Samsung looks set to reveal the Galaxy S7 at Unpacked event on February 21

By midian182
Feb 1, 2016
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  1. Samsung has announced that its bi-annual ‘Unpacked’ launch event will be taking place on Sunday, February 21 at 1 pm EST/10 am PST in Barcelona, Spain. While the invitations don’t explicitly say that the company will be revealing its new flagship smartphone line, the Galaxy S7, the #TheNextGalaxy tagline in the teaser video (and the fact that the glowing edges of the cube form a 7) mean that it’s almost certain we’ll see the new devices.

    The brief teaser video, which comes with the tagline “Get ready to rethink what a phone can do,” suggests that the Korean company will put a focus on its Gear VR headset at the event. Whether this means the S7 range will bring improved functionality to the Galaxy-powered Gear VR, or if Samsung will reveal an entirely new headset (or both), we’ll have to wait until the 21st to find out.

    It’s also been suggested that as the video shows a man leaning forward and reaching to grab a virtual object, Samsung may have found a way to bring positional tracking to the Gear VR, a feature currently absent from all phone-based VR headsets.

    The Unpacked event is taking place at the start of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, and the company is livestreaming the event on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel.

    According to a number of leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphones, Samsung has followed Apple’s iPhone S lead by focusing on improving the hardware in its new flagship devices rather than their looks. As you can see below, barring more curvy edges and thinner bezels, the S7s looks identical to the S6s.

    The new range is expected to include various Mini, Plus and Active versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Some models are thought to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor, which Samsung is manufacturing, and we’re likely to see the return of the micro-SD card slot. Other upgrades may include dust and water resistance, a pressure sensitive screen for Apple 3D touch-style functions, USB-C, and a massive battery life.

    There’s no word on when the Galaxy S7 range will be available in the US, but rumors say it could be sometime in March.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 819   +385

    Will be interesting to see what kind of features this phone has - and yes, obviously I'm referring to the microsd slot as well as the removable battery.

    I'm still wondering what kind of sales the Note 5 had and how they compare to the Note 4?
    I honestly don't think we'll ever see these figures - and I think we all know why.

    I wish Samsung luck in finding a way to produce the products that will want to buy. So far they've been having misses the past 2 years.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    If the misses you say they've been having are still keeping them at the top as worlds largest smartphone manufacturer then how can they be misses?
    Contrary to popular belief, removable batteries and expandable memory only really matters to a few, the vast majority don't give a damn about either.
    What's really slowing Samsung down is the Chinese invasion. Good devices at great prices will do that to you.
  4. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Booster Posts: 151   +47

    I would have to agree with you. I may miss the micro sd slot and removable battery, but it still a far superior phone to others available.
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    I'm using a Galaxy Note 2. I was a happy owner of an HTC One M8, but I dunked it in the river. Accidents happen! But I'm ready to upgrade, but the SD Micro and battery are an issue. I didn't buy a Galaxy 6, or Nexus because of this. I was tempted to buy an LG instead, but my friends fragile LG phones have me holding back on any changes.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    A lot of people lamented that fact then went out and bought the S6 anyway only to find their complaints and fears about the battery and expandable storage were unfounded. I was one of them. Although I'd like to have expandable storage just so that I can buy the cheapest model and save some money, the lack of a removable battery is a non issue for me.
  7. Razer

    Razer TS Booster Posts: 126   +14

    Wait.. that huawei G8? :D

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