Apparent Samsung slide reveals Galaxy S7 design and specs

Is this the Galaxy S7? Photo: PhoneArena

Is this the Galaxy S7? Photo: PhoneArena

The keynote slide you see above, leaked by an apparent Samsung employee, may reveal the Galaxy S7’s design and specifications just weeks ahead of its official debut. It confirms whispers we’ve already heard, but is it genuine?

According to this image, the Galaxy S7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor or Samsung’s new Exynos 8890 chip, and 4GB of RAM. It will also have a new 12-megapixel “BRITECELL” camera with larger pixels for better photos in low light.

No surprises there. This is exactly what all the rumors have been promising in recent weeks, and these seem like perfectly plausible upgrades for Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S handset.

Alongside these specifications is an alleged Galaxy S7 render — and if you look closely, you’ll notice it’s almost identical to the Galaxy S6 that sits next to it. This also lines up with one report that warned Samsung’s next device will look very similar to its predecessor.

But it’s that render that suggests to us this slide is a fake. The big giveaway is the wallpaper; it’s one that Samsung has been using in its Galaxy S6 edge promotional images since last March. No company uses the same wallpapers two years in a row.

You’ll also notice time displayed on this device (12:33) isn’t the same time Samsung traditionally uses (12:45) in its promotional images. The battery and signal indicators in the status bar aren’t full, either, and no marketing materials show a device with a dying battery.

This could just be a placeholder for the Galaxy S7, of course, but it seems unlikely Samsung would have mocked up a fake when it could have just left the space blank until the real Galaxy S7 render was ready. Instead, it’s more likely this is a fake slide.

While we think the specifications are spot-on, and the mockup is probably pretty close, then, don’t read too much into this until Samsung makes the Galaxy S7 official.