Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 have been available for more than a few months, but with 2016 approaching both manufacturers are busy working on their next big thing. And while a few small leaks have begun already regarding the Galaxy S7, this week rumors surfaced about both the upcoming LG G5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
These two new phones are both expected to arrive in early 2016, and this year each manufacturer released their respective flagship devices months earlier than previous years in an effort to take on the competition. For 2016 though, things are looking tighter than ever with each employing some impressive new technology inside of these smartphones while looking to release them earlier than ever before.
This year was a big year for both companies. Samsung redesigned the Galaxy S series with an all aluminum and glass design, beat Apple’s camera, and released a solid phone. LG did something similar, added customization with leather backs to take on Motorola, and was close behind Samsung in terms of design and in the camera department. So what will both offer in 2016? We’re not sure yet, but a few early rumors have some impressive details to share.
According to a brand new report from SamMobile, the Galaxy S7 will be one of the most powerful smartphones ever released, but the company may not employ it’s own Exynos processor like it did this year with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. Instead, Qualcomm could be inside its new flagship, and the same goes for LG and the G5.
For now it’s way too early to know what’s coming, or to even begin speculating. That said, both companies are busy working on new smartphones to take on the iPhone 6s and anything else that arrives this year and in early 2016. Hardly anything has been revealed yet, but below are a few exciting details that have just emerged.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung has already started testing a device with the code name “Project Lucky” which many are assuming stands for lucky #7, which would be the new Samsung Galaxy S7 for 2016. As expected it sounds like a high end flagship smartphone, which many are expecting, and there’s even a suggestion that Samsung could return the micro-SD slot in 2016. At the same time, the LG G4 still offers owners a micro-SD slot for storage expansion, and next year the Galaxy S7 could have some real competition from LG.
This week a benchmark surfaced that is reportedly of the Samsung Galaxy S7, and it’s running Qualcomm’s brand new 8-core Snapdragon 820 processor and will come with 4 or even 6GB of RAM. However, other reports suggest Samsung will use its own in-house processor.
We’re also hearing in 2016 Samsung will release a regular sized Galaxy S7, and a bigger Galaxy S7 Plus similar to Apple’s approach, along side the popular Note series. Essentially giving buyers two options, not to mention the possibility of a 3rd curved “Edge” lineup somewhere between the S7 and the Note 6. And while we don’t really know anything yet, here’s a very early look at what rumors are claiming is coming next year.
Galaxy S7 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD Display, second 5.8-inch Galaxy S7 Plus
- 8-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4-6GB of RAM
- Quick Charge 3.0 Technology
- 20 Megapixel ISOCELL camera with optical image stabilization and more
- Improved Fingerprint scanner
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Aluminum design (expected)
- Return of the micro-SD slot for storage expansion
- 5.8-inch Galaxy S7 could have a 4k resolution display
To make things even more interesting, a rumor surfaced this afternoon that has the new LG G5 for 2016 nipping at the heels of Samsung, again, with some very similar specs. GforGames, who has shared accurate info in the past, reportedly has the inside scoop on a few LG G5 features, and here’s what they’re saying.
LG G5 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display (or 4k Display)
- 8-core Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM
- Quick Charge 3.0 Technology
- 20 Megapixel Sony Camera with laser auto-focus, image stabilization, more
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Improved design (no specifics, this year they improved it with genuine leather)
- Micro-SD slot for storage expansion will remain on board
It’s worth noting the only actual details from these rumors are the 20 megapixel cameras on both phones, the Snapdragon 820, and early release dates in 2016. The rest is filled in with what will most likely be on board, given previous releases and future technology, like the G5 having a fingerprint scanner.
Again, the details on both of these phones are very light, and are likely subject to many changes from now until February-April when they’re announced and released, just like they were in 2015.
The report from GforGames states that the LG G5 20 megapixel Sony camera will be a very unique sensor made just for the G5, and not a mass-produced camera that other manufacturers can offer. They’ll also add their own technology like laser auto-focus and more for improved photos.
What this all means is that in 2016 the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 could be two of the first smartphones to the market, and some of the best. Employing the latest technology, likely both having fingerprint scanners, and some top-notch cameras for excellent photos.
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 promises to recharge smartphones to 85% in just 35 minutes, which is the biggest advancement to battery technology (or charging) as of late, which would be a huge selling point. As would a fingerprint scanner in the G5, considering LG is years behind Samsung and Apple in that department. But with Android 6.0 having native fingerprint support, we’re expecting almost all major manufacturers to include them in 2016.
This year many manufacturers steered clear of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 810 due to reports of overheating, including LG going with a 6-core Snapdragon 808. However, in 2016 the new 820 will be faster than ever, more powerful, have some of the latest technology, and be extremely efficient, offering great battery life for users. Which is why big hitters like Samsung and LG could use Qualcomm again in 2016.
At this point it’s way too early to suggest anything regarding the Galaxy S7 or the LG G5, but considering the natural evolution of the market and technology, most of what was mentioned above seems likely. As the holiday season nears and 2016 comes we’ll start hearing more and more. It’s hard to think forward already, as both the S6 and G4 are still new, but better phones are always right around the corner.