With the Galaxy S6, Samsung made some pretty bold changes that did pay off and made it arguably one of the best smartphones released this year and the best Galaxy S flagship yet. However, the one disappointment associated with the device has been the lack of expandable storage. Some users were hoping that Samsung would bring back memory expansion with the Galaxy Note 5, but that didn’t quite happen either. But now a new rumor is claiming that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone the Galaxy S7 will include a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
The rumor also claims that the Galaxy S7 will see a slight increase in display size, going from the current 5.1” to 5.2”. However, its dual curved ‘Edge’ sibling will reportedly feature a bigger 5.7-inch display, identical to the screen size on the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. However, the new Galaxy S7 Edge is said to differ from the Edge smartphones we have seen this year in that not just the sides but the top and bottom corners of the display will be curved as well. Or let’s just call it a ‘quad curved edge design’. While this does sound mighty impressive, we’re not quite sure if that is really going to be possible as it would mean the smartphone would be almost impossible to hold easily without triggering something on the display.
As far as expandable memory goes, this is not the first time we’ve heard such a rumor. SamMobile had also earlier claimed that the Galaxy S7 may include a microSD card slot as Samsung has finally figured a way to allow UFS 2.0 memory to work together with a microSD card without issues.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its ‘Edge’ sibling are expected to be announced earlier than usual, possibly as early as January next year. However, some reports also suggest the Galaxy S7 may be announced in February, at a pre-MWC Galaxy Unpacked event. Both variants will utilize both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 as well as Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 8890 SoC with M1 custom cores. Latest info suggests the US and Chinese versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be powered by the Qualcomm chip, while the other versions will be powered by the Exynos chip inside. The duo is also rumored to feature a new upgraded 20MP camera at the back, ESS Sabre high-end audio DAC, and a stronger magnesium-alloy build.