Leaked: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge release date

by: Matthew BensonJanuary 31, 2016
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Update: it’s official, the Galaxy S7 is launching on February 21, 2016.

Original post: 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.

samsung galaxy s7 first look aa-16See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor roundup: release date, price, specs, features30

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.

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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.

Watch this site’s space

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. This may consist of more press renders – like the one above – or other component compositions. It could be specs related, or it could even be pricing and more detailed availability.

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.

We want to hear what you think! Are you getting excited by the prospect of the Galaxy S7 or has Samsung seemingly made for a disappointing product given that all indications suggest a pair of devices that look remarkably similar to those which were released last year? Please make sure to post your thoughts in the comments section below and let everyone know!

  • MaLik Hadi

    umm…i have s6 edge 64gb…but still want a better phone…and new android M…hope the next galaxy will be awesome too..

    • Andreas Larsson

      How’s your battery life?

      • Sweet Note

        Im using an s6 edge +, and its not that good (3.5 hours of screen ontime for me)… so its only feasible to think the smaller guy wont be that good. I always turn of wife, bluetooth and sometimes place it on airplane mode, but didnt solve much. Oh well :/

        • Happy

          It’s a great idea to turn off wife – otherwise she keeps on talking and talking…

          • Sweet Note

            Aha, ye indeed. Ill think deeply on that when im married, altough im afraid my wife could use “potential iot’s”, to communicate to the outside world. iot’s, i mean internet of things, things XD

      • Matt

        I have had the S6 Edge 64gb since launch. Battery life has lasted me a day to a day & a half depending on usage. I usually get around 4 hours of screen on time. On 3 or 4 occasions I’ve actually made it past the 6.5-7 hour screen on time mark, remarkably. I always have the standard power saving mode on.

        • Matt

          This was rare for me though, I don’t remember what I did or didn’t do.

        • Sweet Note

          Well, thats quite amazing. Sheez, i barely get 4,2 hours of screen (on great situations, also with battery saving mode on, activates at 15%) on time. I dont want to switch back to another edge +, but then again there isnt anything out there in the market to switch too, unless its a nexus 6p. And i sure dont like the ultra power saving mode, which isnt really helpful to me. I charge mine at night before i go to sleep, and charge on the afternoon of the next day, with about 12% battery life. Sometimes i just let it discharge, -.- its so bothersome.

          • Matt

            Yeah I’ve never used the ultra power saving mode. I don’t see how it would be useful other than to prolong the battery if it’s already low. I charge mine with a portable battery pack as I sleep. Which lets it charge to 100%, then trickles for about 15mins or so before turning off. Meaning it’s not over charging, all night until morning. I’d then only recharge it once it reached Low (15% or less) and recommended I charged it. Once charging I wouldn’t interrupt it. I think this might have helped optimise the battery, but I’m no expert.

        • onstrike112

          That’s a walk in the park for the Priv! LOL

          • Matt

            I should hope so with a 3410mAh battery!

          • onstrike112

            EXACTLY!!!!!!

  • Nallaikumaran

    Samsung Galaxy 7 – iPhone 6?

    In fact, The iPhone 6 is a basic cloning of Samsung design (Samsung Ativ S – 2012). iPhone 6 copycat from Samsung Ativ S (2012 -Windows Phone)

    • Nallaikumaran

      Apple iPhone 5 (2012)

      • Nallaikumaran

        Samsung Ativ S (2012 -Windows Phone)

        • Nallaikumaran

          Samsung Ativ S (2012 -Windows Phone)

    • Sweet Note

      And Xd? Im pretty sure nowan really cares about what Apple says anymore, and if someone is still comparing Samsung to Apple, theres a lot of free space on Asylums worldwide. Okay sorry bout that, i meant a less aggressive mental household. Seriously, its like Christianity vs Islamism….

      • Choda Boy

        “nowan”

        ??? Really???

        • Btort

          my thoughts exactly, anyone that can’t spell “no one”…..anything say is irrelevant, that is all.

          • Sweet Note

            Errr… okay. Again, “nowan”, should find relevant, what “anyone”, considers to be irrelevant.

  • MaLik Hadi

    i get 5+ hours of sreen time on my s6 edge 64gb

    • Btort

      I get around 4+ after tweaks, but the problem is the average consumer won’t know how to tweak their phones