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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumours: specs, release date & price

It's official. After months of waiting, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available to pre-order now on a range of contracts.

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uSwitch Tech has managed to secure what may be the most extensive and revealing set of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge photos so far, as the tech world counts down to the launch of Samsung's flagship phones for 2016.

Sourced on our behalf by @OnLeaks, AKA Steve Hemmerstoffer from, the snaps show us the phone and its second-screen Edge variant will be available in a choice of black, gold or white colour options.


That's broadly in line with the Galaxy S6. But there's no sign of the striking iridiscent light blue colour this time around. Which is a shame, we think.

The images also once again prove that the phones will feature a design that's very close to last year's high-end Galaxy S efforts.

The images land ahead of the phones' big reveal on Sunday at Samsung's Unpacked event on the eve of the Mobile World Congress technology expo in Barcelona.


The handsets are also rumoured to feature pressure-sensitive screen technology along the lines of Apple's 3D Touch. This serves up shortcuts to key functions when users press harder than usual on the display.

Word is the S7 and S7 Edge will also be water-resistant, with IP 68 certification.

That puts them on a par with Sony's Xperia Z5 and means they can be submerged in up to three metres of water for 30 mins with no damage.

Other rumoured specifications are as follows:

GS7 Specs

  • 5.1" Super AMOLED screen (2560x1440px)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 processor
  • 12MP (f1.7) rear camera
  • 5MP or 8MP front camera
  • 2800-3000mAh battery
  • microUSB port

GS7 Edge Specs

  • 5.7" Super AMOLED screen (2560x1440px)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890
  • 12MP (f1.7) rear camera
  • 5MP or 8MP front camera
  • 3000-3600mAh battery
  • microUSB port

Want to know more? Check out all the Galaxy S7 rumours at the foot of the page.

When is the Samsung Galaxy S7 on sale?

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available to pre-order now. Most carriers and retailers pleged

Samsung has finally come clean and revealed that the Galaxy S7 is landing on February 21st.

The Korean giant last week unveiled iffy financial results.

However, with Apple doing the same it’s now in a great position to reclaim its place as the world’s dominant mobile-maker.

But first, it’ll need to impress with its new kit. Here’s everything we know about the launch and what you can expect from it.

Where is the launch?

mwc 2016 logo

For the third year running Samsung’s outing its flagship phone at Mobile World Congress, the annual smartphone event held in Barcelona at the end of winter.

The reason it will unveil its new device on a Sunday is in order to have it ready to try when the conference officially opens on Monday morning.

That and to ensure it steals all the headlines in the morning papers.

And will there be more?

samsung galaxy s6 edge

Last year, Samsung released two flagships simultaneously. The flat–screened Galaxy S6 and the curved Galaxy S6 Edge.

It bet the farm on the former, but demand for the latter boomed.

However, owing to a lack of supply, Samsung saw its sales struggle and the head of its mobile division leave under a cloud.

This year, it’ll almost certainly out two models and will have made sure to produce enough of the Galaxy S7 Edge too.

What about the rumoured plus size version?

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ was Samsung’s last major release.

While there’s no word on whether a Galaxy S7 Edge+ will launch later this month, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Samsung needs to produce a big quarter in order to fight off competition and it can do that by releasing more handsets.

When will they be out?

Samsung won’t want to hang around.

It’s likely the phones will launch late March or early April, in a bid to do maximum damage to Apple’s rumoured, upcoming iPhone 5SE, the budget take on its older model.

Whatever happens, expect high prices and high demand.

How much should I expect to pay?

Samsung Galaxy S phones are never cheap. If earlier models are anything to go by, the Galaxy S7 will be up for grabs from £40-£45 with nothing to pay upfront.

Or you can pay a little bit (usually about £5) less per month if you’re prepared to pay a lump sum to help cover the cost of the phone.

Previous rumours

Samsung Galaxy S7 will be waterproof and charge wirelessly, leaked advert suggests

A very official-looking video ad for the Galaxy S7 appeared to confirm the handset will be fully waterproof and can be charged wirelessly.

The Indonesian site on which the video is being hosted also discloses that the Galaxy S7's camera will offer improved performance in low-light conditions.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge photos leak, showing handsets 'in the wild'

samsung galaxy s7 weibo leak

What could be the first real-life snaps of the next-generation Galaxy S7 phones have cropped up online, as we count down to their expected grand unveiling on February 21st.

The photos show handsets with a camera lens that protrudes much less than last year's Galaxy S6, adding weight to reports that the Galaxy S7 will swap the former's 16-megapixel camera for an ostensibly less impressive 12-megapixel snapper.

samsung galaxy s7 weibo 2

Elsewhere, the phone's design appears to stick fast to the standard Galaxy S6 template.

