The latter confirms speculation that the device will come with IP68 certification, making it water-resistant at low depths.
Samsung’s Unpacked event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The presser—which will be livestreamed on YouTube at 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. in Spain)—is expected to include the launch of the Galaxy S7 smartphone, as well as some virtual reality-related announcements.
Rumors about the S7 have been swirling for months; leaks tip a 5.1-inch screen with 2,560-by-1,440 resolution, a Samsung Exynos 8890 processor (or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in the U.S.), 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front shooter, and 4GB of RAM.
Other reports, however, indicate a 20-megapixel rear camera. Plus, there is a possibility the microSD slot will make its return in the S7, after being nixed from the Galaxy S6 and Note 5. We might also see a second, 5.7-inch Edge version, similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge+, available now.
Last week, a Spanish tech site got its hands on what it says is a display model Galaxy S7, in a shade of light gold with a curved back, physical Home button with fingerprint sensor, and thinner side bezels.
The blog also suggests the new smartphone will feature the standard microUSB connector, instead of the expected USB-C port; also look out for two-day battery life and a bigger, brighter camera sensor.
Samsung, meanwhile, has begun updating Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow; upgrades to other Galaxy handsets will follow soon.