similar.
That being three models, announced on February 21st in Spain the day before Mobile World Congress, and released shortly thereafter. Something similar happened last year, but lately we’ve been hearing Samsung wants to speed up the release by at least a month or two, and get a bigger lead on the competition.
Today Evan Blass, a popular leakster that’s been extremely accurate in the past, known as @evleaks on Twitter, claims to know when it’s coming. According to him the Samsung Galaxy release is Friday, March 11th.
Starting to look like a Friday, March 11th Galaxy release in the U.S.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 22, 2016
This would be similar to last years Galaxy S6 release. Where it was announced then made available a little over a month later on a Friday. However, this is much faster than many expected. That said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was announced and released in August, nearly two months earlier than the Galaxy Note 3 or 4 before it. Which is something we’ve continued to hear Samsung wants to do.
The Note 5 arrived about two weeks after it was announced, in August. If his sources are accurate Samsung will take the stage a day before Mobile World Congress and unveil the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and a Galaxy S7 Edge+ on February 21st. Then release it within a week or two. However, carriers in the United States will wait until March 11th, and all major carriers will release it the same day. Just like the Galaxy S6 and Note 5.
Rumors have been back and forth regarding what to expect, but with so many reports having the same information, a similar release date and more, the information is starting to firm up as the release nears.
If rumors, leaks, benchmark results and more are accurate, here’s what we can expect from the Galaxy S7 on March 11th.
Galaxy S7 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
- 8-Core Qualcomm 820 Processor with 4GB of RAM (Exynos in some regions)
- 32 and 64GB storage options (Micro-SD reportedly confirmed)
- New 12.3 Megapixel Rear Camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS and more
- 3,000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, Wireless Fast Charging (3,600 on Galaxy S7 Edge)
- Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
- Fingerprint and Iris Eye Scanner
- IP67 Dust & Water Resistance (Rumored)
- Flat Design with no (or smaller) camera bulge
- USB Type-C charging port unknown
- Quick Charge 3.0 Technology
We’re hearing the overall design will be almost identical, but thinner. Samsung’s smaller camera module will allow for a thin design with the same glass and aluminum build quality, and leave room for the bigger 3,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy S7 Edge+ could be 5.5-inches, or 5.7-inches, rumors are back and forth.
The software, camera, battery, micro-SD, and more have all been improved this year. Keeping the design similar (like Apple does) and focusing on other areas instead. The Galaxy S6 was one of Samsung’s best, so there’s no point in changing it quite yet.
One of our own sources suggested that Friday, March 4th would be the release date, but now we’ll have to wait and see. All said and done, expect tons of information throughout February. The announcement on or around February 21st, and it to be released around the globe within a few weeks (or less) of the unveiling. Stay tuned for more details.