Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, news and rumors



Update: New rumors suggest the Galaxy S7 will look mostly like the Galaxy S6, with only a few tweaks to the design and a new 3D Touch-like screen technology. It’s looking ever more likely that the Galaxy S7 will arrive earlier than expected, and may come with microSD support and water resistance. Samsung has also announced a new camera sensor, which could be used in the phone. And we’ve seen both the rumoured Exynos 8890 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipsets benchmarked.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge reinvigorated the flailing smartphone brand, giving it a new lease of life with a fresh design and some brand new features.

Samsung is going to have to do a lot of work to be able to repeat the trick – but there’s much more that can be improved on in the new phone, so there’s plenty of scope.

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We don’t expect for a little while yet though – usually Samsung takes time out in late February or early March to announce its flagships at MWC in Barcelona, and we expect it to be the same again this year.

However, dozens of rumors about the new phone have already rolled in, so here’s everything we’ve picked up so far.

Cut to the chaseWhat is it? The next flagship phone from Samsung’s Galaxy S line.When is it out? Possibly as early as January 2016, failing that probably at MWC in late February.What will it cost? Expect expensive – it’s bound to be one of the more costly phones to buy next year.Samsung Galaxy S7: The techradar concept

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When it comes to the new Samsung Galaxy S7, we want to see Samsung departing from the standard, blocky smartphone design. What we want this time is something innovative, something that pushes the boundaries and takes into account all the awesome technology Samsung keeps promising.

So here’s how we think it should shake down: TechRadar’s Galaxy S7, complete with all the technology Samsung has talked about, with a few of our own flourishes thrown in…

The main difference is, again, the screen. If Samsung is going to make a success of the Gear VR, it needs a better screen, and leaping forward to 8K will make looking at the display a pin-sharp experience.

The other big thing we’re hoping to finally see is the iris scanning technology that will supersede the fingerprint scanners we’re seeing in more and more phones. With dual hi-res scanning cameras on the front, with enhanced apertures, simply turning the phone screen on will confirm your identity.

The edges of the super-sharp screen are now properly pushed to the side of the phone, with the notifications now showing properly either side – the S6 Edge has the curves as decoration, but now they’re actually going to be used.

And bass-rich speakers on the top and bottom will utilise Samsung’s omni-sound technology to make the phone a true media marvel – no more backwards-facing tinny sound here.

Of course, TouchWiz still remains… but hey, there’s only so much we can hope for…

China Mobile has recently put a post up on social media showing all the big phone launches it expects to see in the coming months. The Samsung Galaxy S7 was included under MWC 2016, suggesting the network knows a little bit more than it should be telling us.

Other sources have claimed it will launch at some point in February. What isn’t clear is whether Samsung will decide to wait until the end of that month to announce at Mobile World Congress or go earlier in the month to miss the phone rush.

Samsung has recently been unveiling its Galaxy S flagships at MWC and releasing them shortly after. In 2016 that’s February 22-25, so maybe that will be when we see it.

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Another rumor stated that the Samsung Galaxy S7 could be announced in January, possibly on January 19.

That’s not the first we’ve heard of this either, as an analyst at SK Securities also reckons the Galaxy S7 could be unveiled as soon as January for an early February launch, while other sources claim Samsung has started developing the firmware a month early, which also suggests a possible early release.

This follows earlier information from the South Korean website Newsis, which cites insider sources who claim that Samsung started work on the Galaxy S7 about 2 to 3 months ahead of its usual schedule. So it is believable that the S7 could launch early, but we’d still take it with a massive helping of salt.

Samsung Galaxy S7 design

Given that Samsung has only just overhauled its flagship design for the Galaxy S6 we’re not expecting massive changes in the Samsung Galaxy S7. Any changes on the Galaxy S7 are expected to be small with a largely similar look to the Galaxy S6.

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A source close to Samsung told The Korea Times, “As the S6 and S6 Edge represented progress, the S7 will have improvements both in picture quality, performance and other some new features. The key point is can consumers enjoy content with enhanced viewing quality and boosted processing speed.”

