02-21-2016 09:17 AM
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  1. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    As we count down toward Mobile World Congress 2016, we'll be seeing some new stuff. Hot news from MWC will be Samsung's Galaxy S7, their flagship for 2016 (and the LG G5, which would be a radical device for LG). Let's focus on the S7 and what I expect from the device.

    As for design, I am really not expecting much. Samsung has changed their design
    language last year with the S6 and I actually think it is unwise to expect a revamped design every year. So for the S7, I'm expecting very minimal exterior changes from the S6, which might make it look like an S6, but I assume there will be other improvements in the basic design in order to differentiate the 2.

    What I really expect in the S7 is the internal hardware. This might have the same ethos as the iPhone 6S, keeping a similar exterior but offering a totally different experience inside.

    Samsung's Exynos 8890 should make its debut in the S7, which is their first chip featuring their own homegrown CPUs. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 may make an appearance here too. UFS storage should make a return along with the long awaited return of the humble SD card slot. 4GB of LPDDR4 might be in and the battery should be bigger to solve the S6's biggest problem, which is its subpar battery life. Samsung might do something radical with the camera and make it 12MP while increasing pixel size plus an f/1.7 aperture and OIS for better low-light performance while retaining excellent daylight performance. As for the display, expect a QHD AMOLED display with some improvements in brightness and color accuracy. Force Touch would be a very welcome surprise on the S7.

    As for software, Android Marshmallow is most likely the launch OS, with TouchWiz laid on top. For the S7, I hope Samsung continues to debloat, slim down and optimize TouchWiz. TW on the S6 is much improved, so I hope the same goes on the S7.

    Those are my expectations for the S7. I'm eager to hear yours so please plop those down below.

    Mmmmm, Android Smores....
    01-30-2016 03:50 AM
  2. w2xq's Avatar
    What is the big deal about a new phone? The S7 will be an incremental upgrade and that's about it. The SamMobile.com news website has been dribbling out S7 rumors since at least September. Sorry, with the cost versus the durability of today's hardware, without a significant stable OS upgrade, I just can't see the value of churning phones every year. But that's me.
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    01-30-2016 12:10 PM
  3. HAWK's Avatar
    What is the big deal about a new phone? The S7 will be an incremental upgrade and that's about it. The SamMobile.com news website has been dribbling out S7 rumors since at least September. Sorry, with the cost versus the durability of today's hardware, without a significant stable OS upgrade, I just can't see the value of churning phones every year. But that's me.
    I agree I will be keeping my s6 until the s8 launch more than likely or the note 6... 😉. That being said some people like to stay up to date with the latest and greatest cutting edge stuff
    01-30-2016 12:38 PM
  4. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    I want more battery life. I'm also cool with a better camera. Otherwise yeah, I don't see much else that'll be that improved. I have a problem though. I can't help myself.
    01-30-2016 06:50 PM
  5. ThrottleJohnny's Avatar
    What is the big deal about a new phone? The S7 will be an incremental upgrade and that's about it. The SamMobile.com news website has been dribbling out S7 rumors since at least September. Sorry, with the cost versus the durability of today's hardware, without a significant stable OS upgrade, I just can't see the value of churning phones every year. But that's me.
    People with S5s who skipped the S6 for this precise reason will likely upgrade to the S7. That's usually how it works.

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    01-30-2016 07:16 PM
  6. w2xq's Avatar
    People with S5s who skipped the S6 for this precise reason will likely upgrade to the S7. That's usually how it works.

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    A jump from the S5 to the S7 wouldn't surprise me. At the time, the screen size and quad core processor in the then-forthcomng S6 made me made me drag my feet in upgrading from the Droid Bionic I had as my first Android phone. Prior to the Bionic, it was the bulletproof Blackberrys.
    01-30-2016 07:30 PM
  7. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    What is the big deal about a new phone? The S7 will be an incremental upgrade and that's about it. The SamMobile.com news website has been dribbling out S7 rumors since at least September. Sorry, with the cost versus the durability of today's hardware, without a significant stable OS upgrade, I just can't see the value of churning phones every year. But that's me.
    I totally know where you're coming from. I have a G4 and don't plan to change for at least 3 years because I don't see a need to.

