Samsung Galaxy S7 launch live blog and live stream – MWC 2016 [Update: Live chat is up!]

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 21, 2016

While MWC 2016 doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, all the big guns are busy preparing for announcements today. LG already unveiled the LG G5, giving the G series a massive overhaul both in software and design. While we don’t expect quite as big of a change from Samsung, we’re still plenty excited to see what Samsung has in store for us with their upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Thanks to a number of leaks, we know that the design won’t be changing a whole lot, but the rumor mill strongly suggests microSD and water resistance will be make their way back to the Galaxy S family after being dropped with the Galaxy S6’s debut last year. It’s certainly possible there could be at least a few other surprises up Samsung’s sleeves as well.

Android Authority will bring you hands-on coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as soon as we’re allowed to, so make sure to stick around for that. In the meantime, if you want to follow along with the event from home (or work?), we have your back. The Samsung launch event stream is embedded above, and we also have a realtime live blog with all the details as they unfold.

*Event kicks off at 1PM EST and 7PM CET*

Live Blog Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch event!

Keep it tuned to AA and feel free to give us a shout-out! And tell us what you think about the new LG G5!

  • It seems, LG has ruined the fun

    • Daggett Beaver

      Not really. The LG G5 looks like an amazing device for people who want a camera that doubles as a smart phone. I’m not one of those people, though. I don’t use the camera on my phone very much, so it just has to take good snapshots. So I want a smart phone that doubles as a camera, the opposite of LG’s customers.

      • Samsung’s event is coming up, that’s what I meant.

      • Super Ovni ?

        When you have a camera that shoots well … You get eager to use.
        Galaxy S6 Edge best by FAAAARRRR.

    • Ranjit KR

      Alcatel Idol 4s looks Better phone than LG G5 !!!!

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        I second that :P

  • tailgunner9

    Looks like Samsung has some Stiff competition with the new LG G5. It has the moduler battery a Type C and USB 3

    • Nadia Al-Belushi

      Google’s Project Ara devices can, theoretically, kill off all competition — if they ever come out, that is. :-P

      I appreciate what LG is trying to do. LG’s new modular handset should hopefully push Google into releasing the Project Ara smartphones/phablets this year. :-)

  • James51519

    LG really surprised me this round with their approach in design to combine all that they have into one device. I don’t think Samsung is going to match LG on the level of ooh and aww that LG produced today. But we will see what they have to show us, maybe I’m wrong.

    • Super Ovni ?

      LG is shy in design and Samsung lost the shyness, the first who dares to experiment with risky, Samsung will crush.

  • Super Ovni ?

    Many leaks … this is very strange, something Samsung store for us, that excites me.

  • Daggett Beaver

    No wireless charging. No dual window. No app drawer (I’m actually happy about that – the app drawer is one of the worst ideas ever conceived). No Q slide (whatever that is). I assume LG dropped all these features because what they’re really selling is a camera with some phone features. If that’s what you want, go for it.

    Just to be clear, when I say I hate the app drawer, I don’t mean I like the “everything on the home screens” approach like the iPhone. It’s just that the “everything crammed into a single app drawer” is just as bad. A few launchers automatically categorize apps for you, some into folders, and some into a set of drawers, and that’s the best approach, IMO.

    • It’s Inductive/conductive-charging anyway and not Wireless-charging, which still requires a cable as-well-as a pad. The rest, as you mentioned is not pretty much that important than why complain. What makes you think it’s defficient in any way other than lacking a Super-AMOLED screen, it will don the same Snapdragon 820 processor fabricated by Samsung themselves with QuickCharge 3.0 implemented, no bloatware thankfully, pretty much everything. It’s not a “less-capable” phone.

    • Nadia Al-Belushi

      Wow, did LG really remove the split-screen feature? Wow, just wow! That’s a big fail, in my opinion. Bummer! >_<

  • Rick_Deckard

    I didn’t like the G5… Split in modules (accessories) .. Just make you to pay more… No thanks…

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      I really wish other OEM’s follow their foot steps and create much more amazing products and as far as apple is concerned, they should learn from LG about hiding those hideous antenna bands.

