Rumor: Samsung targets quartet release with the Galaxy S7

samsung rumored to release one flagship phone annually public hand display
Ivan Garcia Aguirre/123RF.com
Samsung is expected to release its next flagship model within a couple of months, most likely during the Mobile World Congress 2016 in February. It’s become akin to a regular ceremony — they invite, we go, they present, and everybody cheers. Then we wait for another six months before getting all excited again. But things might go a little bit different this year if rumors from Evan Blass, of the twitter account Evleaks, are to be believed.

The rumor suggests we’ll be seeing the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Edge Plus, and the Galaxy S7 Plus. Where did the Note go? And why no mention of the Galaxy S7 Active? If these names have a foundation in fact, it would stand to argue that the Galaxy S7 Plus is the new Note. Whether this suggests a simple name change or a reference to altered functionality is anyone’s guess, and we don’t want to get any more into undisclosed territory. As for the missing Active, Samsung hasn’t been well-known for making a big deal out of the Active models.

Previously known model numbers include the SM-G930 and SM-G935, which according to chronological order of the yearly announcement schedule, would be the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. But if the two other models are introduced at the same time, it would be breaking its continued pattern of two flagships per year. While it may seem a rash move it’s also shared by two other players in the market; both Sony and Apple have policies for one flagship per year. Sony itself said that it’s targeting the second half of 2016 for future releases in an interview this September.

If the sales don’t make up for a two-portioned release, or if the demand for a brand is sated by too many releases, there could be reason to return to only one product a year. But this is just a theory based on the reasoning around reverting to one flagship per year. With that in mind, please take this rumor with a healthy dose of salt. Keep the skeptic in you alive.

Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones for Father’s Day

If you’re in the market for some new tech, there’s still time to take advantage of Father's Day sales. Amazon has some especially nice offers going right now, and we’ve highlighted some great Samsung Galaxy deals just for the Android…
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods — we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our favorites, with all the features you want.
Android

You can pre-order the Galaxy S10 5G from Sprint starting today

Samsung announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show, as it's the first 5G-ready smartphone to hit the market.
Mobile

Samsung dismisses rumors of a revitalized Galaxy Fold launching in July

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is real, but for how long? Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Cars

Uber drivers reportedly triggering higher fares through Surge Club

Uber drivers are reportedly participating in a so-called Surge Club to artificially trigger higher fares. Many drivers said that they do not want to join the shady practice, but they are forced to do so due to pay cuts.
Mobile

American Airlines expands its fast in-flight Wi-Fi, but it will still cost you

American Airlines has completed the installation of satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi for the whole of its mainline narrowbody fleet comprising more than 700 planes, mainly on its domestic routes. But the service still costs.
Mobile

Global Honor 20 launch marred by fear, as Huawei gets squeezed by U.S. ban

The launch of the Honor 20 series may be the first new device range to be seriously hit by Huawei’s presence on the Entity List. Huawei executives reportedly fear sales will be poor, which may force it to cut off shipments.
Mobile

Huawei Mate 30 Pro render shows 2019 really is all about weird camera arrays

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may join the Mate X folding phone as the company's star products for late 2019. This is what we know about the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro so far.
Mobile

How to turn on Now Playing and see music history on your Google Pixel

The new Now Playing feature is perfect for if you often hear songs you like but don't know the name of. The feature essentially shows songs playing around you on the Pixel lock screen. Here's how to turn on Now Playing on your Pixel.
Mobile

Mastercard’s new card lets LGBTQIA+ customers use their true name

According to Mastercard, a major source of anxiety for those in the LGBTQIA+ community could be that their credit or debit card doesn't show their true name. The company aims to solve that issue with the new True Name card.
Mobile

Apple will bring 5G to the iPhone in 2020, according to analyst

We're still many months away from the launch of a 2019 iPhone, so do we know anything at all about the 2020 iPhone? Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and the rumors are picking up the pace.
Mobile

Need a do-over? Here's how to factory reset an iPhone, from XS on down

Resetting an iPhone can alleviate all sorts of software woes, and wipe away personal data should you sell your device or give it to someone else. Here's how to factory reset an iPhone from within iOS or iTunes.
Mobile

Apple's iOS 13 Beta 2 is available to developers -- here are the changes

Apple announced iOS 13 during the keynote presentation at its 2019 Worldwide Developer Conference. This is the next version of its mobile operating system, which will come to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod near you soon.
Social Media

Maybe you missed something, so here's how to take another look at that Snap

The people you follow on Snapchat are important to you. If you get frustrated when you're trying to look at a friend's Snap or Story and it disappears, here's how to replay a Snapchat message or post.