It sounds like Samsung’s looking at everything relating to the new Galaxy S7 concept including improving the durability and making it much lighter. A new magnesium metal has been rumored which will be featured in all GS7 variants including the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Edge Plus.
The durability of the glass surround of the S6 was one of the biggest complaints, and adding a much more durable metal surround will significantly improve on this. The metal surround we’ve seen in the S6 improved on the S5, but still far behind the durability of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6s.
The magnesium alloy is a softer metal then we’ve seen in previous Galaxy S models, and resembles much of what we see in the latest iPhone’s. The magnesium alloy will also be a uni-body design which will mean a non-removable battery which confirms the latest rumors on the specs.
Aside from improving the durability, the magnesium surround would also make the S7 much lighter. The lightweight metal surround is believed to make all versions of the S7 lighter than most high-end handsets including the upcoming iPhone 7.
Besides the magnesium build, we’re also hearing about two different processors which may be region specific or model specific. The latest rumors suggest the standard S7 will feature Qualcomm’s 820 SoC while the GS7 Edge will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 SoC.
Online time will tell, and it seems like the official announcement on the specs will be earlier than thought. With an announcement that can come as early as January or February of 2016 which is likely to set up preoreders in larger markets including here in the US and UK as early as right after the unveiling.
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