• iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumors and news leaks

    Enjoying the feel of that sparkly new rose gold iPhone 6S in your hand, and the joy of 3D Touch? Well, we don’t want to spoil that, but Apple’s already working on the iPhone 7, and rumors about it are beginning to spread. Here’s what we think we know about Apple’s next major smartphone release so far. Updated on 02-12-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors about lightning headphones without noise canceling for the iPhone 7. Click on a link to jump to a topic: No headphone jack iPhone 7 camera technology 3D Touch and security OLED screen, RAM and other specs Liquid metal, waterproof design September release date No more headphone jack Apple is no stranger to eliminating ports and forcing users to switch cables and accessories to adapt. For a few months now, the rumor mill has been hinting that Apple will kill the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and opt for a wireless-only standard. Related: Goodbye wires: Apple said to be working on wireless earbuds for the iPhone 7 In a note, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn hinted that the iPhone 7 will have headphones that connect through the lightning port, but they won’t feature noise canceling. The two analysts think that noise canceling will come along with the iPhone 7S, since Apple’s audio component supplier Cirrus Logic is expected to introduce an improved noise-cancellation smart codec. The analysts added that Apple may put another speaker on the iPhone 7 where the 3.5mm headphone jack currently sits. Naturally, these are just the suppositions of analysts and not solid facts. At first, it sounded like a mad idea, but now, Twitter user Chase Fromm spotted a hint in the iOS 9.3 beta code that hints the 3.5mm headphone jack will bite the dust on future iPhones. The code says, “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.” However, not everyone is so sure that the code is concrete proof that the headphone jack is dead. Jesus H. Christ. pic.twitter.com/ybYFdOiR60 — Cʜᴀsᴇ Fʀᴏᴍᴍ ™ (@uloshe) January 18, 2016 A reputable source says Apple’s plan to kill the headphone jack is real. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who often gets Apple scoops before anyone else, reported that Apple is at the prototype stage with a new pair of wireless earbuds for the iPhone 7. They could be called AirPods and be entirely wireless, like the Moto Hint. The earbuds could have a few buttons for taking calls and activating Siri, and would likely include different sized gels for a better fit. Gurman says the earbuds would come in a carrying case to charge them. Please enable Javascript to watch this video An earlier report hinted that the headphone jack might disappear, but headphones could be connected via the lightning port instead. Of course, that would pose problems for those who need to charge their phones while listening to audio with headphones. It’s unclear at this point if the rumors will prove true. Flush cam housing on the iPhone 7, dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus Apple has always steadily improved the iPhone’s camera, and since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, has subtly separated them by making a few features unique to the larger Plus model. This may continue with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, according to rumors. In a February report, Macrumors says Apple will reduce the size of the iPhone 7’s camera lens so it sits flush with the body, rather than sitting proud like it does on the iPhone 6S. It’s not clear whether this will continue on the 7 Plus, but other reports hint Apple might include a dual-camera setup on the larger phone. DigiTimes reported in early February that Apple received dual-lens camera samples from Largan Technology, as well as other lens makers from Japan and China. Apple will supposedly test these samples with the hopes of using one of them on the iPhone 7 Plus or a “premium” version of it. Based in Taiwan. Largan supplies over 60 percent of Apple’s smartphone cameras, but according to the report, Apple might want to utilize dual-lens cameras from other manufacturers to lower its risk. KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in a late January report (via 9to5Mac) that Apple will offer a “premium” version of the iPhone 7 Plus, which will feature a dual-camera system. Apple acquired Linx Imaging a while ago, and may use its tech in the special iPhone 7 Plus model, Kuo hints. The tech takes two independent photos and blends them together for an overall better image. Related: iPad Air 3 news and rumors The Linx Imaging technology is not the only high-tech feature that may be added to the special edition iPhone 7 Plus. According to Kuo’s note, the camera will also feature an optical zoom with 2-3x magnification, optical image stabilization, and a much larger field of view. The regular iPhone 7 Plus might be downgraded to a telephoto lens and small field of view to make the premium model more valuable to customers who love to take photos. Of course, Apple hasn’t commented on the report, so it’s still firmly in the rumor mill. It is not the first time we’ve heard of multiple iPhone models, a report last year out of China said Apple was testing five different iPhone models. One of those models apparently featured a dual-camera system, though the report didn’t mention any of the other camera specs. 