Samsung to debut Galaxy S7 on February 21

By , Feb 1, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 invite image 001

South Korea-based Samsung revealed in a short teaser video published this morning on YouTube that it will be officially unveiling its latest and greatest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, at 7pm on Sunday, February 21, at a media event in Barcelona, Spain, one day before the Mobile World Congress conference.

The company also sent out official invites for its ‘Galaxy Unpacked 2016’ press conference and hinted it will be showing off a new Gear 360 virtual-reality camera.

“Get ready to rethink what a phone can do,” Samsung said. “The next Galaxy will be revealed at Unpacked on February 21.”

Samsung’s ”S-upgrade” is widely expected to run either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or Samsung’s own custom-designed Exynos 8890 chipset.

The rumor-mill claims the device will ship with four gigabytes of RAM and include a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera on the front, a MicroSD slot and a battery life of 17 hours on-screen time.

Here’s Samsung’s teaser video.

Prolific leaker Evan Blass posted the following rendering of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge on his Twitter handle EVLeaks.

Samsung Galaxy S7 front rendering 001

If these images are anything to go by, the Galaxy S7 might feature curved glass back.

Samsung Galaxy S7 back rendering 001

SamMobile reported that a new virtual-reality camera, the Gear 360, will be also showcased at the event.

Samsung Gear 360 VR camera rendering 001

It should have two 180-degree fisheye lenses capable of capturing full-circle video at 4K resolutions up to 3,840-by-1,920-pixels and include a built-in battery, CPU/GPU and storage for standalone operation.

Samsung’s press conference will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Source: SamsungYouTube, EVLeaks, SamMobile

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  • nonchalont

    Sounds like a nice phone.

  • Manuel Molina

    Didn’t the S6 come out a few months ago? Damn, they pushing our phones like teenagers are pushing out babies.

    • TJ

      Yeah but nobody bought it, prices plummeted as they tried to shift stock. They need something else to try and revive flagging sales.

      • Manuel Molina

        Wasn’t it because people wanna the Edge and they under-shipped the phone while overshipping the S6 that people didn’t want?

        I agree, though. Their product was big buzz on the S2 and 3 lines. It fell when the 4 and 5 were the exact same with no real differences.

    • Rowan09

      They release a lot of different phones a year. It was the S6, S6 Edge and then later in the year the S6 Edge Plus and the Note 5. I’m really trying to see how they expect to get people to buy this phone if they just bought the S6 Edge Plus or Note 5.

      • Manuel Molina

        i should have known this would drop because I’ve seen the hard promotion of the Edge and S6 by Tmobile lately. Other carriers have been pushing the old Samsung too

    • Benedict

      No, the S6 came out at MWC Feb. 2015 – exact 1 year ago.

      • Manuel Molina

        It felt like, only a few months. I guess time flys.

    • Matt

      It came out 9 months ago and this will be Samsung’s announcement for a new one.
      It’s basically how Apple announces phone and releases them later except in this case the wait period between the announcement and the release date are going to be longer.
      Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.

  • Guilherme 

    it’s basically a s4

  • Alex Graham

    Samsung really the worst

  • 5723alex .

    Samsung is copying Apple again adding Adblock feature for the browser using Adblock Fast.

  • Anonymous

    Ill be sticking with my iphone, but i like having samsung around they meet the needs of others, but most importantly they help keep apple inovating.

    • Lt_R

      A lot of people miss this concept. If Samsung didn’t add what Apple does then nobody is going to innovate. We’d all be using the same tech over and over again.

      • Anonymous

        Or worse us iphone users would have never got copy and paste. 😉

    • the hood

      I agree, however Apple’s innovation could do with a boost. Their latest innovation killing off free itunes radio with station creation isn’t particularly inspiring. Sony was probably responsible there.:(

      • Anonymous

        I found it as an odd move as well. However, i’m invested into the companies stock, so i watch there financials and i think as the cell phone market has become more saturated apple is becoming more dependent on “apple services” for revenune rather than its products. (I mean for the long term, and by apple services such as apple mucis, apple pay, App Store). And by giving people a reason to upgrade to apple music helps the company. Just my thought on why they did it… But truth be told its only speculation.

      • the hood

        They’re not exactly on Struggle street you know. I hear you, however ‘if’ it is a reason, it failed on me. I had a music match subscription and this caused me to cancel it 6 months in with Apple refunding in full; with no chance of further song sales through it. They really take greed to a new level and with absolutely no give, just take. it has made (forced) me to reevaluate them in my life and the news ain’t good for them.

  • rockdude094

    I hate the rounded design

  • Someone please stop this madness

  • AwkwardApple

    They will bring back the sd card this year but not enough to switch iPhone users. I read rumors the phone would switch modes to use as a portable pc. That is the future.

  • Matt

    I’m excited because I am ready to upgrade from my 5s. It was a nice run, but I want something different now

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Sounds nice, but not visually appealing. In fact, the back looks appalling if that is an accurate depiction.