We’ve heard plenty of rumours about next year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 but there hasn’t been much in the way of actual product photography – that is, until this weekend, when images supposedly showing the chassis of the new phone made their way onto Weibo.
In fact the original poster only says it’s a “not yet released flagship phone” but people are putting two and two together and coming up with the S7. If it is Samsung’s 2016 flagship it would confirm suspicions that the design isn’t going to change a great deal from the Galaxy S6.
There’s not much in the way of groundbreaking revelations here – the edges look a little more rounded – but it could be our first real look at the Galaxy S7 and that would make it a big deal. We’re expecting to see the phone at Mobile World Congress at the end of February but some insiders think it will arrive as early as January.
With the release date so close it’s surprising that we’ve seen so little in the way of leaked product shots so far. Most industry analysts expect Samsung to focus on improving the internal specs of the device rather than revamping the phone’s look after its 2015 aesthetic overhaul.
We have heard rumours that the handset is going to be available in two sizes (just like the iPhone): one with a 5.2-inch screen and one with a 5.8-inch screen to cater for hands of all sizes. Last year we did get the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ with a 5.7-inch display.
The camera module is expected to get a substantial bump in terms of its quality and capabilities, while there are whispers of a new liquid cooling system too. All should be revealed in a couple of months.