One of the first rumors we heard about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 was that it may be heading to market a little earlier than expected and the latest mutterings add some more weight to this expectation. According to an anonymous industry insider, Samsung has already begun developing its firmware for the Galaxy S7, a whole month earlier than the company started work for the Galaxy S6. If we expect a similar development time, this would put the Galaxy S7 on course for a February 2016 release.

Given that Samsung released its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ outside and ahead of a major industry event, IFA in Berlin this September, the company may be planning to make its announcement ahead of the Mobile World Congress in March.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor roundup: release date, price, specs, features

March 22, 2016

It is also possible that Samsung may be starting this process early in order to accommodate for the additional hardware variants this time around. There are rumored to be two SoC versions of Samsung’s next flagship handset, one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and one with Samsung’s own Exynos chip.

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November 3, 2015

Speaking of the custom Samsung chip, separate sources from Korea state that Samsung has now begun mass production of its custom processor, which again suggests that we could be closer to a product release than previously expected.

We don’t know a whole lot about Samsung’s new chip, which is rumored to be called the Exynos 8890, but it is said to feature an in house ARMV8 based CPU core design from Samsung called the M1, a first for the company. This custom core has apparently been in development for the past two years and will stack together to form an octa-core SoC. The processor will also be manufactured on Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process and will be the company’s first chip to feature an integrated modem, which is rumored to match the Catgegory 12 LTE modem announced to be inside the Snapdragon 820.

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Qualcomm officially unveils the Snapdragon 820

November 10, 2015

With mobile revenue in a tough spot and an increasingly competitive release schedule from its rivals, perhaps Samsung has good cause to step up the release of the Galaxy S7? What do you think about the early S7 rumors?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • Jay

    Every year this rumour comes round and every year it isn’t true.

    (Although yes, they slightly brought forward the Note 5).

  • #Note5 IsBoss


    • Not1Not2Not3

      Is the Edge+ still boss too?

    • lolwut


    • Scr-U-gle

      I suggest you type in Bing Note 5. Vs IPhone 6s, it’s easy to see who is the boss.

  • BlackBarHater

    There is no such thing as early arrival.

  • lrd555

    Samsung’s feeling the pressure from Apple. Slashing jobs, product lines and divesting whole divisions. It’s only a matter of time before we see big losses in their mobile division too. Bite the Apple; get the horns.

    • VeryDisgusted2

      I prefer Samsung to stay. Samsung is not selfish as Apple. It gives all new technology they got, while Apple withholds so that it could fleece more dollars from people.

      • Scr-U-gle

        Samsung share? They ‘share’ by stealing everything. Just look at their fingerprint scanner.

        • VeryDisgusted2

          Apple also stole and staked the stolen technology as its own. Samsung may not be clean but it is not pretentious and greedy.

          • Scr-U-gle

            The prentention is imagined by you haters as an excuse for having cheap knock off iphonies.

            And if Andy Rubin and Chris DeSalvo readily admit to have copied the iPhone because as they put it themselves: “android is so 90’s”, why do you think it is not true?

          • VeryDisgusted2

            Typical example of Apple’s pretension is the GUI / WIMP (or icon & mouse) technology. It was developed by Xerox but Apple staked it as its own.

            How can be a knock off inferior when Note 5 is way much better than Apple’s 6S. Of course the fanboys have always a way to place their product on pedestal.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Shot yourself in the foot, twice.

            Apple pay royalties Xerox for GUI, and SRI for the mouse.

            The Note has been publicly destroyed by iPhone 6s.

            Do Google pay Apple for stealing fingerprint scanners that work? Or for copying the patent portfolio Apple bought when it bought Fingerworks, the basis for all UI in all androne devices?

            But don’t let actual facts get in the way of your bullshit haemorRoid.

          • VeryDisgusted2


            1. If you are honest, you will admit that the screen of iPhone 6S with those large icons, looks so 90’s.

            2. Why iPhone are popular? They are easy to use (actually they are not easy to use when handling files) by users who are technically challenged and who have difficulty in using a file manager. Of course I am not saying all iPhone users are technically challenged.

            3. Jobs paid royalties to Xerox because he was afraid Xerox might sue him after claiming he invented the mouse.


          • Scr-U-gle

            1.”So 90’s”, the exact words of Andy Rubin in reference to Android. Gotta laugh at that one.

            2. Really, because in this point you contradict yourself several times. You need to make up your mind. All my family and extended family have degrees in maths and/or computing, they all just have better things to do than fanny around with a device that makes them no money. All are in IT management, programmers and developers. All own iPhones.

            3. You don’t even know the very basics, I suggest you go find out who created the mouse, who owns the patent and who Apple Pay royalties to.

