The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S5 before it have both been introduced at MWC in Barcelona and released roughly one month later in April. However these timelines haven’t been in place since the first Galaxy S went live, and as such they aren’t necessarily set in stone.
If recent history is any indication, the Samsung Galaxy S7 should be unveiled at MWC and released in April as well, but up until now we came across a handful of rumors that suggest otherwise. Some sources in the industry are of the opinion that the Galaxy S7 will hit the shelves earlier than expected, and an analyst from SK Securities now seems to back up this theory.
Long story short, if these reports turn out to be correct, the Samsung Galaxy S7 could hit the shelves in early February 2016.
Samsung Galaxy S7 – Early February Release?
Today, the Korean media cited an SK Securities analyst, who seems to be of the opinion that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be officially unveiled in January 2016, and released one month later, in early February. The source wasn’t clear if this alleged release timeframe will apply only to South Korea or the rest of the world too.
It’s interesting to note that SK Securities is part of SK Group, which is one of the largest conglomerates in South Korea. SK happens to own one of the country’s top wireless mobile phone service providers: SK Telecom. This gives the analyst more credibility, but also makes us wonder if the aforementioned timeframes might apply to South Korea, and SK Telecom exclusively (and perhaps other local carriers too). We wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung would opt for an earlier release in its homeland, as this had happened before with some of the previous models.
In fact, speaking of SK Telecom, back in March 2014 the carrier kind of started selling the Galaxy S5 in its stores earlier than planned and without Samsung’s approval. Well, J.K. Shin was reportedly already discussing a possible head start for SK Telecom at that time (and disagreed to it later on), but the point we’re trying to make is that an earlier release in South Korea through SKT wouldn’t be entirely surprising.
Furthermore, earlier in August we also heard that Samsung may have switched to the “Agile” development method for the S7, which might speed up the process by 1-to-2 months and end the development in December.
All that being said, the puzzle pieces seem to fall into place quite nicely, but once again, nothing is settled until it’s made official. We’ll keep you posted as soon as more details emerge.