Leaked Galaxy S7 and S7 edge renders may give us a clear look at Samsung’s upcoming flagships

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It’s expected that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will make its official debut next month, but as is usually the case with highly anticipated smartphones, the GS7 has leaked out before its announcement.

Images that claim to show both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have found their way online. Shared by Evan Blass on VentureBeat, the renders show two phones that look largely similar to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but with some small tweaks. Perhaps the most obvious change in these images is that the home buttons on the S7 phones are a bit more rectangular than the ones on their S6 counterparts.

Other notable tidbits about these S7 image leaks are that both phones have kept their headphone jacks and charging ports on the bottom and that the volume buttons appear to be in the same place as on the S6 models.

As far as specs go, the Galaxy S7 is expected to have a 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, while the Galaxy S7 edge is rumored to have a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen. They’re said to have different battery sizes, too, with the GS7 packing a 3000mAh battery and the GS7 edge reportedly carrying a 3600mAh battery. Rounding out these phones’ spec lists are Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB storage options, microSD slots (!), 12-megapixel rear cameras and 5-megapixel front facing shooters.

As I mentioned before, it’s thought that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S7 in February. The date on the phones in these images shows February 21, which is a possibility for an announce date since MWC 2016 kicks off just one day later. The GS7 is rumored to be slated for a March 11 release in the US.

So what do you think of the alleged look of the Galaxy S7? It’s definitely similar to the Galaxy S6, but considering the praise that the GS6 got for its design, it makes sense for Samsung to refine that look for the GS7 rather than go for an all-new design. One notable design tweak that’s rumored for the GS7 but not shown in today’s leak is that the phone’s rear camera will be flush with its backside rather than sticking out like on the GS6. That’s one change I can get behind.

Sources: VentureBeat, @evleaks

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  • Guest

    When will the S6 And Note 5 be upgraded to 6.0 marshmallow?

    • J.J.

      Half way between the s7 release and the note 6 release

    • No One Cares!

    • Zach P30

      It just started in South Korea so maybe in a month or two in the U.S.

  • Hurlamania

    will is there a SD Slot or not? What does the ! mean?

    • sosarozay300

      EVLEAKs post says they will both have micro sd card slots

  • morrisp

    Home button looks ratchet…

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      No, just…..no.

  • Philz

    If it has SD card & ip67 rating count me in

  • riverhorse

    I see NOTHING in these to stop Samsung’s downward spiral.
    There are tons of larger phones with better specs all around…aside from the resolution.
    I want Samsung Pay, but I’m not paying close to a thousand dollars for this.

    • Acdc1a

      They are also rumored to be less expensive. That may change the game.

  • rex2745

    Why did samsung put in a snapdragon processor instead of its own? Im debating if i will get this or not currently right now it’s to similar to the s6 for me to upgrade temping to switch to iPhone when the iphone 7 comes out android hasn’t been satisfying me i literally only use my phone now just for social media n text there hasn’t been anything new on android for almost 2 years and the play store is so dead with some lame games n apps nothing useful this may be my last year with android

    • sosarozay300

      because snapdragon processors have better LTE chips compared to exynos, and snapdragon > exynos for people who like to root and install custom roms

      • Mike Palomba

        But with samsungs crazy Knox locked bootloader people can’t really root and install custom roms anyway

        • sosarozay300

          no, i had 0 issues rooting the tmobile gs6

        • Mike Palomba

          I tried to root an S3 and it was literally impossible due to the locked boot loader. I don’t know if that changed in later galaxy models but I heard there was trouble rooting the S5 as well

        • Rob

          T-Mobile doesn’t ship encrypted boot loaders but if you’re on Verizon or at&t… Last I looked, Verizon still doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader on the Note 5. It took me a few hours to get my Note 5 up and running with root and a custom ROM but that was because Samsung makes it so difficult…

        • riverhorse

          You can, but you’ll be locked out of Samsung Pay.

  • Mike Palomba

    I didn’t read the specs but in terms of looks it’s almost identical to the s6 and s6 edge. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing because the s6 edge in gold is stunning. I did the Samsung untimate test drive and the s6 edge can not keep up with my iPhone 6s. It also gets warm doing just about anything and the finger print sensor blows compared to even my old 5s’s

  • AS118

    If they have microSD slots, that’s a nice change, but I miss the old removable batteries. Plus, 1440p is just a battery drain on a 5″ phone, I’d prefer to see 1080p or even 720p with a 3000+mah battery to make battery life good.

    I don’t know about others, but 720p on a 5″ or slightly smaller screen is enough for me. I just want more battery life.

    • Guest2

      I agree, 720p and 4.5 to 5.0 for me as well. But they don’t want to make or sell phones for us.

      • Acdc1a

        They’ve relegated you to mid-range and entry level phones. It sucks but it seems that’s what the market is. I’m on the other side of that. The Nexus 6 is the perfect size and the 6p is a noticeable downgrade.