There may be a few tweaks to the look of both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but it seems Samsung wants to keep a largely similar design language across the board. However, while the look is likely to be similar, it’s possible that the S7 will be IP67 certified dust and water resistant, just like the Galaxy S5.

One rumor has suggested Samsung will be dropping the Galaxy S7 Edge from its range and instead releasing a new phablet called the Galaxy S7 Edge+. It’s expected to feature a 5.7-inch display with a 2K resolution as well as being a generally bigger handset. However, according to a more recent rumor Samsung will offer both the Edge and the Edge+.

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On top of that the Galaxy S7 may be built of a different type of metal. Sources claim the company is experimenting with a magnesium based alloy that will make the phone stronger whilst keeping it light and allow the heat out when the processor is working hard. This rumor has popped up again recently, so it could be accurate.

A slim metal and glass build seems likely and whatever we get it’s likely to be premium, especially as there’s a rumor that the battery won’t be removable specifically because making it so would compromise the design.

Samsung Galaxy S7 renders

One of our best potential looks yet at the Galaxy S7 isn’t actually from the phone itself, but from a render built based on leaks.

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It largely matches previous rumors, with a design that looks a whole lot like the Samsung Galaxy S6, albeit with a slightly rounded glass back.

Samsung Galaxy S7 screen

Interestingly there’s talk that Samsung could offer the Galaxy S7 in two different sizes. One with a 5.2-inch screen and one with a 5.8-inch one and supposedly at least one of them will have a 4K display. Given there’s already the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ though we wouldn’t hold our breath for a phablet version of the S7.

Then again a benchmark believed to be for the Samsung Galaxy S7 claims it has a 5.7-inch display, so maybe it will be growing. It lists a 1440 x 2560 QHD one though rather than 4K.

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It looks like Samsung may adopt a similar feature to the iPhone 6S’ 3D Touch technology. A company called Synaptics has a technology called ClearForce that allows for different functionality depending on how hard you’re pressing on the screen.

The Wall Street Journal also spoke to “sources familiar with the matter” who claim the technology will debut on the Galaxy S7. There’s no word on a name for the technology yet, but it’s looking more and more likely that Samsung is preparing its own version of the screen tech for the next flagship phone.

Another rumor states that the Galaxy S7 may be coming with a curved screen. According to supply chain sources the phone will be launching with a flexible display after Samsung put in some big orders with Taiwanese manufacturers. That rumor has popped up again more recently.

It may end up being a separate version of the Galaxy S7 much like with the Galaxy S6 Edge, but it’s interesting all the same.

A new trademark filing suggests Samsung is working on its own new super-strong display technology called Turtle Glass. It’s set to replace Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 and we may see it launch on the Galaxy S7.

There’s even talk that Samsung will go further and deliver a foldable phone, but this seems incredibly unlikely. Even if the technology is in place (which is a big if) it’s doubtful that Samsung would risk something so new and untested on its flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S7 rivals

In recent years HTC has been a significant rival to Samsung, launching similarly impressive phones at around the same time, so we’d expect the HTC One M10 could be a Samsung Galaxy S7 rival. Very little is known about it yet but it’s sure to be stylish and likely to be very powerful.

Other than that there’s the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, which are likely to still be selling very well when the S7 launches, while the Sony Xperia Z6 or whatever Sony’s cooking up next could steal some attention away from Samsung too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera and battery

Samsung’s unveiled a new BRITECELL camera, which is designed to be both better in low light and smaller in size than the snapper on the Galaxy S6. It’s not been confirmed whether it’s heading for the S7, but it seems fairly likely.

On the other hand there are also reports of Samsung speaking to Sony to get a hold of the IMX300 sensor that is included in the Xperia Z5 series.

Samsung is so impressed with the technology that it may include it even though it has been working on its own sensor – rumor is the Galaxy S7 will have a different sensor depending on the region and model of the phone.

