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Samsung Galaxy S7 finally seen in the flesh, many details seemingly confirmed

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Samsung Galaxy S7 finally seen in the flesh, many details seemingly confirmed

Having trailed numerous leaks and sightings of the Samsung Galaxy S7 over the past months, we may now finally have our first proper look at the device in the flesh. Tying in with those previous tidbits, the device features a curved back akin to the Galaxy Note 5, and as well as offering the world a glimpse of what's next, the leak's source confirms a few more key details. 

With Samsung's Unpacked event set to head off Mobile World Congress on February 21st, we still have a couple of weeks before the official unveiling. Vietnamese site Review Dao has treated fans to an early teaser, though unfortunately, it's only a single shot of the back. 

One of the constant gripes with Samsung devices and smartphones in general is the camera hump. It's been known for a while now that Sammy's upcoming flagship will severely reduce it to the degree that the lens sits almost flush. As you can see from the new image, the rear shooter has been tidied up, and as a result, protrudes a lot less. 

The Galaxy S7 will purportedly comprise a metallic frame, with the majority of the build being glass. This photo appears to showcase a plasticky finish, but it's very likely that Samsung has laced this prototype in a different material in order to keep folk guessing. 

The report mentions an improved Exynos SoC that offers a 15% bump to processor and graphics performance. As is typically the case with Samsung's flagship line, there'll be a Snapdragon variant as well, and both chips will apparently support high-quality audio DAC.

Much has been made of the S7's improved battery life, and thankfully, the latest report only corroborates this notion. Apparently, the battery can charge from flat to 80 percent in half an hour. The report appears to confirm the 12-megapixel Britecell rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, and waterproofing for added ruggedness. 

Price-wise, the S7 will supposedly sell for the equivalent of $740 in Vietnam, while the S7 edge is being touted much higher at $890. There's no telling whether this leak is the real deal, though, and the lack of a snap of the front only adds to the slight feeling of skepticism. 

Still, based on this leak, are you excited about the S7's eventual announcement? Let us know of your take via the comments.

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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:46 5

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 1875; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Ooh...Nice.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:10 30

13. adecvat (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


LOL, looks like Galaxy S1 plastic

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:30 4

56. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Exactly.. Samsung NEVER had back made from metal.. Always plastic..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:21 12

68. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You must be new to Samsung phones, or just too young.
Samsung Wave series had both metallic back and removeable battery.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 01:29

106. kambuto (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


..."removeable" - RIP English:))))

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 08:09

126. arjunezdaz (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Nov 2014)


Say hello to the Social Media English Professor!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 23:15

103. matistight (Posts: 431; Member since: 13 May 2009)


The Galaxy S for AT&T had a metal back. Soooooo....

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 01:53

107. JoshN (Posts: 158; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


OI Samsung GALAXY S4 Value Edition MIMIC'S Metal

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:16 4

65. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I give you the front of S7 Edge prototype:

http://ww4.sinaimg.cn/bmiddle/725af9afgw1f0sd8upsihj20qo0zkwhw.jpg

Alternate link:http://abload.de/img/725af9afgw1f0sd8upsihnzo25.jpg

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:26

71. joeytaylor (Posts: 420; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Is that antutu scores

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:46

76. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


^ Yes.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:08

93. Nopers (Posts: 174; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


I think the regular S7 is going to have an edge display.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:34

118. cheetah2k (Posts: 1527; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Hmmmmmm I dunno about this one.. If thats not a glass back, what is it? The LG G5 is looking more and more like an option for me :(

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:13

124. DarkVader777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2016)


By an lg device and you will regret it.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:30 11

27. fonelover (Posts: 197; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


It looks like plastic, May be the new J7.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:38

57. KParks23 (Posts: 590; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I know right. never seen that color on a device before this is groundbreaking -_-

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:14 3

64. Punchy506 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


Looks like a fingerprint magnet

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 16:32

94. combatmedic870 (Posts: 567; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Well the good new is that it looks thicker. Why is this good? Larger battery rumor may be true. It looks like we will be getting S6 active kind of battery life. I'm excited to see how this turns out. This may be my next phone. 64gb please.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 22:20

101. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 523; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I doesnt look to have much of a metal from for the fingers to hold on to.
Personally I'm most looking forward to the non edge variant.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 22:10

119. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


atleast they should've brought back the faux leather back from the note 3.. that was classy!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:47

2. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I think it's not final
It does not shiny as s6

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:47

4. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


With glass

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:21

20. SenorThrottles (Posts: 278; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


They probably decided to get rid of the shiny film they out in the glass of the S6

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:47 15

3. SenorThrottles (Posts: 278; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Looks great! They basically took the S6 design, which was already a top notch design, and refined it

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:29 2

75. LionStone (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


"refined it"??

