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Samsung Galaxy S7 Tipped to Release in February 2016 with LTE Cat.12 Modem

A new report out of Samsung’s home market of South Korea claims the company’s next flagship smartphone will release in February 2016. That does line up with all the reports that have been released so far, pointing to an announcement in January and release in February for most key markets including South Korea. The report also reveals that the Galaxy S7 will be one of the first smartphones on the market to offer LTE Cat.12 support.

In case you aren’t aware, LTE Cat.12 delivers download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps. That’s twice as fast as the theoretical maximum download speeds of 300 Mbps supported by the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge that integrate an LTE Cat.6 modem. Interestingly, the report claims both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 powered variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 will offer LTE Cat.12 support. Qualcomm did make it official a few weeks back that its Snapdragon 820 chipset will include the X12 LTE modem with Cat.12 download and Cat.13 upload speeds. However, it is the first time that we have heard details about the integrated modem on the Samsung Exynos 8890 M1 SoC. But of course, these speeds don’t really mean much since it will take quite long before carriers will offer close to the maximum download speeds that even LTE Cat.6 supports.

Based on rumors so far, the Galaxy S7 will launch alongside the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy S7 Edge+. All three should be pretty identical in terms of the hardware specs though and are expected to feature a stronger and more durable magnesium alloy body. The trio could also be equipped with a new and improved BRITECELL rear camera, Hi-Fi ESS SABRE DAC for superior audio quality, and 4GB of RAM. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 powered variant of the Galaxy S7 will allegedly be headed to the US and Chinese markets, while the rest of the world will get the Exynos 8890 M1 version. For the Indian market, Samsung is said to be considering the Exynos 7422, a slightly upgraded version of the Exynos 7420 SoC powering the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.