Samsung Galaxy S7: Leaked photo reveals lack of USB Type-C
Samsung Galaxy S7 features
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is due to launch ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) on 21 February, and its imminent arrival is being heralded by a new batch of leaked images purporting to show the flagship in-hand.
The first photo comes from ReviewDao.vn, showing the rear of the standard S7. Aside from the nice curvy back, the main thing to report here is the handset’s new, slimmed-down camera hump. Samsung has reportedly switched out the S6’s 16-megapixel module for a 12-megapixel one, and although we can’t tell from this photo whether that’s the case, the sensor does look different from its predecessor.
The second photo, from Weibo user JKwan, shows what looks like the S7 Edge, complete with curved display. The benchmark app which appears to be running on the phone refers to the handset as SM-G9350 – a number previously linked to the S7 Edge.
Samsung may have announced the launch event for the upcoming Galaxy S7, but the company has yet to confirm exactly what S7 models will be made available when it goes on sale. That’s all changed after an apparent slipup on the Samsung developer site, which namedrops the S7 Edge range.
The listing, which was first noticed by Dutch blog GalaxyClub, was included in the details of “Look SDK 1.3.0”, which brings added functionality to the Edge range of Galaxy handsets. The S7 Edge mention has since disappeared, but details about ‘Wide Type’ edge panels coming to the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus remain.
In other S7 news, Samsung has made up its mind not to launch the Galaxy S7 Edge+ in the UK, and will instead push the Note 6 as the brand’s large-screen handset. The news comes from both TechRadar and Forbes, who cite an unnamed senior mobile network executive. The source allegedly said that the reason not to launch the S7 Edge+ is down to “a backlash from loyal Note fans”. It is unclear whether this means the Galaxy S7 Edge+ will be cancelled outright, or whether it just won’t come to the UK in 2016.
“Samsung isn’t going to launch the S7 Edge+ in the UK,” said the source as quoted by TechRadar. “I got the impression that it had been a bit of a disappointment sales-wise and that the decision to keep the Note 5 out of Europe is now considered a mistake. So our information is that the Note 6 will launch in the UK in August and that there will be no S7 Edge+.”
As for the standard S7, an alleged leaked presentation slide, care of Phone Arena, suggests the handset may have a familiar design. It certainly looks like a presentation slide, although the site admits that it can’t guarantee the authenticity of the image, which allegedly came from someone who “claims to be a Samsung employee”.
The S7 in the shot looks pretty much identical to the Galaxy S6. In fact, it might as well be a cut-and-paste job. There is the possibility that the S7 image is a placeholder, although a number of previous reports suggest that the S7 will be pretty similar in appearance to its predecessor.
The bullet points beside the S7 say the phone will feature a 5.1in 1440p display, a 12-megapixel BRITECELL camera, 4GB of RAM, and either a Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 processor. All of those details chime with previous leaks, so either the image has been mocked-up based on widely held rumours or it’s the real deal.
An alleged spec sheet for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, originating from Weibo, claims that the S7 Edge will measure in at 5.5in. That leak also claimed both S7 handsets will be powered by either the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipsets, and come with 4GB of RAM, along with either 32GB or 64GB of storage that can be expanded via microSD up to 200GB.
Samsung Galaxy S7 design
A couple of photos allegedly showing the Samsung Galaxy S7 have surfaced online, courtesy of GSMArena. One of these shows a collection of camera modules bearing the SM-G930F model name, while the other shows what looks to be the S7 in its entirety.
The SM-G930 model has been previously linked to the Galaxy S7, so it seems highly probable that the camera modules belong to that upcoming handset. The R05 probably relates to this being revision number 5 of the camera. The device pictured in the second shot seems to be a developer model of the standard S7, with the aesthetic design replaced with a clunky frame. While a well-placed sticker masks the Samsung branding, the fingerprint scanner home button is recognisably similar to that on the Galaxy S6.
Phone accessory retailer, Mobile Fun, has posted a number of Galaxy S7 cases from manufacturer Olixar. The renders show a phone that looks and (presumably) smells a lot like the Galaxy S6, with one or two notable exceptions – the front camera is now on the top right corner and the home button is a slim rectangle.
These renders seem relatively similar to those recently obtained by GSMArena, although those also showed a larger version of the S7. You know those tiny shampoo bottles you buy for travelling that make you feel like a giant? Well, imagine the opposite of that, with a phone. That’s what the Samsung Galaxy S7 is going to be like if some recently leaked renders are anything to go by.
GSMArena claims Samsung is handing out to phone case designers. One of these measures 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94mm, which is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S6. The other, however, is a sizeable 163.32 x 82.01 x 7.82mm.
Okay, so it’s not obscenely massive. (It’s a tad smaller than the giant Nokia Lumia 1520 and it’s only slightly bigger than the 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm iPhone 6s Plus). It is however bigger than the Galaxy Note 5, which measures 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, and more than a slice larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, which comes in at 154.4 x75.8 x 6.9mm. Overall it suggests that Samsung is planning on releasing a version of its next phone with a 6in screen.
On the basis of the rendered images it doesn’t seem like this larger model belongs to the Edge variety. Aside from the size, the renders look very similar to the S6, except for a rectangular home button and a side-placed SIM slot.
A FCC listing for a pair of flip covers for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge has appeared online, going by the name of LED View Cover. While the LED aspect of the cover isn’t entirely clear, GSMArena claims that the covers will communicate with the smartphones via NFC. Making a guess, I’d say they’re a slightly updated version of the Clear View Covers for the Galaxy S6 that allow users to swipe notifications and calls without having to lift the cover.
The S7 could also feature a surprisingly sturdy design. Korean site Kbench reports that Samsung has filed a trademark for a new Turtle Glass cover, which is expected to one-up the Gorilla Glass currently protecting Samsung handsets. It has also been reported by several unnamed insider sources that Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy S7 with a magnesium alloy unibody design. If true, the magnesium alloy would help prevent the new Galaxy from being bent, and would make the handset lighter than the aluminium-clad S6. Magnesium will also make it easier for heat to escape from the phone body, preventing overheating.
For a more out-there prediction of the S7, a team at 3DFuture has created a series of 3D renders for the Galaxy S7 Edge, based on actual Samsung design patents. The first thing you’ll notice about the concept images is the way the display extends around the top and bottom of the device rather than the sides. This gives it a somewhat pointy appearance, with a trapezoidal body and two sharp edges. As they’e only based on patents, there isn’t firm evidence that the Galaxy S7 will definitely take this design route. Still, they’re pretty to look at.