It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a few weeks since the first major leaks for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge started to drip from the faucet, and yet this weekend has not only seen a possible press picture of the potential product, but now a seemingly straightforward sign of a release date. Once again, Evan Blass (@evleaks) is the man with Samsung’s plan:
The pictures look to be Samsung press invites for its latest and greatest Mobile World Congress press event. There has been much speculation in the last few months as to when the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will launch, with rumors circling around Sunday, February 21st. It is assumed that Samsung would be launching its 2016 flagships the day before the massive mobile tech trade show formally kicks off in Barcelona, Spain.See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor roundup: release date, price, specs, features
One main mention from the first image in the Tweet is the hashtag, #TheNextGalaxy, something that Samsung was making more than modest use of last year:
Still up in the air however, is the release date of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Reports have been coming in – some from Blass himself – of a March 11th release date in both the USA and Europe. This would put the new devices on sale almost a month before last year’s S6 and S6 Edge hit. Also up for discussion are the full product range of smartphones Samsung may – or may not – be releasing.
Rumors originally suggested there would be four different Galaxy flagships: the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and the Galaxy S7+ and Galaxy S7 Edge+. Later leaks have basically retracted the idea, including one recent story that claims the Galaxy S7 Edge+ has been canceled. If true, it may be due to the fact that the standard Galaxy S7 Edge is supposedly shipping with a 5.5-inch display, an idea that was seemingly confirmed with the last bombshell from Mr. Blass:
The size factor
Logically it would make little sense for Samsung to put out a 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 Edge+ when the standard model is expected to be almost the same size and shape. As for a Galaxy S7+, that also seems less likely given the presence of a larger curved sibling. In fact, this almost mirrors Apple’s approach with the iPhone, having the iPhone 6S for customers who like smaller phones, and the iPhone 6S Plus for those who want a formal phablet. Of course Samsung will seemingly be taking things one step further and making its larger leader a curved creation.
Assuming the Galaxy S7 Edge is a larger device, it will inevitably come at a higher price tag than its standard sibling. It is unknown as to if this would mean a “simple” $100 premium as was the case with last year’s S6 Edge, or if it might be considerably more given the bigger screen and the curves.
It also remains to be seen as to if Samsung will better optimize the Galaxy S7 Edge. Last year’s S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ disappointed many customers who were contemplating upgrading from the Galaxy Note Edge for the simple fact that while the Note variant had a full-fledged second screen along the side, the S6 Edge relegated both of its slanted slopes to a much more mundane, sparse set of skills.
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With Samsung’s latest event seemingly just 21 days away, it is safe to assume there will be a lot of leaks to be looked over in the three weeks leading up to the big day. Make sure you check back with Android Authority regularly to keep tabs on all the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors and realizations. For those in need of a full detailed breakdown of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge be sure to check out our rumor roundup linked above, or access it by clicking right here.