We’ve had many self-proclaimed insiders and tipsters with unproven track records weighing in on Samsung’s “next big thing” lately, on matters ranging from design to benchmark scores, purported overheating concerns, launch timelines, expandable storage, and even accessories.
And let’s not forget the long-standing processor configuration debate, as it remains unclear exactly what markets will be targeted by the Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7, and the Exynos 8890 variant. The always informed Wall Street Journal surprisingly has nothing to share on the SoC front, nonetheless confirming at least two key selling points of the flagship phone due out in March 2016.
First of all, 3D Touch or Force Touch-like functionality, which was a safe bet ever since Synaptics unveiled a pressure-sensitive screen solution for Androids, and Samsung patented something very similar to what Apple employed on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Similar but in no danger of copyright infringement allegations, presumably, given Huawei already uses a display capable of “advanced” gestures on the Mate S.
Secondly, WSJ claims, the Galaxy S7 will feature a “high-speed charging port”, aka proper USB Type-C 3.1. How fast might this new hub juice up your handheld? Lightning fast, reportedly allowing for a “full day’s charge in under 30 minutes and in some cases significantly faster than that.”
Larger batteries adding bulk to today’s Android supermodels? Forget it, that’s the future of mobile technology right there. Also, a non-protruding rear camera with improved low-light performance, and possibly, microSD support for at least the non-edgy GS7.
The Wall Street Journal echoes recent speculation regarding aesthetics too, saying the S7 will look “largely similar to the S6”, most likely going official at the Mobile World Congress in February ahead of a commercial US rollout the following month. That’s that, we reckon.