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Galaxy S7 likely to be unveiled in February

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Some 1,100 people gather for the Samsung Electronics Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge on Aug. 13 at Lincoln Center in New York. [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]

Samsung Electronics has confirmed its much-anticipated Galaxy S7 will not be unveiled in January, which points to a February release at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

“We are not able to confirm whether the Galaxy S7 will be featured at MWC since the issue is still under discussion,” a Samsung spokesman said. “But, it is true that we are not unveiling the phone at CES.”

The CES trade show is to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Jan. 6 to 9, while the MWC show is scheduled for Feb. 22to 25 in Spain.

The tech powerhouse has recently chosen the MWC exhibition over other trade shows or privately held events for major smartphone announcements.

Samsung Electronics demonstrated its Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S6 series at the MWC.

Should Samsung introduce the S7 at the MWC, the trade show could turn into a battleground between Samsung and rival LG Electronics, which is rumored to be planning to unveil its G5 at the show.

As Samsung guards details of its upcoming flagship lineup, rumors and predictions about the smartphone run rife.

Some media outlets have reported that the Galaxy S7 will embrace pressure-sensitive technology to take on Apple’s 3D Touch feature.

The feature allows the smartphone to execute different functions based on the degree of pressure on the screen.

Some media reports, however, predict that the S7 release will not take place until sometime in March.

Early this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung will add a high-speed charging port to the S7 and is considering introducing a retina scanner. While Samsung remains mum about the swirling rumors, it has launched a special edition of the Galaxy Note5.

The tech giant on Friday released the Galaxy Note 5 Winter Special Edition for the Christmas holiday season.

The new edition is equipped with 128 gigabytes of built-in memory, displaying a much larger capacity compared to the previous 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte models.

The limited Note 5 winter edition comes in two colors - gold platinum and silver titanium - with a price tag of 999,900 won ($846).


BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]



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