Samsung Galaxy S7 Tipped To Include Pressure Sensitive Display, Fast Charging Support

Information is starting to spill out about Samsung's next generation of flagship handsets, which will presumably be called the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Those supposedly in the know say the new phones won't be a drastic departure from the Galaxy S6 line, though there will be some notable feature upgrades, such as a pressure sensitive display.

Adding a pressure sensitive display would take away one of the advantages Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have over the Galaxy line. It's not clear how Samsung intends to take advantage of the feature, though on the latest iPhone handsets, the different levels of touch -- called 3D Touch -- allow for new levels of interaction depending on the amount of pressure users apply.

Samsung is also said to be adding a fast charging port to its next generation phones, which is something not found on any iPhone devices, and may add a retina scanner to boot.

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6

As with Samsung's Galaxy S6 line, rumor has it Samsung will again launch a curved screen version alongside its regular flat screen flagship. As for the rest of the aforementioned features, they're subject to change between now and March, which is when Samsung is expected to unveil its Galaxy S7 line.

It will be an interesting launch, not just because it's a new generation of flagships, but also because Samsung recently shook up its mobile division by replacing longtime boss J.K. Shin with D.J. Koh, one of Shin's top men.

Samsung's struggles began with the Galaxy S5, a device that didn't sell as well as the company hoped. The underachieving phone prompted Samsung to reorganize its mobile business, though at the time it decided to give Mr. Shin the benefit of the doubt based on his prior success and keep him in charge. Three other top-level executives weren't as lucky.

That free pass lasted a year. Samsung's patience with Shin ran out after he misjudged demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge and produced too few units, and it didn't help that production issues crept in as well. But it was a 38 percent drop in mobile profit last quarter that ultimately led to Samsung handing day-to-day operations over to Mr. Koh.