It wasn’t all that long ago that the rumor mill said there’d be four Galaxy S7 variants – a regular S7, an S7 Edge and a Plus version of both – but then that number dropped to three as the Plus-sized Galaxy S7 mysteriously disappeared. Now the number has been reduced again, with Evan Blass reporting that the Galaxy S7 Edge+ has also been cut from the lineup.See also: 6 phones we look forward to in 2016
Blass, AKA @evleaks, took to Twitter to share the news. If true, it means Samsung will be sticking with a standard Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge model but not exactly abandoning the idea of a Plus variant. Considering recent leaks have put the S7 and S7 Edge displays at 5.1 inches and 5.5 inches respectively, these two devices will fulfill the role of a standard Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge+ under another naming convention.
Confused? The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, you will recall, had the same sized display diagonal, so offering an S7 and S7 Edge with different screen sizes is really just a case of dropping the Plus moniker, not of dropping a Plus variant. So it is actually the regular-sized S7 Edge that is getting the chop, meaning there won’t be an Edge screen option on a “regular-sized” Galaxy S7.
Until Samsung goes public with sales figures of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ it will be hard to determine if this move was prompted by low sales or other considerations. Needless to say, releasing the Galaxy S6 Plus variant months after the original S6 launch with the same specs was a confusing move it would be wise to avoid repeating.
Blass also took the opportunity to remind everyone that his S7 predictions – including IP67 water-resistance and dustproof rating, microSD card slot and larger batteries – have all been “confirmed”. However, it’s worth noting that the original rumor of four variants came from Blass, then the news that the number had dropped to three and now the claim of only two variants.
Do you think this product lineup is a winner? Will you be sad to see no smaller Edge variant?