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Oh, mobile tech launch cycle, for all the advanced, progressive technology you produce you are such a predictable old fuddy-duddy. It more-or-less goes like this every year folks; September sees IFA happen in Berlin where Sony and Samsung launch new devices, notably including the Galaxy Note, then Apple launches the new iPhones. Google is a little later than expected this year launching new Nexus hardware, but that’s coming at the end of the month rather than during June/July as it normally does. Then we’ll get some more new iPads in October/November…then pretty much nothing will happen until January, when CES will happen quickly followed by MWC in February/early March and THAT is when, as with most years, Samsung will launch a new Galaxy S flagship. Or probably two, as seems to be its MO these days.
Yes it’s that time again. We’ve had the debut of the Galaxy Note 5 just ahead of September and Apple’s new crop of iPhones inside September itself, so now apart from eagerly awaiting the next Nexus from Google it’s time to start looking forward to early 2016 – and that means a new Samsung Galaxy S flagship! Let’s do it all over again!
The rambunctious rumour mill seems to often pipe up very early these days; we’re frequently seeing rumours of next-gen devices appear before a new generation of that model is even released. We’ve been seeing murmurs of the iPhone 7 months ahead of the recent iPhone 6s launch, for example. A similar thing happened with the Galaxy S7 too.
The UK is not getting the Galaxy Note 5 for the foreseeable. But there is some good news on the horizon, as it looks like Samsung will launch its Galaxy S7 handset earlier than expected.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Concept
“Samsung could launch its new Galaxy S7 smartphone in January, bringing it forward a month compared to its usual launch date in an effort to get the jump on Apple, its competitor in the high-end smartphone market,” reports The Independent. “As reported by South Korea’s Electronic Times, insiders in mobile phone component industries have said that Samsung is planning to launch the new flagship phone in January.”
This is a move no doubt intended to counter the HUGE effect Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are wreaking on the mobile space at large. Apple has sold in excess of 15 million handsets in a very short period of time and no one looks like it can stop the company. Can Samsung do what it did a few years ago and topple Apple once again?
Samsung has had a pretty turbulent couple of years. Back in 2012/13 it looked unstoppable but in 2015, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6, Samsung’s sales and profits and market share began to tumble. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 EDGE were designed to correct this but failed to deliver the goods with respect to overall sales. Apple’s iPhone 6 dwarfed Samsung’s flagships throughout 2015 and resulted in Samsung experiencing a HUGE 38% drop in operating profit for mobile in Q2.
Despite coming to the marketplace with two very compelling handsets in the form of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 EDGE, Samsung failed once again to give Apple any real trouble. Handset sales were worse than expected, leading to yet another drop in profits for the once-great Korean handset maker.
“Samsung flagged a second-quarter drop in operating profit on Tuesday that missed analyst estimates after sales of its newest flagship smartphonefailed to meet expectations,” report The Telegraph. “The earnings forecast came as a South Korean court ruled in Samsung’s favour against a US hedge fund’s efforts to block the proposed merger of two major affiliates. The giant smartphone and memory-chip maker predicted operating profit of around 6.9 trillion won (£4 billion) for the April-June period, down more than 4 per cent from a year earlier.”
Samsung blamed the lacklustre sales on not being able to produce enough Galaxy S6 EDGE units. Analysts, however, had other ideas and pointed towards a more sinister problem: long standing Android users defecting to iPhone. Throw in China for good measure, a market Apple smashed in 2015, and you have a recipe for bad earnings calls. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder Samsung has fast-tracked development of the Galaxy S7, the handset that will do battle with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
“Today’s rumor of the moment is that the two different screen diagonals are allegedly going to happen indeed, but they are reserved for the S7 versions with a flexible screen. Again, this is not hard to believe, given that we already have the S6 edge and S6 edge+. The kicker, however, is that the source now claims that the eventual S7 edge and S7 edge+ will be launched simultaneously,” reports Phone Arena. “If we fuse all these rumors together, the Galaxy S7 would arrive with several screen versions to suit every taste – one 5.2″ with flat panel, one 5.2″ with a curved one on the sides, and another one with flexible display that would be 5.7″ in size, all announced at the same time. This would be a pretty tough proposition to believe, so we’d wait until more light is shed on the matter in the form of leaks and tips.”
