AT&T has started testing Samsung’s forthcoming flagship models, according to credible phone leaker Evan Blass aka @evleaks. According to him, AT&T t is testing two new devices with model numbers SM-G930A and SM-G935A which will be most probably be the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and further adds that an early to mid-release in Q1 next year is likely on the cards.
As of now, we don’t have new information as to the kind of features the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagships will offer, though earlier reports did suggest Samsung might mimic Apple’s 3D Touch Technology with Synaptics’ ClearForce Technology. Samsung is planning to use Synaptics’ new ClearForce technology, which essentially functions in the same way as Apple’s 3D Touch Technology initially featured on the Apple Watch.
Synaptics says its ClearForce technology will help users perform functions like variable speed scrolling, image panning and zooming, unlocking the device, right-click mouse behavior for context menus along with the upper case and symbol selection.
Synaptics announced the development of its 3D Touch Technology earlier in October, when they also stated that it has already started working with manufacturers who’ll be shipping devices enabled with this technology in early 2016, and apparently it’ll be around the same time we may see the launch of the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagships.
Other rumored specs on the Galaxy S7 include an Octa-core Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 3.0+ GHz or Exynos 16-core big.LITTLE, 4K resolution display along with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. The upcoming devices could also get 20MP primary cams, USB Type-C connectors along with larger sized displays.
We can expect the upcoming flagships duo to be unveiled at CES early January, which seems a more logical deduction given the fact that the Korean giant confirmed its least year’s flagships for Mobile World Congress (MWC) as well.