Rumours about Samsung’s next flagship phone have begun to swirl, this time lead by a report from the Wall Street Journal. The publication claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 (as it will be named) will see the return of the microSD card slot, along with the introduction of a pressure sensitive display and retina scanner.
Samsung had argued against smartphones needing microSD expansion capabilities, and had removed the feature from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. However, it looks like the company is preparing to pull an about-face and reintroduce expansion slots in the Galaxy S7. That being said, there is the potential that the Galaxy S7 edge will remain microSD card-less at launch.
A new feature will be introduced to Samsung’s flagship smartphones in the form of pressure sensitive displays. It looks like Samsung is borrowing a move from Apple’s new iPhone 6s’ Force Touch, and it looks like the applications will be the same.
The addition of a retina scanner is as of yet unconfirmed. At the moment, it looks like the scanner is being tested in the Galaxy S7, but it could be removed over the next couple of months.
Samsung appears to be also sticking to a similar design aesthetics as the Galaxy S6, and it is expected that the Galaxy S7 will greatly resemble its predecessor. The S7 will also appear in both a regular version and a curve display variant.
Other details about the Galaxy S7 are an inclusion of a USB Type-C port – complete with fast charging capability – and a release date at some point in March. Samsung is expected to reveal the phone in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress; which takes place in February. The WSJ says that this accelerated timeline is due Samsung attempting to capitalise on the buzz created by the announcement at MWC.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]