        • Guest 2

          There are few mid range phones, but even those are not being offered by the carriers,

          Maybe is not the carriers fault but people, I remember one time T-Mobile was offering some mid range Samsung phones, I think one was the Galaxy Alpha. Now they have the A series but no Band !2.

          I’d prefer the 5X, if only it was smaller.

  • mreveryphone

    I’m looking at this on my S6 edge plus and they look a lot alike. Bezels look smaller on the render and of course the home button is more square ish… It looks more rounder too… I’m more concerned about the internals…

  • Rob

    Killing the S7 Plus has killed this phone as an option for me. And since HTC has dropped the ball again and I can’t stand LG, I guess I’m either waiting for the new Nexus or I’ll be holding on to my Note 5 until the Note 6 comes out.

    • Michael Barnes

      i hope they did not get rid of the plus i love mine if they did i am with you ill wait until the note 6 or probably the note 7 maybe they will have 600mhz support if any deployed

      • Rob

        Well Evan Blass, the leaker of all the information including these renders, started off saying there were 4 versions (S7, S7 Plus, S7 Edge, S7 Edge+), then cut it to 3 (the S7, S7 Plus, S7 Edge), and now two – the S7 and the S7 Edge.

        I have Jump 1 and I have two credits when February rolls around but there are no phones that interest me coming up. The S7 is too small, the S7 Edge has a curved display that would drive me nuts (I’m from the heavy case camp – its hard enough using my Note 5 when I have to hit something on the very edge of the screen, I usually have to pull out and use the S-Pen), HTC is rumored to be keeping the same screen size but bumping the resolution to QHD while killing BoomSound, I won’t ever own another LG device after the G2x and besides I’ve heard that LG devices are notoriously difficult to root which is mandatory for me because I use Google Authenticator and I can only restore my keys with root, not to mention the tons of other apps that I have in my Titanium Backup archive and Sony pulled out of the US market and wasn’t root friendly either.

        Looking online, it looks like LG might be my only option. They apparently didn’t lock the bootloader for T-Mobile’s V10 or G4… Ugh.

        Maybe I’ll just get an iPhone and be done with it.

        • TaylorW86

          An S7 Plus? Isn’t that just a Note without the stylus? That would be a completely redundant model and would cannibalize Note 5 & 6 sales.

        • Rob

          Actually it was set to be a 6 inch model… That would mean 5.1, 5.5 edge, and 6 inch choices. People would still buy the Note for its smaller 5.7 inch screen and S-Pen features.

        • TaylorW86

          a flagship 6 inch galaxy model would be a near equivalent and redundant to the note. The Galaxy Mega differed in its price point.

        • Rob

          Considering that Samsung has already been looking at bringing the S-Pen to non-Note devices, it seems like a logical step. If they had two Note refreshes a year it would be a dream come true. Alas, I’m stuck with my Note 5 that has a defective Exynos (25% lower scores average across all benchmarks than it should have and my chip quickly hits 80+C and throttles) unless I smash the screen and file an insurance claim and sink even more into the phone.

          I get your point. I’m just not happy with how much innovation is slowing down this year. I don’t know what I expected though – happened on the PC, it was bound to come for mobile too.

          Another thing is that if I get a Samsung device, I don’t want the Snapdragon 820 despite its many superior features… 4 cores != 8 no matter what optimization you do and its really a big.LITTLE quad no less…

        • TaylorW86

          Are you on JOD or Jump 1? If so, you could just trade your device in for another Note. The defects you describe would pass a 3-point inspection.

        • Rob

          Jump 1. I didn’t know T-Mobile would allow you to Jump to the same device. I never even thought to do that. You would think it would make them suspicious.

  • Vahdyx

    I like the look of them, so that’s not a problem for me, software is. With the new focus on software it seems like I’m gonna like Samsung more, but as they’ve said in the past and I’ve fallen for the same schpeel, I’ll be a lot more hesitant this go around, especially since I have an iPhone 6s Plus with a gold Nexus 6P on the way (Valentines day sale FTW)

  • RLB63

    Had an S3 & an S4. Switched to the LG G4, because of software issues and no SD card and nonreplaceable battery. Am much happier with this phone. The only big con is that there aren’t many cases yet. Most does have more Apple cases than all other phones combined. Most of the few reading cases are for Samsung. Buyers just have an over fascination with Apple.way more than their market share

    • Acdc1a

      LG is a little heavy handed with their Android skin too…otherwise I like the G4 and the G5 should be interesting…

    • steadymobb

      Not many cases YET?? well, it’s been out for 7 months and the G5 is coming out next month. If they’re not out yet, they’re not coming. That is partially why I didn’t like my G3 (besides software).

