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Renders show Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus clad in cases

Lately, we’ve been coming across a sea of leaks involving the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7. Sadly, none of the leaks show high-res renders that show us what the device will look like, until now.

Leaked renders?

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The renders above were leaked by GizmoChina. Allegedly, the renders show the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 and the 6.-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus sporting protective cases. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Plus are not shown.

The renders show us what we already know about the Samsung Galaxy S7. One is a rectangular home button. They also show that the volume rockers will be located on the left side of the device, while the power button will be located the right side. Judging from what the renders show us, the rumoured Galaxy S7 Plus will feature a 6-inch screen.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

According to past reports, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature different processors, depending on the market. Samsung’s home-grown Exynos 8890 SoC will be found under the hood of the international version of the S7 (version headed to the UK), while the US and Chinese version will feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Both processors are manufactured using Samsung’s 14 nm process, and both have reportedly made appearances on different benchmark tests. Both have broken records on benchmark tests. The problem is that all this clock speed causes overheating issues. The solution, according to reports, is an internal heat pipe, which Samsung is reportedly testing. The S7 is also said to feature a a reversible USB-C port, which means faster data transfer, faster charging, and never having to worry about plugging in the cable the wrong way ever again.

So when will the Samsung Galaxy S7 make its official debut? Samsung has sent invitations for its Unpacked 2016 event, which kicks off on the 21st of February – a day before MWC 2016 happens in Barcelona, Spain. This is day the S7 is expected to go official. As for when the Korean tech giant plans to launch its next flagship, China Mobile’s leaked road map suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available globally in mid-March. This is around a month earlier than when the S6 was released (April of 2015).

Of course, since this is anything but official, take these renders with a pinch of salt.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 now official in China

Lately, we’ve been coming across countless leaks involving the Samsung Galaxy A9. The smartphone recently made an appearance on China’s TENAA for certification, indicating that the device would make its official debut soon. That day has come.

Samsung Galaxy A9 now official

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Since the Samsung Galaxy A9 is now official, we can now confirm the smartphone’s official specs. The phablet is the largest smartphone ever made by Samsung. It is higher mid-range smartphone that features a massive 6-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The phablet features 32 GB of internal storage. If this isn’t enough, it does offer additional storage options thanks to a microSD card slot. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC (formerly known as the Snapdragon 620), which is an octa-core processor with an Adreno 510 GPU to handle graphics, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. The Galaxy A9 features a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button, which we presume will allow users to enjoy more from Samsung Pay, the Korean tech giant’s new mobile payment service. Its camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with an aperture of f/1.9, LED flash and OIS (optical image stabilisation), and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of f/1.9 for snapping selfies and video chat. Since the device was unveiled first in China, it features a dual SIM card slot. If it does make it over on our shores, it is likely to not offer the feature. Connectivity-wise, the device supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi,  Bluetooth 4.1, ANT+, and NFC. To keep the lights on, the A9 features a 4,000 mAh battery that supports quick charging. Unfortunately, the device runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. We hope its gets updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) soon after launch.

in terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is constructed out of both metal and glass just like other devices in Samsung’s Galaxy A series (Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), and Galaxy A7 (2016). It will be available in China in White, Gold, and Pink colour options.

Samsung China is yet to announce pricing. Furthermore, it remains a mystery if Samsung will launch the Galaxy A9 in the UK.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 to be released in March – leaked road map reveals

We’ve learned from past reports that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be launched in mid-March. Now, a leaked road map from the the biggest carrier in China and the world seems to confirm this rumour.

Samsung Galaxy S7 to be released in March of 2016?

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Chinese-speaking micro-blogging site Weibo is responsible for this latest S7 leak. The photo above allegedly shows China Mobile’s road map, which shows when the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be released in the China. It shows that the Korean tech giant’s next flagship will be released in the country sometime in March of 2016. If true, this would mean that the S7 would be available a month earlier than expected, as the S6 was released in April of 2015.

Aside from revealing when to expect the S7, the leak also reveals that smartphone’s price in China. It reveals that the device will set buyers back around £314, but we’re expecting the device to cost around £430.

