Early details emerge about the Samsung Galaxy S7, aka Project Lucky

by: Robert TriggsSeptember 10, 2015

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The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ may have only recently launched, but Samsung will already be well under way with development of its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7. Although we’re still a long way from launch, some early details have surfaced which give us some idea about what we can expect from the handset.

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First up, the Galaxy S7 seems to be going by the codename Project Lucky, as several mentions of such a device have appeared in a couple of benchmarks recently. We’ll start with these benchmarks, as they give us a little look at the possible specifications for the S7.

New processing hardware

Qualcomm is gearing up to launch its Snapdragon 820 SoC in early 2016 and a Samsung Lucky device has passed through AnTuTu sporting this chip. The handset also sports 4GB of RAM, which matches the amount included in Samsung’s most recent smartphones, along with a 16 megapixel rear camera and a large 5.7-inch display.

A separate rumor from Korea suggests that Samsung may be preparing to launch two sizes of its Galaxy S7 at the same time. One with a 5.1-inch QHD display and one at 5.8-inches, possibly with a 4K resolution that would match the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Galaxy S7 benchmark leaks

A separate Geekbench listing also reveals a Samsung LUCKY-LTE device featuring a custom octa-core chip, so the company may be going back to two SoCs for regional variants with different modem support. The speculation is that this could be a new Exynos processor from Samsung, dubbed the M1, as the profile doesn’t appear to match up with any existing chips.

There is also reference to a universal8890 motherboard in the listing, which means that the chip might appear as the Exynos 8890 come launch. The make-up of the SoC is unknown but it seemed to benchmark well ahead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, although it is far too early to infer any real world performance results at this stage.

The return of microSD?

An additional leak suggests that the Galaxy S7 will arrive with familiar 32GB and 64GB internal storage options and that microSD card support may be returning too, although we are unlikely to see a replaceable battery. Current Samsung flagships make use of fast UFS 2.0 internal memory, which isn’t compatible with the memory controller used for SD cards, hence why Samsung has had to drop support for extra storage. Samsung may have found a workaround or could backtrack on UFS 2.0, but this rumor seems a little more doubtful than the others.

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Finally, although the benchmark listing points to a familiar 16 megapixel sensor in the S7, Samsung is said to be testing a new 20 megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor, which the company has dubbed the “all lens cover.” That could mean anything, but it’s possible that Samsung will return to its own sensor technology if it produces superior results. The company may also reserve its ISOCELL sensor for some models, as it did with the Galaxy S6.

There is still a long way to go until we hear anything official about the Galaxy S7, so the rumors here are likely to change over time. Still, what do you want to see from Samsung’s next flagship smartphone?

  • jho

    really hoping for that micro sd slot. if its got one, i’ll but it for sure

  • Daggett Beaver

    Will the S7 come with that cat hair/fiber thingy on top?

    • Boris Badenhoff

      that’s the new FM antenna :)

  • Marco Bairos

    Expandable memory is a must for me. Also want to see something brand new that I’ve never seen before on a mobile device. I don’t want their big selling feature be a better camera or that it’s thinner. I want a phone that can change into a robot, so it can cook me dinner and grab me a beer. Is that too much to ask for?

  • Marc Perrusquia

    So if there’s a 5.8″ option what’s the point of the note? And that also just pisses s6 edge+ buyers off.

    • Daggett Beaver

      S Pen, for one thing. The Note is not just a big phone.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        I know that power users like you and me will take advantage of the pen, I liked it on my Note 4, but to the average consumer it’s just a big phone. The average consumer is definitely who samsung is targeting now, not the power user.

        • Hans Pedersen

          So, you’re upset about them giving the power user a choice and the average use a different choice? Damn them for thinking on the buyers! :D

          • Marc Perrusquia

            I’m upset because I’m worried about them flooding the market again.

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          • MῠϝϝἷηΜᾶῄṦŭxṮīṁṥŢȫŏḹ

            Look at that dead animal Trump has on his head. And he’s too stupid to realize it’s been dead on his head all his life.

        • faceless128

          as long as they still release a Note 6 next fall, i’m fine with them releasing a S7+ in the spring

        • mobilemann

          nothing about using the pen makes someone a power user.

      • eric hennies

        I love the Note Series!
        For those like me that like having a digital pen platform so readily available to jot down quick notes or sketches integrated into my phone, this series is a Godsend.
        For me anyway. Other’s like to just type. I get it. But I love the pen capability.

  • Dis

    Phones are just retarded now. Samsung need to make software to make Android work like Ubuntu and Windows 10 with upscaling.

  • Mike Newitt

    Micro SD slot. Replaceable battery. As clean an UI as possible. But I still probably won’t get one. I’m too much in love with the Note for that.
    Also new phones come with specs that are quite ridiculous. And with them the prices. For example, if you want to take really good photos don’t spend hundreds of extra dollars on a phone that might or might not get you that. Get a camera.

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    I think both models will have curved displays this time.