Initial rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S7 emerged far too early to be all that believeable (although the idea of a new model being worked on at that time was entirely plausible and, in fact, likely), surfacing very soon after the announcement of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Those devices have been around for a while now though, and as we head towards Christmas and the new year, Samsung’s usual flagship bracket inside Q1 is also nearing at a pace. Meaning, of course, that Galaxy S7 rumours from here on out could carry a bit more weight.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Release Date
Long-time readers may remember way back, a few years ago, Samsung showed up at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with several flexible OLED smartphone prototypes that wowed onlookers with promises of a foldable touchscreen smartphone future. Thus far, that future has failed to materialise, but things might be set to change in early 2016 and Samsung may be leading it, according to new reports.
Samsung has made no bones about the fact that it has been working on flexible display panel technology for some considerable time, even occasionally publishing concept videos, such as the one embedded below, showcasing what a working product might look like and how it will change our relationships with our tech.
Most recently that technology has manifested in commercially released products; the Galaxy S6 edge, for example, except in these instances the application has been implemented in the only way anyone (mostly LG and Samsung) has been able to get it to work so far — a flexible display curved into the desired shape (ie: curved edges) but then fixed in place with a rigid (though also curved) glass display panel on top. In other words, it doesn’t actually flex, it just has a fixed, curved shape.
Now though it seems Samsung is finally making plans to introduce genuine flexible devices inside 2016, January, in fact. The word comes via sources on Chinese network Weibo, which claims a so-called Project V or Project Valley is being tested with an aim to release in January. Samsung has previously released concept videos for flexible devices and during the Spring of 2015 did say it intended to introduce flexible devices to market next year.
It’s indicated as with previous revelations from Samsung’s working prototypes that the handset will involve the use of flexible plastic panels over the flexible OLED rather than using glass, which of course makes sense because glass doesn’t flex!
It also seems this model sees a genuine practical application of the flexible display as it appears to follow a sort of more traditional flip-phone or clam-shell form factor but with a touch display, meaning it can have a large-ish display panel but a smaller size in the pocket when folded.
The report claims that several prototypes are being tested with both Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 820 processors, but that both have 3GB of RAM, microSD support, and a sealed battery compartment.
As you can see from Samsung’s internal desgin documents and some patents unearthed by Patently Mobile for a “a mesh type textile sheet is attached as a cover of a foldable display apparatus. The display sits on top of this material.” This was patented back in 2014, so it seems Samsung has carried on developing the tech since then.
How will Project V fit into Samsung’s product portfolio? Will it be a new Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship variant like the edge category? We’re optimistic that it will. This all has, after all, been a long time ambition of Samsung. Hopefully we’ll be hearing a lot more between now and January so stay tuned.
Samsung Galaxy S7 To Feature ClearForce Pressure-Sensitive Display?
Oh, it seems it might be happening. Remember the iPhone 6s? That launch which happened only very recently? If you do then chances are you also recall that a big feature of the iPhone 6s is the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display panel, which allows users to perform different actions depending on how hard they press the glass.
Well, apparently, Samsung may have a similar trick in store for the Galaxy S7, according to sources on Chinese social network Weibo. It’s claimed that Samsung plans to use what’s called ClearForce display technology to offer similar pressure-sensitive activation, however, this tech, it’s said, may offer even more complex control input than Apple’s 3D Touch, including variable speed scrolling and specific touch input tailored for gaming.
Samsung Galaxy S7 To Pack Exynos 8890 Processor, 3GB/4GB RAM AND Dual Camera?
Rumours circulating as of October 8 indicate that there may be as many as three processor variant models for the Galaxy S7. The word comes via reputable source SamMobile, which claims that there will be Exynos 7422, Exynos 8890 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 variants of the device. The report suggest the 7422 model will retail in India, the 8890 will retail in Asia and Europe, while the Snapdragon 820 model will be in North America.
According to reports from September 14, Samsung may be prepping a new Exynos processor for use inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. However, with that said there are multiple reports of Galaxy S7’s being benchmarked with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, so it appears it is a return to Samsung’s old model of a Qualcomm-based version for North America and Europe, while Asia gets the home-grown Exynos hardware.