3D Touch advancements, fingerprint sensor in the display A December 2015 report from Ming-Chi Kuo said that 3D Touch will still feature prominently in the new iPhone, but so far, Kuo believes the tech will work the same way on the iPhone 7 as on the 6S. Earlier reports teased the possibility of multi-3D Touch, but it’s unclear if it will arrive on this year’s iPhone. Hard press on the Notes app to initiate Quick Actions. Jeffrey Van Camp/Digital Trends The report from inside China suggested that the five iPhones being tested all had one particular feature of interest. The features include wireless charging, fingerprint recognition on the display, multi Force Touch, dual-cameras, and a USB Type-C connector. Previous patents have suggested Apple is working on wireless charging and fingerprint recognition technology on the display, though the patent for wireless charging was filed three years ago. OLED screen, RAM and other high-end specs Apple could make some big changes on the iPhone 7’s spec sheet. The biggest rumor that’s come out has to do with a move from LCD screens to OLED screens. Some reports say the iPhone 7 will get an OLED screen, but others say the new screens won’t be ready in time and will arrive on later iPhones. You can read all those rumors here. Up until the iPhone 6S, Apple’s phones only sported 1GB of RAM, even though many Android competitors used 3 or 4GB of RAM in their flagship phones. Now, reports hint that the iPhone 7 will get even more RAM than the 6S, with rumors of 3GB of RAM popping up for the iPhone 7 Plus. The claim has been made more than once, and TrendForce is the latest to join the fray. Related: When will the iPhone use an OLED screen? Here are all the rumors Analyst Kuo also chimed in on the iPhone 7 with another report, claiming it will run on a new A10 chip built entirely by TSMC, a Taiwanese chip manufacturer that has worked with Apple in the past, and built some of the current A9 processors. He also claims the iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7 will only use 2GB. Foxconn will apparently manufacture the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and it should launch towards the end of this year, says Kuo. It may be made of liquid metal and waterproof As we said before, if Apple follows its own mobile trend the iPhone 7 should come with an entirely new design. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest yet at between 6 and 6.5mm thick. That is around the same as the iPad Air 2, and a millimeter thinner than the current generation iPhone. In February, in the same Macrumors report that discussed making the camera lens housing sit flush with the iPhone 7’s body, it’s also stated Apple will remove the plastic antenna inserts across the body, although the ones on the sides and edges will stay. One of the more prevalent early rumors concerns a waterproof iPhone 7. DigiTimes reports Taiwan’s Commercial Times discovered evidence that says Catcher Technologies will supply waterproof iPhone 7 chassis components. The company also said “new compound materials” will conceal the antenna bands on he back of the device, which also fits with more recent rumors. TrendForce published a press release asserting the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. Another post made to the Chinese social network Weibo, and reported by Macotakara, also said the iPhone 7 will have a waterproof and dustproof body. Related: Here’s our comprehensive iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus buying guide Another Weibo post talks about Apple using a new, but unnamed material to make the iPhone 7 case, and it won’t be metal. Rumors have spread in the past about an all liquid metal iPhone, but have never come true, and this may signal Apple has decided to go in a different direction with the next-generation phone. Apple might be planning to axe the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, and replace it with a USB Type-C connector that supports proprietary headphones, according to sources in China. September release date rumored Apple typically reveals the new iPhone in September at a big event, and although rumors always pop up that it’ll arrive earlier or later, the new iPhone usually comes out right on schedule every fall. Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose predictions are very often correct, said in a note to investors obtained by MacRumors that the iPhone 7 will arrive in September 2016 as per Apple’s custom. It is early yet, though, so expect to hear a lot more speculation on the launch date. It’s very early days for the iPhone 7, despite what these rumors may make you think. We don’t even know if Apple will continue with adding an increasing number to the iPhone name, or if it’ll come up with something new for this edition. Whatever the case, we’ll keep you updated with all the news and rumors over the months leading up to the next iPhone’s 2016 introduction. Article originally published on 09-28-2015 Previous updates: Updated on 02-04-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors the iPhone 7 will have a flush camera lens housing, and no plastic antenna bands across the body. Updated on 02-02-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors that various companies already sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing. Updated on 01-27-2016 by David Curry: Added in rumors of dual-camera and optical zoom for a special version of the iPhone 7 Plus. Updated on 01-20-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added in hints from iOS 9.3 beta code that hints the