Last year’s release of Samsung’s S6 was definitely iconic for many reasons. After all, it was the year when Samsung really gave Apple’s iPhone some real competition. The design was overhauled, something of which helped to take away a defining selling point from the iPhone brand. With rumours circulating, we can now confirm which features this year’s Samsung S7 and Edge will have. Read on to find out.

S7 and S7EDge

Firstly, it’s important to note that the design hasn’t been radically changed, something which doesn’t come as a shock. With some tweaks and minor alterations, the core appearance is still your Samsung S6. Instead of altering last year’s great design, Samsung has used their energy working on features and improvements.

Key Features

What are these design tweaks, I hear you ask? Simply put, the device will be more comfortable to operate, has a smaller camera bump and an improved fingerprint scanner. The screen is unchanged and keeps the 5.1-inch, quad HD Super AMOLED from the S6. Importantly, both phones will host an SD-card slot, allowing owners to expand the memory – this was a feature many wanted to return, and Samsung listened. Another really useful inclusion is the waterproofing of both devices, allowing to be in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minute periods.

The Samsung S7 Edge will use a 5.5-inch display using the same quad HD Super AMOLED technology. A curve will be dual, meaning both sides will contain a curve. Also, the rear of the device will also have a slight curve, making it easier and more comfortable to handle.

The Battery

The flush design means that adding a removable battery was an unlikely feature, and something Samsung didn’t provide with either of the two upcoming models. However, battery life will be increased; increased from 2,550mAh to 3,000mAh for the S7, and from 2,600 to 3,600 with the S7 Edge. Whilst we’re still waiting to see exactly what this translates to, based on software modifications, etc. It should provide far greater battery life, something every user will be grateful with.

The camera

Those who love a high resolution megapixel camera are likely to be disappointed, as this time around you’ll have a 12-megapixel snapper opposed to last year’s 16-megapixel. But, Samsung has promised that the lower res. camera will perform far better, able to take photos quicker and with better lighting. As mentioned earlier, the camera lens hump located on the back of the device will now be much smaller and less noticeable, too.  Impressively, the camera will also focus up to three times quicker. Over all, Samsung claims that you’ll get a faster, brighter and sharper camera experience.

When is it available?

You’ll be able to pre-order either device on February the 23rd. They’ll also be available on most US. Carriers from the 11th of March. I’m sure you’ll want to know what colours they come in, right? The S7 will be initially available in Black or Gold, with the Edge coming in Black, Gold or Silver. How about cost? They are expected to be similar to last year’s pricing.

Summary

There is little to be disappointed about here, but plenty to get excited about. Of course, we still need to learn about Apple’s iPhone 7 in order to see which of the two handsets come out on top. So, will you be getting the S7 or S7 Edge, perhaps neither? Let us know in the comments below.