Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor: Android phone to be released in March; to feature microSD slot, larger battery

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Samsung may have just leaked the release date of the much anticipated Galaxy S7 during their 2015 year-end event where the tech giant revealed some of their plans for the first half of 2016. The flagship smartphone may hit the shelves some time in March 2016, a little later than the initial rumored January-February release. 

A photo from the said event surfaced online, which shows a presentation slide with the Galaxy S7 under the third column, which is said to correspond to March 2016. The slide also shows its expected cost of at least 3000 Yuan ($460 to $470). 

Despite positive feedback, the current Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly had a lackluster sale last year. This is why Samsung has to step up their game with this handset. Rumor has it, though, that there would only be minor changes in the design as the company would give most of their focus on software improvements. 

The Korean Times cited an industry source saying via telephone, “As the S6 and S6 Edge represented progress, the S7 will have improvements both in picture quality, performance and other some new features. But because smartphones have already been commoditized, you don’t need to spend more on a surface overhaul…The key point is can consumers enjoy content with enhanced viewing quality and boosted processing speed.” 

Android fans would be glad to know that the mobile tech company, in partnership with Google, will finally be reforming TouchWiz, according to a report. This Samsung-exclusive interface has been seen by many as the brand’s weak point that made potential buyers turn their backs on their Android devices. Their goal is to bring TouchWiz to optimization levels that could be on par or even exceed Apple’s iOS. 

Electronic Times, a Korean publication, reported that several sources suggest the Galaxy S7 to be powered by a Qualcomm chip for the U.S. and China markets and an Exynos chip for others. Additionally, Samsung may use 4 GB of RAM, which is the same amount found on the Galaxy Note 5. 

Allegedly, Samsung will be bringing back the microSD card slot. It must be noted that many potential customers expressed their disappointment over the lack of it on the Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 edge+. Moreover, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge may be water-resistant and powered by much larger batteries than their predecessors.