    But as a tech enthusiast myself, I am always excited for every new phone that's coming out.

    Mmmmm, Android Smores....
    01-30-2016 08:21 PM
  8. Jdroids's Avatar
    People with S5s who skipped the S6 for this precise reason will likely upgrade to the S7. That's usually how it works.

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    I'm in the same boat with S5. I didn't see much reason to get S6 and my S5 is still working fine for me. I didn't experience any bugs, more battery drain with Lollipop update unlike some others. But now it getting close to two years, I feel desire for more speed, storage and better camera. If S7 has micro SD and water-proof as rumored along with bigger battery, that would be solid upgrade from S5 while retaining all good things S5 had.
    But if you are happy S6 user, I can see why S7 wouldn't be that appealing as to me.
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    01-30-2016 08:23 PM
  9. getbretweir's Avatar
    What is the big deal about a new phone? The S7 will be an incremental upgrade and that's about it. The SamMobile.com news website has been dribbling out S7 rumors since at least September. Sorry, with the cost versus the durability of today's hardware, without a significant stable OS upgrade, I just can't see the value of churning phones every year. But that's me.
    you do realize there are people with S3s, S4s, S5s and plenty of other phones right?
    01-30-2016 09:34 PM
  10. w2xq's Avatar
    Getbretweir, perhaps you misunderstood my comment. The OP asked opinions about jumping *one* version of a particular phone, going from an S6 to an S7. My response was my opinion that it was not. May I suggest you reconsider your statement?
    01-30-2016 10:58 PM
  11. ab304945's Avatar
    The seem to change design every other year.

    I have the s6, and I am planning on getting the Note 6

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    01-31-2016 12:24 AM
  12. getbretweir's Avatar
    Getbretweir, perhaps you misunderstood my comment. The OP asked opinions about jumping *one* version of a particular phone, going from an S6 to an S7. My response was my opinion that it was not. May I suggest you reconsider your statement?
    thank you for the kindly worded response and yes, my misunderstanding and I certainly retract my statement.
    01-31-2016 01:41 AM
  13. so crow's Avatar
    I'm sticking with my s6 does what I need it to do and more.

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    01-31-2016 01:45 AM
  14. anon(464338)'s Avatar
    Battery life was simply not good enough for me to keep my s6 and I sold it months ago. If they up the battery, I'll consider the s7

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    01-31-2016 07:35 AM
  15. Keith Grech's Avatar
    I really hope you are right when it comes to debloating which depends alot on the carrier. I have an S5 and am looking forward to upgrading to the S7 Edge. Ive been happy with the S5 but the bloatware is ridiculous! Hope to see a change with that. I would really like to see the removable battery make it's way back but I know thats not an option with the S7 Thanks... Keith G

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    02-08-2016 08:52 PM
  16. Keith Grech's Avatar
    Well said Jdroid!!!

