Samsung will officially unveil the Galaxy S7 on Feb. 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But thanks to newly leaked photos, the world will have already seen it.
We’ve already heard Samsung’s next flagship Android smartphone will look very much like the Galaxy S6, but now we know it’ll probably have curved edges on the back like the Galaxy Note 5.
Spanish tech blog Pisapapeles has leaked, via French site Nowwhereelse.fr, what appears to be a dummy unit of the Galaxy S7 in gold.
The rather grainy shots of the front and back do match up with press renders that were posted last month by the well-connected Evan Blass.
Another interesting nugget from the report is the GS7 will not have a USB-C port as previously rumored, though that can’t be confirmed.
Not to be outdone, Blass posted another image of the Galaxy S7 Edge on Twitter, the larger of the two expected models:
For its biggest smartphone launch yet, Samsung needs to pull out all the stops. There have been many rumors for the Galaxy S7. The latest suggests there will be two models: a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 with a flat front screen and a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge with curved edges on the front glass. They will, of course, likely run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Both phones will reportedly have QuadHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution screens and an “always on” feature that lets you look at notifications and other bite-sized information without needing to wake up the entire screen.
There will also likely be two processor models, one using Samsung’s own Exynos 8 8890 octa-core processor and one with Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 820 processor. The phones are said to come with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. It’s rumored Samsung will bring back the microSD card slot on the Galaxy S7 for storage expansion.
Samsung will reportedly go with a 12-megapixel back camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The drop in resolution on the back camera would be a downgrade from the Galaxy S6’s 16 megapixels, but the larger aperture could mean even better low-light performance.
The Galaxy S7 will stick with nonremovable batteries, so if you were hoping for its return, you’ll probably be disappointed. Rumors point at a 3,000mAh (milliamp-hour) battery for the regular Galaxy S7 and a 3,600mAh battery for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Mashable will be reporting from Mobile World Congress later this month, where we should hear more about Samsung’s next big thing.