The new Galaxy S7 flagships from Samsung are right around the corner, but up until now we have only been talking about two models like last year, the regular Galaxy S7 and a slightly larger S7 edge with a curved display. Leakster @evleaks has now suggested that Samsung will actually be launching three models, throwing the Galaxy S7 edge+ into the mix, presumably at the same time.
Honestly surprised by this (though it does explain a lot). pic.twitter.com/B7fL41qShm— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 12, 2016
With its last generation of smartphones, Samsung didn’t release its larger Galaxy S6 Edge+ model until August, which arrived alongside the Galaxy Note 5. Launching another larger smartphone so soon is certainly a surprise, although a rumor from a Vietnamese site had previously hinted that Sammsung may be preparing to launch two curved flagships at different sizes. Interestingly, Samsung doesn’t appear to be stepping on the Note 5’s toes with a larger flat S7+ variant within the same launch window.
We’re not quite sure what size the S7 edge+ will arrive at, but last year’s edge+ model came in at 5.7-inches. So the S7 series might be scaling up at 5.2, 5.5 and then 5.7 inches. Other rumored specifications include an Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820 SoC depending on the region, 4GB of RAM, and a 20 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, which should be the same across all of the models. Water resistance has also recently been reported for the handsets, along with larger battery capacities, and microSD card support.
What do you make about an earlier mention of the Galaxy S7 edge+ this year, and, perhaps more importantly, would you buy one?