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Samsung Galaxy S7 could sport both a metal chassis and Hi-Fi sound

Samsung Galaxy S7 could sport both a metal chassis and Hi-Fi sound
Samsung Galaxy S7 could sport both a metal chassis and Hi-Fi sound
The next Samsung flagship may be super-slim with high-strength magnesium alloy and a dedicated sound chip for improved quality.

The Galaxy S7 is expected to be the "superclass" flagship of 2016. The usual trend is for features and hardware on the luxury end to trickle down on mainstream and affordable devices over time. The fingerprint scanner is an excellent example as it is now found on a number of budget Chinese smartphones. Thus, public eyes and ears will be seeking out what exactly Samsung may be planning for its next high-end feature exclusive to the Galaxy S7.

Rumors from China are claiming that the S7 will use high-strength magnesium alloy for an ultralight and thin chassis without sacrificing rigidity. According to the insider, Samsung has already conducted extensive tests on various potential alloys.

Additionally, the Galaxy S7 may be equipped with a high-performance DAC from ESS Technology. According to the speculation, the smartphone may make use of the dedicated SABRE9018AQ2M audio chip, which was announced for mobile devices at CES 2015. The hardware would allow for high-quality 32-bit stereo conversion at 129 dB SNR (-120 THD+N).

Other rumors include a 3D touschreen with Synaptics Clear Force as a response to Apple's current 3D Touch technology. An Isocell main 20 MP camera, USB Type-C port, and Exynos 8890 SoC are also all in the realm of possibility.

The same report claims that Samsung is hard at work on three new Exynos chips: The Exynos 7422, 7880, and 8890. The 7422 will essentially be a higher-clocked 7420 as found on the Galaxy S6 and Note 5, while the 7880 will likely be used for the affordable Galaxy A series. The 8890 is expected to be the flagship SoC for Samsung's next generation of smartphones.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-10-21 (Update: 2015-10-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.