Samsung Reveals Galaxy S7 Launch Date, Hints at Some VR Goodness

Image of what is supposedly the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge via @evlekas


Samsung is set to unveil its 2016 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, on February 21st in Barcelona, Spain. This was revealed in a video posted on the YouTube channel of the company’s mobile division.

The video features a person wearing a virtual reality headset, the Gear VR with the proceeding frames revealing the #TheNextGalaxy tagline that the company always uses for launches of its high-end Galaxy devices. This could mean several things. That, like the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 will support Samsung’s Gear VR headsets as well since many analysts agree that virtual reality is just getting started and it is going to be really big over the next few years. Or it could be that Samsung is simply teasing a brand new Gear VR headset compatible with the new Galaxy S7. Or, like OnePlus, Samsung could be planning to stream the Galaxy S7 launch event to millions around the world in live 360-video, watchable only via its Gear VR headsets.

Image of what is supposedly the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge via @evlekas
Image of what is supposedly the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge via @evlekas

The Galaxy S7 is expected to retain the QHD panel that is found on its predecessor, pack the latest high-end processors from Samsung and Qualcomm (Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820), a better 12-megapixel camera, slightly beefier batteries (but still non-removable) and run on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Galaxy S7 could also herald the return of the microSD card slot that Samsung abandoned last year. Waterproofing, which was also dropped in the wake of a change in design, could also make a comeback to Samsung’s top-of-the-range device. The Galaxy S7 family is expected to comprise of 3 devices: the Galaxy S7 (regular model), the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy S7 Edge+. Recent rumours point to the latter being made available later in the year while the former will go on sale immediately in March.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.