Galaxy S7 renders suggest Samsung is barely changing anything on the outside, a mistake?

Galaxy S7 renders suggest Samsung is barely changing anything on the outside, a mistake?
At the end of last week, leakster legend Evan Blass (or evleaks as he's more commonly known) delivered once again: seemingly official renders of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. While there's no way for us to confirm their authenticity, Blass' track record speaks for itself, and the renders tie in nicely with what we know. Namely: little to no changes to be observed from the outside.

That's not entirely surprising. When Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 at MWC last year, we had no qualms about calling it the best-looking Galaxy S series phone yet. Especially when put next to the disappointing Galaxy S5. Still, not all is peachy, with the fingerprint magnet of a back being a top concern. While the renders in question don't actually offer a peek from behind, the front seems pretty much unchanged. The only differences we can make out are the (seemingly) thinner bezels on the sides, and the slightly larger physical home button. Everything else appears to be identical.

Most people will agree that Samsung made a step forward with the design of the Galaxy S6, and so following up on it with the Galaxy S7 isn't exactly a bad thing. But with the South Korean giant struggling to keep up with shareholders' expectations, some of you may have been hoping for a bolder approach. If these renders prove legit, would you think it's a mistake on Samsung's part to stick to the design language established with the Galaxy S6 family?

Is sticking with the Galaxy S6 design language for the Galaxy S7 a mistake?

Yes
40.12%
No
59.88%

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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)

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78 Comments

1. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

S6 is killer design. It is good that Samsung is sticking with it.

3. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Yep, best looking Galaxy so far.

35. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

that's pretty poor design philosophy. same old same. basically the same as S2.

37. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Go back to sleep buddy.

38. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Switch00 ... Go back to sleep buddy !

54. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I don't know what you guys are doing on a tech site like PA if you like the same old same... Go towww.Smartphonemuseum.com instead.

55. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It's their design language. Every brand has or wants to be identifiable. There are only so many designs a rectangular phone with a button can have. All the iPhones have very similar design as well as does LG, Nokia and Sony. Automobiles are the same way. You can see similarities in makes for years and years. Yes, you're right, this is a tech site, and NOT a design site. We care about performance and internals more than externals. Now, as far as looks go the Turing phone is the most beautiful phone on the market imo.

73. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yes, the Turing Phone is quite spectacular. Now if Samsung could buy them and integrate their UI and security ftw.

64. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

And I don't know what are doing on a tech site like PA if you don't know what personal preference mean.

66. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

My only gripe is the chrome ear speaker grille. Wish this was blacked out

75. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Do people really need some kind of triangle or "ball" shape(etc.) phone? or is it just you?

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1598; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I would wait until LG release G5 and will then make a decision.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, and most S6 owner wont buy S7 after all :-/ iPhone #S use exactly same design with iPhone #, and its not a problem at all, so why it will be a problem for galaxy series? :-/ btw, I'm pretty sure that S6 spec is more than enough to support android application/games on the next 4-5 years (but maybe they'll stop giving android update long before that :P)

42. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummm....the "S" model is a problem for the iPhone according to Android fans and most tech journalist. Even when they know it's coming, they still have negative comments that it looks the same. Samsung has now officially copied Apple's "S" model strategy.

58. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

By all means, waaay better than the S5 design. I still remember those bandage memes cuz of the dimples lmao.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

If it doesn't disappoint, specs-wise, Im cool with it

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

They are adding a much bigger battery and better specs in the same form factor. And they are adding the curved back from note 5. Not to forget microSD is back. I don't see anything to complain, unless they don't apply oleophobic coating to the back.

16. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

The only thing missing (I don't know) is the Pro Mode in my Note 5 with shutter speed control and RAW photos.

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

Even s6 got the pro mode of note 5 with marshmallow. There is absolutely no reason why s7 won't have it.

33. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Yeah ! I saw it now !http://www.technobuffalo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-edge.-6.0-beta051.jpg A lot of nice and fluid animations and effects Option to save images in RAW format Pro mode in the camera app brings a shutter speed option to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge New power menu An option to customize lockscreen app shortcuts New color for quick settings panel An option to enable or disable fast charging An ability to add apps to a folder directly from within the folder App permissions Google Now On Tap

30. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

The oleophobic coating you can, and you said you did, apply with some back tempered glass. I will protect the phone regardless of having it or not so it's actually not a real life problem.

39. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

If the same form factors are true, the S7 and S7 Edge will most likely be compatible with the Gear VR so that's another selling point for Samsung.

40. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1815; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

#ChiefsKingdom

48. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

You know it! I had to change it up, though since the Chiefs season is over and the Royals are about to start. #RoyalsWorldSeriesChamps

67. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1815; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

#BEROYAL

45. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Dont forget force touch and a killer cam.

47. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its simply an S5 on an S6 body with feature increments of course.

53. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I have seen the latest A series (2016) - A3, A5 & A7 and felt that the back glass has some kind of oleophobic coating in addition & wasn't getting dirty like the S6/Note 5 phones' back glass. I expect this to be applied to the S7 series also.

56. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Isn't Samsung also using there own branded glass and not gorilla. ...from what I've heard

6. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I prefer note 5 Design

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