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article imageSamsung's Galaxy S7 may be physically identical to the Galaxy S6

By James Walker     Jan 30, 2016 in Technology
Samsung's 2015 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, brought in a sweeping redesign not seen in the Galaxy range for some years. Fans hoping further changes would come this year may be disappointed though, as reports say the S7 may be identical.
According to a report from VentureBeat, written by the respected leaker Evan Blass, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will feature "largely the same design" as last year's S6 and S6 Edge. The redesigned metal and glass body proved popular with reviewers and fans as Samsung finally abandoned the cheap plastic of older generations in favour of a more premium feel.
The company won't be launching such a substantial redesign again for 2016 though. Instead, the Galaxy S7 series will take a more iterative approach, updating the internals to last another year as Samsung plans for wider-ranging changes with the Galaxy S8.
The standard Galaxy S7 is thought to have a 5.1-inch 2560x1440 display. The larger S7 Edge will have the same resolution but on a 5.5-inch panel. Interestingly, Blass makes no mention of any pressure-sensing display, despite widespread rumours suggesting Samsung is working on an answer to Apple's 3D Touch for this year.
Samsung is expected to launch two different processor variants of each, returning to the choice of a Qualcomm or in-house Exynos CPU last offered in 2014. The processor will be paired with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage.
The Galaxy S7 will be the first Samsung device to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, paired with an updated version of its TouchWiz custom skin interface. Last year, the company substantially slimmed down its usually bloated software but there is still work to do.
According to Blass, the S7 range will add in a few features that are popular with power users but weren't present last year. The phones will include micro SD card slots and water resistance. As an added bonus, battery life should be increased dramatically. The S7 gets a new 3,000mAh unit, up from 2,550mAh last year, while the S7 Edge gains an extra 1,000mAh to total 3,600mAh. Both phones should easily survive a day's usage.
One final change is likely to be prove controversial if the rumours are correct. The report claims the S7 and S7 Edge will have a 12-megapixel camera, something that is likely to appear to be a downgrade from the S6's 16-megapixel camera to many consumers.
Presumably, the new sensor will take photos that look as good as, or better than, the S6's larger shooter but it is unusual for a manufacturer to "downgrade" a specification. It may confuse potential buyers, something Samsung will have to be careful of in marketing.
Samsung is rumoured to be planning a launch event for the Galaxy S7 in late February. The release date is now thought to have been set for March 11 so the details of the phone should be revealed in full in just a few weeks' time.
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