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iPhone 7 Vs. Galaxy S7: Comparing Smartphone Rumors

Samsung's newest smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7, will arrive Feb. 21, while the iPhone 7 rumor mill will continue to churn through September. What are the best rumors about each? Here's a brief list.

iPhone 7 Rumors: 7 That Have People Talking
iPhone 7 Rumors: 7 That Have People Talking
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Super smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung each have a moniker-7 product pending. With rumors flowing freely, we decided to compile them and compare which smartphones has the best rumors circling around it: The iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S7?

While Samsung tends to take an everything-and-the-kitchen sink approach, it's the Apple rumors that may be more surprising, though the Samsung suspense will be settled sooner -- specifically at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Here's a snapshot of the rumor landscape as it stands, heading into the Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day weekend.

What and When

Samsung will introduce its next Galaxy device Feb. 21 at the Mobile World Congress Show in Barcelona. That we know for certain. It dropped a teaser video Feb. 11.

Per reports, Samsung will use the event to introduce two phones, a Galaxy S7 and a Galaxy S7 Edge, with curved glass. According to a Feb. 12 report from GSM Arena, the smartphones will be priced at €700 and €800, respectively. (How that gets sussed out in US dollars remains to be determined -- or rumored.)

Apple, in keeping with tradition, is expected to introduce an iPhone 7 in September and likely begin shipping shortly afterward.

(Image: AleksandarNakic/iStockphoto)

(Image: AleksandarNakic/iStockphoto)

While rival Samsung produced roughly half of the A9 processors in the iPhone 6s, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) the other half, it's been said that Apple is pushing Samsung out of the process and trusting the complete order to TSMC.

"TSMC's 10-nanometer process is one reason… another likely has to do with the company's more advanced device packaging techniques, which allow for better power performance and efficiency," MacRumors reported Feb. 10. The report added that TSMC says the chip will go into full production in June.

Apple's use of two chipmakers stirred a kerfuffle among tech followers, after the company admitted there was a 2% to 3% difference in battery performance between the chips.

The Samsung S7 and S7 Edge are expected to feature either a Samsung Exynos processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, depending on the region of purchase, according to the same GSM Arena report. The phones are also expected to feature dual-SIM support.

Screen Size and Resolution

The screen size of Samsung's next flagship is expected to remain constant, at 5.1-inches. But according to a December report from the Wall Street Journal, the screen will be "pressure sensitive" -- and the phone will feature a high-speed charging port.

Qualcomm has said that version 3.0 of its Quick Charge technology can charge a dead phone to 80% in 35 minutes, versus a more typical 90. It's a good guess what Samsung lovers can look forward to.

The iPhone 7, also expected to hold steady at 4.7- and 5.5-inches, could be in for a major resolution jump. A source told Digitimes in September that Apple will "most likely" switch to glass-on-glass displays, which opens up the possibility of a 4K or Ultra HD resolution.

Camera

All three smartphones are expected to lose their "camera bumps" -- the lenses protruding like tiny periscopes on their backs.

Samsung presented its new Britecell sensor technology at a recent investor conference and explained that it features a one-micron pixel size. "A 20-megapixel Britecell sensor will reduce module height by 17 percent," according to AndroidPit, and "ensure solid low-light performance, supported by Samsung's WDR Technology and Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF)."

As for the iPhone 7, MacRumors has pointed to, well -- rumors -- that Apple may use Sony's dual-lens technology, which has been used in phones including the HTC M8, which was roundly applauded for its camera.

Appearance

As the smartphone market matures, changes have become more incremental. It will feel like a leap, then, if the iPhone 7 ditches not only its camera bulge, but also its double rear antenna lines and its 3.5-mm headphone jack.

(Image: KreangchaiRungfamai/iStockphoto)

(Image: KreangchaiRungfamai/iStockphoto)

Gordon Kelly reported in Forbes Jan. 6 that two sources within Apple's supply chain have confirmed Apple will do away with the headphone jack and use a Lightning port instead. The change will allow for a thinner device and ideally transition more users to a high-resolution audio experience.

The Samsung S7 expected to look much like the S6, but with the addition of a memory card slot. The S7 Edge is "about to get edgier," according to Know Your Mobile, which has reported that it "will feature curved display edges along the top and bottom of the handset, as well as the side edges."

Other Goodies

Soon, iPhone users may be able to laugh in the face of leaky water bottles and knocked-over coffees. The newest iPhone may feature a new exterior material that makes it waterproof and dust-proof -- features Samsung got around to with the Galaxy S5.

