Schematic allegedly shows Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus

Recently, we came across what was claimed to be a schematic that showed the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 and the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Now, a new schematic allegedly shows the rumoured and massive Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus?

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Similar to what we’ve recently seen with the past schematic, this newly leaked schematic, which allegedly comes from case maker ITSKINS and leaked by GSMArena, also claims to show us what the Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus will look like. It also shows that Samsung did not completely redesign the S7 Plus. It looks exactly like the S6, but features a rectangular home button unlike the rounded home button of the S6.

There is, however, conflicting information with the S7 in the first schematic and this new one. In the first schematic, the S7 is said to feature a 5.2-inch screen. In this new schematic, the S7 is said to feature a 5.1-inch screen. Everything else is consistent, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge featuring a 5.5-inch screen. Lastly, the new schematic echoes what we’ve heard in the past, claiming the Galaxy S7 Plus will feature a 6-inch screen.

The schematic also goes against what leak master Evan Blass (also known as @evleaks on Twitter) has leaked back in December. Blass leaked a list that showed four versions of the Galaxy S7 – not three. These include the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 Edge, the Galaxy S7 Plus, and the Galaxy S7 Edge Plus. This newly leaked schematic suggests that there will only be three versions –  the smaller Galaxy S7, the mid-sized Galaxy S7 Edge, and the massive Galaxy S7 Plus.

So far, we’ve learned that the S7 will feature a reversible USB Type-C port that allows for faster data transfer and charging. The S7 is said to feature a new camera that is more ideal for snapping photos and recording videos in low-light conditions. We’ve also learned that the S7 will feature two different processors, depending on the market. The international version (version for the UK and everywhere else) is said to feature the Exynos 8890 SoC, while the US and Chinese versions are said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood. Both processors have done well in a variety of benchmark tests. These processors are produce a tremendous amount of horsepower, but also emit a lot of heat. To solve this overheating issue, Samsung is said to be testing various internal heat pipes. Lastly, a recent report claimed that the S7 will feature an iris scanner.

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Does this schematic show the measurements of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge?

A recent report re-confirmed that there will be a 5.2-inch version of the flat Samsung Galaxy S7. The same report, however, claimed that there will not be a 5.2-inch curved Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Instead, there will be a 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. A newly leaked schematic seems to confirm this rumour.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge schematic

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Android Authority is responsible for this latest leak. It shows that the Samsung Galaxy S7, despite featuring a bigger 5.2-inch screen, will share the same measurements with the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S6, which measures 70.5 x 143 mm. The 5.2-inch screen on board the Galaxy S7 will have an aspect ratio of 16:9, which means that the it would have a screen-to-body ratio of 73.94%. The Galaxy S6 has a screen-to-body ratio of 70.7%.

The leaked schematic also shows the measurements of the rumoured 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It reveals that the device’s dimensions are 73 x 151 mm. The 5.5-inch screen will have an aspect ratio of 16:9, with a screen-to-body ratio of 76.62%, just like the screen-to-body ratio of both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

The device’s backs are also revealed by the leaked schematic. It reveals that the regular S7’s back will be curved to improve ergonomics. The S7 Edge is seen with a flat back, which makes a lot of sense since it does come with a curved screen on the front.

We’re not exactly sure if the schematic shows the real deal, so it would be wise to take this information with a lot of salt.

According to past reports, the S7 is expected to feature a rectangular home button instead of a rounded home button like the S6. The S7 is expected to feature two different processors, depending on the market. Units of the S7 headed to markets such as the US and China are said to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, while the international version (headed to markets such as the UK) is expected to feature Samsung’s Exynos 8890 SoC under the hood. The S7 is expected to feature a USB Type-C port, which offers faster data transfer, faster charging, and never having to worry about plugging in the cable the wrong way ever again. The  and a rear-facing camera that is more ideal for snapping photos and recording videos in low-light conditions.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumoured to be more expensive due to an iris scanner

These days, the internet is filled with rumours about the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7. From specs to screen sizes, we thought we knew all there is to know about the yet to be announced device, until now. A new report is claiming to know something new about the highly-anticipated Galaxy S7.

Iris scanner on board?

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The new rumour comes from Polish-speaking Android.com.pl. The report claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be more expensive than expected. Why? It suggests that the Korean tech giant’s next flagship will feature a new security feature – an iris scanner. This will allow users to unlock the device and so basically anything a fingerprint scanner can do by simply looking at the iris scanner.

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

According to past rumours, the S7 will feature two different CPUs, depending on the region. The US and China are expected to get the version of the S7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood, while international markets such as the UK are expected to get the version of the S7 with the Exynos 8890 SoC. Additionally, there are said to be four different versions of the S7 when it comes to screen sizes. These are the flat 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7, the curved 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the flat 5.7-inch to 6-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus, and the 5.7-inch to 6-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Plus. The S7 is expected to feature a reversible USB Type-C port, which allows for faster data transfer, faster charging, and never having to worry about plugging in the cable the wrong way ever again. In the photography department, the S7 is rumoured to sport an improved rear-facing camera that snap high-quality photos in low-light conditions. Design-wise, the Galaxy S7 will look a lot like its predecessor the S6, but will feature a rectangular home button, unlike the rounded home button of the S6. Its home button is said to double as a fingerprint scanner.

So when will the Galaxy S7 make its official debut? Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 event will be kicking off on the 21st of February, a day before MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. This is usually the time Samsung unveils a new flagship. As for its launch, the S7 is expected to be available in March.

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HTC One X9 makes its official debut in China

The HTC One X9 recently passed through China’s TENAA for certification, indicating that the device would soon make its official debut. Now, HTC (in Chinese) has officially unveiled its new mid-range smartphone.

The HTC One X9 is here

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In terms of design, the HTC One X9 borrows design elements from the HTC One A9, but with a few differences. It is also constructed out of aluminium, measuring 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.99 mm (screen-to-body ratio of 71.38%). The device comes with capacitive buttons under the screen, which is a bit strange since the majority of HTC’s recent smartphones feature on-screen buttons. The speakers appear to be carved in the upper and lower bezels, which is another design element that makes the device unique compared other HTC-made smartphones. Going to the back of the device, the HTC One X9 is similar to the HTC One A9 apart from the plastic band at the top.

Here are the HTC One X9’s specs. The device features a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). In the photography department, the HTC One X9 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation, shoots RAW photos, and records 4K videos and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture for snapping selfies and video chat. On board is 32 GB of internal storage. If this isn’t enough, it does come with a microSD card slot. Under the hood is a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with each core clocked at 2.2 GHz, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Keeping the lights on is a 3,000 mAh battery. According to HTC, the One X9 is compatible with 5V / 1.5A fast-charging, which isn’t as fast as the modern 5V / 2A format used other devices such as the Nexus 6P, but it’s still around 30% faster compared to the usual 2V / 1A format.

Now let’s talk about pricing. In China, the HTC One X9 will set Chinese buyers back the equivalent of £250, cheaper that the HTC One A9, which costs around £292 in the country. In the UK, the SIM free HTC One A9 costs £419. HTC is yet to announce if the HTC One X9 will be available outside of China.

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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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