      • jay

        i hate these bands too

        • Abhijeet Gupta

          Theres only one and that one is kinda invisible

    • Premium speaker as a separate part (just don’t understand the logic, other than the tag #money-profit-business), than the camera module which is just a battery pack like the Camel-hump Apple made iPhone cover… Pretty much all the unnecessary stuff or profit-making stuff

    • jay

      but the idea behind is just awesome. let say the phone is 700$ and you can add a health device for 300$ which checks your sugar level inside the blood or what about have extra 100GB SSD attached to it for 100$. now we are talking

      • saksham

        no thanks

      • Rick_Deckard

        No dude…. I usually buy the global version, so I ended paying more…. Also, my G4 got the display burn in, in less than 7 months … I would rather buy just one thing… Save more at the end!

    • Nadia Al-Belushi

      It seems like modular smartphones/phablets are the future. Check out Google’s Project Ara, by the way. If it ever becomes a reality, it’ll kill off all competition. If anything, mobile devices will become a lot cheaper when that happens.

  • jay

    honestly i am not a android “superman” but i like it. however the LG G5 is sick. come on LG just take all my money and i want it all. samsung is a galaxy S7 enough to bring to the table? LG show how its done right

  • Shai

    7 is only Iphone! The G5 is a very good device but samsung is useless with there ugly tochewiz.

    • saksham

      have u seen the software of the s7
      no right ? fuck off then

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        they have cleaned up touch wiz a lot, at least the rumours say so.

    • Žiga Štupar

      well Samsung fixed quite alot of Touchwiz issues and hes still fixing other issues

  • saksham

    to the people saying samsung has competition from lg u sound like gays , the s7 will sell more than twice of lg. u know the s6 was a step up like the initial s3 and the s7 is the more polished version of s6 like the s4 which was more popular

  • sheeraz

    if lg has not changed the design then people will hav said we didnt like g5 coz of same design,since apple has kept same design almost all the times then why dont u people react to that thing,,last year samsung changed the design with the use of premium material then new issue came why not sd card and removable batteries,,,common man no phone is perfect neither ever was nor will be in future…the point is appreciation which LG has got that by opening news ways to innovations, LGs modular design has killed all the mid rangers whiich were claiming as FLAGSHIP killers coz they cannot afford to match wat LG has achieved…with this hardware their product wont be easily outdated

  • X

    LG G5 is cool with the modular slot, but it will only be cool for 1 year because when LG brings out the G6, non of the modules will fit the new phone. It will only work when all the companies make the same size phones.

    The S7 will not be WOW but it will be close to perfect.

    • J3R3MY_H

      All the USB3.0 accessories will still work with the G6. The DAC module can work with any other phone right now. The only proprietary thing is the camera pac but many people buy battery cases and I think it falls into that category.

  • Cakefish

    Fast wireless charging. 0-100% in an hour I have heard from my sources. Let’s see if it’s true!

    • Nadia Al-Belushi

      No way! This would be epic, if true!

      • Cakefish

        My source was sadly wrong. 130 minutes for S7 and 150 minutes for S7 edge confirmed.

    • James51519

      That’s always been the problem with wireless charging, it is slow. Would be nice to have fast wireless charging for a change.

  • Rohan Singh

    Waiting for It …..

  • Nadia Al-Belushi

    I really hope Samsung surprises us with something that hasn’t been leaked already! :-P

  • oowsos

    Watching the ads above, I gotta give it to samsung though. Their ads are still the best.

  • My Galaxy Prime

    So, I guess I’m trading in my S6 edge for the S7 edge

    • Super Ovni ?

      I think that’ll do the same ?

  • Lik-chung Li

    No pressure sensitive screen this time around for S7?