As I prepare for my trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in just under two weeks, I keep coming back to one thought. Is the Galaxy S6 really already a year old? It seems like just yesterday that it hit the market and, when I see it on my desk among a flurry of other phones, it still looks new, first class, top of its game. And yet, we’re just a couple of weeks away from the introduction of the brand new model.
Does Samsung really need a Galaxy S7? The short answer is yes, of course it does. But that’s merely for competition’s sake. LG is going to introduce a new flagship. Apple will introduce its new iPhone in September. Huawei, Xiaomi, every other OEM Samsung competes with will do the same. And yet, I can’t see any real need to upgrade the Galaxy S6.
It’s a compliment to Samsung that its flagship has held up so well.
The fingerprint reader is still great – though could improve slightly – the camera is still arguably the best or one of the best on the market. It’s getting upgraded to Marshmallow. It supports one of the broadest mobile payment options on the market. The processor still cuts through apps and games with ease. Wireless charging is magnificent. Adaptive Fast Charging rocks, though rumor has it Samsung is going to bolster that again, too.
And the design? It’s probably the best looking smartphone on the market.
In my eyes, the Galaxy S6 itself could remain one of the best phones in 2016 with just some software updates. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is probably going to take that award, at least if rumors of expandable storage, an improved camera and water-resistance are true. The faster processor is a given, that just happens every year. The good news, I think, is that Galaxy S6 fans should remain pleased with their smartphone for at least another year, which I can’t say about every smartphone I test.
Sure, the Galaxy S7 will be an upgrade, but I think it’s a competitive one more than one that’s required entry for consumers. So yes, Samsung needs the Galaxy S7, but a lot of consumers should be just as happy with the Galaxy S6.