Samsung Unpacked event to take place at Mobile World Congress

Samsung announced today that it will unveil the Galaxy S7 at the Unpacked event held on February 21st at 7PM. The event will take place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The doors to the event will open one hour earlier. You will also be able to watch the event live on YouTube and Samsung Newsroom.






Samsung released a teaser video to go with the announcement and their lips and images are sealed shut because there is not much to speculate from the vid. All we get is a hashtag, a Gear VR-using person and a floating cube. Rumors put the device packing a Snapdragon 820 processor with a returning microSD slot and possibly USB Type-C support.



Rumors put the official launch day of the next Samsung flagships on March 11, but we will find out for sure on February 21st. We will keep you posted with details regarding the devices. Stay tuned!


Source: Samsung


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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa officially unveiled – what to expect from this SoC

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa chipset was announced last year and it was said to greatly improve performance on smartphones and tablets. The chipset has finally been unveiled and it is said to be one of the leading application processors of the year. It brings 10% enhanced energy efficiency and 30% enhanced performance when compared to its predecessor, Exynos 7 Octa.




Samsung Exynos 8 Octa uses the first custom-designed CPUs from Samsung and it integrates modem and application processors into a single chip. It is the first Samsung hardware to do this. The chip will be able to deliver high performance at lesser energy consumption (it uses the HMP solution that uses the bigger and smaller cores at the same time). The GPU improves the 3D graphics capability and it praises its PC-like gaming experience.


Exynos 8 has a built-in LTE modem for an uninterrupted experience when you stream videos and share data. The devices running on this SoC will have a maximum speed of 600 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. The processor allows for High Resolution Display Support, which allows displays to show images four times more detailed than Full HD.


It is rumored that Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Exynos 8 Octa 8890 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The new Samsung flagship will be announced sometime in February, most probably at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


Source: AndroidCommunity



Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge AnTuTu benchmark shows possible specs

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge  appeared in AnTuTu tests this morning and it appears that some rumored specs will not make an appearance in the device. According to this “official” spec benchmark, Samsung’s 2016 flagship will have a 5.1-inch QHD display paired with a Snapdragon 820 processor and some other interesting features like water resistance and an SD slot.


S7 Edge antutu



Apart from the processor and display size, Galaxy S7 Edge AnTuTu information says that the device will have 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP rear camera. Why only 12MP though, other reports put the camera at 20MP?! Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have 16MP back cameras and this drop in megapixels could be seen as an alarming point for many, but less MPs does not mean less-detailed pictures. It could just mean a slight drop in overall resolution. Previous reports suggested a camera with an aperture of f/1.7, which means that Samsung fans should not feel startled yet.


The last piece of info from the AnTuTu benchmarks relates to the OS, which will be, of course, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. No surprises there.


Source: Droid Life



Samsung Galaxy S7 renders appear online – could the 2016 flagship really look like this?

Samsung Galaxy S7 may have leaked in some very revealing photos earlier today and there’s even a video of it out there! Its official release is still a long way away, but that does not mean that the internet and its snitches will not show us everything there is to know about a device beforehand.


Samsung Galaxy S7



The released images show a Galaxy S7 pretty similar in shape and form to Galaxy Note 5. In order to make the device look thinner, its corners are curved inwards on the back of the device. The S7 Edge variant should be the same with the exception that its edges would point up front. We don’t have an official spec list yet, but speculation runs amok.


Here’s what we know about Samsung Galaxy S7:

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Samsung Exynos 8890
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 20MP back camera with 4K video recording features
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • 16/32/64 GB storage with microSD slot (possibly)
  • fingerprint scanner
  • force touch pressure-sensitive panel under the display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels, curved glass edges on the rear
  • dimensions: 143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9mm.




The video above was published by 3D designer Jermaine Smit, who says that he based his images on the leaked designs of Samsung Galaxy S7. The images in this article are also based on Smit’s 3D designs – they are not photos. Expect the real device to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which takes place between 22 and 25 February 2016.


Source: Slash Gear



[The rumor mill] Samsung Galaxy S7 to have 5.7″ display with 12MP camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to launch in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and this can only mean that rumors regarding the device are starting to pour in. A photo recently posted online shows some of the specifications for the device – one of the few variants Samsung will reportedly launch.





If this photo is true, Samsung Galaxy S7 would be a replacement for Galaxy S6 Edge +. The new smartphone has a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display but we do not know yet if the said display will be flat or curved.


Some rumors put the original S7 at a flat 5.2-inch display with the Edge variant sporting a 5.5-inch curved display.


Among the leaked specs we found are the 12.2 MP rear camera and a 5MP frontal snapper. This is a drop from the 16MP sensor on the Galaxy S6, but the decrease could be explained by a better-quality sensor with larger pixels that would perform better in low-light conditions. S7 is also said to sport 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Possibilities also include a pressure-sensitive screen, a retina scanner and an USB Type-C port.


Source: The Verge



Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus renders leak in video!

The world keeps spinning and leaks keep showing up earlier and earlier it seems. The newest leak comes from Samsung, where the new Galaxy S7 Plus appeared in early renders this week. The video and accompanying images were rapidly put under the microscope and the first complaints didn’t delay in showing up either.

Galaxy S7 Plus

Galaxy S7 is said to launch sometime in January but not at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This means that some leaks had to surface the interweb already, right? The leaks were captured by @OnLeaks for uSwitch and they show an S7 Plus, a more powerful device than the standard S7 should be. According to the recent rumors, some details regarding the smartphone include:

  • 6-inch 4K Ultra HD display – four times sharper than Full HD
  • 7.82mm thickness
  • 163.4mm x 82mm x 7.82mm
  • metal frame.

What is surprising is that Galaxy S7 Plus will not have an USB Type-C port, at least from what we can see in renders.

Most flagship and mid-range devices launched these last few months and some scheduled to appear next year have Type-C ports and, considering that a microUSB port is a major drawback now, things could go sideways with the Samsung smartphone next year. Users have been dreaming about faster data transfer speeds and charging since Samsung Galaxy S6 launched.

When it comes to design, small changes can be seen, such as the now rectangular home button and the front facing camera located at the top right corner of the smartphone. This Samsung phone will not get a microSD slot or a removable battery, which are considered huge drawbacks for many users nowadays. You will have to be pleased with the internal storage you get and use the cloud-based storage service of your liking if you really want more space.

S7 Plus back

Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus will have a pressure-sensitive screen that is similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, which is not such a big surprise considering the two OEMs are always at each others’ throats.

It appears that Samsung is giving up on the proprietary Exynos processor for some S7 variants in favor of a Qualcomm alternative. This means that some builds of the device could have better support when it comes to custom ROMs and kernels, which is always a good thing.

You have to keep in mind that these renders could show a product still in the development stage as the final product may look significantly different. As it happens with all leaks, take everything with skepticism. Of course, don’t forget that this will be a flagship of some sort, which also makes it an expensive device at launch, somewhere along the lines of an S6 launch price or even higher.

Source: XDA Developers