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Another rumor has suggested that Samsung isn’t worrying about megapixels and is instead focusing on other areas such as how light the photos are and the size of the sensor itself. According to a tipster on Weibo, Samsung will drop the Galaxy S6’s 16MP camera down to a 12MP one on the Galaxy S7.

Previously, an AnTuTu benchmark showed a phone believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S7 as having a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. Those are the same camera specs as the Galaxy S6, but that has one of the best smartphone snappers around so that wouldn’t be such a bad thing. With so many camera rumors though it’s hard to know what we’re going to get.

There’s no word on what size the battery will be yet but according to one rumor it won’t be removable as it’s apparently not possible to have a removable juice pack without compromising the design. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S6 has a sealed battery this doesn’t really come as any surprise.

Samsung Galaxy S7 OS and power

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will almost certainly launch with Android Marshmallow. In fact snaps of supposed internal Samsung documents regarding its Android Marshmallow update have made their way onto social networking site Weibo, and appear to confirm the rumored Galaxy S7 codename ‘Jungfrau’ and a key spec of the upcoming flagship.

A new rumor coming out of China suggests Samsung will be adding liquid cooling to the Galaxy S7. It would act against the phone overheating and draining the battery or even burning the tips of your fingers.

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It would mean Samsung is able to put higher-spec components into the Galaxy S7 and its variants without having to worry about it overheating. We hope this comes true, but it seems like something Samsung is likely just experimenting with for now.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is rumored to come in two different variants – one with an Exynos chipset and another with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. That Snapdragon 820 rumor has since been echoed by other sources and in a benchmark.

The Snapdragon 820 version has been caught by Geekbench’s benchmarking suggesting the device will score a multi-core score of 5423. That’s nothing on the rumoured Exynos 8890 version that scores 6908 but it’s only just behind the very powerful iPad Pro that scored 5468.

The fact the Snapdragon 820 chip is being linked to the Galaxy S7 is interesting, as Samsung ditched Qualcomm’s offering for the Galaxy S6, instead exclusively using its own Exynos processor. Samsung didn’t disclose the reasoning as to why it opted to do this, but the current top-tier Qualcomm chip – the Snapdragon 810 – has been plagued by reports of overheating and patchy performance.

Perhaps this is a sign of Qualcomm’s return to form in the chipset market, although it’s too early to confirm either way. However, while Qualcomm has been touted by some as the maker of the Galaxy S7’s chip, other benchmark results have leaked onto the internet that claim to show Samsung’s next SoC, the Exynos M1, could potentially power the new Galaxy.

These benchmarks show the hardware used to make the Exynos M1, and it looks like it uses a series of custom ARM cores. Intriguingly the benchmarks also show that the Exynos M1 is much more powerful than the Snapdragon 820 in almost every aspect.

While we’d advise taking these benchmarks with a pinch of salt it would mean that the Samsung Galaxy S7 could be a more powerful handset if it again shuns Qualcomm’s hardware. Whatever processor we get we’re expecting to see 4GB of RAM, not least because the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has that already.

Samsung Galaxy S7 other features

A report out of South Korea suggests the Samsung Galaxy S7 might have serious audio skills, as it could use the SABRE 9018AQ2M chip from ESS Technology. The chip features a 32-bit mobile audio DAC and has 129 dB signal to noise ratio, so Samsung could be set to give HTC a run for its money when it comes to music.

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It’s also been rumored that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will support USB Type-C, allowing it to charge faster and meaning you can plug the cable in either way round. We’d say this is one rumor that’s almost guaranteed to be true, as more and more phones are adding USB Type-C support.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is bound to have a fingerprint scanner, just like the Galaxy S6, while another rumor has suggested the Galaxy S7 may come with microSD support – something the Galaxy S6 didn’t offer – and it’ll apparently have support for cards of up to 128GB.

That may mean we see the internal storage options cut down to just 32GB or 64GB though – but the return to microSD is a good step and means you can have much better control over your storage.

