Samsung is set to debut the Galaxy S7 sometime in the next couple of months. It seems likely that it'll be unveiled during Mobile World Congress in February, when Samsung typically unveils its new Galaxy flagship, but rumors suggest it may come a bit sooner this year.
We don't really know just yet, but there have been plenty of rumors to whet our appetite while we wait. I also thought that I'd draft up a list of some of the features I'd like to see Samsung add to the Galaxy S7. Oh, and just to cover the possibility of the Galaxy S7 Edge – for the sake of brevity, I also would like to see these features added there.
So, without further ado, here's what I'm hoping for from the Galaxy S7.
I know, Samsung has sort of gone back and forth on this recently. It ditched the microSD card support last year with the Galaxy S6, highlighting that it's not necessarily required when you have a 128GB option and plenty of cloud storage. But I still dig microSD cards, and with Android Marshmallow they can be formatted to serve as internal storage.
That means you can just buy the entry-level 32GB model and pop in a 128GB microSD card, or maybe something even larger, and save money on the initial costs. I'm not sure Samsung is going to go back to this, but it seems like fans have been asking for it. On my wishlist for sure.
2. Same design
I saw the rumor that Samsung may adopt Apple's strategy by keeping the Galaxy S6 design and instead focusing improvements on other areas, like the processor and the display. I actually think this is a great idea. The Galaxy S6 is an awesome device and it looks great, so why change what's working?
Samsung might need to make some tweaks to add the aforementioned microSD card support I'm looking for, and maybe a different finish could help clear up all of the fingerprints on my Galaxy S6, but I really don't want to see the body changed much. Of course, Samsung also faces some danger with this approach in that it removes the free marketing when someone asks "Hey, is that the new Galaxy S7?"
That won't happen if it looks the same.
3. Much longer battery life
The biggest complaint I have with the Galaxy S6 is its battery life. It's just part of the problem that you face when you have a smaller device without as much room for a large battery. If Samsung can fix this, I'd happily carry the Galaxy S6 as my daily driver instead of something bigger like the Galaxy Note 5 or another phablet, which I need simply for the battery life.
Last year Samsung put a focus on fast charging and wireless charging, so you at least could juice the phone up quickly when you needed to. But, perhaps the new Exynos processor (or Snapdragon 820 in some markets) paired with power enhancements in Marshmallow will help the Galaxy S7 last a bit longer.
Just get me through a real full day of use and I'm happy.
4. Faster charging
I love what Samsung is doing with Adaptive Fast Charging and I hope it's going to push the envelope again this year.
Adaptive Fast Charging on the Galaxy S6 gets you to about 50 percent charge in 30 minutes, which is great, but it seems plausible that Samsung has been working to improve this even more. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0, which actually might be supported by rumored Snapdragon 820 Galaxy S7 models, is more power efficient and faster than current technology. It also might open the door for USB-C on the Galaxy S7, which could provide even faster data transfer rates.
Don't forget that Samsung also improved wireless charging with the Galaxy Note 5, and I suspect we'll see that transferred here as well.
5. More colors!
Samsung released the Galaxy S6 in silver, black, gold and, eventually, topaz blue in the United States. Topaz came later and, of the bunch, is by far my favorite color option. I'd love to see it continue with more options this year, possibly with a deep red option or something more eye-grabbing.
This might be important if Samsung continues to keep the same design, since it will help distinguish the new options from the old. It's sort of like what Apple did with the new rose gold options for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this year. I'm not counting on this happening, but it's something I'd like to see.
We don't really know a whole lot about the Galaxy S7 just yet, which I actually kind of like. The surprise is usually long ruined before an OEM takes the stage to unveil its new flagship but, if we're lucky, maybe we'll still be in the dark when Samsung unveils the Galaxy S7.
Some things I didn't add to this list, mainly because I think they're givens, are more RAM, a faster processor, an upgraded camera and Android Marshmallow. I'd be surprised if Samsung didn't work on all of those new features. Oh, and as for TouchWiz, well… I'd like to see it go, but I'm afraid it's probably going to stick around.
What would you like to see on the Galaxy S7?