With the rumored launch of the Galaxy S7 still a couple of months away, various sources are already beginning to report about the expected features of Samsung's upcoming flagship handset.
Recently, it was suggested that the device could sport a prime feature that is currently associated with Samsung's rival Apple.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the South Korean tech giant might equip the Galaxy S7 with a touchscreen feature similar to the Force Touch display of Apple's iPhone 6S. Like the latter, the screen of the upcoming Samsung device will also have pressure-sensitive features. In other words, users of the device will be able to interact with it depending on the level of pressure they apply on its screen using their finger tips.
But aside from the pressure-sensitive touchscreen display, Samsung is also reportedly aiming to equip its follow-up flagship smartphone with quick-charging capabilities. In addition, like the current Galaxy S6 Edge device, the Galaxy S7 is also expected to sport a curved display, according to The Verge.
However, some market analysts believe these features, some of which are only aesthetic, may not be the answer Samsung is looking for to finally pull away Apple supporters from the strong appeal of the iPhone.
Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy had previously said that although these features can make a device look good, they do not contribute to the overall functionality of the device.
"They need help in connecting the dots between the capabilities of technology and what people want," he said about Samsung according to Computer World. "Curved screens, as in the Galaxy S6 Edge, are cool, but didn't solve a user problem."
But, as noted by Moorhead, a rumored feature that has the potential to catapult Samsung ahead in the smartphone race is the addition of the Snapdragon 820 processor and the return of the microSD card slot for the Galaxy S7.
According to the analyst, these have the potential to win back the loyalty of consumers since many of them got disappointed after seeing that the Galaxy S6 and its Edge counterpart did not have support for an expandable storage.
In addition, with a next-generation chip like the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, users can expect to see an efficient processing power in the upcoming flagship device.
However, despite the speculations regarding the specs of the Galaxy S7, Samsung has not yet confirmed ay details regarding the upcoming device. In addition, it is still not yet clear when it will debut but the handset is expected to be introduced in February during next year's Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona.