Samsung Galaxy S7 ‘could see March release’

Earlier versions of the Galaxy have proved popular

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of 2016's most hotly anticipated phones and, with the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas having taken place, there are plenty of rumours about it already.

The Independent has collated the most interesting speculations about the new model, including its release date and specs, to paint a picture of what can be expected. However, at the moment these rumours remain exactly that and are entirely unconfirmed.

Among the most interesting speculations for phone users is that the S7 will tackle the issue of poor battery life, which most smartphone users experience to some degree, by using larger batteries. Depending on the model chosen, these will be either 3,000mAh or 3,600mAh batteries.

Which brings us to another rumour, namely that Samsung will be releasing three editions of the S7 – potentially all at the same time. These are likely to be the S7, the S7 Edge, and the S7 Edge +. 

Furthermore, it is expected that all three will be released towards the end of February or in early March, with preorders potentially available as early as the third week of February – good news for consumers itching to get their hands on the latest model. 

This will be an earlier release than is usual for Samsung, which launched the popular S6 in April 2015. 

Storage space also looks set to be a selling point for the S7, which is pegged to have a MicroSD slot – something that many consumers have been clamouring for on other smartphone models. 

Plus, the S7 might manage to tick yet another box by being both waterproof and dust-proof, making it a particularly resilient smartphone. It will potentially be 100 per cent dust proof, and waterproof to one metre. 

It has also been suggested that the model's camera will have fewer megapixels than its predecessor at 12MP rather than 16MP – a move that some commentators are concerned about despite reassurances that other technological developments mean the picture quality will still be high.