Galaxy S7 parts specs appear: big 1/2.5" camera sensor size and a powerful speaker

Galaxy S7 parts specs appear: big 1/2.5" camera sensor size and a powerful speaker
There has been one unprecedented barrage of leaks and speculation around the most eagerly awaited phone of the season - Galaxy S7 - to the point that we are starting to wonder what else is left to know, and if Samsung cares at all about leaks any more, like it did in the past. We kid, the company probably does, but information about the upcoming S7 and its S7 Edge sidekick is pouring from the least expected places - perhaps that is why Samsung can't control the flood.

In today's episode of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge leaks, we are bringing you a somewhat funny confirmation of the full specs sheet, courtesy of one obscure Spanish bank - La Caixa - that has jumped the gun on its collaboration campaign with Samsung Pay, and an internal poster for its cooperation has leaked out. We immediately went to La Caixa's web site, and searched for Galaxy S7. Sure enough, a "https://portal.lacaixa.es/campaigns_es.html" link popped up, with an HTML blurb that has the "Galaxy S7" mentioned in the code, so the poster you see in the slideshow below is most likely real.


Granted, the specs sheet listed there uses our own Galaxy S7 infographic that we made for Phone Arena's rumor roundup video, but still the bank seems content to go with it, so the specs speculation that we've listed might turn out to be legit, after all. So far we've seen tangential evidence on everything that's mentioned here, save for the pressure-sensitive display, so this one might be out of the picture in the end.

Camera


How about that rumored brand new 12 MP camera module in the S7, though, anything novel about it? Well, we are glad you asked, as its specs have also leaked out, courtesy of the Zauba import database, where a bunch of parts for an SM-G930F handset have been listed. The G930F is none other than the international version of the Galaxy S7, so the listings definitely caught our interest.

Tucked among other interesting tidbits about the S7, like that it will have two speakers (one is most likely the earpiece) of 1.2W and the generous 1.5W strength, respectively, is a treasure trove of info about the 12 MP camera module. The unit is apparently with a 1/2.5" sensor size, which is big for a mobile phone, and at this resolution means that the individual pixels will be larger than the typical 1.12 micron ones that can be found in your average phone, thus able to collect more light, at least in theory. Quick calculations for a 1/2.5" sensor with 5.76mm width and 4.29 height, and 12 million light-collecting buckets on it, return a pixel size of at least 1.4 microns, depending on the space between the pixels. This is roughly the same size of the pixels in the iPhone 6 camera, but, of course, at a 50% higher 12 megapixels resolution. 

In any case, going for a smaller resolution count than the previous Galaxy S6 edition, but bigger pixels, is a welcome change from the pointless megapixel race, and should help the Galaxy S7 perform pretty well in low-light scenarios. Given that the S6 already shoots nice pics in low-light, we can't wait to grab the first samples from the S7 for comparison. That moment shouldn't be far away, as we are armed and ready at the MWC expo, eager to relay everything we learn about Samsung's next best thing to you as quickly and thoroughly as humanly possible. Stay tuned.


source: @Christian_90x (Twitter) via El Androide Libre (translated) & Zauba

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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61 Comments

40. raerae unregistered

If they optimize the camera software even more and putting a bigger sensor than 1/2.5 , it will be the best camera of the year.

39. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1887; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

WOW... These comments are hysterical!! We are talking about a cellphone cam here... You guy's act like these things should be shooting the next SI shoot or something... Most of you will only be using it to post on FB or IG or Snapchat so pipe down... It'll be fine...

33. Shocky unregistered

Bit disappointing, will be interesting to see how they compare.

22. AZNHA unregistered

i thought it would be 1/2.3" like nexii 2015 and xperia z1-z5 :/ hope the performance of the camera better than s6/note5

18. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

So those 1/2" rumours were incorrect..

16. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

1/2.5"?? Damn. That's quiet disappointing if true. And here I thought it might have 1/2.3" (Nexus 6P, Xperia Z"X") or bigger. Heck look at Nokia N8 from 2010. 12mp 1/1.83" and imagine a modern sensor (BSI, Stacked, blabla) + Samsung imaging processing + a fast aperture + OIS = Lowlight monster.

13. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

The speaker is always the weak point of a waterproof phone so I am hoping they've somehow fixed that.

54. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

To fix thats they need to remove waterproofing its a question of physical limitation.

9. readreadz

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Yeah 3000mA

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

i was hoping for at least 1/2.3'' ... any way

19. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

And I expecting 1/2" like LG G5. Waiting Note 6 or ... LG ?

55. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I dont think G5 will be having a 1/2" sensor. Its just an early dream of different web portals and leaksters. They always dream little beyond the edge in their articles. I think, G5 will have the same 1/2.6" 16mp sensor along with additional 8mp sensor. I dont want to expect something big from any OEM. What I have learned from my experience, whenever there is a rumor which sounds too good to be true, it turned out to be fake

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I doubt that we would get any information in the event, after so much leaks

3. socialexandru

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

That "one obscure Spanish bank" is one of the biggest in Spain....

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

1/2.5" is disappointingly low size. Even the nexus 6P has a bigger sensor at 1/2.3". Heck, even the 2013 Xperia Z1 has bigger sensor. And it is not 'much bigger than S6". S6 has a 1/2.6" sensor. This is just cheaping out on components or sacrificing optics just for smaller camera hump. Really shameful.

2. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

OTOH Smaller sensor means brighter aperture. Which means faster shutter speed, and less noise. Hope Samsung found the perfect values for these variables, when optimizing their camera software.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

"Smaller sensor means brighter aperture". No, it doesn't. It only means the f-stop is lower, which isn't the real aperture size. Samsung will just make a f/1.7 sensor and market it as bright, while the real aperture won't be bigger than a regular S6. A smaller sensor is NEVER good, no matter how much you optimize software. You need the optics. Of course you can screw up on software, but Samsung's, LG's and Apple's software is already at the point of diminishing returns.

6. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sony has big mobile camera sensors for years. But the quality is so underwhelming.

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

Doesn't matter. At least they're not cheaping out on sensors. I don't care even if s7 obliterates every other smartphone camera. Because it still doesn't justify them sacrificing optics. Hardware is samsung's turf, if they don't go all out on that, they don't deserve any respect.

25. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

doesn't matter? LOL IF sony is offering better hardware but lackluster results then you really can't use them back up your claim

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Joevsyou in fact he can use it to back is claim because bad hardware cant be solved. Bad software can!

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

For a rare time i agree with Tyrion.. Crappy camera software can be solved by using another camera app. Crappy hardware cant be solved beside changing the phone!

56. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Your point is valid and no one can disagree with you on this

35. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I have a feeling that if this is true, the s7 and edge will have a similar camera setup on the international version like the s6 but more mp. Who knows if the exynos ver is a completely different phone!

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Hung. thats because of software only. Try any sony phone with another app like stock google one or camera fv-5 then you will see what they can really do.

10. Macready

Posts: 1834; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Of course the real aperture will be larger than in the S6. Had the F stop been the same, it would be larger because the sensor is a hair larger. But the lower F stop actually adds to that difference..

20. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

It does. Because the pixels on the sensor are bigger. But yeah, we'll see. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

Pixels are bigger, yes. But there are less of them.

36. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Tyrian the thing you missing is Samsung as I think removed the green sub-pixels that make the pixels smaller to start with, so pa did not think of that when they was working out the pixel size, that and I also think it takes in the image at 24mp and then. Makes the 12mp image

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the sensor is 12 mp so its cant take a 24 mp sorry.

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