“The Galaxy S7 is codenamed Project Lucky internally,” reports Sam Mobile, “but the company is referring to these devices as Hero and Hero2. It is expected to be released in two variants, one with an Exynos 8890 processor and the other with the Snapdragon 820 SoC. Qualcomm has already shipped a newer prototype of the Snapdragon 820 chipset to Samsung, and it appears that this new chipset has better performance than the previous prototype.”
Still, the Exynos hardware has shown up via new Geekbench benchmarks where previously the Snapdragon 820 was spotted in multiple testbeds, including AnTuTu. The database lists a “Project Lucky-LTE” and a plain ol’ “Project Lucky”, both using the Exynos 8890 chip, codenamed Mongoose. Curiouser and curiouser, it seems the non-LTE model packs 3GB of RAM while the LTE-enabled variant (using one of Samsung’s own LTE modems) has 4GB.
Meanhwile, a slightly earlier report from September 11, coming via Korean source MK.co.kr, claims that Samsung will begin ramping up Galaxy S7 production in January 2016 ready for a reveal in February. Lastly this rumour also claims Samsung is toying with the idea of an HTC One M8 style dual-sensor camera, although there are no further details about this at present.
Samsung Exynos 8890 Benchmarked At 2.4GHz Yields Impressive Results – DOUBLES Galaxy S6 Exynos 7420 Score!
The Exynos 8890-equipped Galaxy S7 has already been benchmarked before, but notably at some fairly low clockspeeds. Now, however, it has rocked up in Geekbench clocked at 2.4GHz, the highest speed so far. This was unearthed by a prominent Weibo-based processor-focused leakster and what’s really exciting is the result scores, which for both single-core and multi-core tests are pretty much double the scores of the impressively fast last-gen Exynos 7420 found inside the Galaxy S6 and its stable-mates.
Two Samsung Galaxy S7 Devices In The Works
As of September 9 (that’s iPhone launch day, for those who didn’t know!) a new report has emerged claiming that Samsung is at work on two Galaxy S7 models, one with a 5.2in display, and the other with a 5.8in screen; meaning it’s more of a phablet really. The source is quoted by Korean publication Asia Times as having claimed the 5.2in model will be the “standard” Galaxy S7 version, though that’s not exactly surprising to be honest.
The other titbit of info mentions a 4K display, however, it isn’t specified if this is the 5.2in version, the 5.8in, or both. Either way it seems Samsung is trying to beat Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium at its own game, which, if taken literally, could hint at the phablet being the UltraHD monster as that’s certainly the case with Sony’s offering as the largest in the group, but even there it’s only 5.5in, which isn’t really THAT big these days.
Also of note is the claim of 4GB of onboard RAM for the Galaxy S7 (presumably both versions?), meaning Samsung’s recently revealed 6GB RAM hardware isn’t getting a look-in this time round.
A benchmark for what is claimed to be the larger variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 has leaked online. Originally found by Telefoonabonnement, a Dutch webiste, the leaked AnTuTu benchmark appears to detail some key elements of the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship, as you can see below:
Obviously NONE of this can be taken as gospel, but AnTuTu has proved a pretty reliable source for decent leaks in the past, so we’re prepared to give this one the benefit of the doubt. All in all, the specs are what you’d expect: a slight bump up from the Galaxy S6, though interestingly the handset is labeled as rocking a Snapdragon 820 CPU.
Lastly, there is one snippet from this report which casts the whole thing in a suspicious light, that is the claim that Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S7 by the end of 2015 rather than waiting for its usual Q1 slot in the new year. Colour us skeptical.
Samsung Galaxy S7 With FOLDING FLEXIBLE OLED TOUCHSCREEN?!
Ok, so yes this may be a bit way out there but bear with us a second. It’s a well known fact that Samsung has been working on flexible OLED technology for years, with the ultimate goal of bringing us flexible screen smartphones and other mobile devices that fold. This is known because Samsung itself has been very vocal about it all, publishing concept videos and attending expos with working prototypes for several years now.
Samsung has been making progress with the tech. So far this has only materialised in a few specific forms, however, namely the Samsung Galaxy edge series devices with curved display edges, including the Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note edge. LG’s also been working on the same tech and produced the LG G Flex and LG G Flex 2. In all cases they use flexible OLED screens but in a fixed curved form factor layered over with rigid glass – you get a curved display, but not one that actually flexes much, if at all.