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 13:10 1

80. SenorThrottles (Posts: 278; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Well they reduced the camera bump, improved the ergonomics and got rid of the blue-black colour which I personally hated.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:54 2

90. Switch00 (Posts: 426; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


What a bunch of baloney. Refine? Design language? Premium feel? Baloney after baloney. Its basicaly the same as s3. One average ugly mf. Note2 looks better.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 06:25

113. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 451; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


People kept saying that they'd take an S6 with a thicker back so as to increase battery space as well as hide the camera hump. Looks like you guys got exactly that. I will say the Note 5 looks a lot better. Curves along the sides look better than side-to-side and up-to-down

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:48 17

5. Busyboy (Posts: 540; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Hideous

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:27 5

24. SupermanayrB (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Based off of 1 pic from the back?! I guess you can tell if a girls' face looks good from behind huh?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:45 13

38. lukkiristi (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, one can say the back is hideous.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:39 2

58. KParks23 (Posts: 590; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


If the back is ugly who cares about the face???

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:43 1

59. tywinlannister (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Aug 2015)


You nailed it bro

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:50 3

6. GreenMan (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Yawn...

AND... What do you expect us to do with this "allegedly" leaked photograph of S7's behind???

Come-on PA, we aren't DOGS you know...

WE DO NOT GREET EACH OTHER BY SNIFFING THEIR BUTTOCKS...

Show us the FACE...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:20

66. j2001m (Posts: 2842; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Just for you the fronthttp://root-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/galaxy-s7-live-01.jpg

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 15:12

122. ben.r (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 May 2015)


This comment really made me smile :-) Please believe that if we did have the device in our hands, you'd get to see the whole thing!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:19

125. DarkVader777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2016)


And I may add it lloks like a protective film on the front calm down people wait for it wait for it

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:53

7. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2392; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No more surprises at the unpacked event I guess...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:53 12

8. Dejan92 (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


Back cover looks plastic and removable like S3 had.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:52 7

42. Wiencon (Posts: 1820; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I personally would have it plastic than glossy glass that could break anywhile

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:57 1

9. techman82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Looks 2 be thicker maybe that's why there isn't as much of camera bump and the supposed great battery life, I've got the 6s and wouldn't change but this is going back to the most important things, credit due!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:57 1

10. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Still not a fan of the glass back meaning I'll need a protector front and back along with a case to give more grip on back and sides.
But with the SD slot and really good battery life I'll live with it.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:58

11. sceamgid (Posts: 23; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


%15 more gpu and cpu performence ist good enough to match sd820 , i'll prefer sd version.i dont like side design my s6 looks better and looks like thicker then s6.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:15 4

17. Podrick (Posts: 510; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Better deal with a thicker phone with great battery life than having a thin phone and becoming a wall hugger.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:14 1

50. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Agreed its also look more round in the back so better to hold in hand.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:06 6

12. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 784; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


S7 is looking much better than S6

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:14 13

16. sceamgid (Posts: 23; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


get a pair of glasses

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:19 28

19. Podrick (Posts: 510; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Look at his pic, he's wearing one :P

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:10 1

14. middlehead (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 May 2014)


No sale if it's a glass body.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:45 2

37. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2392; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Why so? What would you want it to be? Even the All glass S6 is more durable than the all tin-can metal iPhone 6:

bit.ly/1KVu465

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 13:50

88. MedLEB (Posts: 75; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


I prefer plastic instead of glass, that last is easily breakable and slipper than plastic.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 17:37

95. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Glass is the least slippery material to your palm and textured plastics are actually the most slippery one. Dont believe me? Just do this test, put your phone on your palm with screen face down and face up then tilt your hand to vertical, so which slip first?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:11 12

15. JMartin22 (Posts: 1954; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The surprise won't be the design, it will be the capabilities and new ratings over the S6, that's what I'm looking forward to.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:25 2

23. SupermanayrB (Posts: 477; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


The most sensible comment in this thread so far.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:50 3

40. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


what new capabilities it will have over the S6?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:00 7

44. Podrick (Posts: 510; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Better battery life, return of the SD slot and all around hardware and performance improvement. S6 felt incomplete for me(just my opinion). S7 might seem like a minor upgrade over S6 but it feels complete unlike S6.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:15 4

51. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Hardware based anti malware ( SD version ) Much more advanced Camera hardware and such as well as what Podrick said.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:29

55. Podrick (Posts: 510; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Thanks for reminding! I had forgotten about the anti malware on SD820.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:19 1

18. dmomintz (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Too expensive now that carrier subsidies are gone idk anyone who can afford these, even on payment plans. Apple and Samsung are in for a rough year if they think normal people can afford that. You could buy a 4k TV and laptop together for that much!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:28 1

54. DnB925Art (Posts: 967; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Thank goodness I still have carrier subsidies with my carrier (Sprint and before anyone says anything, I have excellent coverage and service where I live) because I am on a legacy plan. I wait for specials and deals where the subsidized price sometimes makes the phone free or almost free.

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