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Samsung Galaxy S7: Note 5-like form factor, protruding camera and more

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Samsung Galaxy S7: Note 5-like form factor, protruding camera and more
We're only a few days into the new calendar year, but already the tone is being set for a busy, exciting 2016 for the mobile arena. It is without question that Samsung's Galaxy S7, the latest of the popular high-end Android smartphone series, is going to command the lion's share of the limelight as it prepares to debut at Mobile World Congress next month. Following a recent report offering a number of details on the forthcoming handset, the rumor mill is once again churning out info, suggesting that the device will include a protruding camera whilst looking like the smaller cousin of the Galaxy Note 5.

According to a tipster of SamMobile, the design of the S7 will be very similar to that of the Note 5, just smaller in form factor. This comparison is said to be drawn from the upcoming device's curved rear, which'll apparently shape up akin to the Note 5 and also Samsung's Z3

The report also indicates that the home button will be the rounded affair to which users are accustomed. There have been suggestions that it could take a more squared aesthetic. Either way, it seems fairly improbable that the tweaking of the button's appearance will be a deal-breaker to prospective buyers. 

If you're part of the mobile community that loathes protruding camera modules, then there's some bad news to digest. Contrary to some notably hopeful tidbits, the tipster of SamMobile suggests that the camera will not sit flush. Though unlikely to stick out any more so than that of the Galaxy S6, this may be off-putting for those partial to the tucked-in, streamlined approach. 

The official unveiling of the device on February 21st is so near, yet so far -- particularly for those planning on following the build-up. We're still somewhat feeding off scraps in lieu of any nailed-on evidence, although the panel leak earlier this week does seem to tie in with this new information. In short, any visual differences between the S6 and S7 are likely to be rudimentary. Meanwhile, the internal hardware will get its customary bump, while Sammy could also throw in an iris scanner for good measure. 

Whatever the case, any further S7-related info will be covered right here at PhoneArena, so stay tuned!

source: SamMobile

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posted on 05 Jan 2016, 07:21 2

1. byazatt (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I don't expect much difference in form factor between s7 and last year's flagships.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:13 7

13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


All of Samsung lineup is looking samey.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:16 4

17. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So does the brand of phone you love. What's your point? #justsayin'

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:18 1

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


u mad bro? Stop making silly comments techie.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 07:48 7

2. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


In other words, if you have a Note 5, S6 edge plus or pretty much any flagship from last year, you might as well over look this launch. I'm really stating to think that these tech companies need to go to a two year release cycle. Apple already kind of does this with the "S" model.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:57 9

10. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


But Apple is tricking consumers to buy a s**tty ass phone year after year.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:30 1

16. Landon (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 May 2015)


They aren't s**tty. Kim Kardashian has one. Oh wait....

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:17 3

18. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


She's s**tty. They go well together.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:18

21. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Overexposed like TouchWiz, she sounds more fit for a Galaxy phone.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:33 1

25. Landon (Posts: 488; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I was being sarcastic. She's a waste of space. :D

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:29 3

15. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Design same does not mean the phone is same. Besides, Sony is doing it for 3 years now, HTC for 2, LG for 2(G3 and G4) and so on.... No company makes new design every year and it would be stupid to expect that. Consumers(not us mobile geeks) DON'T like too much change.

I'm not telling to not change design at all. Some things definitely get long in the tooth. But too much focus on design takes focus off the other aspects of the phone.

There is a lot more to a phone than just design. There's screen, camera, durability, battery life, biometrics etc to name a few. And you are forgetting that Apple 'S' models are the best iPhones to buy. 5S was amazing and so is 6S, compared to the lame iPhone 6 which just got bigger and nothing much improved. 6S on the other hand is crazy fast, has the best fingerprint sensor ever, is way more strong than iPhone 6 due to 7000 series Al alloy and introduced 3D touch to name a few.