Samsung Galaxy S7 cost

There’s no word yet on what the Samsung Galaxy S7 will cost but we can tell you right now that it will be very expensive. While a price cut would be nice we’d be surprised if Samsung launched it for any less than it initially charged for the Galaxy S6. If we had to guess we’d say it could start at up to around £600 / $650 / AU$1,100.

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1. Better battery life

Our biggest gripe with the Galaxy S6 was the battery – we found with moderate usage you could get between 17 and 18 hours. That is the average day if you’re on a normal sleep pattern but do you really want to be walking that tight rope thinking if I watch a film my phone it’s not going to last the whole day?

Samsung need to do better than this with the Galaxy S7; even sacrificing a little of its new found design credentials to thicken up the handset and stick in a bigger cell would have been worth the extra life. Next time let’s hope it understands functionality takes precedence over design.

2. Bring us to the Edge

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We loved the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – in fact we think everyone did – it just did something entirely different to the rest of the competition.

We want the same again, but maybe something completely off the bat. If the rumors of the flexible display handset turn out to be true we could end up seeing something similar to the S6 Edge come Q1 2016.

3. Another step into VR

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When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S6 it also announced there would be a new Gear VR headsetdesigned to go alongside the new phone.

Next time around we want Samsung to keep focusing on VR but up its game even further for the Galaxy S7 – whether it be more sensors, more games or a new way of doing it altogether we just want more of a focus on VR.

Samsung is one of the few companies doing Virtual Reality right at the moment and there’s no better way to keep that going than innovating on an already good product.

4. A price drop

Samsung’s devices aren’t the cheapest on the market. One of our criticisms of the latest handset came at the price tag attached to the phone and it’d be nice to see it drop down a little as soon as possible. At the moment Samsung’s devices are even in a similar price bracket to Apple.

It may mean we lose a couple of the superfluous features on the phone but taking it down a little would be really nice. Come on Samsung, you can buck the trend and do it with the Galaxy S7.

5. Drop the fingerprint magnet

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If you’ve got a white S6 you’re laughing, but if you’ve got one of the darker options you’re probably finding yourself wiping it with your t-shirt a lot thanks to all the fingerprints showing up on the rear.

The white option is the best for avoiding this but we shouldn’t expect our phones to be covered in grubby marks within a matter of minutes. Let’s sort it out ready for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

6. Something brand new

The S6 Edge really showed us something different and we want to see that same inspiration again from the South Korean company.

In the meantime we may not actually know what we want to see, but something to change up the phone market a little and give it a little kick up the bum it needs.

7. More robust design

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Almost everybody agrees Samsung nailed the design of the Galaxy S6, but one big feature was missing. The Galaxy S5 had the addition of a water and dustproof design so when the Galaxy S6 was announced it was quite a shock the feature had been taken out.

Fingers crossed Samsung will see fit to return it to the Galaxy S7, but this time in a much nicer design.

8. Slight camera tweaks

It’s no secret we loved the Galaxy S6’s camera, but there are a few little issues with it we’d loved to see be improved on the next handset.

Slow motion video can look a little sketchy on the handset so we’d love to see some improvements there to see it compete with the glory of the iPhone 6’s slow-mo mode.

It’d also be nice to get a few more downloadable camera modes thrown in on top as well – we love the fact they’re not clogging up the device with useless modes but there’s not enough of them right now to justify the store Samsung has created.

9. Even more power

Not that the Galaxy S6 wasn’t powerful enough, but in a year we’re going to have a bunch of new processors doing the rounds and we want to see the biggest and best in the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Whether it be an in house created Exynos processor or a jump back to Qualcomm, we don’t mind, we just want the best the company can find. Is that too much to ask?


