Samsung Announces Feb. 21 Unpacked Event: Galaxy S7 At MWC In Barcelona
For the third year in a row, Samsung will be unveiling new flagship devices ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress, which is happening this year from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25 in Barcelona, Spain.
The company has sent out invitations to an Unpacked launch event on Feb. 21, 1:00 p.m. ET, with the invitation bearing the hashtag #TheNextGalaxy. It should be safe to assume that it will be the Galaxy S7 that Samsung will be unveiling at the event.
The teaser video for the event does not reveal much, featuring a floating cube, a Gear VR user and the previously mentioned hashtag. Samsung said that the event will be live streamed through Samsung Mobile's official channel on YouTube and on the Samsung Newsroom.
In addition to the unveiling event and the live streams, special events will be held the following day on Feb. 22 in New York and San Francisco.
After the highly-anticipated announcement, it would likely be a few weeks until the Galaxy S7 is made available to the market. The exact release date for the smartphone has not yet been revealed, but rumors are claiming that the Galaxy S7 will go on sale on March 11.
The rumor mill has been bursting with information regarding the Galaxy S7, including a supposed slide from an internal Samsung presentation that confirms some of the smartphone's specifications.
The leaked slide shows that the Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display, which is similar to the screen found on the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 is also said to have an upgraded 12-megapixel BRITECELL rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The slide also states that the Galaxy S7 will have two variants, with one being powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset and the other packing Samsung's own Exynos 8890 processor, depending on the region where the smartphone will be sold. Both variants, however, will include 4 GB of RAM.
In addition to these specifications, it has been tipped that the Galaxy S7 is capable of video playback for 17 hours at maximum brightness on a single full charge. In comparison, the Galaxy S6 only received a rating of 13 hours and the Galaxy Note 5 received a rating of 15 hours.