While nobody likes a copycat, Samsung fans and Android enthusiasts in general can all agree the global leader of smartphone shipments could benefit from aping a particular product release strategy generally associated with iDevices.
Of course, Apple didn’t invent the formal announcement followed shortly by a pre-order start, then also very quickly by a commercial rollout, but traditionally, a member of the Galaxy needs several weeks, sometimes even a month to go from Unpacked event headliner to widely available item in stores around the world. Not to mention typically slower turnarounds for LGs or HTCs.
This year though, something’s about to change, at least according to a fairly reliable Dutch blog which quotes “various sources” as tipping off a pre-order inauguration on February 21 for both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Yes, February 21, i.e. next Sunday, coincides with the two’s official introductions, and the simultaneous launch would be a major coup, as well as a heavy blow for LG G5’s success hopes. Granted, the eerily familiar yet vastly improved GS7 pair won’t actually be ready to ship until March 11, but that’s also unusually soon.
Even better, rumor has it all next-gen Galaxy flagships ordered between February 21 and March 10 will be bundled with free Gear VR headsets, which normally cost $100. Unfortunately, we’re still not 100 percent sure about recommended Galaxy S7 pricing, recent guesstimates circling €/$650 for the flat model, and €/$100 more as far as the dual-curved variant is concerned.
Lastly, it remains to be seen if Samsung has the necessary production muscle to roll out the S7 and S7 Edge at the same time in both North America and Europe.