iPhone 7 may not have a headphone jack. Updated on 01-14-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that the iPhone 7 may have no headphone jack and an OLED screen. Updated on 12-29-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof and have new tech to conceal the antenna. Updated on 12-15-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that 3D Touch will work the same way on the iPhone 7 as it does on the iPhone 6S and a report that the iPhone 7 will arrive in September. Updated on 12-01-2015 by David Curry: Added in rumors that Apple is testing five different iPhone 7 models with special features like an on-screen fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, USB Type C, dual-camera tech, and more. Updated on 11-20-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in rumors that the next iPhone 7 will have more RAM than before and may be waterproof. Updated on 11-04-2015 by David Curry: Added in news the next big-screen iPhone may have more RAM than before. Original post by Andy Boxall

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  • Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors and news leaks

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 is almost here, and now we’re into 2016, the rumors are gathering pace considerably. The phone’s sounding like another strong, high-spec device, with plenty to get excited about — so here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s Project Lucky, also known as the Galaxy S7, so far. Updated on 02-11-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a rumor that pre-orders will start on February 21, and a Gear VR headset could be included. Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge rumors and news Release date and pricing Android World, a site in the Netherlands, is reporting the Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) will be available for pre-order starting on February 21, the same day as the Unpacked event in Barcelona. The site is also reporting that those who pre-order will get a Gear VR headset for free. Last year Samsung gave away wireless chargers to those that pre-ordered the Galaxy S6, so it’s very possible that Samsung might do something similar this year. Adding further credence to this rumor is the possibility of the Gear 360 VR camera getting unveiled alongside the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Assuming that’s the case, Samsung would want to promote virtual reality in a big way. Related: Samsung Gear 360 rumors and news leaks Supposedly Samsung will only offer the 32GB version of the Galaxy S7 in the Netherlands, but users who crave more storage could have the ability to expand via the rumored MicroSD slot. The phone might be available in three colors and pricing wasn’t specified. Lastly, according to the same source, pre-0rders will end on March 10, the day before the March 11 rumored retail availability. Although this rumor only mentions the Netherlands specifically, it’s very possible that pre-orders would open up in other areas on the same day. However, we do need to note that the February 21 pre-order date hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung for any region. The Galaxy S7’s release date remains a mystery, but there’s a good chance it’ll be sooner rather than later, since it appears that the FCC has approved it. This is an important step, since Samsung wouldn’t be allowed to sell the phone in the U.S. until the FCC gave its blessing. Although the FCC documents don’t specifically refer to the device as the Galaxy S7, there is a strong chance that it is based on the model number of SM-G930, which leaked previously. Unfortunately, an image of the phone wasn’t offered up, but the FCC ID Label and Location page gives us a general idea of its shape. Assuming the SM-G930 is indeed the Galaxy S7, we now know the model numbers of the U.S. carrier versions, thanks to the documents. They are SM-G930A (AT&T), SM-G930P (Sprint), SM-G930T (T-Mobile), SM-G930R4 (U.S. Cellular), and SM-G930V (Verizon). Again, we can’t confirm these models numbers are for the Galaxy S7, but it’s very likely. The Galaxy S7 could get officially unveiled very soon. Samsung will hold a press event on February 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it’ll show off “The next Galaxy,” according to the blurb. While it’s not confirmed, there’s a strong chance the new Galaxy S7 will be revealed. Some reports initially suggested the phone would have an early launch, but this is looking less likely as we draw closer to Mobile World Congress, which has been Samsung’s location-of-choice to launch the last few Galaxy S phones. Related: Get ready to roll: Samsung patents show flexible, foldable phones and tablets An early release was rumored due to Samsung reportedly moving to a streamlined development process, dubbed “Agile,” that aims to shave months off of its design-to-sale device cycle. The company apparently wanted to finalize the S7 by December, which could have translated into an early 2016 launch. Korea Investment predicted in early December that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress in late February 2016, while ET News reported in mid-October that Samsung could announce the Galaxy S7 in January, one to two months earlier than normal. The man who leaked the correct date for the Galaxy S5 Unpacked event, Ivan Luchkov, tweeted that Samsung will host the Galaxy S7 Unpacked event on February 20, 2016. This date coincides with the very beginning of Mobile World