However, one significant change is that Samsung could opt for a removable back cover that would enable users to swap their battery when their phone's running low on charge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 renders reveal thicker, Galaxy Note 5-style design and 5.1-inch, curved screen

Last month we brought you an extensive look at the Plus edition of the Samsung Galaxy S7. You'll find those further down the page.

Today, we’ve got some exclusive renders of the standard model of the handset, which are based on detailed blueprints that case and accessory manufacturers are given ahead of a phone’s launch.

samsung galaxy s7 standard render 1

Once again sourced on our behalf by @OnLeaks, AKA Steve Hemmerstoffer from, the Galaxy S7 features a design that’s not a million miles from the Galaxy Note 5, albeit without that phone’s trademark stylus and with more compact dimensions.

Measuring roughly 142.5mm x 69.5mm x 7.9mm thick, it’s also seemingly substantially beefier than the Galaxy S6 which comes in at 6.9mm. The extra bulk is likely to be down to the need to accommodate a larger battery, but we can't confirm that at the time of writing.

samsung galaxy s7 standard render dimension

Our source claims the phone’s screen will come in at 5.1-inches, so remains unchanged from the Galaxy S6. But in a break from last year’s model, the display curves up ever so slightly at the edges, in the same way as the so-called ‘2.5D’ screens that you'll find on Samsung’s A Series smartphones.

samsung galaxy s7 standard render 4

Just as with the Galaxy S7 Plus, it appears that the standard Galaxy S7 won’t be equipped with a USB Type-C port and will instead feature older micro USB technology.

The upshot of that is that you won’t be able to look forward to faster data transfers and speedier charging.

samsung galaxy s7 standard render 3

Interestingly, there appear to be some significant differences from the Galaxy S7 Plus, though. Not least among them is a camera that protrudes much less. Check out our images in the news item below to see the size difference for yourself.

There’s also a more rounded home button than the S7 Plus, which is home to a more familiar lozenge-shaped button.

Right now, we don’t know the reason for what appear to be cosmetic differences between the Plus version and standard edition of the Galaxy S7.

samsung galaxy s7 standard render 2

Of course, we should find out for sure soon enough, though. If rumours can be believed Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S7 in February, in a bid to give the phone a substantial sales window before the arrival of the next-gen iPhone in September.

Want to know more? Stay tuned for a more comprehensive Samsung Galaxy S7 rumours round-up page, where we’ll collate all the leaked images and hearsay that’s swirling around Samsung’s big-hitter ahead of release.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus renders give us best look so far, confirm 6” screen and no USB-C


Speedier data transfers ruled out, as is microSD support.

High-quality renders exclusively obtained by uSwitch Tech have given us our most complete look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 so far, amid speculation that it could be on shop shelves as early as February next year.

Showing the larger ‘Plus’ variant of the Galaxy S7, the renders came our way from @OnLeaks, AKA Steve Hemmerstoffer from, and are based on detailed blueprints that are supplied to third-party accessory manufacturers ahead of a phone’s launch.

The blueprints, which Hemmerstoffer says came from his 'most reliable source, enable case-makers to ensure their wares will be compatible with the finished phone.

samsung galaxy s7 lead image

In line with reports doing the rounds last week, the video and snaps all-but-confirm that the supersized Galaxy S7 Plus will feature a 6-inch screen that further blurs the already-indistinct lines between tablets and larger, high-end smartphones.

The renders also add ballast to reports that the Galaxy S7 Plus, which you can see features a more rounded metal frame than the S6, comes in at around 163.40mm high x 82.00mm long. So, it's fair to say, more than justifies the 'Plus' tag.

At 7.82mm thick (or 9.05mm if you measure it where the rear camera protrudes), it’s pretty slim for a phablet-sized superphone, though.

Samsung galaxy s7 rear

While previous leaks suggested Samsung could feature a USB Type-C port, the renders suggest that, in fact, it will feature a standard micro-USB slot. Adopting Type-C USB would have meant Galaxy S7 Plus owners could look forward to faster data transfers and speedier battery-charging.

Elsewhere, it’s notable that the physical home button is rectangular and slightly wider and thinner than the Galaxy S6. The S7 Plus’s button is 18mm x 5mm, while the S6’s measures 16mm x 6.7mm.

The more keen-eyed among you will notice that the front-facing camera has been moved and now sits to the left of the front panel, much closer to the edge than the S6.

Samsung Galaxy S7 side upright

The SIM tray has also been relocated and is a little further down, but remains on the same side as before. And as with the S6, there’s no microSD card slot, so you’re stuck with the phone’s internal storage and cloud-based storage services.