According to previous reports, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available in four screen sizes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will feature a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen; the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will also feature a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen; the Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus will feature a 5.7-inch to 6-inch Super AMOLED screen, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Plus will feature a 5.7-inch to 6-inch Super AMOLED screen. Its frame is said to be constructed out of magnesium, making the device lighter but stronger. In terms of design, the S7 is expected to look a lot like its predecessor, but, its rear camera is said to be flush with the rear surface, unlike the camera hump of the Galaxy S6. Another difference is the rectangular home button, unlike the rounded home button of the S6. The S7’s rear-facing camera is said to be a new 20-megapixel camera with a RGBW-pixel Britecell sensor. Samsung is said to be planning to use two different processor for the Galaxy S7, depending on the market. Units headed to the US and China are said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, while the international version (headed to the UK) is said to feature Samsung’s Exynos 8890 SoC. Both processors have broken records on various benchmark tests. Samsung is expected to make the Galaxy S7 official on the 21st of February.

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Jermaine Smit creates realistic Samsung Galaxy S7 concept

Dying to find out what the Samsung Galaxy S7 will look like? Wondering if the Korean tech giant’s next flagship will be redesigned from the ground up, or if it will look exactly like its predecessor the Galaxy S6? Unfortunately, we can’t show you what the device will look like, since it isn’t expected to make its official debut until the 21st of February in Barcelona, Spain. Fortunately, a renowned concept artist has created a new Galaxy S7 concept, which, to us, is the most realistic we have ever come across.

Jermaine Smit’s Samsung Galaxy S7 concept

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Jermaine Smit is the concept artist responsible for creating the new Samsung Galaxy S7 concept seen above, which is now being circulated by SamMobile. He is known for making realistic concepts of yet to be announced devices. The concept is based on the latest rumours that surrounding the said flagship.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S7’s rumoured specs, the device is said to be available in four screen sizes. The first is the 5.1-inch flat version (regular Galaxy S7); the second is the 5.1-inch curved version (Galaxy S7 Edge); the third is the 5.7-inch to 6-inch flat version (Galaxy S7 Plus), and the fourth is the 5.7-inch to 6-inch curved version (Galaxy S7 Edge Plus). In the camera department, it is said to sport an improved low-light rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. Unlike the S6’s protruding camera, the S7’s rear snapper is said to be flush with the rear surface. For better heat management, Samsung is rumoured to be testing a variety of internal heat pipes. Under the hood, the international version (including the UK) is said to feature Samsung’s Exynos 8890 SoC, while the US and Chinese version is expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. The two processors have allegedly done exceptionally well in benchmark tests. The S7 is expected to rock 4 GB of RAM. A recent report has claimed that the Galaxy S7 will be released in mid-March.

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Official Samsung Galaxy A9 images allegedly leaked – reveals screen size and battery capacity

Thanks to a number of leaks, we’ve learned that Samsung is cooking up the biggest member of its Galaxy A series – the Galaxy A9. Newly leaked official images show us what the device will look like. They also  allegedly reveal the device’s real screen size and it battery capacity.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy A9 images reveal screen size and battery capacity

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Chinese-speaking micro-blogging site Weibo is responsible for this latest leak. It seems to have gotten its hands on the Samsung Galaxy A9’s official images, which are likely to be posted on Samsung China. Initially, it was thought that the Samsung Galaxy A9 would sport a 5.5-inch screen. However, if the images are genuine, it would seem that the device will feature a 6-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) instead. Additionally, the images reveal that the A9 will feature a 4,000 mAh battery, which was unknown in the past. Lastly, it was thought that the A9 would feature a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The leak, however, reveals that the device’s camera combo consists of a smaller 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, but a larger 8-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat.

As for the rest of the Galaxy A9’s specs, it is believed to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, and an Adreno 510 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM, under the hood, support for 4K video recording, 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (as much as 128 GB) for additional storage options, and a fingerprint scanner. It is expected to run Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box, but we’re expecting the device to be updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) soon after.

Like other devices in Samsung’s Galaxy A9 series such as the new Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), and Galaxy A7 (2016), the A9 seen in the images features a metal frame.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is expected to launch in China first in between the months of December of 2016 to January of 2016. It is expected to set Chinese buyers back around £300.

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