Congress fever in Spain. In late January, @evleaks tweeted the Galaxy S7 may be released in the U.S. on March 11, although he didn’t discuss the launch event date. LG will hold an event at MWC on February 21. In late December, a poster on Sina Weibo hinted that Samsung may launch the Galaxy S7 in March 2016. The post showed pictures from a China Mobile presentation, and one of the slides appears to mention the arrival of the Galaxy S7 at the carrier in March. The slide also lists a tentative price of 3,000 yuan for the device. This converts to a very reasonable $456, but is very different to a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016, which estimated the Galaxy S7 will have the same price as the Galaxy S6, or around $700 without a contract. Prior to this, a report from December 2015 suggested the Galaxy S7 could cost more than the Galaxy S6 because of the rumored iris scanner. Samsung continues to feel the pressure from other lower cost handsets, so there is a chance it will change things up with the Galaxy S7. Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang thinks that Samsung will likely cut the price on the Galaxy S7 in order to boost sales. According to Jiutang, this cut could be as much as 10 percent. This means that if you paid $650 (off contract) for the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 could come in as low as $585. As nice as that would be, it not at all certain that it would be enough. The Nexus 6P is priced at $500 for 32GB, and appears to be a good starting point. The return of water resistance? Samsung waterproofed the Galaxy S5, then didn’t bother to do the same with the Galaxy S6, but there’s a chance water resistance may return on the Galaxy S7. Parts allegedly from the Galaxy S7 have shown up on import/export tracking website Zauba that are labeled as ‘waterproof.’ While a completely waterproof body is less likely, a degree of water resistance is a possibility, perhaps along the same lines as Sony gives its Xperia Z5 range. The parts listed don’t give anything away aside from the water resistance label, and there’s no guarantee they’re destined for the standard Galaxy S7. Samsung has made a rugged version of its Galaxy S flagship phone for years, adding the suffix Active to the name. These parts may be for that version. There are two model numbers mentioned, the SM-G930 and SM-G935, the former of which has been seen before in relation to the Galaxy S7. Similar design, but even higher quality Until February 2016, the Galaxy S7 stayed well hidden from the camera, but the leaked image below could be our first real look at the phone. It’s only the back of the device, but it does seem to match up with recently leaked press renders. An official-looking press image was leaked on Twitter by Evan Blass, popularly known as @evleaks, in early February. Resplendent in a cool black color scheme, if this is evidence of the final design, the Galaxy S7 will disappoint anyone wanting a complete change from the Galaxy S6. Apparently showing the S7 and S7 Edge, the shape remains very similar to the 2015 phones, and does fit with previous leaks. The home button shape differs to the one on a leaked front panel though. However, it’s far from official yet. Prior to this, an image of what could be the front panel leaked in early January 2016, and aside from a familiar Galaxy S6 design, there were a few notable changes. The first is that the home button appears to be longer, which could indicate an upgraded fingerprint sensor. Secondly, the volume rocker has been moved to the right side. Speaking of the right side, you will also notice the proximity and light sensor now reside to the right of the top speaker rather than the left. The placement of the volume rocker and sensors differs from the leaked case renders below. We do have to stress that images such as these are not official and are likely one of several prototypes. It remains to be seen if Samsung will utilize this same design for the final product. Leaked images of the Galaxy S7 shown in a case from December also revealed a similar design to the Galaxy S6. However, the home button is more rectangular and the sensors at the top are much smaller. Galaxy S7 may just be one device in the Galaxy S7 family, if some rumors are correct. Twitter user @evleaks released an image in December 2015 that shows the names of four different Galaxy s7 devices. These include the Galaxy S7, the S7 Plus, the S7 Edge, and the S7 Edge Plus. It’s certainly going to be a mouthful to say the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Plus, but this leak affirms the other rumors flying around about the Edge and Plus variants. While we can’t verify the claims made by the leak, it’s certainly interesting to see that Samsung may go for a four-variant device launch for the upcoming Galaxy S7. Well isn’t this interesting… pic.twitter.com/imbSzQslcH — Evan Blass (@evleaks) December 11, 2015 Tech website uSwitch and Twitter user Steve Hemmerstoffer, known as @OnLeaks, have collaborated to release high-quality renders of the Galaxy S7 based off blueprints they received. The video shows a similar design to the Galaxy S6, which also supports a report out of Korea in early December indicating that Samsung will reuse the Galaxy S6 design for the Galaxy S7. Related: Google might step in and make TouchWiz faster and less buggy The video shows the “plus” variant of the Galaxy S7, and uSwitch says the blueprints are the same as those supplied to third-party accessory manufacturers ahead