Samsung Galaxy S7 could come with microSD card slot — report
The announcement of this year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 model was marked with a rude shock when it was discovered that the Samsung flagship — unlike its ancestors — didn’t come with expandable storage. Although the absence of a microSD card slot and removable battery helped the device have less number of joints and movable parts, many loyal Samsung fans didn’t find it funny to know that two of the features that made Galaxy phones stand apart from other high end smartphones were gone.
And so it began. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now said to be in the works as we speak. The Galaxy S6 successor will get unveiled in 2016 but we are already getting to hear stories of the upcoming Samsung flagship from people with knowledge of the matter. The device is said to be undergoing development with the codename “Project Lucky.” The Samsung engineers that were assigned to the project are said to be carrying out different R&D exercises in different Samsung facilities around the world.
An artist’s concept of the upcoming Galaxy S7.
According to a report by Samsung focused blog, Sammobile, Samsung is looking for a way to integrate a microSD card slot to work with the UFS version 2.0 storage system that will be used in the Galaxy S7. The UFS 2.0 system was used in the Galaxy S6 and even though it didn’t support external storage options like memory cards, tests showed that it was nearly 3 times faster than eMMC 5.0 in read and write performance. eMMC 5.0 is a commonly used smartphone storage system which supports microSD cards and other types of memory cards.
Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy S7 is said to be having two variants — SM-G930 and SM-G935. While specification details of the smartphone are not very clear yet, the variant codes could mean differences in CPU, SIM slot or even display size between the two variants.
Samsung is also said to be working closely with mobile carriers. In the USA, Cricket, AT&T, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon have all gotten special suffixes assigned to their respective makes of the Samsung Galaxy S7. In Korea, KT, LG Uplus and SKTelecom are all on board while Bell Mobility is flying the flag for Canada.
Samsung is believed to have fixed a March 2016 launch date for the Galaxy S7. The device is naturally expected to be running on Android 6 Marshmallow.
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