Samsung will follow up its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge with two new smartphones in February, according to ETNews and Reuters. The company is expected to announce a flat-screen Galaxy S7 with a 5.2-inch display alongside a larger, curved-screen Galaxy S7 edge with a 5.5-inch panel, at Mobile World Congress in February, with a worldwide release sometime in March.
While their designs are likely going to differ only slightly from the current Galaxy S6 models, Samsung is set to make some major changes to the way it approaches its smartphone releases, staggering its flagships at various sizes to appeal to a wider range of customers.
The devices are both likely to arrive with pressure-sensitive displays, similar in function to Apple’s 3D Touch technology found on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It’s unclear at this time whether Samsung plans to work with developers to add pressure sensitivity into apps the way the company has done, with limited success, with its S Pen and Edge Display features. Samsung may also offer a high-resolution eye scanner, which would allow users to unlock their devices and perform other actions merely by looking at the front of their device. While similar in theory to Microsoft Hello, the company’s new camera-based authentication method, Samsung’s retinal scanner is expected to have additional resolution and will rely on more than just the front-facing camera.
Samsung is planning an initial production run of 5 million Galaxy S7 smartphones. The GS7 will comprise the bulk of the production with 3.3 million units, while the curved Galaxy S7 edge will see around 1.6 million units produced.
Other rumoured specs include the addition of USB Type-C ports, improved Fast Charge capabilities, the re-introduction of a microSD slot and, as usual, improved cameras and faster processors.
Samsung announced the 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on March 1st, 2015.
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