of a phone’s launch. We can’t vouch for the credibility of the renders, but with rumors and speculation flying about, it does look like Samsung might opt for an early launch date in January or February. Here comes the latest @OnLeaks x @uSwitchTech Collab! #Samsung‘s #GalaxyS7Plus animated CAD! https://t.co/mXi1Hz7Hqb pic.twitter.com/kYe1n8GWjY — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) December 10, 2015 The plus variant looks as though it will feature a 6-inch screen, according to renders from uSwitch and @OnLeaks, and it also looks like the S7 will not feature a USB Type-C port, opting for the standard Micro USB slot. That would be unfortunate if true as USB Type-C, like that on the Nexus 5X and 6P, allows for faster data transfers and quicker charging. The images also show the front-facing camera has been moved closer to the edge, compared to that on the Galaxy S6. The physical home button is also more rectangular, slightly wider, and thinner than the S6. uSwitch is reporting that the S7 Plus’s button is 18mm x 5mm, while the S6’s measures 16mm x 6.7mm. The SIM tray has also been moved further down that where it was on the S6. Although the Galaxy S7 might look the same, Samsung might still make improvements to the quality of materials. The S6 featured a frame made of 6013 aluminum with a glass back, making it the best Galaxy S phone in terms of quality. However, the Galaxy S7 might go one step further. A report out of China in mid-October claimed the phone will have a much stronger frame built from magnesium alloy. Samsung is also expected to utilize a similar glass back as well. A new battery case and LED cover Samsung always offers up a bunch of accessories with each Galaxy phone, but it could offer some surprises with the Galaxy S7. A leaked document shows a list of accessories along with pricing for the German market. The Backpack Case is new and appears to be similar to the Apple Battery Case for the iPhone. It has a 2,700mAh internal battery that serves as additional capacity over whatever the Galaxy S7 has internally. According to the leaker, it will sport fast charging, as well as wireless charging. It will supposedly go for €90. Samsung could also offer an LED View Flip Cover, which could offer a simple LED screen for showing notifications while the Galaxy S7 screen is off. It will supposedly go for €70. The rest of the leaked accessory list appears to have all the familiar stuff from the past like the S View cover, Clearview case, Keyboard cover, and more. We can’t confirm if this accessory list is real, but if it is, there’s a good chance they will all be available outside of Germany as well. High-end specs and a return to Qualcomm’s processors As the purported release date of the Galaxy S7 looms closer, leaks and rumors are flying about, with the latest being that the flagship device will be capable of 17 hours of continuous video playback at full brightness. The latest leak comes from the editor-in-chief of Mobile-Review.com, Eldar Murtazin on Twitter. His Twitter-translated tweet says, “Galaxy s7 plays video 17 + hours with maximum illumination. Record for this class of devices.” Galaxy s7 играет видео 17+часов с максимальной подсветкой. Рекорд для этого класса устройств. — Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) January 29, 2016 It’s entirely within the realm of possibility if the leaks about the S7 having a bigger battery are true, and especially if TouchWiz is being properly optimized for the device. We can’t verify how exactly Murtazin was able to acquire this information, and it’s still a leak — so treat it as such. Onto the processor, a recent post from AnTuTu’s Weibo page lists the specs for a Galaxy S7 powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor. The post, which we cannot verify as accurate, lists the Exynos version of the S7 to be equipped with Android 6.0.1, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB storage. It’s unclear if 64GB will be the starting storage option, rather than the traditional 16GB or 32GB. The device, codenamed SM-G930F, is purported to have a 5.1-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. The front-facing camera is listed with 5-megapixels, while the rear camera is equipped with 12-megapixels in the post. Related: A consumer group sues Samsung for not updating Android on 82 percent of its phones The specs are nothing surprising for a flagship, and match the same benchmarks that were listed in the AnTuTu database for the Galaxy S7 Edge earlier this month. Although reports abound that Samsung will return to Qualcomm for its processors, it’s important to remember that it’s also not the first time Samsung has used both sources of power for a Galaxy phone, and in the past, the decision has been necessitated by the accompanying modem, and international connectivity issues. At the beginning of October 2015, a report originating from Korea’s Electronic Times and picked up by Reuters, indeed says that Samsung may return to Qualcomm power for the Galaxy S7, and cites anonymous industry sources. Only those models released in the U.S. and China would carry the Snapdragon 820 processor. The AnTuTu Weibo post says S7 phones sold elsewhere may feature Samsung’s own Exynos chips. Two variants of the Galaxy S7 were spotted in benchmarks in early September. The first such device showed up in the Geekbench database with a model name of Samsung Lucky-LTE. It’s sporting an Exynos 8890 processor, which is believed to have an internal codename of M1 Mongoose. No