Samsung is scheduled to reveal two new flagship phones in less than a week at their Unpacked event, so naturally we already know pretty much all their is to know about them. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been the subject of numerous rumors, reports, and leaks, and when you combine all of the information you get a pretty good picture of what’s coming.

Last year’s S6 phones received plenty of criticism after Samsung nixed several beloved features in favorite of a redesign. Refreshingly, Samsung has heard those criticisms and plans to address many of them. Even better, they’re not totally backtracking on what they did last year, either.

The two phones will be available in black, silver, white, and gold, four pretty standard colors. The Galaxy S7itselflooks almost identical to the S6 phones. The camera, side buttons, USB port, and headphone jack are all located in the same places on thephones. The S7 Edge, however, is bigger at 5.5-inches and leaked pictures hit that the back is more curved than that of the S6 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: What We Know

Two features that are finding their way back to Samsung’s Galaxy flagships after having been skipped over last year are MicroSD slots and water-resistant coating. The pictures don’t appear to show the MicroSD slots, but several reports claim that the feature is there, sothe slotscould be buried in the SIM tray.

One of the biggest complaints about the S6 line was the awful battery life that plagued both phones. In response, the Galaxy S7 will feature a 3000mAh battery (the S6 used a 2550mAh) and the Galaxy S7 Edge will use a whopping 3600mAh battery. Both phones will also haveAndroid 6.0’s Doze feature, which should extend the life even longer.

One thing Samsung absolutely nailed last year were the cameras, and while trying to fix something that isn’t broken is usually frowned upon, the folks at Samsung are insistent that by lowering the megapixels, the cameras on the S7s will perform better in low light scenarios. The S6 cameras were 16-megapixels and the S7s will be 12-megapixels, but Samsung seems confident that it’s a worthwhile trade.

That brings us to the processor, which is less confirmed than the earlier rumors in the story. Last year Samsung pushed Qualcomm to the side in favor of their own chipset, which turned out to be a pretty good decision. This year, however, the rumor is that while Samsung will still be using their own chipset outside of the US, inside the US they’ll be going with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon once again.


Samsung’s Unpacked event is this Sunday, the 21st, so we’ll know soon enough what’s fact and what’s fiction.

 

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