50 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, news and rumors

  1. Battery efficiency will only decline from the first day of use. Once you’ve had your S6 for 12 to 18 months, you will understand why the lack of the removable battery is a fundamental flaw, because you will be charging the S6 2 to 3 times a day. All you’ll need is to buy a new battery and replace the old, worn out battery, but you can’t! Everyone who buys an S6 will endorse it, because they’ve spent the money, give it time and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t buy an LG or Sony instead

  2. I recently bought an S6 and I’m impressed with it. My wife liked my previous note 4 so it’s hers now. The S6 is lightweight, small, versatile and very fast. I’ll miss the replaceable battery and upgradeable storage but I hope that Samsung continues to improve the battery efficiency and continues to offer higher capacity fast internal storage. I also hope that Samsung steps away from Qualcomm and continues to develop and use their own more efficient exynos processors. The speedy S6 is just a small preview of what Samsung can produce. We’ve seen what Apple can do with their highly efficient A series processors, increasing the instructions per clock and optimizations. Imagine what Samsung, who manufactures the A series processors for Apple, can produce from their exynos M processors.

  3. What is wrong with the author of this article endorsing the Samsung S6. He clearly isn’t tech savvy. Been using Samsung mobiles for years, and after I use their mobiles for a year I replace the battery, at which point it’s like having a new phone, and I don’t have to charge it 3 times a day. My S5 started to dye after half a days use, so swapped out the battery, now it lasts a whole day! Everyone should have shunned the S6 because you can’t change the battery, but soon the S6 will be a year old and the problem of not being able to replace the battery will be obvious and those of us with a little bit of intelligence will figure out that a phone where you cannot replace the battery should be shunned and be a complete failure for the manufacture. If the S7 doesn’t allow to change battery, I’ll be looking at Sony to replace all my samsung product, not just my mobile, but TV too. Samsung have lost there Edge! They are no longer an innovative company! Everyone with an S6, let know how you’re getting on after 12 months use lol

  4. You know what I really want in the Galaxy S7, is a portable electric compacter that fits iPhones in it and by the push of a button it crushes those iPhones into thousands of pieces.

  5. This is an Apple biased site bradavon so they only consider Apple based

  6. People will be very eager to see Samsung next phone on the market the Note 5 ,and will Samsung let the Note 5 by not offering there Best selling options that people have been so used to with the Note 4,o.k we might have a Curved screen and metal body,buts its the Cost of Buying & Running that people are more bothered about,people will have to pay more for the 128gb version,but if the Note 5 offered the micro sd card slot then buying a 128gb card would be a lot cheaper,Samsung might lose a lot of Note 4 users by letting the Note 5 down,and the LG G4 might be the best switch as its offers the card & removable battery,so hope the Note 5 fails and makes Samsung change there strategy again,and offer the Best Selling options again on the Galaxy S7

  7. lolz, this looks terrible! and i’m sure everyone will be able to tell the difference between a 4k screen and an 8k screen that are the size of your hand. :/ what a waste of productivity and resources that would be. i’d expect a smart flip phone with the flexibility of the screen being able to fold completely without a crease line. also, if samsung doesn’t bring back the removable battery and microSD, it wont matter what they release. their sales PLUMMETED on the S6 because of that disappointment. the facts are hard, and if they want to stay in the game, they should listen to what people want. the S6 most likely drove many of their customers to the iphone 6 since there really isn’t much difference, so why compromise? there’s only so many chances they have in getting it right.

  8. You guys at Tech Radar really think Samsung are gonna make a edge to edge screen like your render concept? Samsung are being crucified because the edge phones are unergonomic and difficult to hold. I will say that it looks good but totally impractical and won’t happen.

  9. There’s an easy solution for Samsung. They like to release multiple versions of each model (actives, camera, minis, plus) so do one that continues the s6 trend and another that’s more traditionally Samsung. Removable double sized battery that’ll be heavier but last longer. Plastic back, if it’s going in a case your

  10. Yea I feel the removable battery era had ended I guess they think it predates back to the stone age (or Dark Age) I prefer to live in those eras for the removable battery, If my battery is non funtional why would I let the people who works on repairing phones see my rooted device. Beacuse I know Sony, When you flashed a custom firmware on the PSP (Much like flashing a rom for root access) and sent it for repair to fix like the controls they secretly re-flash the firmware to stock or latest and you lose the ability to run ISOs on it and stuff.

