Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to feature pressure-sensitive screen, possibly retina scanner

Techies can hardly be stopped from speculating about what next year’s top line models will look like, and thanks to a credible report, we now know a lot more about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets.

The Wall Street Journal is citing people familiar with the matter and claiming that next year’s Galaxy S7 smartphone will feature some important upgrades compared to the currently available model. According to this report, the upcoming Samsung flagship will be equipped with a pressure-sensitive display, similar to the one that Apple launched with its iPhones. This allows the phone to react differently based on whether the user is just touching or pressing on the screen.

Also featured in the Samsung Galaxy S7, which will indeed be the name of the device, is a retina scanner, though this feature is currently destined for select models, and might not actually make it to market at all. The Galaxy S6 models already included a fingerprint scanner, and with the addition of a retina scanner, possibly with similar functionality to the iris scanner found on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, Samsung is looking to complete its biometric sensor offerings.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will also be accompanied by a curved screen variant, dubbed the S7 Edge. And speaking of design, the upcoming models won’t see any major changes in that department compared to the current S6 lineup. That being said, the Korean manufacturer will reportedly switch out the classic micro USB port for a Type-C variant, as well as include quick charging technology.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its Edge counterpart are expected to be unveiled by the company somewhere around late February/early March, hinting at a likely appearance around the same time as Mobile World Congress 2016. This coincides with previous announcements from Samsung, so there’s no reason to doubt the timeline.

Samsung’s current S6 handsets received positive feedback from reviewers, so it’s no wonder that the company simply wants to iterate on this design. Whether it’ll be successful with consumers and reinvigorate Samsung's phone business remains to be seen next year.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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