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    02-08-2016 08:54 PM
  17. Zendroid1's Avatar
    I'm guessing they will have their version of force (3D) touch in the S7 to follow Apple.
    02-09-2016 09:43 AM
  18. anwarabir's Avatar
    Samsung has finally confirmed what we were all expecting. The Samsung Galaxy S7 launch will take place on February 21 at MWC 2016, with the firm sending out invites for its next Unpacked event. The latest suggests it'll come with a water-resistant design so it may survive a quick dunk in a pool. While Samsung has also accidentally confirmed that we'll be getting a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge too.
    02-09-2016 11:08 AM
  19. cbreze's Avatar
    I'm interested to see how it goes once real users get their hands on the S7's. Between my S6 and MXPE, I see no reason to upgrade incrementally. There's just not that much they can put on a smartphone these days that would really get me that excited. The big goodies have already been done IMO. I shall enjoy sitting this one out and listening to others enjoy their new S7's.
    02-09-2016 12:08 PM
  20. eshropshire's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat with S5. I didn't see much reason to get S6 and my S5 is still working fine for me. I didn't experience any bugs, more battery drain with Lollipop update unlike some others. But now it getting close to two years, I feel desire for more speed, storage and better camera. If S7 has micro SD and water-proof as rumored along with bigger battery, that would be solid upgrade from S5 while retaining all good things S5 had.
    But if you are happy S6 user, I can see why S7 wouldn't be that appealing as to me.
    If the S7 has the features reported it seems pretty clear that Samsung built this phone to tempt S5 users to upgrade. The S6 feature set pretty much left me cold and I had zero desire to upgrade. I went from a S4 to a Note 4 after the S6 announcement. Will be interesting to see if the next Note builds on the S7 design. If so then I can see my clear upgrade path.
    02-09-2016 03:51 PM
  21. AXEL314's Avatar
    People with S5s who skipped the S6 for this precise reason will likely upgrade to the S7. That's usually how it works.

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    I'm skipping this iteration like I did the 6. My S5 runs fantastic and snappy. Not to mention it plus the Carl Zeiss VR one (and ps3 controller) make it an awesome little VR setup.

    Android Central App | S5 G900A kitkat root
    02-11-2016 08:18 AM
  22. ThrottleJohnny's Avatar
    Wow, that's pretty great that your S5 continues to run so well for you. I had the S4 which despite the lag, was one of my top phones ever. It was so packed with gimmicks and features that I never got bored with it. Then I went over to HTC for awhile before coming back for the Note 4 and 5.

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    02-11-2016 11:14 PM
  23. D13H4RD2L1V3's Avatar
    Wow, that's pretty great that your S5 continues to run so well for you. I had the S4 which despite the lag, was one of my top phones ever. It was so packed with gimmicks and features that I never got bored with it. Then I went over to HTC for awhile before coming back for the Note 4 and 5.

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    If the Note 6 comes with a 6-inch display and a battery over 4000mAh in capacity, would you upgrade as a Note 5 owner?

    Honestly, the bigger battery is already the kicker for me. Plus the possibility of expandable storage making a return.
    02-12-2016 08:16 AM
  24. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    Let's face it, not much was wrong with the S6 line up last year. Let's just talk about the Regular S6 variant. I used it for 6 months before I switched the S6 edge. Yes they're basically the same phones but the edge is so much sexier IMHO.

    The S6 had its flaws. But let's just mention what it got right. Not right, almost perfect. Built quality was nearly perfect. The S6 in Gold Platinium being one of the most beautiful phones I've ever seen. Then came the screen; Undoubtedly the best screen ever made. Camera; again, the best in class.

    Having said that, it did got a lot of things wrong. The battery life was horrible. Touchwiz, I'm sorry, still isn't the best. The RAM management was terrible. I don't mind it's looks now I think it's nice. But still, though my phone didn't lag, I have seen people struggling with it. The hardware and the software still aren't working together like they should. Then came the little things with people facing signal problems. WiFi issues. Home button issues.

    The galaxy S7 has till now solved one of these issues; battery life. And I'm sure the new hardware will solve these signals and WiFi issues as well. What's left is the software and RAM management. IF samsung manages to solve these two issues, I think we'll have a nearly perfect phone in hands.

    What do you think?

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    02-12-2016 10:08 AM
  25. LeoRex's Avatar
    What's left is the software and RAM management. IF samsung manages to solve these two issues, I think we'll have a nearly perfect phone in hands.
    They've been scaling back Touchwiz recently, and its been rumored that they asked in Google to help them pare things down a bit more... early returns from the S6 owners that tested 6.0 are promising.

    But don't hold your breath for improved memory management. How the Note 5 and S6 handle memory is precisely how Samsung wants it to be handled. I don't see that changing all that much.
    02-12-2016 10:14 AM
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