  • Guest123

    Samsung, how about trying to beat Sony in the battery department, like putting in a 6k mah battery.

  • RJ

    I just want a battery that will last at least 2 days. Oh and micro sd slot if possible, but if I can only have one, a bigger battery trumps that.

  • Kiss my Asthma

    And with the all new innovative 4D touch.
    But seriously though, I am excited about this phone (specifically the 5.8 variant) but I just hope they don’t sacrifice a bigger battery for a thinner device. All I want is a bigger battery, micro SD, and return the IR blaster.
    Also I wonder how will the edge fit in this line up?

  • neoand12

    SD card.
    Fixed Mutitasking problem.
    Keep the same RAM.
    Snapdragon is cool.
    Fix Memory leaks.
    TouchWiz is pretty smooth but slim it down more.
    Keep Fast Charging / Qi.
    Bigger battery.
    Bring back IR blaster!
    Bring back SMART VIEW 3.0 WITH TV STREAMS.
    Keep the Theme store (I love it.)

    If they can fix these things. They would have a winner on their hand.

  • borjaevo

    Samsung spens a lot of money on R&D compared with others, they have the best phones in terms of hardware and tecnology, indisputably. But, they dont do well on software. Even if touchwiz becomes super fast and not buggy, they are infamous, many people don’t believe it and less after every people know about the ram bug on galaxy S6 (the new touchwiz promises).
    I think samsung have to forget about numbers, it does not matter if galaxy S7 has 80GB of ram and 340.000 antutu points if software is buggy and laggy. They have to put a play version of S7 on the market, without touchwiz. And make a new slogan very big that says “we have finally abandoned the shit”. In that moment, they eat the market.
    They have to understand that people dont trust them and if they want to compete with apple people have to trust. because much of the success of apple is because the trust, not because the tech.

    • primer101

      You are right, but the pure Android has been filled the bugs too, included the RAM bug as well, I had a Nexus 5 and it was buggy and lagging for moths, although the last update fixed many bugs.

      • borjaevo

        But are fixed now. In galaxy S6 some bugs like ram probably never be fixed, because they had many time to do it. The same with related security problems like stagefright, google fixed nexus 5 fast but samsung on S6… when? today? january 2016? depends on the carrier? never? some s6 are already fixed, others probably never be, why?

        For me its not important who give me the updates, the problem is manufacturers do not want to understand the importance of fast updates and they demonstrated that can’t do it. It’s simply! they can’t give the updates fast enogh. This way does not work. And now, android is paying with the security problems, probably market quote will be reduced this year.


    We a year away from an S7 and already the false rumors start. As long as they bring back SD support to the Note 6, I’ll be happy. Android M should be launching by then also.

    • Refman

      Not a year away, new Galaxy usually comes out in March so around 6 months.

  • Joe

    The S7 and Note 6 need to both have sd slot must have swappable batteries get rid of the glass backs both need ir blasters and less touchwiz more android.

    • nerys

      I am finen with touchwiz. It has zero effect on me as i replace it immediately anyway.

      The other 3? Spot on anything less means no deal.

  • KRS

    Make the s5 and the s6+ have a baby and that would be a good phone
    S5 +s6+ = s7

  • nerys

    Easy. I want my note 6 to return the replaceable battery return the sd card (2 sd card slots would be nice thank you) and return my ir blaster.

    Anything less and i stay with my note 4.

    Until batteries are no longer disposable in 1 or 2 years i will not accept a non replaceabke battery in my $800 god damned hardware.

    I am ok with disposable $20 headsets. I am not ok with $800 disposabke handsets. Period.

    This is why people like me buy samsungs and not icrap or moto crap or nexus crap. I dont want scrap.

  • MῠϝϝἷηΜᾶῄṦŭxṮīṁṥŢȫŏḹ

    USB-C connectors instead of USB 2.0.

  • Jura

    Honestly I just want SD card support, a removable battery and waterproof.

    • dxYuYu

      No need for waterproof but I’d definitely want SD card & Removable Battery

      • Jura

        Just water-resistant, being able to mindlessly wipe off or clean my phone with a wet cloth is so easy. Also, that extra reassurance.

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    • José A. Medina

      I can be happy with SD card and a bigger battery, a 3300 mAh could be fine

      • Jura

        Just water resistant, being able to mindlessly wipe off or clean my phone with a wet cloth is so easy. Also, the extra reassurance.

  • osm

    Removable battery

  • Nickolas

    Much better battery, lighter touchwiz, screen of not higher than 5.20 inches, better camera (quicker shots and hotter colors). P.S. 4K resolution is useless for 95% of the users and may affect battery.

  • jances

    If it still has all that bloatware, its personally not worth it. Rooting the phone can damage it so for me my next upgrade will be a moto x with factory/pure andriod.

  • Infidel Gastro

    I want full plastic construction, SD card compatibility and bloated TouchWiz again. That’s the Samsung we all know and love. ;)