We're as excited about the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone as you, so it’s great news that the world’s most prolific leaker, Even Blass (@evleaks), is now 100% confident the rumours he’s been spreading are true. Here’s the latest from the man himself.
Rumours about the next Samsung Galaxy release date
Samsung has released a teaser video for its next Unpacked event on 21st February. Traditionally these events see Samsung unveil its next big Galaxy smartphone – either a Galaxy S or Galaxy Note – so we’re pretty hopeful that we’ll get our first official glimpse of the new phone this month.
Blass tweeted that the next Samsung Galaxy will go on sale in early March: “Starting to look like a Friday, March 11th Galaxy release in the U.S.”
Based on these comments, Trusted Reviews2 has made a guess at the UK sale date, saying: “we typically get the new phones at the same time as the US, so I'd expect to see the Galaxy S7 on sale here on the 11th as well.”
Rumours about the next Samsung Galaxy specs
According to Blass, there will be two versions of the new Samsung Galaxy. In an article written for Venture Beat he confirmed there would be a Samsung Galaxy S7 with a 5.1-inch screen and a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with a 5.5-inch display.
His article went on to say: “Resolution will supposedly remain the same across both Super AMOLED screens, at 1440 x 2560 Quad HD.”
Blass also reckons he knows the battery sizes for the two new Samsungs: “both models are receiving a capacity bump: to 3000mAh and 3600mAh for the S7 and S7 edge, respectively (up from 2550mAh and 2600mAh).”
He even has details on how long it’ll take to charge the phones wirelessly: “Wireless charging time was revealed to be 2 hours for S7 and 2.2 hours for S7 edge.”
Those big batteries, Blass reports, will be powering a very fast processor, but he’s not sure which one. He says the phones could be “powered by the new, homegrown Exynos 8 Octa 8890… However, it should be noted that Samsung often employs different CPUs for different regions, and other reports have tipped Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.”
One thing Blass is confident on is the amount of memory the phones will have: “All regions, though, should see the same 4GB of RAM utilized, but only two storage options: 32GB or 64GB. (While a 128GB option was not mentioned, it may exist in select channels.)”
Blass has tipped an interesting new camera too: “the main camera sensor is supposedly “just” 12 megapixels, down from the 16 megapixels found in the S6 generation. But resolution is not everything, of course, and the module — coupled with an f/1.7 lens aperture (compared to f/1.9 on S6) — was tipped as being especially capable in low light situations.”
Finally, Blass says there are two exciting things returning to the next Samsung Galaxy: “Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will offer microSD slots (compatible with cards up to 200GB) and possess IP67 dust- and water-resistance certifications.”