other specs were revealed at the time other than that the device is running Android 5.1.1. The second device appeared in the AnTuTu database with the model name of Lucky. However, this model sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. These benchmarks add credence to the rumor of Samsung using both Qualcomm and its own processors for the S7. A move back to Snapdragon processors wouldn’t be unprecedented. Samsung’s decision to source its own Exynos processor for the Galaxy S6 was reportedly motivated by the Snapdragon 810’s overheating and performance issues. Qualcomm is said to have addressed those problems in the 820. It features four custom-designed, 64-bit Hydra cores built on Samsung’s 14nm process, a powerful new Adreno GPU, and far more efficient heat dissipation than its notoriously throttled predecessor. Related: Hands On: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus This Snapdragon variant reveals a lot more specs too. It’s sporting a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) display, an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 5.1.1. Samsung entered the 4GB RAM territory with the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, so it’s no surprise that both sizes of the Galaxy S7 are rumored to also sport 4GB of RAM. One of the biggest complaints with the Galaxy S6 was the battery. Not only wasn’t it removable, but it was also too small. The Galaxy S7 is unlikely to go back to a removable battery, but according to a tipster on Weibo in early January 2016, Samsung will fit a larger 3,000mAh battery, well above the 2,550mAh battery found on the Galaxy S6. Many Samsung fans are hopeful the MicroSD slot will return with the Galaxy S7, and according to a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016, their wishes could come true. Sources of the site supposedly confirmed that Samsung will bring back the MicroSD slot to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. A rumor picked up by HDBlog.it also says the MicroSD card slot may finally return on the S7. It has often been rumored that Samsung will include an iris scanner as a means of security on its smartphones. This might finally come true with the Galaxy S7 according to a report from late December 2015. Although Samsung wouldn’t be the first company to offer such a feature, it could be a way for Samsung to one-up Apple. It’s unclear if Samsung will continue to include a fingerprint scanner as well. The Wall Street Journal reported in December that USB Type-C charging port being added, which may provide a full day’s worth of battery charge after just 30 minutes. Samsung may also be experimenting with eye-scanning technology for biometric authentication, presumably in addition to the fingerprint sensor already in place on the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S series’ sound quality was never anything to brag about, but that might change with the Galaxy S7. A report out of China in mid-October claims that it will feature a high quality audiophile-grade Stereo D/A converter from ESS Technology. This converter (SABRE9018AQ2M) debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, and is the world’s most powerful 32-bit converter. It features 129dB dynamic range and -120dB (0.0001 percent) harmonic distortion. Camera might be major selling point Many rumors point to the Galaxy S7 having a strong camera, and now they’re hinting at some cool software to go along with it. In mid-January, reports stated Samsung may include its own version of Apple’s Live Photos, where a GIF-style moving photo is created when taking a still on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Android Geeks claim Samsung’s version will be named Timeless Photo or Vivid Photo; the latter combining the word photo with the concept of a “vivid memory.” Whatever you like, Samsung. Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review Unlike Live Photos, Samsung will automatically remove the audio, and turn it into GIF format. This is good news, as it should make them less of a pain to share on social networks, which don’t natively support non-GIF videos. According to the site’s  internal source, Samsung’s keen to get Vivid Photo onto the Galaxy S7 when the phone is announced, but apparently it’s still in development, and that may lead to delays. If so, the feature may come as a software update after the phone goes on sale. Related: The best Android apps for almost any occassion Moving on to the hardware, a tipster on Weibo reported in early January 2016 that the Galaxy S7 will sport a 12-megapixel main rear camera, which was also previously rumored. However the tipster included new information regarding the aperture, which could be f/1.7. This is a significant increase over the Galaxy S6, which had an aperture of f/1.9. Couple this with the rumor that the sensor size could be 1/2.0″, and the Galaxy S7 could have one of the best cameras we have seen on a smartphone. Related to this is a Samsung trademark application for “Britecell,” and according to the listing, it’s an image sensor for mobile phones. It also sounds very familiar to Isocell, which is Samsung’s current sensor technology. Isocell forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels, thus allowing more light to be captured. The name Britecell obviously is a play on the word “bright,” which would suggest that this sensor also deals with collecting more light. A rumor in early November indicated that Samsung might ditch higher pixels in favor of better