Report: Galaxy S7 S7 ge will feature microSD slot, water resistance, beefier battery

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 5 Jan 2016

Samsung may resurrect one of the more popular features from its Galaxy smartphone line: expable storage.

A microSD slot, along with water resistance, a souped-up battery, a better camera, are among the leaks featured in a VentureBeat report on Samsung’s next flagship phones.

y this matters: The information drop comes from Blass, who has a pretty good track record through his Twitter hle @evleaks. Samsung has big dollars a substantial marketshare of the Android ecosystem, so it’s always worth paying attention to what the company cranks out.

MicroSD storage, water resistance among new features

Since Marshmallow has a new capability that allows you to treat your microSD card like native storage, it’s a more attractive option to include. eviously, managing a microSD card took a lot of legwork mostly appealed to power users, so Samsung killed it off (along with a removable battery) with last year’s phones.

ile you probably shouldn’t give this a real-world test when it arrives, the devices may include water dust resistance. The GS7 GS7 ge is said to meet I6 certification, which means protection against dust full immersion in up to one meter of water.

Battery, screen, other improvements

Battery life is the Achilles heel of every smartphone, Samsung is reportedly trying to make customers happy with a bump to 3,000 mAh for the S7 3,600 mAh for the S7 ge. That would be an increase from 2,550 mAh 2,600 mAh in the S6 S6 ge, but it will take real-world testing to determine how much extra time users would gain.

The S7 should keep the screen size at 5.1 inches, with the ge model jumping to 5.5 inches. The screen specs will supposedly stay the same, with Super AMOD screens with 1440X2560 resolution (quad HD). There’s talk of an always-on display, which would enable a glanceable screen for a quick look at notifications.

In terms of specs, there’s a little uncertainty about the chipset. ile the report says the most likely cidate is Samsung’s own Exynos 8 Octa 8890, there’s also talk of the North American version going with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. l editions, however, should see 4GB of RAM with 32GB 64GB storage options.

Fewer megapixels, but a better camera?

This one may take some explaining to buyers: the camera will feature 12 megapixels, a decrease from the 16-megapixel shooter in last year’s model. In reality this figure is often misleading, as the megapixel count isn’t necessarily indicative of photo quality. Samsung will likely point towards its f/1.7 lens aperture, which should help the phone do well in low-light situations.

Samsung is likely to unveil the devices in mid-to-late February, just before Mobile rld Congress in Barcelona. Of course we may see another leak or two before then, so we’ll keep a close watch.