Galaxy S7: 9 features we'd love to see

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We're expecting Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S7 to be an expensive, premium smartphone, but what features are we hoping to see that'll justify the price? From improved battery life to a pressure-sensitive screen, here are nine features we'd love to see in the Galaxy S7.

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It'll take a great smartphone to top the Galaxy S6. / © Samsung

1. Impressive battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is an outstanding smartphone and a great all-round performer, but its battery is somewhat lacking. Arriving with a 2,500 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S6's underwhelming battery life is one of its few key weaknesses, so we'd like an upgrade in this department.

As we found during our review of the Samsung Galaxy S6, the smartphone's QHD display has 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.

If the Samsung Galaxy S7 is arriving with an improved screen, we'd love a stronger battery that keeps the smartphone juiced up for far longer too. According to sources speaking to VentureBeat, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will pack in a 3,000 mAh battery, which is an update to the S7's predecessor.

Solid battery life was one of the very few missing pieces that prevented the Samsung Galaxy S6 from being perfect, so the Samsung Galaxy S7 should get this sorted.

2. Added microSD support

The Samsung Galaxy S6 didn't feature microSD support 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.

This sounds reasonable, but from scanning the web, it's clear that microSD support is one of the most requested features to make a return to the Samsung Galaxy S7. The fact that the Galaxy S6 was such a brilliantly equipped smartphone made the omission seem easier to swallow, but expandable storage will always be a nice option going forward.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 doesn't offer expandable storage. / © Samsung

3. Keep the IR blaster

As more information on the Samsung Galaxy S7 comes to light, 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?

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.

Samsung's own Smart Remote app is a joy to use ultimately because of how simple it is. 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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Control your TV with the Galaxy's IR blaster. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Make it waterproof

The Samsung Galaxy 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. Improved speakers

The Samsung Galaxy S6 speaker is sat at the bottom of the smartphone 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.

While we appreciate that not every smartphone absolutely has to arrive with front-facing stereo 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.

As we noted in our review, the audio quality doesn't stack up against competition from the likes of the HTC One or the Sony Xperia series. We're hoping to see significant upgrades in audio on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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The Galaxy S6's speaker is average. / © ANDROIDPIT

6. Force Touch technology

The thought of the Samsung Galaxy S7 arriving with a pressure-sensitive touchscreen is undeniably exciting, but as yet there's no official confirmation that it'll be included. 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.

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. Force Touch technology would add a new level of functionality to the UI and for faster navigation through TouchWiz and apps, it would be great.

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Is Force Touch coming to the Samsung Galaxy S7? / © ANDROIDPIT

7. Removable battery

If Samsung really wants to please the masses with the Samsung Galaxy S7, it would be wise to include a removable battery. A removable battery is right up there with microSD compatibility as one of the most requested features that we've seen, so it'll be interesting to see if Samsung actually delivers.

The same source from Venturebeat that mentioned battery improvements to the Samsung Galaxy S7 ruled out a removable battery, which is disappointing. Still, if we wish for it hard enough perhaps our dream will come true. 

8. TouchWiz evolution

TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S6 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.

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.

Ideally, we want to see TouchWiz close in on stock Android 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.

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Each iteration of TouchWiz is better than the last. / © ANDROIDPIT

9. Reduced camera bulge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was a beauty, with curves in all the right places. Even so, we found the protruding camera on the back of the smartphone slightly ugly, so it would be pleasing to see changes made to that wobble-inducing bulge.

While we're on the subject of the Samsung Galaxy S6's camera, we're keen to point out how fantastic the overall experience is. The smartphone truly excels where other gadgets fall, especially in low light, so improved camera specs aren't at the top of our Samsung Galaxy S7 wishlist, as a result of the S6's success.

What are you hoping to see from the Samsung Galaxy S7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and tell us what it would take for you to pick up the smartphone later this year.

