Samsung Galaxy S7 may have leaked in some very revealing photos earlier today and there’s even a video of it out there! Its official release is still a long way away, but that does not mean that the internet and its snitches will not show us everything there is to know about a device beforehand.
The released images show a Galaxy S7 pretty similar in shape and form to Galaxy Note 5. In order to make the device look thinner, its corners are curved inwards on the back of the device. The S7 Edge variant should be the same with the exception that its edges would point up front. We don’t have an official spec list yet, but speculation runs amok.
Here’s what we know about Samsung Galaxy S7:
5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Samsung Exynos 8890
4 GB RAM
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
20MP back camera with 4K video recording features
8MP front camera
3,500 mAh battery
16/32/64 GB storage with microSD slot (possibly)
force touch pressure-sensitive panel under the display
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels, curved glass edges on the rear
dimensions: 143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9mm.
The video above was published by 3D designer Jermaine Smit, who says that he based his images on the leaked designs of Samsung Galaxy S7. The images in this article are also based on Smit’s 3D designs – they are not photos. Expect the real device to make an appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which takes place between 22 and 25 February 2016.
Samsung Unpacked brought us all we could ever want and more with the release of its most recent flagship devices. As speculated, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus made their triumphant appearance, and at the end of the presentation the company teased the new Gear device.
First in line is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the most recent smartphone of the Note line. It is slimmer, has a bigger display AND a redesigned click-y S Pen. You can now write notes directly on your phablet screen without having to open it before hand and it appears to be actually very useful for people who want a big smartphone and who are creative.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is, as expected, the bigger brother to S6 Edge. It has the dual edge screen we embraced earlier this year and it could very well be the epitome of the journey began by the Galaxy Edge last year. Two colors were shown as previously leaked, the white and the gold version. It has a 5.7” screen and it is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus at the same time. Take that, Apple! It comes paired with a Bluetooth headset and offers sharp images and clear and fluid videos.
The physical keyboard case was also presented with the Note 5, making the previous leaks very very real, as expected. It is supposed to ease writing and protect your phone.
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO (2×2), Bluetooth® v4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)
Charging: Fast Charging, Fast Wireless Charging
Measurements: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g
available in Black Sapphire and White Pearl
The Samsung devices will be available in stores starting August 21, but this deal is only available for the US and Canada at the time being. US preorders will start today at 3PM so if you like what you saw at the live event, make sure to preorder.
Other interesting features:
VDIS – works with IOS on the rear camera to stabilize recordings
Sidesync – connects multiple screens on smartphones wirelessly and allows sharing data and files (MAC Compatibility along with Windows)
Fast wireless charging – 120 min to fully charge a depleted smartphone (this is just the beginning as Samsung says they want a world of charging free of cables!)
The live broadcast feature allows users to broadcast from smartphones directly on YouTube and whoever is watching doesn’t even need to have an account. Making thins accessible to everyone.
Apps Edge feature makes it easier for you to get close to your preferred contact by simply swiping one edge of the device.
Samsung Pay – the future of mobile payments, universal availability design in mind with making card swiping obsolete. As presented, the feature is as easy to use as follows: You sign in with your fingerprint and put your phone with its back on a credit card and that should to the trick. You can now pay your groceries with your Samsung Pay phone. The feature allowed Samsung to close partnerships with the biggest banks in the world, ant there is growing list of supported cards. This is the first feature to support retailer store, gift and membership cards.
Samsung Knox is supposed to keep your financial information safe from possible fraud and hacking. It does not store or transmit information during transactions. Each transaction uses one ID that gets deleted after use. The feature goes live in South Korea on August 20th , and it becomes available in the US on September 28th. Other countries will follow after that.
Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 was also teased at the end of the event, and the presented images have lots and lots of promise. That’s all for this month’s Samsung event.
Samsung is really really close to unveiling its newest smartphones today but one of them has already been leaked. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has just appeared in a set of real photos courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr and the details promise a pretty finished design. Rumor is this is a dummy version that will be displayed in shops, but it should fully replicate the phablet.
Galaxy Note 5 possible details
The handset is shown off in white and gold and even if we don’t actually know anything much, we can see how it looks from every angle. It appears that there will not be a microSD slot, as expected, and the pen slot is found in the bottom corner of the smartphone.
Rumors say the Note 5 will be powered by an Exynos 7420 or a 7422 processors aided by 4GB of RAM and a 16MP camera.
Samsung will reveal more details about the Note 5 in just a few hours at the Unpacked event and we will keep you posted as we find out more.
It appears that the Samsung flagships are the new monsters of the virtual world, especially since their benchmarks have managed to put all other competitors to the ground. Even if these numbers will not show you the exact manner in which devices will perform in different conditions, they do show us something about the performances a device can have.
What Samsung is trying to convey with these benchmarks is that its Exynos chip is extremely fast. AnTuTu scores show nearly 70,000, which means the device performs much faster than Nexus 6, HTC One M9 and LG G3 for example.
This number comes from a benchmark captured in a video at MWC, and you can see it above. All of 2014 flagships hit only around 40k to 50k in AnTuTu so far, and HTC M9 managed to get to 55,000.
The results are coming from devices shown at MWC and the software may not be the one that will ship later this year. Of course, there is also the lingering problem of benchmark overclocking or tampering.
Samsung Galaxy S6 will not be sporting Snapdragon 810, sources say. It’s been years now since Samsung has used both its Exynos processors and the Snapdragon chipsets for its devices, but the newest flaghip may just give up on Snapdragon altogether.
Bloomberg reports that Samsung is giving up on Qualcomm Inc. chips that allegedly overheated during Samsung’s tests. If we take leaked photos and information into consideration, Galaxy S6 will have an all-metal back which could mean that this design choice factored in the thermal challenges the company encountered during tests.
LG is using Snapdragon 810 chips on its next LG G Flex 2 and HTC will be using the chip on HTC One M9 and they are using unibody aluminum shells. Considering the fact that Samsung is at its first all-metal handset, it may be showing its inexperience and issues when it comes to thermal emissions.
Samsung has not been using its own Exynos chip exclusively mainly because Snapdragon chips have better LTE integration, thus forcing the Koreans to use their competition at best they could, at least for the western market.
Samsung reported they do not discuss rumors and speculation whereas Qualcomm has refrained from commenting.