Iterative changes are usually the best ones. Take for example lollipop v/s marshmallow. lollipop changed a lot of stuff, but did terrible on efficiency and had a ton of bugs. Marshmallow on the other hand just fixed the things and brought a new features. A stable iterative release is often necessary after an overhaul, and it is a good thing.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:56 1

27. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 337; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi..They have much more variety when it comes to design.. And there designs looks better too. Btw I love the designs of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge and Note 5.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:13

34. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Xiaomi Mi4(2014) and MI note look the same. Almost all of the huawei mate series looks the same.

Better designs is a subjective term. IMO Xiaomi designs are a bit too generic. Huawei phones look great though. ZTE is meh.

What I mean to say is no OEM makes a new design every year. Too much deviation from what works can play out wrong.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:00

30. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


protruding camering is perfectly fine... larger sensor needs more space and I wont mind bulge to get a good camera... I have Nokia 808, GS 7 will not have a bulge similar to it... even if similar, I wont mind if it will have a great camera

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 12:36

35. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Nah it makes sense because most people are on 2 year contract so when it is time for them to upgrade there is a worth while to do so.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:06 1

3. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Nice phone... Only marred by the OS...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:18 1

20. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The OS is what actually makes it even more awesome.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:52 2

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I hope you mean Android because there's nothing that makes TouchWiz awesome by any means.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:29

37. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Then you haven't used touchwiz ever

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:11 3

4. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Curved back... Loved that so much more than the edge screen.... Sammy is coming for my money

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:24 1

5. uzimafioso (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Samsung has yet to design a good looking phone.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:40 3

9. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@uzimafioso I dislike Samsung myself... But their flagship phones are visually stunning & are technological marvels when it comes to hardware...

Again, only let down by the BLOATY UGLY OS... Hence my previous remark...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:00 7

11. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


You both are clearly idiots and Apple fanboys. Bloaty OS? GTFO

Samsung hands down provides the best mobile phones available with the best designs. Ask anybody.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:06 1

12. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@DellDeep You mean: "Ask Fanboys", right?

Because |anybody's| opinion is exactly same as mine...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 09:18 2

14. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


No, I mean websites, including this one that agree Samsung has some of the best if not the best phones out.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:20

22. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Based on your opinion.
However, reviews of the Note 5 and the S6 Edge especially on every blog site seems to have a far different opinion.

They have stated as fact that the 2015 phone models from Samsung are the best looking devices they have ever made.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:00

29. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 337; Member since: 07 May 2014)


correction: anyone has ever made

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:58

28. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 337; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Which one is a good designed phone? I would like you to mention one example.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:24 1

6. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


LG G5 looks more intresting if this is the case with the s7.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:04 1

32. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 337; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I had LG G3 which would restart endlessly until I would remove the battery several time.. My father has LG Optimus G Pro... It turn off by itself... Looks like the bettery is loose.. When I apply force on the battery and push the power button then only it starts again.. I have to put a paper inside so that the battery sit in properly.. I loved LG but, these two phones has given me a very bad experience.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:39

7. Tatzlos (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2015)


Fake.The phone case maker show it will be same design as Galaxy S6

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:20 1

23. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The case makers don't have the actual design, they are just guessing. When the S7 comes out, they will all change their pictures

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 08:39

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If the new Galaxy phones look better than the current ones, then watch out. Just please don't ruin the look of the most beautiful phone ever...the Edge Plus.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 10:23 2

24. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


PA you deleting posts again?

Protruding cameras isn't seen as a negative on anyone else's phone, why is it painted as such here?

Those protruding cameras have lead to the S6's and Note 5 especially to take the best pictures of 2015. The S5/Note 4 also took beastly pictures with the Note 4 being the best of 2014. The Note 3 and S4 also took very good pictures.

The bumps make room for better optics. Also the casing just happens to be thinner than the camera sensor.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:04

31. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


If it turns out to be similar to the Note 5, I'll be very satisfied. The former has a very good screen-to-body ratio hitting almost 77%.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 11:04

33. c.hack (Posts: 609; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


More POS Samsucks? The droidtards probably need a new one because they stuck their styluses in backwards again.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 12:42

36. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Must you?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 02:30

38. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Sorry, Try hard next time

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