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Apple and Samsung are set to continue their rivalry this 2016, picking up from where they left this just concluded year.

In 2015, the two companies came in with amazing devices in the shape of iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. Despite their amazing spec sheet, design as well as innovative functionality, these devices will still get bumper improvements based on the current technological trends as well as past flaws.

Samsung has a tendency of unveiling its devices earlier than Apple and as such, Android enthusiasts should expect to see their next Galaxy series flagships before the end of Q1 2016. On the other hand, Apple lovers will have to wait until somewhere in September before they can get to see a new iPhone, which will probably be something different from the expected iPhone 7.

Rumors have been doing rounds suggesting that Apple is working on a smaller 4-inch iPhone 6C. This is the phone that we expect to see Apple launch in an unusual period between March and April, but this has yet to be confirmed since it has been years since Cupertino released a product in spring.

Nonetheless, one thing that remains certain is that the two will release flagship smartphones this year. So, what about these phones? Here is a closer look at them.

Major specs and features

Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to come with the same size as its predecessor, boasting a 5.1 inch display with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Following the good words that came after the amazing design of the Galaxy S6, we don’t expect many changes in the design apart from the re-introduction of the microSD card. There is also word that this device might come with OLED display and new DRAM chips.

There will be plenty of storage space with the phone coming in three variants of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Going further inside you will find a Snapdragon 820 CPU and a RAM of 4GB. However, the rear snapper will be dropped to 12.2MP, but it will keep the 4K recording capability. The front snapper will remain at 5MP, just like on the Galaxy S6.

When it comes to the iPhone 7, Apple will go for a 4.7-inch display size with Force Touch; however, other reports suggest that the next iPhone will come with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. The design is expected to shift with Apple set to bring in a much thinner body with practically no bezels. In addition, the latest word on the street is that Apple will drop the 3.5mm headphone port in favor of the lightning bolt connector so as to make the device thinner.

As far as storage sizes are concerned, Apple is taking things a little skywards with its upper-end model of 256GB. However, users will still be able to access the 32GB, 64GB as well as the 128GB models. There will be an improved RAM of 3GB and a new A10 processor. The rear snapper will feature a 12MP 4K-recording lens that is fit with OIS while the front snapper will feature a wide angle 5MP lens.

While the 256GB model seems to too good to be true, what remains possible is the fact that Apple will be dropping support for the 16GB model this time round.