Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S7 Rumored to Feature Water Resistant Design, Pressure-Sensitive Screen

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung is expected to unveil its newest smartphones at Mobile World Congress on February 21, and ahead of their debut date, several leaks have hinted at the specs we can expect to see in the flagship devices of Apple's main competitor.

    Like Apple, and continuing with its own trend of dual releases, Samsung will unveil two new smartphones: the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge with a curved display. Both devices look similar to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, as seen in a render created by noted leaker @evleaks. The Galaxy S7 Edge will be larger, measuring in at 5.5 inches, the same size as the iPhone 6s Plus.


    Samsung is expected to be adding a pressure-sensitive display, which would perhaps mimic some of the 3D Touch features available in the iPhone 6s, allowing it to respond to a new range of pressure-based gestures.

    A microsite and video for the Galaxy S7 published this afternoon points towards improved water resistance and wireless charging, two features that are also rumored for Apple's iPhone 7. Samsung has long offered wireless charging through the Qi system, which uses a charging pad. Apple is rumored to be considering wireless charging in the iPhone 7, but it may not be ready until 2017 because Apple wants to use long-range charging that eschews a mat.

    Samsung's Galaxy S5 was IP67 water resistant, a feature that didn't make it into the flagship Galaxy S6 but is expected to be included in the Galaxy S7. Rumors have also suggested the iPhone 7 will include improved water resistance.

    While not expected to gain dual cameras like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Galaxy S7 is rumored to be gaining an improved camera that will offer better performance in lowlight photography. iPhone 7 design rumors have indicated the device may not feature a rear-protruding camera, and the Galaxy S7 design is also expected to do away with the rear camera bulge featured in the Galaxy S6.

    Other rumors for the Galaxy S7 include improved battery life, the re-adoption of the micro SD card slot (in the S7, not the Edge) that was removed in the Galaxy S6, and a USB-C port for faster charging.

    Samsung's newest devices will be unveiled next week, coming several months ahead of Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, its 2016 flagship devices. Apple will, however, be unveiling a new iPhone in the next month, introducing the 4-inch iPhone 5se at a March event.

    Article Link: Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S7 Rumored to Feature Water Resistant Design, Pressure-Sensitive Screen
  2. penajmz macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  3. jontech macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2010
    They won't be final specs until the iPhone 7 features are known.....
  4. joueboy, Feb 16, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2016

    joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    I'm just here to see everyone's reaction since they mentioned about pressure sensitive display. LOL!
  5. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Shameless as always, not only did they steal iPhone's existing flagship feature, they even stole the features RUMORED for the next iPhone.

    This makes me happy, because ball's in Apple's court now. They have to up their game or lose market share. Winner: me (consumer). :D
  6. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    Of course it will have a pressure sensitive screen. It's not like any other company has done that before.
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    So here's the thing. I hope it does have a pressure sensitive screen. I hope it works exactly like the 6s. Developers need more phones with this technology for it to be worth their time developing for it. Right now 3D Touch needs to be utilized more and the only way I see that happening is if more phones also adopt it and developers have more reason to get creative and use it.
  8. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    If I'm not mistaken, isn't the current iPhone 6s already water resistant to an extent?
  9. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
  10. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
  11. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    say what u want at least Samsung figured out how to properly take advantage of the screen without any redic huge bezels
  12. noobinator macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Aw man so only the S7, not the Edge, will have SD card? :(
  13. HangmanSwingset macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2011
    Everett, WA
    GS5: *adds water resistant design*
    "We listen to customers!"

    GS6: *removes water resistance, removable battery, and SD card support*
    "We listen to customers!"

    GS7: *re-adds water resistant design and SD card support*
    "We listen to customers!"
  14. hagr182 macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    So, as always, monkey sees monkey does...... it comes to no surprise that the screen is pressure sensitive or that they reacted to a rumored upcoming apple feature (let´s all remember Samy´s quick reaction to put out an smart watch when the apple watch rumors began (and let´s all remember the sub par product the original gear was (I can´t say the same for newer gear models tough)).

    Overall this is ok with me, since it forces innovation from other manufacturers, apple included. Also a couple of friends of mine will be thrilled to hear micro sd slots are back! (some of them skipped the S6 line completely over the lack of this feature).
  15. MacGod macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2008
    Remove TOUCHWIZ and I would 'tap' that (pun intended).

    Stock Android is what I want - not the BS all the other providers put in their.
  16. reden macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    If you watch the video, the competition she was in took place in 2013. The phone can also travel back in time to take better pictures that you couldn't take with your previous Samsung phone.
  17. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Currently the s6 edge is 5.1" and the s6 edge+ is about 5.7"

    So if the s7 edge is going to be 5.5", what is the size of the s7 edge+ going to be?

  18. ackmondual macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    Well, Macs shouldn't encompass tablets nor phones either, so I think we've already blurred beyond that line
  19. Kevin2055 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2015
    Oops, how could they forget to remove the 3.5mm jack ?
  20. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
  21. Kevin2055 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2015
    Part of "Samsung Home Invented Technology "
  22. Fenez macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2014
    You do realize that Samsung released a smart watch back in 1999?
  23. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The problem is if it is a Samsung solution, developers will be unlikely to support it. It needs to make it to "core" Android. That's the downside with Samsung's approach. They are dependent on Google.

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