Samsung have already confirmed that there’s new Galaxy phones coming in the next few weeks at MWC 2016, with the announcement of the next instalment of the Unpacked event. We can now confirm that the new devices have received their FCC approval in the US, giving us a little bit of further information about what’s coming.
What we know now is that the Galaxy S7 will be known by its model number SM-G930A, and the Galaxy S7 Edge will be SM-G935A.
As is typically the case, the Galaxy S7 will have a number of model variants for different markets, including SM-G930V, SM-G930P, SM-G930T, and SM-G930R4. The Galaxy S7 Edge variants will also be known as SM-G935A, SM-G935V, SM-G935P, SM-G935T, and SM-G935R4.
There’s not much detail given away in the FCC filings, but there is some. Here’s what’s known about the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A). It will feature FDD-LTE 2300 (B30) / 1900 (B2 / B25) / 1700 (B4) / 850 (B5) / 800 (B26) / 700 (B12 / B13) MHz, TD-LTE 2500 (B41) MHz, W-CDMA 1900 (II) / 1700 (IV) / 850 (V) MHz, CDMA2000 1900 (BC1) / 800 (BC0 / BC10) MHz, has been passed in the GSM 1900/850 MHz networks support. It is also certified for Bluetooth and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and NFC. The different model names will be used for different US carriers like SM-G930A will be used for AT&T, SM-G930V will be Verizon Wireless model number, SM-G930P will be Sprint version, SM-G930T will be T-Mobile US version and SM-G930R4 will be the US Cellular version.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is basically identical — it comes with FDD-LTE 2300 (B30) / 1900 (B2 / B25) / 1700 (B4) / 850 (B5) / 800 (B26) / 700 (B12 / B13) MHz, TD-LTE 2500 (B41) MHz, W-CDMA 1900 (II) / 1700 (IV) / 850 (V) MHz, CDMA2000 1900 (BC1) / 800 (BC0 / BC10) MHz, GSM 1900/850 MHz network support. It also comes with Bluetooth, WiFi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and NFC. The SM-G935A will be the AT & T Mobility version, SM-G935V will be the Verizon Wireless version, SM-G935P will be the Sprint version, SM-G935T will be the T-Mobile US edition and SM-G935R4 will be the the US Cellular version.
The rumoured specifications thus far include a 5.1″ display for the Galaxy S7 (and a slightly bigger display for the Edge variant), use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (with Samsung’s Exynos in some markets), 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB storage options. Android Marshmallow is a given, with a 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Rumour is that the battery capacity has increased from 2015’s models, to a 3,000mAh battery across the range.
We know the range has hit various benchmarking sites too, with the Galaxy S7 Edge leaking a few key details — 5.5″ display, 1440×2560 resolution and 3,600mAh battery. The other specs are largely the same as the S7 (as you would expect).
We’ll be at Samsung’s Unpacked event at MWC 2016 in a couple of weeks, and we’ll bring you the details as they emerge.