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 nowhereelse.fr, 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.
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?
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?
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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
Once again sourced on our behalf by @OnLeaks, AKA Steve Hemmerstoffer from nowhereelse.fr, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 nowhereelse.fr, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.