The Galaxy S7 Plus is expected to land alongside a more modestly sized, standard Galaxy S7, which is purported to feature a screen with dimensions broadly in line with S6’s 5.1-inch display.

News of Samsung’s plans for its flagship phones comes amid separate speculation that they could feature pressure-sensitive screen tech a la Apple’s 3D Touch.

samsung galaxy s7 image 2

This detects how hard users press the screen. Press gently on an app and it’ll open up as normal. Press harder and a pop-up menu appears with shortcuts to key features.

Depending on who you believe, the Galaxy S7 handsets’ main camera will be either 16-megapixels or 12- megapixels, with Samsung reputedly also opting to replace its own multi-core Exynos processor with one manufactured by Qualcomm.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge renders give us revealing look at next-gen phone

samsung galaxy s7 case render

As the Galaxy S7 due date approaches, leaks are landing almost daily. And today we’ve got renders that give us a sneak peek at how the market-ready edition of Samsung’s handset might look.

The renders, which are based on information supplied to Galaxy S7 accessory manufacturers, come to us courtesy of case-maker Rearth and Mobile Fun.

They show us a handset with a design that’s barely distinguishable from the Galaxy S6 Edge, with the same metal build and a finish so shiny it almost takes your eye out.

Of course, the secondary, edged screen that gives the phone its name is present and correct too.

As with earlier leaks, the renders also suggest that hopes that Samsung would adopt the new USB-C standard for faster data transfers and speedier battery charging are forlorn. Instead it appears that we’re in for a standard USB port.

Elsewhere you can see the same lozenge shaped physical home button and identical layout for volume buttons and on-off switch. So there’s no change there, either.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at Mobile World Congress next month, ahead of its mooted retail date of March 11th.

The event is also set to be marked by an upgrade programme for owners of existing Galaxy handsets

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge variant confirmed on developers’ site

samsung galaxy s7 edge leak

We can definitely look forward to an Edge variant of the Galaxy S7, a major leak on a Samsung developers’ site has all-but confirmed.

Evidence for the S7’s Edge’s existence was unearthed by Dutch site Galaxy Club, which found a direct reference to the phone, as well as tell-tale images, on a site for software developers.

Although light on detail and seemingly featuring last-year’s phone, the images clearly outline plans for an Android Marshmallow-powered phone with the same curved secondary screen as the S6 Edge.

However, this time around it seems Samsung is bent on making more of the supplementary display. Until now, it has really only for colour-coded notifications for calls and notifications.

Set to be unveiled on March 21st at Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy S7 is also expect to feature a 5.1-inch screen, super-fast charging and shortcuts that appear when you press hard on the display.

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumours round-up

samsung galaxy s7 concept

The seventh-generation Galaxy S7 is already one of the year's most anticipated smartphones.

It's rumoured to improve on the Galaxy S6 with a more robust, but lighter construction and a new camera sensor for happier snapping.

That's not all. It's also thought to feature a crisper, clearer screen with 4K Ultra HD display technology. That means it’s four times as sharp as Full HD.

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumours round-up: specs, software and more

Get the inside line on the Galaxy S7's major sells below, as we corral all all the rumours doing the rounds into our holding pen.

3D Touch-style pressure-sensitive screen tech

The Galaxy S7 is expected to offer a new way to interact with your phone along the lines of Apple’s 3D Touch.

Depending on how close it is to Apple’s 3D Touch tech, this feature means the screen will detect how hard you press.

Press an app icon softly and you’ll just open it up as normal. However, press a big longer and your phone serves up shortcuts to key functions.

Two size options

The Galaxy S7 is also rumoured to be available in two size variants for the first time.

Alongside a fairly standard-sized 5.2-inch model, Samsung is reputed to be readying a phablet-sized 5.7-inch option too.

Expect Galaxy S7 Edge variants too

Word is we could be in line for Edge variants of the Galaxy S7 in its 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch variants. That checks out, given how well last year's Edge was received by the public.

The only question is: will Samsung get caught out by demand again? Or will it stagger the release of some models to ease the strain on its assembly line.

The camera is being downgraded in the megapixel stakes

Posts on social media site Weibo indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature a 12-megapixel camera. On paper that's a step down from the 16-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S6.

But megapixels aren't everything, as we explain in our guide to smartphone camera jargon.

It'll be bundled with a Samsung Gear VR headset

samsung gear vr headset

According to a slew of sites, some networks will bundle the Galaxy S7 with a free Gear VR headset. Or at least they will for pre-order customers. We don't know which model yet, but the maths suggest it'll likely be the entry-level models.


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