Finally -- because who doesn't like a freebie? -- it's rumored that Samsung, which is making an investment in the VR market, will include a free Gear VR headset with each Galaxy S7 pre-order placed between Feb. 21 and March 10.

Gear VR currently retails for $99.99 and, according to Samsung, can "transform your Galaxy."

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Susan Fourtané
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3/3/2016 | 1:13:36 PM
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tjgkg, then there is not much of a problem. :) And after the two years maybe you can chnage if another service provider offers a better service by then. /Susan
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3/3/2016 | 10:57:46 AM
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tjgkg, have you thought of moving away from Verizon? /Susan
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2/27/2016 | 10:22:20 AM
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tjgkg, fortunately, some carriers are now selling unlocked phones and SIMs. Customers will start migrating and at some point those like Verizon will have to unlock their devices and SIMs unless they want to lose all their customers. /Susan
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2/27/2016 | 10:08:19 AM
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Brian, People travel so much now, especially for business, that there is a real need for changes in telecommunications. /Susan
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2/27/2016 | 10:01:00 AM
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TerryB, March is still winter and still snowy in Finland, yes. It's true what they said, especially in the north. All the ice/brakers work in Finland. There is plenty to do in winter. :) It sounds like all that was a great experience for you. How nice. :) /Susan
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2/21/2016 | 6:55:07 AM
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TerryB, so you were really north when you went to Tornio. Was it summer, or winter? Winter is pretty in the north but summer is super pretty with the midnight sun. :) What is the name of that icebreaker? Next time you are in Europe, either in Finland or England, let me know, we should meet for a cup of tea and face to face discussions. :D Oh, yes, Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I also love people there. That Passport plan sounds quite good. Roaming charges can really kill you, yes. Now that you have mentioned this, I think Vodafone has something like that. I should investigate. /Susan
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2/21/2016 | 3:23:44 AM
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Brian, it seems like the S7 will come with a dual SIM slot. Since I am an Apple user I will have to wait and see if the Apple includes dual SIM in the iPhone 7 Plus later this year. This, together with wireless charging, are the two things Apple should add now. It's really problematic to have to switch SIMs all the time for the roaming issues you mentioned. For international travel and WiFi, I got a Huawei Mobile WiFi modem (it's very small) that works with local SIMs. I keep this device in my bag and I connect all my devices to it. It works great for me. :) It doesn't matter if you take your primary SIM off your phone and use a second SIM. WhatsApp keeps on working your primary number disregarding the SIM you are using. I registred my Finnish number with WhatsApp, and when I use my English SIM WhatsApp works the same. /Susan
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2/21/2016 | 2:38:17 AM
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Brian, the S7 is presented today at the Samsung event part of MWC. Some cafes in London have Wireless charging docks. I found the charging quite fast. Both Apple and Samsung should include wireless charging at this point. This is something needed and wanted. Time ago Nokia had introduced wireless charging. But well, Nokia is not in the phone business anymore so probably that died as well. /Susan
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2/16/2016 | 4:03:43 PM
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Indeed, TerryB, it makes sense. Finally, The European Parliament approved teh initiative that has been cooking for some time now, and next year there will not be a need for roaming anymore, which doesn't make any sense. Using the phones all over Europe will work like local numbers. Banking has already been unified some years ago, which is great. The change of SIMs is because of roaming. What company do you work for that has Finnish management? What roaming plan covers all over Europe? /Susan
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2/16/2016 | 1:27:24 PM
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tjgkg, service providers should understand that locking up devices is like keeping customers in cages. I hate that. None of my devices is locked up. Last year, in the UK, I got a SIM from Vodafone for my mobile WiFi modem. The SIM didn't work. I took it back to the store where they argued that my device it was surely locked up and that was why their SIM didn't work. My device was not locked up, of course. I asked for a refund since I could not use their SIM. All frustrated I went to where I had bought the Mobile WiFi Modem (in Finland) and told them what Vodafone in London had said. They confirmed what I knew, that the device was not locked up and they said that most likely what happened was the Vodafone SIM works only in Vodafone devices. If only I could understand the point of such stupidity! Well, back in the UK, I got a SIM from Three and it works very well. This device let's me connect all my devices to my own WiFi connection. The point of having this device is that I can get local SIM cards when I travel to get WiFi connection all the time. I carry the little device in my bag and I don't have to suffer looking for free WiFi in countries where there is not always WiFi available everywhere.. Plus, I don't have any issues about secrity and privacy since I connect to my own mobile WiFi that lives in my bag. :) /Susan
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