It appears that Samsung itself had leaked the existence of the Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. Images referencing the upcoming Galaxy S7 Edge appeared on a Samsung developers web page, as well as last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The images were then reportedly changed so that the Galaxy S7 Edge reference could no longer be seen.
It is a good thing that Galaxy Club, a website based in the Netherlands, had grabbed screenshots of the developers web page before the reference was removed. Galaxy Club then posted its screenshots, which also included an upcoming feature that should roll out once the South Korean tech giant upgrades its handsets to Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system. What feature exactly? It comes in the form of a small vertical strip of information that should display along the side of the Galaxy S7 Edge. Users can swipe that strip to expanded the information presented, whether it be business news or the latest NBA scores. With this mind, Android users can fairly expect the upcoming Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone to ship with Marshmallow.
Unfortunately, the images could not clearly show if the Galaxy S7 Edge’s design has been altered compared to its predecessor, the current Galaxy S6 Edge. Specs notwithstanding, Samsung is expecting a lot from the Galaxy S7 Edge, and whatever Galaxy S7 devices will be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress to be held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. Last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices were considered two of the finest handsets Samsung has ever produced, but the smartphones did not sell enough to improve Samsung’s sales figures (the company’s sales had dropped 3 percent in the final quarter of 2015). With continuing threat from rival Apple (who is expected to announce its new iPhone 7 later this year, and possibly a 4 inch iPhone next month that will feature the A9 chip) and from Chinese phone makers (Huawei, Xiaomi), Samsung really needs to step up its game.
The South Korean mobile manufacturer has already set a launch event on February 21st, a day before the 2016 Mobile World Congress is to start. Many industry watchers believe that Samsung will be announcing new flagship devices during this event. Speculation abounds that the new Galaxy S7 devices may feature even larger display screens, and may even come with a pressure sensitive screen (just like Apple’s 3D Touch technology in its current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices). More than a week ago, benchmark scores were also leaked.
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