The Galaxy S6 has only been on the market for a few weeks, but already people are speculating about the next version of Samsung’s most popular smartphone lineup – the Galaxy S7.
What do we know about the Samsung Galaxy S7? What are some of the craziest rumors out there today? And why would you want to root the Galaxy S7?
Find out everything you need to know about the Galaxy S7 today in our rumor roundup.
Galaxy S7 Release Date
The last five Galaxy S devices all followed a similar release path: Samsung announced the device around January and then released the phone somewhere between February and March.
It would be extremely surprising if the Galaxy S7 didn’t follow the same release path. That would give Samsung a full year to improve on the Galaxy S6.
So you can expect the S7 to be announced in January 2016 for an official release date between February and March 2016.
Galaxy S7 Tech Specs
Most modern Android smartphones have between 2GB and 3GB of RAM. A rare few have 4GB.
It’s likely that the Galaxy S7 would have 4GB of RAM – although some of the crazier rumor mongers have suggested that it could have up to 6GB of RAM.
Other spec rumors involve having a true octa core processor. Some have suggested that it will feature an Octa-core Snapdragon processor with 3.0 GHz or more. Alternatively, it could use an Exynos processor.
Galaxy S7 Display
The Display on 2016’s flagship smartphone could be 4K, bumping the display up to the realm of today’s premium television sets.
It seems more likely, however, that Samsung would continue with the 1440×2560 display found on smartphones in 2015 – including the Galaxy S6. Do consumers really have any use for a 4K display when the Galaxy S6 display has already been called the greatest smartphone display in the world?
One International Business Times report claimed that Samsung was working to improve the Galaxy S7 screen and was developing an “Ultra HD” resolution of 2160×3840 pixels.
Galaxy S7 Operating System
The Galaxy S7 may be the first major Samsung S smartphone to not use Android.
Samsung has hinted about ditching Android for years and swapping out its Tizen operating system. After years of development, and with TouchWiz looking better – and smoother – than ever, is it finally time for Samsung to release Tizen on its flagship device?
Disconnecting the S7 from Android could be a turning point for the S7 lineup: some users might appreciate the lack of Android bloatware, while others might get annoyed about relying on Samsung apps.
Other Galaxy S7 Features
The Galaxy S7 is rumored to feature a 20MP camera and it may even have a front camera sensor with a rotating system – although I’m not sure what the point of that system would be.
Other features could include a Touch ID button and retina scanner, as well as fast charging technology.
In terms of build design, expect the Galaxy S7 to be similar to the Galaxy S6 in terms of its metallic frame. Samsung has clearly followed the iPhone’s approach to phone design with the Galaxy S6, and consumers love the more refined feel of the device (with less plastic).
It would be an odd departure for Samsung to change that up with the Galaxy S7, so you can expect the same metallic case. One improvement Samsung might consider for the case would be waterproofing. Many Android fans enjoyed the fact that the S4 and S5 were water-resistant (which meant they were waterproof in up to 10 feet of water). With the Galaxy S6’s new metallic case, that advantage has disappeared.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge has also enjoyed surprisingly positive sales, so you can expect Samsung to release another version of the S7 Edge for an extra $100 when it’s released.
Why You Might Want to Root the S7
If your Galaxy S7 comes preinstalled with Samsung’s OS Tizen, then rooting might be a very good idea. Rooting your S7 could allow you to install the latest version of Android or any other version of your favorite operating system.
Instead of being locked into Samsung’s operating system, you could use your S7 to its full potential and install whichever OS you wish.
Of course, all of the other advantages of rooting will still be there: you’ll still be able to save battery life, install geo-locked apps, overlock your CPU, backup all data on your device, and perform all the other root-only procedures you know and love.
The only big question is: will Samsung change how we root the Samsung S devices? Will it remove some of the exploits software like One Click Root has relied on for years?
If so, then Android rooting software makers will have to get more creative about how they root the Samsung Galaxy S7.