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  • PATTERZ Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Feb 2016
    1.Probably Impressive Battery life (3000 Mah)
    2.There is MicroSD support
    3.I dunno about this one
    4.It is waterproof
    5.Probably Improved Speakers
    6.No Force Touch
    7.No Removable battery
    8.Probably not.
    9.Yes Reduced Camera Buldge

  • mycall adesina Feb 15, 2016 Link to comment

    #1 Make a phone with exceptional battery life and you'll have something which negates all this removable battery talk. (In contrast, if it were simple enough to do, I suppose someone would have done it)
    #2 Improve the phone design again - I don't think much is needed, a refresh rather than an overhaul. I love my 64gb S6 Edge. I went back to Samsung for 2 reasons, 1. Great design 2. TouchWiz improvements
    #3 Make it waterproof - yes it's a gimmick, but a nice one and also a USP compared to any iThing
    #4 Drop the IR blaster if it makes the device cheaper. It's a nice gimmick but an unnecessary one

  • Shaheryar Khalid Feb 3, 2016 Link to comment

    I have no problem if it doesn't comes with a removable battery, but I really want a SD card slot in S7

  • GrimJimCrowley Feb 3, 2016 Link to comment

    You Android fanboys need to let go of your removeable battery high horses. How about build better phones, instead of build in a way out incase I need to reset my phone or install a backup battery when my phone loses power halfway through the day? I went to a Galaxy S6 from an iPhone 4. I still have the iPhone 4 around and if I charge it to 100% it will last 4-5 days on that charge. It's also easy to hard reset the phone using iTunes. A removable battery is not necessary.

  • Junaid Q. Feb 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Totally Agree with You Charlie

  • Rashaan Lemell Feb 2, 2016 Link to comment

    7 outta 9 aren't bad. I'm definitely waiting for the v11 or Note 6

  • Richard Stevens Feb 1, 2016 Link to comment

    This is getting exciting. I really love the features except that it looks like iPhone.

  • Emma William Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge release date confirmed. Samsung is actually going to launch The Next Galaxy on February 21, 2016. check detail at samsungdeck . com

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    Deactivated Account Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Two features it needs for me to consider it are removable battery and Micro SD slot. If not it will be the LG G5 or the V11

    • Clarity First Feb 3, 2016 Link to comment

      If SD slots & removable batteries are so important, how can I-phone be the biggest selling phone on the planet without those features? I use Galaxy S5 which has a replaceable battery and SD card but have never actually used either. It may be desirable, but certainly not a 'must have' or deal breaker .... IMHO

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        Deactivated Account Feb 6, 2016 Link to comment

        Because most people will settle for what is available. The reason I do not buy phones without removable batteries, is it limits the life of the device to that of the battery. The average use does not keep a phone that long. I am not an average user My S3 is 3.5 years old and on the 4th battery. if I had to send it in to have a battery put in it would cost 75 to 100 dollars or more it would not be worth it. To be able to slap in a 20 dollar battery it is. Micro SD support is because I will not use the cloud based storage. I do not believe it is safe or private plus you can only access it though the internet. I am without internet a lot it would not work for even if I did use it. Most people who buy an I Phone buy it because it is a status symbol or the cool phone to own not because it is the best out there which it is not.

  • Peter Harwood Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Every reviewer seems to be hypnotised by force touch screen for some reason I've tried it and its overated by a mile,aswell as 4K and the rest you just don't need all them pixels on a small screen all they do is drain your battery

  • Raja Sondhi Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    The important thing they need to release software update much quicker like HTC start doing.releaseing update very slow is most downgrading point of Samsung

    • Clarity First Feb 3, 2016 Link to comment

      Amen. Slow updates both from Android and Samsung are a real turn-off.

  • bob Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    #7 yes, yes & yes! So right on!

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    touchwiz should be light other things are ok

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    Deactivated Account Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    My personal list completely strikes out removable battery and camera bulge. I really don't mind this points. But I'm surprised to see that "better support on updates" was left out. It would be my #1 and bold. IMO for such great pieces of hardware, software updates are like Achilles heel on Samsung phones.

  • storm Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    Decent list. I've said many of the same things before. But Force Touch as integrated by a vendor rather than in the core OS will be incomplete, often incompatible and mostly fluff for Samsung Apps few use.

    It's a chicken and egg sort of thing. Until Force Touch is in the OS, developers won't support it and it will be slow to make it to the OS without developer interest.

    I think Force Touch is highly over-rated and more gimmicky than productive.

    As to camera issues, I'm not concerned about bulges really. I'm more interested in focal length and quality zoom (plus OIS) than a lot of people though. I find that addition to the smartphone superior to the megapixel war and thinness battle.

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