Now, however, there are rumours that Samsung may be making breakthroughs with the technology, so much so that it may, if the whispers are accurate, be aiming to produce a flexible OLED phone by early 2016, something it has publicly stated an ambition to do before. It just so happens that early 2016 is also when new Galaxy S7 models are also rumoured to arrive.
The word comes via sources on Chinese network Weibo, which claims a so-called Project V or Project Valley is being tested with an aim to release in January. The report claims that several prototypes are being tested with both Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 820 processors, but that both have 3GB of RAM, microSD support, and a sealed battery compartment.
Multiple patents and internal Samsung design documents have also emerged showing some of the innovative folding designs, specifically showing Samsung experimenting with flexible mesh designed to avoid deterioration of the display panel at the folding point.
None of this is conclusive evidence that the Galaxy S7 will feature a folding form-factor and flexible OLED, of course. However, what is important to note is that Samsung has got into the habit of introducing special variant models to debut its flexible OLED technology alongside more traditionl models already; again you only have to look at the Galaxy Note edge and Galaxy S6 edge launching alongside their non-edge counterparts to see this. Could this mean that in early 2016 we see a Samsung Galaxy S7 accompanied by some special folding Galaxy S7 variant with a tweaked name? We are hopeful.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Details Emerge
The last time we heard a mention of the Galaxy S7 was in relation to Samsung developing its own CPU core for use inside its next flagship. According to that information, plans are afoot at the company’s Korean HQ to develop its very own custom processor core, meaning no more stock ARM Cortex CPU cores.
But we’ll come back to that in a bit.
Another bit of info from the rumour mill came from Digitimes and Korean news source Newsis, the latter of which claimed to have heard from its insider sources that Samsung has plans to launch the Galaxy S7 during the second half of 2015, rather than waiting until early 2016 as many expected.
But according to a subsequent statement from Samsung itself, that’s all a load of complete gumpf, hokum, twaddle, or whatever you like to call it.
A Samsung marketing spokesperson explained to MobileBurn:
“The company remains committed to launching products in pre-determined launch windows, which includes the S series.”
Or in other words, it’s sticking to a 12 monthly cycle with an early year launch, probably at MWC like last time, so look out for MWC 2016 in late February/early March.
Still, as we said at the start of the article, you can rest assured there is definitely a Galaxy S7 in the works, it just won’t come until 2016.
What about that processor architecture rumour?
Apple has been doing something similar for a while developing its own Cyclone processor cores. Ditto Qualcomm with its Krait and upcoming KRYO setup. The benefits of such an approach are myriad; firms have more control over APIs, performance, functionality and efficiency.
A move such as this was always on the cards. Samsung has been investing heavily in its chip-making arm, so it stands to reason the company would want to begin developing its own, bespoke custom processor core just like its now arch-rival Qualcomm.
“Samsung is almost ready to finally release its own processing core next year,” reports Phone Arena, “perhaps in time for the Galaxy S7.
Samsung’s System LSI Division has been working on a proprietary 64-bit core for four years and will no longer be using the default ARM Cortex designs, according to a reports from Korea.
“The current Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 is plenty powerful, but still, in its single-core performance, it is no match for the proprietary Apple A8 chipset, despite the latter being clocked at much slower speeds,” the report added.
Qualcomm is set to debut its new KRYO core later on this year. At the time of writing there is no solid information about the roadmap for Samsung’s solution, save for the nod to its inclusion inside 2016’s Galaxy S7.
According to a report from April 27, more details have emerged regarding Samsung’s custom “Mongoose” cores. The word comes via KitGuru, which has identified some interesting titbits in ARM’ latest developer toolset for ARM core architecture, allegedly as well as containing support for ARM A17 and A72 cores, it also supports a “Samsung Exynos M1” core, aka “Mongoose”. Not a great deal is known about the core architecture other than allegations that it is a Heterogeneous Sytem Architecture.
A new set of information circulating as of August 11 suggests that the Galaxy 7 may pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, or at the very least there may be a variant which does. The word comes via Chinese social network Weibo, where a leaked document details some goings on inside Samung. According to this, a “Hero” device (ie: a flagship) will be equipped with a MSM8996 processor – aka the Snapdragon 820. There is also mention of what’s believed to be a new Android build, probably Android M, codenamed as “Jungrau” – a name already associated with the Galaxy 7 in earlier rumours.