    • The accessory ecosystem is definitely one of the biggest advantages of iPhones. I still don’t have a case for my Nexus 6P. :(

  • After having such success with their own processor I don’t get why Samsung is going back to using someone else’s. OK the 820 is a beast but I’m sure their new chip is too.

    • Neoprimal

      Maybe they’re throwing Qualcomm a bone since they have asked Samsung to help manufacture their chips? Or perhaps the new Exynos wasn’t ready for Feb/March release.

      • Well, Samsung manufactures everyone’s chips… including Apple.

        • Neoprimal

          They don’t do Allwinner, Rockchip or Karin afaik.

        • Don’t know, but how is that relevant to why they’d go back to Qualcomm for the S7?

        • Neoprimal

          My point was that they don’t make “everyone’s chips”. There are still choices/alternatives for other manufacturers and vendors.

          It’s relevant because of all the possibilities. It could have been a part of the deal for Qualcomm to get Samsung to make some of their chips vs. some other fab. It could have been a “throw them a bone” thing, as I mentioned. Qualcomm is one of the most prolific chipsets in the U.S, in order to garner a healthy relationship ie: quid pro quo, they may have decided to “bless” Qualcomm by continuing to use their chipset vs. switching completely to Exynos worldwide. Maybe they’ll go back to Qualcomm for the U.S and Exynos for everywhere else. Perhaps Qualcomm has discounted their chips to Samsung so much that it just makes sense to use them at this point. There are a lot of maybes.

          All that we can be sure of, is that if Samsung has made a business decision to switch from their own chips, it’s gotta be one that benefits them greatly in some way, shape or form.

  • vinnyjr

    The 5.1 S7 with max amount of storage in white is my choice. This will be a beast of a phone. The 5.1 is my sweet spot, I have both the Note 4 & 5, crazy I know, love the Note line but for carrying around the 5.1 is my choice. The S7 will probably be the best specked and most powerful device this year and let’s not forget the best made and looking as well. Bring it on Samsung.

    • VINN

      Thank T-Mobile, thank John Legere.

  • Brandon Cruz

    I’m sold as long as battery life is solid. Hope they sell it in green like they did with the S6 Edge!

  • Irfan

    looks nice , if the edges are smooth and not sharp like S6 , this going to be rocking with 5.1 screen , best one this time

  • Jay Holm

    I’m happy with my S6, don’t feel inclined to upgrade. Maybe the South will have a 10nm chip, true micro-usb 3.1 Type C port, tri-band carrier aggregation. . .when I upgrade I want my upgrade to be a big jump, not just to the next model.

  • JJCommonSense

    Well they’ve been selling S7 cases on Amazon for some time now.. if you wanna see what the phone looks like just look at the case listings

  • HeatFan786

    Can’t wait.

  • AS118

    It looks nice, but I don’t like this trend of going with 1440p screens on 5 inch phones. 1080p is just fine, and more than that just reduces battery life.

    In fact, for sub 5 inch phones, I don’t mind 720p. Hell even at around 5 inches, I don’t mind it. I wish someone would make a phone with good specs and lots of storage with a 720p screen ON PURPOSE to have excellent battery life. If it’s a little thick so that it can have a big battery (particularly a removable one) even better!

  • Android_God

    This is an OUTRAGE!

    • Zacamandapio

      This is Sparta

      • GI Jane

        *Thumbs up* lol

  • Philip

    Samsung need to bring back the removeable battery too. Why do Samsung need to be like Apple? I dont get it! I would have got Note 5 now if they didnt do those stupid things and whats why I am still on Note 4.

  • impasse

    STILL at 13mp cameras? and before the “MP AREN’T EVERYTHING” camp chimes in, yes, i already know. meanwhile sony’s been sitting at 20.7mp or higher for the last three or four years..

    ..is this ip58/67/whatever waterproof, at all? that’s the only way i’m going to be okay with a sealed battery, but thank goodness for no glass backs

    • Chris

      MPs aren’t everything until I’ve had Moto X. where I took a landscape feature and to my surprise when I zoomed in I can read the small banner that was probably ~125 yards away. And I cropped it and the picture still looked awesome.

  • Chris

    Damn, that phone looks so great at the same time it looks so much like an iPhone…
    They need to do away with that home button.

    This is the reason I’ve switched to Moto X.
    Great design and it doesn’t look like an iPhone.

  • vinnyjr

    Doesn’t look anything like an iPhone. Looks damn good to me. No wasted space on sides of screen. Nice hardware. I’ll be getting the S6, 5.1 version with max amount of storage probably in white. This phone will be a monster.

  • HotInEER

    I really, really wish they would make the fingerprint scanner round and move it to the back, and go to onscreen buttons. They also need to add front facing speakers for the win.

    • Philip

      I hope no on the onscreen button. I get one row of space back. I like tacky buttons!Thats what make this phone unique.

  • Philip

    How much is it going to cost?