One early rumor surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S7 announcement (now believed to be at Mobile World Congress 2016 next month) was that Samsung was going to bring just a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to the fray, and perhaps a Galaxy S7 Plus. Well, it appears as though a Galaxy S7 Edge Plus will appear alongside of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge when the announcement is made. The confirmation was made by renown leakster @evleaks, known as Evan Blass (who is now a writer for tech site Venture Beat). On his Twitter page on yesterday, January 12th: “Honestly surprised by this (though it does explain a lot),” with the names “Galaxy S7,” “Galaxy S7 edge,” and “Galaxy S7 edge+” in gray boxes. The gray boxes also contain water droplets, hinting that some water resistance will be present in the devices.
We’re not surprised to see a Galaxy S7 Edge Plus announced, but the timing of the phone’s announcement is interesting. Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in August alongside of the Galaxy Note 5 in New York City, and that was just 5 months ago today (to be exact), so the unveiling of the next “Edge+” successor is interesting indeed in less than a year after the first. Samsung may very well decide to do this because it intends to shake up the Galaxy Note 6 and the Note lineup in the Fall, but that remains to be seen.
The Galaxy S7 Edge Plus confirmation by Evan Blass also confirms an early rumor about Samsung’s next-generation “Galaxies,” namely, the idea that both devices would have water resistance. Of course, water and dust resistance was a staple feature in the Galaxy S5, though some were disappointed because they had hoped for a metal body. A new rumor surrounding the Galaxy S7 Edge Plus (along with the other Galaxy S7 models) is that Samsung will bring a full metal body, but it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung brings both a metal unibody idea and water resistance to the new devices at the same time. It’s also rumored that Samsung would bring a microSD card slot to the Galaxy S7 variants, but Samsung hasn’t confirmed this — and we keep hearing rumors that say the microSD card slot will return along with rumors that it’s a pipe dream.
What we do know, however, is that @evleaks is rarely wrong. So, with that said, the Galaxy S7 Edge Plus is definitely coming to the market in next month’s announcement.