  11. I totally agree, i have the s3,s4 and s5. If they do not bring back the s5 features i will never buy another galaxy phone.

  12. I was a Galaxy fan, but not anymore. I get a new Galaxy every two years; first the S2, S4, this year I was going to purchase the S6, instead I got the S5, but the lack of removable battery, SD card and no waterproof anymore… that’s too much! I need all these features back! Plus, the back glass TOTALLY UNNECESSARY! I preferred the plastic like in the S5, beautiful! The sides are much better now. This new Galaxy series are a certified copy of Iphone. IF I WANTED AN IPHONE, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE! I think I’ll switch to LG or SONY. GALAXY, good-bye, adios, au revoir, arrivederci.

  13. Hope Samsung have learnt a lot after the Galaxy S6,Glass might look Good but its a Fingerprint Magnet,a Leather battery cover could been better plus Removable,by Copying the iPhone body seemed very odd to a lot of Galaxy phone uses,Camera hump also sticks out to much on the Galaxy S6,will we finally get Dual Speakers on the Galaxy S7,hope we do get the micro sd card slot back on the S7 as well,so glad i chose the Note 4 over the Galaxy S6

  14. Same, They should still do that. The non-removable battery and all that can be made as a alterative for other people. I hope its not the

  15. I want to see removable battery and micro SD card. And also water proof and shock proof and bigger battery 3200mAh

  16. Plastic was a lot better for Samsung than Metal & Glass,Metal put the prices up to much and Glass was to much of a Fingerprint Magnet,Samsung going to be in a lot of bother soon with the Note 5 failing,as people want things on Galaxy phones what the iPhones do not offer,How can Samsung produce the A8 there thinnest phone yet but this phone offers the Micro Sd Card Slot and the Note 5 does not,it does not make any sense at All when Samsung is Struggling against Apple,Project- Zero will really back-fire on Samsung Design team,Note 4 might be last Samsung phone unless something happens at Samsung

  17. Sony has all but perfected battery performance with their latest smartphone – they’re touting THREE days usage with the new Xperia A4. What good is a phone that dies before the day is out? The best camera, best screen, fastest performing phone is just a brick if you can’t switch it on or you’re afraid to use it in order to save battery. Pathetic!

  18. a removable battery and microSD expansion slot, don’t be Apple, this what set you apart in the past. S5 will be my last Samsung purchase

  19. Good choice. I switched my SG3 (served me for over 2 years) to LG G4.

  20. Me too, by the looks of it, the list of competitors is based on big names and old prejudice rather than knowledge of the current flagships. G4 has a replaceable battery, microsd card and the best camera of all current smartphones. I just got the similar but cheaper Asus ZenFone2 as a temporary dual sim phone and if i like the size and dual sim, i’ll probably upgrade it to a dual sim G4 sooner or later.

  21. If I was buying a new phone today I’d get the LG G4 (not in leather!) for the same reasons. I’ve had seriously no problems my Class 10 Samsung SD card in my S4. You’d be hard pushed to say which is faster in real world terms, the SD card or internal memory. You do need a decent speed SD card. I used to have a class 2 (maybe 4) SD card it really hurt performance.

  22. The only thing on my list is the return of SD Card and removable battery. This is the first time passing up on a new Samsung and if the S7 doesn’t have SD or removable battery… I will have to start looking at other manufacturers.

  23. Are you kidding me?!?! you missed the single biggest freaking ISSUES with the GS6!!! (well you did get one of them.. the gs5 was waterproof) BUT COME ON people.. micro sd slots are a frickin signature feature of samsung phones, i left the company i LOVED for htc just because the one m9 had it.. the gs6 didnt.. it’s that simple.. don’t take away removeable storage and removable batteries just because the apple fanboys do it.. be the company we liked. don’t mess with that.

