Samsung releases the Galaxy S7 lineup

 

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Samsung has released their 2016 flagship phones, S7 and S7 edge. 

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 retains the best of the S6 but improves in a few key areas. The display is still 5.1″ and the resolution stays at QHD but it’s now always-on. The back of the device is now curved like in the Note 5 and the camera bump is almost gone. The physical size is a bit larger in all directions.

The S7 edge now has a 5.5″ QHD curved always-on display but other specs match with the standard S7. There are two liquid cooled SoC options for different markets, Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890. Also onboard is 4GB of DDR4 RAM. The battery on the S7 edge is obviously larger at 3600mAh vs 3000mAh on the S7. The devices also support Vulkan to allow better, more realistic games.

Both models are now water resistant with IP68 certification. Samsung has also listened the customers and the microSD slot is back. Of course onboard are the usual Samsung features like fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor.

The new 12MP F1.7 camera takes even better low light images while retaining the great quality in daylight. The sensor also uses dual pixel technology in every single pixel to reduce focusing time. The S7 doesn’t use the BriteCell sensor Samsung announced a while ago but Sony Exmor RS IMX260 sensor instead.

The color options are black, white, silver and gold and a Gear VR comes for free with pre-orders. The devices will be available in mid March.

Galaxy S7 will be released on 21 February

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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

Galaxy S7 rumor collection

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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 introduces the new Britecell camera sensor

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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)