Galaxy S7 evidences are coming in, and will continue to flow as it gets closer to unveil time, and today’s confirmation is something of a surprise (though not really) for Samsung’s upcoming devices. Shipping website Zauba has confirmed two handsets headed to India were posted on the site, with screen sizes to boot. The Galaxy S7 appears with the model number G930, which is a slight increase from the Galaxy Note 5 (with model number G920), while the Galaxy S7 Edge has a model number on the shipping list of G935, up from the G925 model number of last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge.
The shipping list, leaked by tech site NapiDroid, confirmed the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge screen sizes, with the Galaxy S7 having a 5.1-inch display (the “S-5.1” is the giveaway), and the S7 Edge having a 5.5-inch display size. The Galaxy S7 Edge will have a wider display this year than it did last year, with the Galaxy S6 Edge having a display size of 5.1 inches as opposed the 5.5-inch beast headed our way. Samsung seems to have increased the screen size based on the need to experience more of the edge. In my time with the Galaxy S6 Edge, I can confirm that it was a bit on the small side for my mammoth hands, and I’m sure that a number of large-handed customers will agree.
So far, we’ve been told a number of things about the Galaxy S7 series: there are three phones confirmed (Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Edge Plus), with a possible fourth (Galaxy S7 Plus) on the way; all these devices will be water and dust-resistant, as leakster @evleaks revealed some days ago, and will feature microSD card slots for expandable or internal storage (courtesy of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which will come preloaded with all Galaxy S7 smartphones), a 12MP back camera with an f/1.7 aperture, which increases the aperture from last year (f/1.9 for the Galaxy S6 as opposed to f/1.7 for the Galaxy S7) but decreases the megapixel count from last year’s models (16MP for the Galaxy S6, 12MP for the Galaxy S7), and will have either 1) Qualcomm’s Snadpragon 820 processor (a quad-core as opposed to the Galaxy S6’s octa-core) or 2) Samsung’s homegrown, octa-core Exynos 8890 processor. Samsung has decided to go back to Qualcomm for its Snapdragon 820 processors for international devices, but we’ve also heard that Samsung is making the Snapdragon 820 — so it should be a beast that doesn’t “explode” (in the negative sense) this year, as opposed to last year’s Snapdragon 810 processors that Samsung didn’t implement into its devices (the Korean giant went with its own Exynos 7420 processor instead).
There is some talk about USB Type-C charging in the new models, but conflicting reports continue to surround this. Some say USB Type-C, but leaked photos early on show the same micro-USB ports that are present in the company’s 2015 lineup. Perhaps a few more days will iron out the conflict and bring resolution to this component.
All in all, Samsung should do well. The Korean giant’s smartphones have always been cutting-edge and leap years ahead of its Android rivals, and this year will prove to be no different. One thing to keep in mind about Samsung is that you can never underestimate the company; just when you think you’ve seen everything, they’ll go and surprise you. We wait with anticipation to see just what Samsung will bring to the table for 2016. Don’t purchase that new smartphone just yet.