We know for a while that Samsung will unveil their next-gen flagship, the Galaxy S7, in a special Unpacked event a day ahead of Mobile World Congress, on February 21st. Early reports suggested that the new smartphone will become available for purchase on March 11, but a new source claims to have information about the handset's pre-order date.
A "reliable" source has told Android World that Samsung will start accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 on February 21, meaning that the phone should go live for pre-order right after the launch event. Android World insider also adds that the early shoppers who pre-order the smartphone before March 10 will get a Gear VR set for free.
Unfortunately, there's no way to verify the veracity of the report, therefore we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt. After all nothing is official until Samsung says so.
If you aren't up to date with the latest rumors about Samsung's next-gen flagship, you should know that the South Korean company is expected to debut both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge during the same event. Depending on the market they are being sold on, the handsets will come with either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or a Samsung-made Exynos 8890 processor. The list of rumored technical specifications also includes 4 GB of RAM, 32/64/128 GB internal storage, 12 MP main camera with BRITCELL sensor and f/1.7 aperture, and a 5 MP secondary cam with wide angle lens. While the standard S7 is expected to pack a 5.1-inch QHD screen, the S7 Edge should bring a bigger 5.5-inch QHD panel.
In terms of design, the two smartphones are said to closely follow the design lines of their predecessors, the S6 and S6 Edge. However, it's rumored that the microSD slot will make a comeback after a sabbatical year and that they will be waterproof. As for software, they should run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, customized with TouchWiz UI.
What are your expectations for the Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge? Anything specific on your wishlist? Please let us know in comments.