Galaxy S7 Plus: Rumored 6-inch phablet CAD video render leaks

by: Matthew BensonDecember 10, 2015
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When it rains, it pours, and in the land of gigantic Galaxies it seems this one is having a bit of a sudden spring. Just days ago we reported on the first “legitimate-looking” CAD renders of the Galaxy S7 courtesy of a case maker. Along with it was news of a 6-inch Galaxy S7 Plus variant, though unfortunately no images were provided. Today, Steve Hemmerstoffer of nowhereelse.fr posted a new animated CAD render on his Twitter feed, @OnLeaks. The movie, which was made in collaboration with uSwitch, purports to show the Galaxy S7 Plus in all its living large livelihood.

We want to remind our readers that (1) the CAD render is in no way confirmation of a final product design, or a real product, period. In addition (2) the discussion that follows is speculation based on current and deductive knowledge and reasoning and should not be assumed to be factual. Until Samsung itself provides hard information, all of this is just a rumor. With that out of the way, let’s look and see:

The video shows a device that measures 6-inches, and clearly looks like the Galaxy S6. There are no curves sides, thus it is evident this is not an Edge variant. New rumors have suggested Samsung will make both a standard “small” Galaxy S7 and a 6-inch Plus size. What’s more:

  1. USB 2.0 is prominently featured. SamMobile has cited an exclusive leak it published earlier this year that claims the S7 will make use of USB-C and thus suggests the first render is a fake.
  2. The camera module does seem to protrude more noticeably than on the S6.
  3. The thinner, rectangular Home button can be seen.

uSwitch reports that @OnLeaks obtained the image “from his most trusted source, [and]are based on detailed blueprints that are supplied to third-party accessory manufacturers ahead of a phone’s launch.” The phone, which features a more rounded frame, is detailed as being 163.40mm tall and 82.00mm long. In addition, it is purported to be 7.82mm thick (or 9.05mm from the rear camera bump). The home button/fingerprint sensor is listed as being “18mm x 5mm, while the S6’s measures 16mm x 6.7mm.”

S7 RENDER 2

Is this the actual source of today’s video?

We do wish to point out that uSwitch made a mistake in reporting that the front camera has been moved to the left of the panel: it’s clearly visible on the top right part of the unit.

2/C or not 2/C

Regarding the USB 2.0 issue, this remains a point of contention. Samsung would be missing a significant new milestone if its next flagship were to set sail without USB Type C on board. This is the same company which put USB 3.0 on its Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, and even the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet.

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At the same time, anyone who remembers the reaction to Apple’s decision to go from its original port size to Lightning may be familiar with the outrage that followed. Accessories and peripherals will no longer work with such a port, and Samsung has already alienated some customers – perhaps for good – with its decision to remove microSD support and a user replaceable battery.

While SamMobile claims the S7 will have USB-C, the site has been mistaken before, such as earlier this year when it was reporting an Android 5.1 update to the Galaxy S6 would allow RAW image support. (Unfortunately said website is not working at the moment, however when it does this story will be updated to include links to the aforementioned references.)

Analysis and Wrap-up

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While the notion of Samsung making a Plus-sized Galaxy S7 is not surprising in-and-of-itself, the idea of a six inch phablet might be a bit harder to swallow. The company has not released such a similar sized smartphone since the Galaxy Mega 2, and to this day has not released any flagship smartphone that was in excess of 5.8 inches. While it’s possible the S7 Plus could be a “novelty” in terms of wanting a truly titanic device to offer a clear differential, it’s also possible the entire rumor is just an over-sized bag of hot air.

If there is anything that can be taken away from today’s movie leak, it’s that whomever created it has done a very nice job with their CG prowess. The question remains however, if this is a legitimate leak or if it’s ultimately someone’s pet project based on what we already “know” about Samsung’s next big thing.

Please feel free to leave your comments in below and tell us what you think of a giant sized Samsung smartphone. Interested? Too big?

 

  • robrrt

    I’ll sign up just for that gunmetal grey finish :)

  • Camilla/קמילה

    Looks exactly the same only with squarish home button, they should call it the Galaxy S6s.

  • Sumitro Bhaumik

    Stop with the ever-increasing phone sizes. Some people have little hands :(

    • truth_cutz

      There are plenty of phones that will fit your little gypsy fingers.

      • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

        Nope, there are not. At least not in high end. Only the Z5 compact actually…

        • Hans Pedersen

          Remove the plus from this phone’s name and you’ll have the same specs in a smaller size.

          • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

            Even with the “smaller size” is actually big… really big.

          • Hans Pedersen

            The internet needs more hyperbole. Thanks for your contribution.

