tech2 News StaffJan 28, 2016 16:33:33 IST
Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S7 launch, a new report states that the company is also planning to launch a Galaxy upgrade program, similar to Apple’s iPhone upgrade program, wherein a new phone could be rented instead of purchased, and upgraded once per year respectively.
According to a report by 9to5google, the upgrade plan is expected to launch first in Korea, with a subsequent rollout in the US and abroad. As of now, no details regarding the price have been announced. Consumers will be able to pay a monthly rental fee and hand the phone back in after 12 months, swapping it out for the next model.
It is believed that customers will sign a 24 month agreement, pay installments for 12 months and then, return the used phone and receive a new phone! The report adds that the idea behind the flexible purchase options is to offer a new phone upgrade ever year to users and also, keep them as their customers.
The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge and S7 edge+ could be announced simultaneously at MWC 2016 next month. Seems like all three smartphones may come with the same hardware, with the only differentiator being the display size and form factor. The standard S7 is expected to pack in a flat display, while the S7 edge and the edge+ are expected to pack in a dual-edged curved display. According to the rumours so far, all the three variants are expected to sport a Quad HD resolution.
As for the internals of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its siblings, they are expected to utilize chipsets coming from both Samsung and Qualcomm. The Samsung chipset in question is the Exynos 8890, while the Qualcomm variants would pack in the Snapdragon 820 chipset. It was recently revealed that it is Samsung themselves, who would be building the chipsets for Qualcomm.