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Galaxy S7 to get a key feature missing from Galaxy S6

by Jacob Kleinman | February 9, 2016February 9, 2016 9:00 am PDT

There’s a ton of speculation around the upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Some hardware specs and features seem like a sure thing, while others are still just hopeful rumors. Now we may have confirmation for one more upgrade coming to Samsung’s new flagship phones.

New shipping data published by Zauba reveals that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both feature “waterproof” components. For the standard S7, that includes a water-resistant microphone and SIM tray, along with a few other parts we don’t recognize. The Galaxy S7 Edge only has one listed waterproof component, but we assume both models will be equally splash resistant.

We’re not expecting Samsung’s new phones to be totally waterproof. Instead, the devices could sport the same IP67 rating as the Galaxy S5, protecting them from splashes and even a quick dunk but not much more. The company removed this feature with the Galaxy S6, presumably because of its new metal design, but water-resistance seems poised to make a comeback for the Galaxy S7.

Otherwise, the new phone could be very similar to last year’s model. We’re expecting the Galaxy S7 to pack a sleek metal design and a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, while the Galaxy S7 Edge could come in at 5.5 inches across. Samsung may also offer an upgraded 12-megapixel rear camera, a faster processor, a longer-lasting battery and 4GB of RAM.

The company is all set to unveil the Galaxy S7 lineup later this month at Mobile World Congress. We’ll be there live, bringing you coverage of the new phone and anything else Samsung may have planned.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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