  24. Apparently like most people you aren’t aware of what kept SD slot out of S6 and Note phones. SDA Secure Digital Association members were playing head games with each other at our expense. Some wanted outrageous licensing fees….. like Microsoft for inclusion of ex-FAT…. etc. So Samsung and others said screw you to them and left SD slot out entirely, until they came to their senses. They would kill SD slots altogether, before paying such outrageous licensing fees of UHS-II SDXC slots. To date Samsung themselves have only put them in their High End NX-1 camera kits, selling for $3,500! No mobile phone to date has one of these UHS-II Slots. That are backwards compatible with old UHS-I SD memory cards, using new UFS 2.0 Memory controllers. Which are not compatible with old slots without that extra row of pins!!!

  25. It’s not a bad device by any means, but downgrading to a 1280×720 screen and 1.5GB of RAM? No thanks.

  26. Hi Dsk. Well written. I couldnt agree more. Micro-sd card is a deal breaker for me. Iam still going to hold onto my GS4. Hope they get this fixed atleast for GS7. When it comes to changable batteries i hope they can use technology like this : Chargable batteries in 6 minutes and three times capasity and mixed with the already wireless charging. That would also mean in ultra saving mode probably a phone that could last for a month without charging. And when you need to charge, you can charge in less than 6 minutes. If that was an option i would ditch the battery in a second.

  27. well, i don’t have a note…, although i AM intrigued by the note pro.

  28. Maybe I’d use it more if I didn’t work from home. As it is, these days I’m in front of my PC for 12 hours a day, so I find Photoshop and my Wacom to be far more useful. The best bit about the stylus is the handwriting recognition, which is absolutely amazing with cursive. I still prefer Swiftkey though!

  29. …you DON’T use it to cut and paste (particularly parts of photos)???

  30. You’re right, it’s all about choosing the best balance of functionality to match your needs. Personally, the expandable storage is an absolute requirement, so any device that doesn’t offer that is immediately off the table. Speaking of features, the one thing I definitely wouldn’t miss from my Note 4 is the stylus. I just don’t ever seem to have a need for it.

  31. Yep, I was on the ‘evens’ cycle (S2, S4, S6) until I saw that the S6 had a glass back, fixed battery and no expandable storage. I went with a Note 4 instead and I’ve never been happier with a phone. The most colour-accurate screen I’ve ever seen, big battery, great performance. My only problem now is if this is the last high-end Sammy device with the features I want, where do I go next time?

  32. yea I rather not see the end of the removable battery era (The Dark Ages) Removable batteries in any devices not just phones are still essential as a alternative backup if you cannot charge a sealed in battery for whatever reason. Like for example you was carrying a sealed in battery phone during a hikeor somewhere without any place to charge the phone and it dies, You cannot use it beacuse you cannot charge it, Having a removable battery as an emergancy battery thats used only for when you need it to head back to charge up your main battery.

  33. Me too shunned the s6 and stayed with my s5 for the reason of SD slot and removable battery.hoping S7 goes back to these features or I will be moving away from sammy

  34. Exactly. I feel as though Samsung have put too much focus on competing with the iPhone that they’ve forgotten why the Galaxy line has such a passionate fan force. I’ve been a Samsung phone customer since 2001, when I had my beloved A300, and their phones have always been cracking. Innovative, fun to use, come with handy little things nobody else would think of, and I’ve just always been a fan. My disappointment levels on seeing the S6 specs fell to below basement. No removable battery, no micro SD card (though my portable memory card reader fixes this), and metal casing. If I wanted to buy an iPhone, I would buy an iPhone, and it’s just that simple, but I don’t. I wanted one of the best Galaxy phones ever in the S6, but instead Samsung released a colourful iPhone 2.0. I emailed Samsung, Tweet them, and left comments, but I’ve never had a response. I guess we long term customers don’t matter where corporate competition is concerned.

