7 things we’d like to see in the Samsung Galaxy s7

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[/blockquote]With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy s7 a few weeks away, we’ve heard several rumors about what the device would come packing. One thing is for sure, it will be an expensive, premium smartphone, but what features are we hoping to see that’ll justify the price? Will it be an improved battery life or a pressure-sensitive screen, here are 7 features we’d love to see in the Galaxy S7.

1. Kick-ass battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S6 ‘s battery life was an out-right disappointment, and since a good smartphone is supposed to be all-round performer, its battery is somewhat lacking. Arriving with a 2,500 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S6’s underwhelming battery was such a bummer. So , we’d like an upgrade in this department.

The issue was with the QHD display which caused the biggest impact on battery life. Quick charging in the Samsung Galaxy S6 served as a reasonable substitute, but a large portion of buyers weren’t really satisfied with the overall performance.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to arrive with an improved screen, plus a stronger battery that keeps the smartphone juiced up for far longer too. Having held a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus as my daily driver, if Samsung can manage to pack a 3,000 mAh battery in the GS7, that would be a worthwhile upgrade.


2. More memory with microSD support

Samsung decided to copy the iPhone and removed the microSD support in the Galaxy S6 and this is certainly a feature that we’d quite like bundled with the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Admittedly, Samsung dropped microSD support in the Galaxy S6 to make way for Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0. The smartphone group claimed that this tech brings better memory performance that’s less energy demanding, hence the decision to include it.

Even if this sounds reasonable, it’s clear that microSD support is one of the most requested features to make a return to the Samsung Galaxy S7.


3. Do we need the IR blaster? Yes we do.

As more rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S7 keep coming in, there are whispers that the next entry in the Galaxy lineup won’t feature an IR blaster. This would be slightly disappointing if true, wouldn’t it? Well for the few who use it to control their TV sets. It should be noted that the IR blaster is missing on the Note 5 and Galaxy s6 Egde Plus.

The IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy S6 was a lazy person’s dream, and plenty of third-party apps supported the technology with some handy features of their own. The IR blaster can be used to control HDTVs, games consoles like the Xbox One, sound systems and more, all from the comfort of the living room couch.

It would be a shame if the S7 were to do away with one of the Galaxy S6’s coolest tricks, so we hope that the IR blaster remains a part of the smartphone series. If not, we’re going to have to keep a closer eye on the TV remote.

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4. I want to swim with my Galaxy s7

The price that the Samsung Galaxy S6 had to pay for its beauty was to give up on the waterproofing feature that the GS5 has. The S6 is an expensive piece of kit and the Galaxy S7 will follow suit, which is why design changes focused on keeping the smartphone protected would be much appreciated.

Reports from GSMArena that dropped earlier in the month suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be dust- and water-resistant, and our fingers are crossed that this claim turns out to be a reliable one.

5. Great speakers

The Samsung Galaxy S6 speaker is at the bottom of the smartphone, just like the iPhone 6, and dishes out fairly mediocre playback. Considering the Galaxy S6 is one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today, it’s unusual that its audio quality isn’t top-notch.

We are not asking for front facing speakers, the Samsung Galaxy S7 needs to improve upon the audio quality of the Galaxy S6. Meanwhile, the position of the speaker is a nuisance, because it’s easy to accidentally cover it with your hand when it’s in use.

6. Force Touch technology

Well Samsung just needs to be Samsung, rip off the iPhone and give us Force Touch in the Galaxy S7. We expect it to arrive with a pressure-sensitive touchscreen, and that will be undeniably exciting. Interestingly, a patent filed in April 2014 suggests that Samsung is indeed working on pressure-sensitive screens, although whether or not the technology will appear in the Galaxy S7 remains to be seen.

Apple calls it 3D-Touch and We’d love Force Touch technology to feature in the Samsung Galaxy S7. It’s a nifty little trick that has clearly been working well for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

7. TouchWiz is too old. We need an evolutionary change

I hate TouchWiz! In all my reviews I have always mentioned that, but on the Samsung Galaxy S6 TouchWiz was easily the best version of the software we’ve seen, with Samsung finally doing away with many unnecessary features, menus and bloatware. The user experience was greatly improved as a result, and certain design elements really popped on the smartphone’s crisp display. But, that not the end, it’s still looks like the TouchWiz we’ve come to see from back then, Samsung will be hoping that the Galaxy S7 is its best smartphone yet, so we want to see an ever better TouchWiz build in action, powered by Android Marshmallow 6.0.

Ideally, we want to see TouchWiz close in on stock Android change some icons and when it comes to speed and ease of use, and perhaps a bump up in the RAM department (the Galaxy S6 ran on 3 GB of RAM) will help Samsung achieve that too. We keep our fingers crossed.