In what can be considered to be the culmination of the months and weeks of rumors and speculation, the next Galaxy S7 seems to be set for a grand unveiling on Sunday, February 21st. The venue for the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event to unfold is the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. Proceedings start at 7.00 PM CET though visitors will be allowed in starting 6.00 PM itself.
While Samsung has already doled out press invites for the Unpacked 2016 event, eager fans worldwide will also be able to catch up with the event live on Youtube.com/SamsungMobile. A teaser video too has been released to build up the hype. Date it’s going to reach markets is March 11.
The Barcelona show will be followed with special events to mark the launch of the next generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at Sans Francisco and New York on Monday, February 22. What remains to be seen if Galaxy S7 Edge+ too graces the event. Meanwhile, Samsung seems to have something up its sleeve on the VR front as well. With a VR portrayed in the teaser video, speculation is rife if Samsung has something new to offer here, one that will have close-knit integration with the new Galaxy smartphones.
As for the likely specifications, the new S7 and S7 Edge will feature a 5.1-inch and curved 5.5-inch QHD 1440 x 2560 pixels Super AMOLED displays respectively. Powering the flagships will be a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 for international users and Exynos 8890 for select markets like India, coupled to 4 GB of RAM.
For the shutterbugs, there will be an 8-megapixel front shooter while the rear will feature a 20-megapixel unit. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be standard right out of the box while the new S7 and S7 Edge is also expected to come with a retina scanner for enhanced security. Dual SIM, micro SD card support along with USB Type-C port that allows for reversible charging pretty much rounds off the specs sheet.
Samsung is also believed to have developed a new pressure sensitive touch screen display which should match up to the 3D Touch that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year.
In another development, LG too has confirmed it lined up an event on February 21 to launch its next flagship, the G5. Earlier, the South Korean giant has confirmed the G4 successor will be launched at the MWC.