image quality. While the Galaxy S6 had a 16-megapixel camera onboard, the Galaxy S7’s camera could actually drop to 12 megapixels. It also included early discussion on the sensor, such as an increase in size to 1/2.0” (from 1/2.6″) and dual-PD (dual-photodiode) technology. The increased sensor size would allow more light while the dual-PD technology would offer a more accurate auto focus through phase detection. This could be the so-called Britecell technology. The move to a larger sensor would be similar to what Google did with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, in that those phones have 1/2.3″ sensors. Ironically, both of those phones are equipped with 12-megapixel (actual is 12.3) lenses too. At present, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have the largest sensors ever on a smartphone, but the Galaxy S7 would take the crown if this rumor is true. It should be noted that a contrary rumor published on the Chinese social network Weibo at the beginning of November asserted that Samsung is talking to Sony, with the intention of securing the IMX300 camera sensor for use on the Galaxy S7. The IMX300 is apparently the same sensor used in the Sony Xperia Z5, and is rated at 23 megapixels. However, Samsung apparently wants to use both its own Isocell 20-megapixel camera sensor, and Sony’s sensor for the S7, meaning it’ll have to bring them both into line, megapixel-wise, to avoid differences in models. The rumor is unconfirmed, and the source is unknown. Samsung used a mix-and-match strategy for camera components — with Sony — on the Galaxy S6, so the decision to use two different camera sensors in the S7 range wouldn’t come as a surprise. Sony has also acquired Toshiba’s CMOS sensor factory, increasing its ability to produce camera sensors. These two factors indicate that the rumor carries some weight. Before this, Chinese suppliers reported in August that Samsung had begun sourcing components for a dual-camera array. Unlike the primitive twin shooters on the HTC One M8, Samsung’s implementation is said to focus on low-light performance and “accuracy.” One lens will supply color information, and the other will focus on brightness, sources claim. The device will then combine the metadata to produce photos up to “double” the quality of single-camera shots. In a move which may belie Samsung’s intentions, the company’s Exynos 7420 shipped with dual-camera support enabled. Related: Apple and Samsung will break boundaries with new dual-camera tech for smartphones Some sources inside South Korea are unsure if this tech will be used on the Galaxy S7, however. Samsung may have plans to test the waters with a dual-camera setup on another smartphone shortly after the Galaxy S7 launch. Samsung execs want to see how the market responds to a small batch of dual-camera phones, before implementing the tech inside the flagship smartphone, the sources say. Samsung reportedly has an end-of-year goal for the dual camera, meaning if it does change its mind, it will still have a few months before the Galaxy S7 launch to add the dual cameras to its flagship phone. A better user experience A rumor in mid-December suggests that Samsung wants to improve the experience of TouchWiz, rather than drop it. To Samsung’s credit, TouchWiz has improved a lot, but Samsung might be getting even more serious about improving the user experience. According to a report out of China, Samsung has hired Google engineers to help optimize TouchWiz so that it responds as well as iOS. This isn’t actually a fresh rumor, as reports of such an arrangement surfaced in November. Two display sizes and Force Touch Samsung’s next S phone could come in two sizes like the Galaxy S6, and feature Edge variants as well, plus there are rumors about the technology that’ll sit behind the screen. The I Ice Universe Weibo account hinted in October that Samsung may follow Apple’s lead and add Force Touch to its next flagship phone. The Galaxy S7 will reportedly pack a special tech from Synaptics that’s called ClearForce. Much like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S and Force Touch on the Apple Watch, ClearForce technology registers a firm press differently than a light tap. On the Galaxy S7, this tech could be used to bring up contextual menus and other cool features, CNet reports. Related: Read all the Galaxy S7 Edge rumors In mid-December, a comprehensive leak published by The Wall Street Journal revealed more about Samsung’s possible plans for the Galaxy S7. Quoting anonymous inside sources, it states the phone will retain the Galaxy S6’s style, but come with a range of updated technical features. Echoing a similar rumor we’ve heard in the past, Samsung may add a pressure sensitive screen to the S7, much like the one Apple uses for the iPhone 6S. If so, it may respond in different ways depending on how the screen is touched. A patent published by the Korean Intellectual Property Office in mid-October reveals that Samsung might bring force touch technology to the Galaxy S7 onscreen keyboard. Samsung’s implementation uses voltage to detect the force of touch, which in turn determines the output. For example, pressing the “a” key lightly would register a lowercase “a,” while a harder press would output an uppercase “A.” The patent further reveals that this technology could also be used in a keyboard accessory such as a flip-style cover with a built-in keyboard. Moving to the size of the Galaxy S7’s screen, a report from Sam Mobile in early January 2016 says the