In an industry where time truly means money, Samsung’s new Project Management initiative should have a profound effect on new smartphone launches starting early next year. Early rumors suggested the Samsung Galaxy S7 launch would come during the 2nd quarter of next year all seem to be a thing of the past as we’re fully expecting it to launch in Q1 of 2016.
In previous production processes, changes could only be made after the phone was almost ready for final production which only meant that much time and money was spent on unraveling what was already finished. The new Samsung Project Management techniques literally brakes the production process up into modules meaning Samsung is able to make changes in real-time versus nearing final completion.
This should mean a much faster, and ultimately cheaper production starting with the 2016 launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to the point that many analysts are forecasting a pre Mobile World Congress release. Previous versions such as the S6 and S6 Edge were made official at MWC which is what rumors were suggesting would be the case with the upcoming S7, but now a January or February launch is practical.
We’ve also heard that early benchmark tests of the Galaxy S7 were just completed showing us not one, but two processors are being considered. We’ve already heard that Samsung is looking at Qualcomm’s newest processor, the 820 SoC is being considered for both the S7 and S7 Edge, but their also rigorously testing an Exynos chipset.
While the recent benchmark tests doesn’t mean anything as of yet with final production still months away, it does show us that Sammy is intent on introducing something truly amazing. The Qualcomm 820 processor is said to become the premiere smartphone processor that will be featured in many upcoming flagships, and the S7 maybe the first handset to feature the new SoC. This rumor coincides with the idea the Galaxy Note Edge 2 won’t launch at all with some speculating it would feature the new 820 processor.
The benchmark test revealed an Exynos chipset in with both 3 and 4GB RAM and has been clocked as high as 1.5GHz. It’ll be interested to see which processor Sammy elects to go with in both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, especially considering the Qualcomm 820 SoC won’t be ready for mass smartphone production until mid-Q2 of 2016.