  35. I am going to have to agree with ikorn. just because you have not had it happen to you does not mean it can’t happen, none the less. you know there are people that have played Russian roulette with a revolver and never got shot. until you have seen a battery meltdown first hand you will never know the horror of having a hole the size of a golf ball melt into the side of your leg be for you even knew what just happen. sill you more than likely won’t change your mind, that’s cool though. see this man’s story of his battery melting from coins in his pocket.

  36. I’ve used removable batteries for around 4 years now in my Galaxy phones. Never had one explode on me. Never ruined a pair of pants. I have experienced one problem though. When my friends see me pull out my spare battery, I have to put up with the usual

  37. They are a hazard to themselves and those that use them. Do realize that removable batteries can never have the protection or fast charging circuits built into Samsung SDI’s latest Lithium Ion battery technology? There is a reason phones with built in batteries can now be thinner and safer. That’s because they do not require a hard secondary plastic and metal case. So they are not only lighter but are far more energy efficient with more room to built in fast charging circuits that make it so you can charge them for 15 minutes and get 6hrs of use out of them! Which beats the hell out of shutting your phone down, taking it out of it’s case and they pulling the cover off to change a battery out, you most likely have in your pocket. Where your keys and coins can short it out. Which leads to it either getting super hot or can have it explode in your pocket! lol…. How much common sense does it take for you fools to finally get it through your head’s removable batteries aren’t freaking safe??? How stupid can you be to ignore the inherent danger in that scenario? I’m just saying that if you can put a 9volt battery and ground it out and get possible explosions and heating up your pocket, imagine it being 3000 mAh battery grounding out in your pocket? lol…. But hey… I’ve seen some pretty stupid people playing with fire and electricity in my life and live to tell about it! ……..yet they did change their ways after the close calls! ahahaha……

  38. Shun the Android Traitor! Shun the Non-Believer! I will always be on the Galaxy S5 and run on a removable battery I always keep my phone charged before going somewhere, But usually can charge in the van. Removable Batteries will never be a blight for phones or other non-phone devices!

  39. And for us smarter people…. we’d rather have a higher quality case that can protect the battery and the internals than lame old fashioned exploding batteries you so love!!! Samsung is the #1 OEM battery supplier for good reason. They know WTF they’re doing when it comes to batteries, quick charging and safety!!! xD So you love to have those old spare batteries rattling around in your pockets and shorting out on your chump change…. ‘eh??? lol…. ahaha…. I love to see you idiots dancing around pulling your pants down in public, when they catch on fire…. from those lame Chinese Cloned spare batteries you so love!!! haha….

  40. As dsk05a and jek4 said, I’ve been a long time Galaxy user as well. I started with the S2 Skyrocket, then to the S4, and it was *supposed* to be the S6 this year. Straight up dealbreakers were the lack of removable battery and then the lack of microSD. Like jek4 said, i can live with the microSD port being removed, but not the spare battery. It’s so stupid seeing people needing to plug in their phones to charge or carrying the battery bricks around when you can just carry a spare battery with you, like I currently do with my S4.. I hope they release a new S6 with at least a removable battery option. The focus on fashion is stupid. If I wanted a phone that looks like the IPhone, I’d just buy the IPhone. I don’t know why Samsung all of a sudden got a hardon for making the same build.

  41. Well said, dsk05a. I completely agree. Additionally, I’ve always found that the people who fussed about the plastic feel were either 1. iphone fans who were grasping at straws trying to find something to criticize or 2. someone who put waaay too much priority on the fashion aspect. I couldn’t care less about either. I’ve never had an issue with my plastic phones, but I’ve seen more than my share of iphones with their shattered rear casings. I’ll be a former, longtime Galaxy S customer if the removable battery isn’t restored. I want the micro sd card option back as well, but it’s not as big a dealbreaker for me as the removable battery. Thankfully, I’m not due for an upgrade until next year, so I have that time to let Samsung get their house back in order or find my new alternative to the Galaxy S phone series.

  42. I have always loved to buy the Samsung Galaxy S phones and one of the main attractions was not just the removable battery, but also the option of additional storage via SD card slot. I don’t know why the reviewers always seem to make a fuss about the

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