Galaxy S7 will come with a 5.1-inch display, as opposed to 5.2 inches. The same source tells the site that the Galaxy S7 Edge will have a 5.5-inch display. Another report indicated the Galaxy S7 will come in two sizes: 5.2 inches and 5.8 inches. If the Edge variants mimic the two display sizes of the S7, that would bring four new devices at launch for Samsung. Now that Sony debuted the first smartphone with a UHD 4K (3,840 x 2,160 resolution) display, Samsung may consider following suit. A report in early September indicated the Galaxy S7 is likely to sport a 4K display. It’s possible that Samsung will reserve this high end display for the larger model, which would put it at 759 pixels per inch. If Samsung does opt to offer a 4K display on the 5.2-inch model, it would come in at a whopping 847 pixels per inch. That’s all the Galaxy S7 rumors we have for now, but more will surely come, so keep checking back for the latest updates. Previous updates: Updated on 02-09-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors the Galaxy S7 may be water resistant. Updated on 02-08-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in an alleged photo of the Galaxy S7 and leaked accessories. Updated on 02-04-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that the Galaxy S7 might have been approved by the FCC. Updated on 02-01-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added in a leaked picture allegedly showing the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, plus news of a Samsung press event on February 21, where the phone may be revealed. Updated on 01-29-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaked information about the S7 being capable of 17 hours of continuous video playback at full brightness. Updated on 01-25-2016 by Andy Boxall: Added news the Galaxy S7 may be released in the U.S. on March 11 2016. Updated on 01-20-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaked specs from AnTuTu’s Weibo page, showing the Galaxy S7 running on Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor. Updated on 01-06-2016 by David Curry: Added in rumor that Live Photos might be coming to Galaxy S7.  Updated on 01-06-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors of the Galaxy S7 getting a larger battery and more information regarding the camera. Updated on 01-05-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in rumors of a 5.1-inch screen size, the return of the MicroSD slot, and pricing. Updated on 01-04-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in leaked images of the Galaxy S7 front panel and case renders. Updated on 12-28-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added rumor of a February 20 Unpacked event date and that the Galaxy S7 could feature an iris scanner. Updated on 12-21-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added rumor of a March launch date from a China Mobile device roadmap presentation leaked on Weibo. Updated on 12-17-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung might have hired Google engineers to optimize TouchWiz. Updated on 12-14-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added news the Galaxy S7 may have a pressure sensitive touchscreen, eye scanning technology, and similar Galaxy S6 design. Updated on 12-11-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added leaks about four Galaxy S7 variants. Updated on 12-10-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added high-quality render video and leaks from @OnLeaks and uSwitch about the design of the device. Updated on 12-01-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that the design of the Galaxy S7 will be just like the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-23-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in a rumor that Samsung might bring the MicroSD card back to the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung might price the Galaxy S7 for much less than the Galaxy S6. Updated on 11-04-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Samsung trademarked “BRITECELL” and this could be the technology used in the Galaxy S7 camera. Updated on 11-03-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news Samsung might use a smaller 12-megapixel sensor camera with a larger sensor size in the Galaxy S7. Updated on 11-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in news Samsung may be talking with Sony to acquire its 23-megapixel camera sensor for use in the Galaxy S7 Updated on 10-20-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that Galaxy S7 could feature a magnesium alloy build and a high-end 32-bit Stereo D/A Converter Updated on 10-19-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added news that Samsung received a patent that involves force touch technology, Updated on 10-13-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added news that the Galaxy S7 may have Force Touch in its display. Updated on 10-02-2015 by David Curry: Added new information that Galaxy S7 might not receive the dual-cameras.  Updated on 10-02-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in further rumors Samsung will chose the Snapdragon 820 processor for the Galaxy S7 Updated on 09-11-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in specs from recent benchmarks and news that the Galaxy S7 is codenamed “Project Lucky” Updated on 09-09-2015 by Robert Nazarian: Added in news that the Galaxy S7 could come in two sizes along with rumored specs

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