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Galaxy S7 Firmware Tags Surface; Early Launch Possible?

November 11, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Samsung has, for the first time ever, announced two ‘Galaxy S’ flagships in a single year, and they’ve announced those phones (Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge) at the same time. The two devices were announced on March 1st, and have been available for purchase for quite some time now. Anyhow, the Galaxy S7 rumors have been around for quite some time now. This handset is expected to be announced in February or March next year, but we’ve seen a couple of rumors hinting at an early announcement, and today’s rumor might point in that direction as well.

The Galaxy S7 firmware tags have leaked it seems, and those basically confirm that there will be two versions of the Galaxy S7 smartphone after all. The firmware leak lists two software versions, G930FXXU0AOK6 and G935FXXU0AOK6, which will reportedly commence development later this month. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are coded as SM-G920 and G925 internally at Samsung, so these G930 and G935 tags for Galaxy S7 and (possibly) S7 Edge make perfect sense. So, why do we think the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge might arrive sooner than expected? Well, the final firmware work for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge didn’t start until late December, so… yeah, these two phones might arrive sooner than expected, if this is any indication.

So, what specs will the Galaxy S7 sport? According to rumors, the device will be fueled by both the Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 SoCs. The company is said to release both versions of the device, and basically offer them 50:50, depending on the market. We’ve seen a ton of additional rumors, especially the ones regarding Galaxy S7’s camera sensors. Some rumors claim the device will sport a 20-megapixel ISOCELL camera, others that it will ship with a 12-megapixel camera with a huge sensor, and the latest ones suggest that Samsung is trying to buy Sony’s 23-megapixel camera sensors used in their Xperia Z5 devices. Aside from that, we expect the Galaxy S7 to be made out of metal, and to sport 4GB of RAM on the inside. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will quite probably come out of the box with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of it.