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article imageSamsung Galaxy S7 release date leaked as images appear online

By James Walker     Jan 24, 2016 in Technology
The release date of Samsung's upcoming flagship Android smartphone for 2016 has reportedly leaked online alongside images that allegedly show the handset's display and front camera model. The Galaxy S7 will be an important device for Samsung.
The company has been experiencing declining smartphone sales and operating profit amid reports of its users beginning to move away to Apple's iPhones. Last year's Galaxy S6 was very well received by reviewers for its all-new design and trimmed-down bloatware but failed to revive sales or become notably popular with consumers.
The company is now thought to be planning a trio of "Galaxy S7" devices for announcement on February 21 and launch in the U.S. on March 11. The date was revealed by noted leaker Evan Blass on Twitter this week, following an earlier post unveiling the range as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and S7 Edge+. The latter two will have Samsung's distinctive display that curves around to the sides of the handset, a feature that became unexpectedly popular last year.
Leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S7 display [via GSMArena]
Leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S7 display [via GSMArena]
GSMArena has obtained a photo of what is alleged to be the Galaxy S7. The phone is thought to be a developer handset with some of its design kept hidden by a disguise. Despite the camouflage, the device pictured is instantly recognisable as a Samsung.
If the phone is real, the company has retained its traditional key layout of a central physical home button flanked by capacitive task switcher and back keys. The brand logo at the top of the display is hidden from view by a sticker but does little to hide its identity as a Samsung.
The only real point of interest is the noticeably large bezels around the display. It's unlikely they will be present on the launch device and it is possible this is a feature of the developer casing the pictured phone is said to be wearing. It lets app creators test out the new phone while preventing them from exposing its full design to the world.
The Galaxy S7 is expected to one of the first phones to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Alternatively, the device will also be offered with Samsung's own Exynos 8990 chip, designed and built in-house. Last year, Samsung only offered its Exynos chip for the Galaxy S6 amid widespread reports of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 overheating and thermal throttling.
Other rumoured specifications for the S7 include a Quad HD or possibly 4K display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear-camera and improved battery life. Interestingly, the company may be planning to add back in a micro SD card slot and let users remove and replace the battery.
The phone is likely to include some kind of pressure-sensing display technology akin to Apple's 3D Touch. It remains unclear how this would integrate into the Android operating system or what third-party app support would look like for a solution developed by Samsung for its own phones.
There's still a lot to know about the software side of the Galaxy S7 even though most of the hardware details are now freely available online. However, with launch reportedly only a little over a month away, there isn't much longer to wait before Samsung unveils what it hopes will turn its smartphone business around in 2016.
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