Galaxy S7 will be released on 21 February


Samsung Galaxy S7 press renders have leaked with a probable release date of the devices. 

EvLeaks has leaked press render images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones. In the images, the date is February 21 which of course means the release date. EvLeaks has been very reliable source, so these renders are probably real.

In the image there are two phones. The one on the left is the normal Galaxy S7 with 5.1″ QHD display and the one on the right is probably going to be called Galaxy S7 edge and it will have a 5.5″ curved QHD display.

Other specifications we know are the two SoC options for different markets, Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890. The amount of RAM will be 4GB and the battery capacities will grow to 3000mAh and 3600mAh respectively.

The 12MP Britecell rear camera is joined by a 5MP shooter on the front. The rear camera hump will be gone as the new Britecell sensor improves the low light capabilities and reduces the thickness of the module.

Source: VentureBeat

Snapdragon 830 going to use Samsung’s 10nm process


Snapdragon 820 devices aren’t even available yet and we are getting rumors about its successor. 

If you think it’s too early for Snapdragon 830 rumors as the 820 is barely even out yet, you are not alone. Still, trusted sources are claiming that Samsung is going to make the Snapdragon 830 SoC which is going to launch early next year.

What makes this rumor funny is that Samsung hasn’t even released their 10nm process yet. The MSM8998 codenamed chip is going to use improved Kryo architecture and support up to 8GB of RAM which is plausible as Samsung has already released their 8GB RAM chips. We will see if this rumor is true as Samsung should reveal their 10nm process soon.

Source. SamMobile

Galaxy S7 rumor collection


The release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is getting closer and it’s time to wrap up some of the recent rumors.

According to rumors, the design of S7 will be very similar to the S6. Some rumors are suggesting a rounded back and leaked renders are supporting that. It also looks like the camera hump will be smaller as the S7 is going to use the new 12MP Britecell camera sensor.

Display size for the normal S7 is going to stay the same at 5.1″ but the S7 Edge is probably getting a 5.5″ display. We are also hearing about a possible S7 Plus model with a 5.7″ or 6″ display. All displays are still going to support QHD resolution, so no 4K here yet.

There are more news under the hood as apparently there will be two versions again, a Snapdragon version and an Exynos version. Antutu has leaked the hardware specifications of both models and the SoC seems to be the only difference. The S7 is going to have 4GB of DDR4 RAM and both models have 64GB of storage and there is no sign of 32GB model yet, so 64GB might be the standard.

It looks like Samsung is going a bit conservative this year. Last year Galaxies were very good, only problem being the battery life. As the hardware design is pretty stable, they have had the time and resources to concentrate on improving the UI and optimization so that the new flagships might improve greatly on smoothness and battery life.

Sources: Zauba, PhoneArena 1, PhoneArena 2, OnLeaks on Twitter

Samsung updates the Gear S2


Samsung has updated the Gear S2 in few ways. The CES 2016 is on and we are following.

Samsung’s Gear S2 is one of the best smartwatches on the market right now and now it got even better. Samsung has promised to bring iOS support for the smartwatch ‘later this year’. The other major update is support for Samsung Pay. There’s no exact date for either but Samsung is working on them.

Also there will be two new color options available for the Gear S2 Classic, one with platinum and another with rose gold. Specifications remain unchanged. Pricing and exact dates are still unknown.

Source: Samsung

Samsung updates the Galaxy A lineup


Samsung has launched new Galaxy A7, A5 and A3 mid-rangers. The updates are significant as the phones get nearly flagship specifications.

Samsung’s metal body A series has done strongly and now they get their first refresh. The highest-end A7 packs a 5.5″ 1080p Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and a 3300mAh battery. The 13 megapixel rear camera is optically stabilized and the home button has the fingerprint scanner from the S6. The only weaker part of the package is the yet to be named 1.6GHz octa core CPU.

The A5 packs mostly the same specs with just a smaller 5.2″ 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and 2900mAh battery. The A3 gives up more as the OIS and the fingerprint scanner are dropped. A3 has 4.7″ 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.5GB of RAM, 1.5GHz quad core CPU and 2300mAh battery.

All the models are made out of metal and glass and packed into a 7.3mm thick body. The devices will hit the market first in China in mid December and global sales start later. The pricing is still a question but we expect much lower prices than the flagship S6 devices.

Samsung releases a high end flip phone


Samsung has released a flip phone called W2016. It shares most of its specs with Galaxy S6. 

What is wrong with Samsung right now? First they launched the Galaxy View, a giant tablet with lowish specs and now they launch a metal and glass flip phone with high end specifications.

The W2016 packs an Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The clamshell body is made out of metal and glass and it has two 3.9″ Super AMOLED displays with the resolution of 1280 x 768. Cameras are also from the Galaxy S6 but the battery is even smaller at 2000mAh. TouchWiz is running on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The W2016 is only launching China.

Source: Samsung (Chinese)

Samsung introduces the new Britecell camera sensor


Samsung has introduced their next camera sensor technology. The Britecell technology might mean the end of the camera humps. 

The major change Samsung has made is replacing the green subpixels with white ones. The green filter denies some light entering the sensor and getting rid of the filter allows more light in. This improves low light performance and provides thinner camera modules.

The first Britecell sensor will be a 20 megapixel sensor with 1µm pixel size. The current Isocell sensors use 1.12µm pixels. The new module is 17% thinner than the Isocell and will mean the end of the camera humps.

The Britecell is rumored to launch with the Galaxy S7 early next year. It remains to be seen if Samsung wants to use the new technology to get rid of the camera hump or improving the low light capabilities. Both are possible and both are good choices.

Source: GalaxyClub (in Dutch)