Bump begone! Galaxy S7 camera to sit almost flush

Bump begone! Galaxy S7 camera to sit almost flush
Samsung's Galaxy S series is no stranger to a pronounced camera hump. While users surely appreciate the ability to take great snaps and record in high-def, fans of seamless design often berate the protruding module. With the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now incoming, the overall design doesn't appear to be changing a great deal. But as we saw with the recent rear-view leak of the S7 duo, there may be a Note 5-like roundness to the back, which, it seems, will help to reduce the camera bump to less than a millimeter. 

From what we've heard so far, the 16-megapixel shooter of the S6 line will be replaced by a 12-megapixel sensor, which is said to offer a number of tweaks and improvements for a better all-round performance. From an aesthetic point of view, the camera module could also be shaved down to an "almost imperceptible" level, according to OnLeaks' Steve Hemmerstoffer.

Apparently, the Galaxy S7's camera will protrude a mere 0.8 mm. It's not quite flush, of course, but it's a vast improvement over last year's main shooter, which stuck out like a comparable sore thumb at 1.7 mm. 

For a bit of perspective, Hemmerstoffer has also shared an image on his Twitter page detailing the difference between old and new:

If the final design of the S7 does manage to tuck most of the camera in, one suspects that few tears will be shed. Many of you guys have expressed your hatred for camera hardware that ventures beyond the confines of the overall design. While it probably won't be a deal-breaker for most, it's good to see Sammy pushing for a more polished finish.

It's unknown whether this new info applies only to the standard Galaxy S7, or to both new models. But since — as you can see from the side-by-side thumbnail — they'll be almost identical looks-wise, it seems likely that both models will enjoy similar camera bump reductions. 

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are to be unveiled at Unpacked on February 21st. Speaking of cameras, Sammy may also unleash a 360-degree VR camera at the same time. 

We'll have more as and when it arrives, so stay tuned. 

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. khalimany

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

tbh, i really kinda like the camera bump on the s6 and i dont know why...perhaps its the illusion that the bump seems to say its got a really solid camera?

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

These bumps really add something to design, iP6 is crappy example but I love how Nexus 6P looks with its camera and Lumia 1020 looked sexy as hell with it in white and yellow colors

28. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeh I like the bump also, it definitely gives u the power trip

31. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Welcome back S3 design. We missed you not.

32. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

it should not be a big bump. Make phone thicker and put extra battery, god damn samsung. It will remove the bump automatically.

38. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Not until apple does such thing believe me. Other wise i agree. Nokia n8 had super looking bump like an extra device attached to it. Those were the days of great looking design. This today same old same is crap.

39. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

May I ask you to design a new one?

46. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013


47. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013


53. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I don't even notice the bump.

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ahhh S7! Come already The perfect phone I'd want

41. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

BUT 12mp CAM :( why not 20MP? looks like sony Z6 for me then

44. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because it have bigger sensor size... just like DSLR with 18MP APS-C that can easily beat 21mp on any xperia Z

52. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It doesn't matter to me as I mostly shoot pictures at 6MP.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Maybe it's just me but the module seems wider than the one on S6, suggesting wider aperture/sensor or just bigger lenses.

7. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I think I read it will be thicker. That definitely helps.

9. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Is that good or bad? Thoughts please ☺

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

bigger is always better on optics.

25. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hi tyrion, the s7 is going. To take the images at 24mp and then make the image into 12mp making it sharper and brighter and so on

30. TyrionLannister unregistered

That would be a terrible solution.

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

ugh.... i no like dis


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Wider aperture means more light coming in, thus better photos especially in low light conditions


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Indeed it clearly looks wider, and IMO from what we have heard so far it is a combination of both, wider aperture and bigger lenses

16. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

that's why its f1,7?

37. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

If you look at the photo at sam mobile you can't really see a difference in module size. My opinion.

56. Pirry

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Is it just me who reads all his posts with Tyrion's sofisticate voice or anyone else does too? Lol

57. TyrionLannister unregistered

You're not the only one.

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Never really mind the bump on my S7 as I use a case, so it's flushed. But I do welcome the smaller bump :)

45. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

you already have S7?HAHAHA

50. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Maybe he works for Samsung? You know there are beta versions being tested, right?

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