            4. Thank Apple for your androne device, the Google Android Sooner phone was a poor mans copy of a Blackberry until Andy Rubin stopped everything to watch the iPhone launch. I suggest you Bing Chris deSalvo and Andy Rubin and what they stated about androne and how they copied the iPhone, you know, the people who created androne and freely admit to copying the iPhone.


          • Erik

            Really? You think that crApple invented or say innovated EVERY single thing for their devices and software? If you think that, you sir are truly sick in the head. No OEM is innocent. They ALL have something from the other guys.

            CrApple introduces just about everything about their devices that all is original. They are a hypocritical company, suing others when they do the same stuff as everyone else does.

          • Scr-U-gle

            I suggest you Bing Chris deSalvo and Andy Rubin, who say openly ‘androne is a knock off of iOS and would still be stuck in the 90’s if Apple hasn’t show them how to do it properly.

            I also suggest you Bing Fingerworks and how that was the catalysts to How all phones work these days and who rightly owns that company.

          • Erik

            Really dude? You are pretty much full of it. Full of what you ask? Full of crap. Exactly what crApple filled you with.

            Apple wouldn’t be around if Samsung, Toshiba, Sony and among others if they didn’t help build the iPhone.

            Like I said, EVERY company has a copy and such from EVERYONE. Not ONE of those companies is innocent that everything in their devices is their own.

            Apple UI is just too boring. Hardly anything you can do with it. Just as VeryDisgusted2 said, there is no file management. Most Apple users wouldn’t even know what it how to do with it. When an app expires or gets removed, that what you have to deal with. Android for instance, if there is an older app or app that has been removed, it can still be found, installed and used.

            You want to have the SAME EXACT phone as everyone else? Go ahead. You can only use your device the way Apple says to(unless you jailbreak). Can’t even customize to make it your own. Put 5 iPhones next to each other, put on home screen, take 5 steps back, noone would know whose phone is whose. They all look the SAME. Want to be like everyone else, that is your prerogative.

            On another note, NO Android phone would be the same. Every single home screen will look different to their own. Everyone can be what they want their device to be. A lot more you can do and what you want to use it for. Your iPhone UI stays and does the same from day one till you rid of it. With Android, all can be changed. The way it looks and operated. With a feature like that, takes thinking and using the brain. With iOS, its just one line with no type of change or learning curve.

            I’m not favoring any OEM, I’m favoring Android. I’ve used many different Android devices. Most are awesome.

            The crApple iCrap will always be crap. But that’s just my opinion. Unlike some ppl, getting all hostile over it. (Scr-u-gle). Me, I’m just having fun.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Just because you don’t know how to do file management, does that mean it doesn’t exist?

            Pity your off the shelf parts in your factory phone, just like everyone else’s off the shelf factory phone craps out so quickly.

            Poor little moRoid, getting Scr-U-gled by billionaires and boasting about it.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Name one actual innovation from your beloved Scr-U-gle?

            I have been waiting years to see one.

            Androne; copied from Oracle and Apple, search engine stolen from Robin Li, self driving cars from Mercedes/BMW/Volvo, I’m still waiting!?!

          • Scr-U-gle

            Fact is Similarsung create nothing, and prentention is calling plastic premium and plastic with tinfoil on it high end.

            Prentention is pretending something it is clearly not.

            Similarsung pretends it is a high end company, but is the very definition of a cheap Korean knock off.

        • Erik

          Who was one of the 1st to have a fingerprint scanner on their device? Hmmm…. We all know it was Motorola. That’s prolly exactly where crApple got the idea from.

          Don’t believe it? Bing Motorola Atrix

          • Scr-U-gle

            First to have one that works? In your dreams kid.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Here is a picture of the new S7

  • Satan Neil

    Samsung won’t be making FlagShip Phones in another 5 years anywho an it doesn’t have anything to do with apple.. That’s a pretty much grantee.. The reason being is that their phone production line isn’t what makes them their real money an it never has been! Now, I’m not saying they will stop producing their Tizen line in smaller third world countries or saling displays, chipsets, ect.. All I’m saying is they WILL stop production of their FlagShip phones in the larger First world countries because the profit just isn’t there.. With all the smaller companies being able to offer the same or close to the same spec’s for half cost, an the number of those small companies will likely double in the next 5 years. I repeat APPLE will have little if nothing to with Samsung decision… Samsung is way bigger than Apple as a company in whole, “that’s a fact”. They have their hand in way more than most are even aware of.. An one thing that they are GREAT at is getting in an out at the right time… Now, that being said
    Samsung has always been the phone for me an it has been a pleasure watching them grow the Cell Phone industry into something I could only dream of growing up..