If you bought the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge last year, your device is about to become dated. It is that time of the year when the annual speculation of a new flagship device from Samsung cranks up. Samsung enthusiasts should be used to it by now.
So how would the Galaxy S7 or the S7 edge look like? Many are expecting a bigger screen than the Galaxy S6. Or would Samsung surprise everyone the way they did with S6 Edge’s new look screen? But according to various reports (here, here, and here are just three of the many report) the Galaxy S7 won’t throw up too many surprises.
The honor for releasing the first important scoop of the year in the mobile world goes to AnTuTu, the Chinese software benchmarking or grading tool developed in China. Surprisingly, AnTuTu is relatively unknown in this part of the world except for the tech enthusiasts who make it their business to know these things. The AnTuTu software is actually the most popular software used by OEM’s and techies to benchmark phones using the ARM architecture of the device. The software is so popular that on the Google Play store, it has being downloaded over ten million times.
Using their Weibo account, AnTuTu released what many see as the initial specs of the Samsung Galaxy S7 codenamed SM-G930F. The idea being when the phone is finally released a few alterations might be noticed here and there. But this is what is known for now. One version of the the Galaxy S7 would run on the Exynos 8890 processor. Implying that the Galaxy S7 might have more than one versions like it was with the S6.
Using the Exynos 8890 is not a surprise really. The chipset is Samsung’s response to the Snapdragon chipset by Qualcomm as they try to develop their own unique chipsets to be used exclusively for the Samsung range of phones. But the US version of the Galaxy S7 might probably still be based on the Snapdragon 820. Only Time will tell.
As for the other specs like screen size, camera and resolution, people should not expect anything out of this world. From the released specs, we expect to see a modest 5.1 inch display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. The camera specs are also modest at 12MP and 5MP for the main and secondary camera sensors respectively.
The random access memory(RAM) comes in at a whooping 4G, hopefully an Andreno 530 GPU, an internal storage of 64 GB and would run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. To be sure, the Galaxy S7 won’t be the first phone to use that RAM size. But a 4G RAM is always impressive to look at on paper. Most PCs don’t have that, to put it in context.
So far, the most dispute about the leaked specs concerned the camera specs. While some rumours confirm the AnTuTu specs of 12MP camera with large 1/2″ sensor (the sensor specs is to improve performance in low light situation), another rumour making the rounds is that Samsung would instead use its own new BRITECELL camera for the Galaxy S7. We are talking 20MP resolution here.
AnTuTu is yet to reveal the scores for the tests which is what most techies would love to see. The benchmark scores would be released later by AnTuTu. However, it must be noted that most of these specs are still rumours. So until Samsung releases the official specs, nobody is 100% sure about anything.
Sometime in March is the expected release date of the Galaxy S7. Not too long to wait.