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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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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121 Comments

121. Joaopedromartins

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

Fish bol cat Yeah we did it

120. Joaopedromartins

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 04, 2016

U dump

117. IamNoTechie

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

If thats the design for the new S7, then samsung has lost it. It reminds me of the cheap plastic phones from samsung in the past. S6 design was really good, but here it seems like their effort to cover up the camera hump ended up in screwing up the elegant looks which the S6 had.

115. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

That back definitely looka ugly, s6 is better

116. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Looks*

114. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

im a big samsung fan but this looks like a cheap phone

111. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Looks plastic fantastic, but it is clearly an early production sample. I would be shocked if the final version looked like this, but then I said that about the S5 leaked images, which turned out to be correct!! Samsung tried the premium route, which hasn't really worked. Perhaps they now see the mid range market as more of a threat to them than Apple are. I think they are in defensive mode, rather than attacking mode, but only time will tell.

109. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

S6 looked way better than this..

108. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Same toy phone that only excels at surfing web.

104. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Haters want to believe it's plastic lol. What's wrong? Supposedly they love plastic and hate glass?

102. yashar2080

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

ITS JOKE

99. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Its so funny that when it introduced the s6 with glass they said finally it went premuim..now its platic and every one goes its better than glass.hehe..

98. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

resembles the G2!

96. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

If it has a plastic back the phone better come with a cheaper price tag at 579.99 USD

97. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

For the base model of course

89. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Antutu 6 test of the S7 Edge shows insane 3D (GPU) performance. More than 2.5 times the score of the S6, 50% higher than the iPhone 6S Plus. That Mali chip is a beast... Here's hoping it can maintain most of that power too. S7 Edge:http://cdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/news/16/02/s7-edge-image/-728x/gsmarena_002.jpg S6 Edge:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NntH4fXGpfo 6S Plus:http://www.soyacincau.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/160115-antutu-iphone-6s-plus-1.jpg Now keep in mind that this version of Antutu (inexplicably) mostly focuses on single core scores for the CPU, as opposed to previous versions. Which explains why the CPU score is relatively low (less than 20% increase over the S6, well below the iPhone 6S Plus). But with 8 cores, that should be plenty of oomph still.

87. vladtdr

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

well, I'm only excited for the LG g5, at least they will do something new

79. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I do remember the s4 was a nice step forward by Samsung after the s3.After they made an ugly mistake wit s5.S6 seemed to be again a nice step so do not tell mi they using that s**t material in a seventh generation line. I don't care if you use the freshest processors inside meanwhile it crackes in my hand. iPhone 7 guys or the new motos!!!

112. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Lenny, I don't think the premium route hasn't worked for them. The S6 range was lovely but way too expensive when there are multiple brands churning out very good mid-high end devices at sometimes half the price. I think they really need to focus on maintaining their status as king of the Androids, rather than trying to be king of smartphones full stop. If they can produce a top end device in terms of performance at a price which is closer to the mid-high range brands, they could be on to a winner. They need to see off these competitors if they want to say relevant in the Android space.

123. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Yet, that S5 is one the best galaxy's they made. It's fast, has all the true galaxy features, good camera, nice darker UI when kept on KitKat without ditching software features. And it looks great when paired with that inductive charging back cover (which make the camera completely flush. I like my S5 a lot now with that better quality, thicker cover. And it is still incredibly fast with some minor tweaking.

78. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i understand why people buy iphones. apple devices simply have better hardware and software integration and there is no alternative to IOS if your entire digital collection is purchased through appstore and apple ecosystem is just simply more robust. There is no shortage of cheap specced-out android phones. i don't understand why people are still interested in buying samsung phones when there are hundreds of android alternatives. when you buy a samsung phone, you are paying iphone price for an android phone that has 1. a marginally better screen/camera that most of us can't notice the difference. 2. an carrier-branded and locked device with limited bands support (either gsm or cdma if you are in america) 3. laggy OS with bloatwares and slow updates if samsung continues charging these outrageous prices, they'd soon be the next HTC

110. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Because I prefer a Samsung phone over the hundreds of Android alternatives. Best hardware quality around, nice set of software features (unlike barebone Nexus). See? That was easy. Besides, when you want a flagship that's not gigantic (say, 5"), not much else is available apart from the S6.

77. monoke

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Not feeling the rounded edges. Note 5 back looks better.

69. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

why are you guy so excited? it's the same fuking android phone with minor spec bump.and a $700 price tag

73. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure!

67. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

So many of you mentioning plastic. With that, would be nice if Sammy threw a curve ball and featured a removable battery after all.

62. Fardon

Posts: 96; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

82. Supraman21

Posts: 471; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

If only Samsung decides not to put their ugly logo on the front. One can dream

61. stardomains

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

Looks great. Looks black. Hope it is plastic on back. I'd prefer that. Must be Quick Charge 3.0. I only hope that it's USB-C but I'm feeling that might not happen.

60. carlemillward unregistered

Looks like they did not solve the fingerprint smudge problem. Wonder if it is still as slippery as S6 edge.

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