          • mobilemann

            just for the record, Hans is probably the least reliable / truthful poster ever when it comes to mobile technology. He doesn’t know enough to even comment, and was banned from Engadget / Verge etc.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I was “banned” because I let the editors know in plain English what I thought of them inciting trolling, in fact even taking part in the trolling openly in their own comment sections, to attract toxic low-lives like you. It’s really sad that you’re still trying to tell yourself that you’re anything more.

          • mobilemann

            I give out actual information, and i don’t dislike any platform (you do!) and i don’t have an agenda apart from talking shit.

            You’re a cheerleader / shill. You’ll get over it.

          • Hans Pedersen

            How drunk are you now? Seriously? :D
            It’s always on Friday nights that your worst BS begins. I’ll sort of feel sorry for you tomorrow when I presume you get your usual Saturday morning anxieties. Then again, you’ll have the whole Saturday to drink that away, too, and fill the internet with even more of your typical nonsense… o/

          • mobilemann

            Where have i lied? How many sites have you been banned from? You just make stuff up, and get corrected. Just warning people, because you’re awful, and you lie.

          • V-Phuc

            Is he in the same league as N5IB, re-troll-polly, etc.? LOL. Just curious. To be banned from a website, gotta take a bit of inflammatory comments to induce that.

          • mobilemann

            i’m not sure about your local trolls; he’s just a brand cheerleader, that goes straight to personal attacks when confronted with someone who actually knows what they are talking about:D

        • Hey Kid

          yeah, just try to find a z5 compact.

        • Ichibanmugen

          Don’t forget Huawei.

          • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

            All of Huawei high end are big… from P8 to the Mate S and even the Honor 7 are really big…

      • Sumitro Bhaumik

        Not a lot of phones with top notch hardware.

    • Avieshek Rajkhowa

      Remove the second line, will get more likes

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      And their also very loud with their small hands. You dont see tall people doing that with basement ceilings, airplane seats and cars. Despite it though nexus 6 “Unicorn” sales were so high people couldn’t find one.

      • Sumitro Bhaumik

        When you are tall, you can automatically do a lot of things that short people can’t do. Obviously they will complain less

  • “We suspect this CAD render was created by using the design elements from the earlier leak” WTH?! Are you kidding me?!
    Sorry but you must be completely fucked up if you really think I need to use others leaks…

    • seattle tech

      Calm down.

      • Don’t worry, I’m as cool as I can be even after that. Just truly took that as an insult…

        • Hi Steve. It wasn’t intended to be an insult at all, so my apologies for that. I have removed the line, and want to let you know we sincerely appreciate all your great work in the leaking community.

          • Hi Matthew. Thanks for that move. To be honest and because I received/shared this CAD a day after GSMArena leak, I was expecting some people to think like you but not a reputed and reliable website like Android Authority.

            Anyway, problem solved. Thanks again for that edit and “the great work” quote ;)

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Oh c’mon, android users welcome the USB-C, crap reasoning.

    • Ryanzzzzz

      Aside from needing some adapters and a couple new cables. Usb c is superior. Anyone who complains clearly is unable to get a micro to usb c adapter and stick it in their wallet until everyone else gets a usb c device. My adapter is less than an inch long and not very thick at all. Fits right in a pocket of my wallet.

  • Dis

    Needs USB C 3.1 and a flush camera module and I would buy it.

    • Avieshek Rajkhowa

      Flush camera module?

      • Sherpa

        Your question and your avatar complement each other. :D

      • Dis

        Not sticking out of the back face

    • Justin Watson

      Needs to go back to the drawing board and throw out all the iPhone characteristics and bring back all the Samsung characteristics and I would buy it.

      • Dis

        I don’t care much how it looks, rather how it functions. Protruding cameras take damage to the rim of the camera easily. Hate that.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yup firing all those Samsung executives was a good idea. I might actually start buying Samsung again. 6 inch screen is a very very good move

      • Chris

        Just a variant is all I ask. make your dinky ass 5.3″ phone for the S but make a 6″ and call it the next really Big Thing. I don’t care, just shatter the 5.7″ invisible barrier for crying out loud. Does Sammoble have a “We’re Listening” blog? Jesus!

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    #NothingBeatsSamsung they are android and Technology everything else is definitely obsolete and comically inferior.

    • squiddy20

      The same copy and paste comment from the ignorant Samsung fanboy sheep… what a surprise…

      • V-Phuc

        How come he doesn’t post anything when Samsung announced some executive demotion? Or loss, or not making enough profit as expected? LOL. Perhaps he set his notifications to ignore such bad news posts? LOL

        • squiddy20

          Back during the S4 days, when there was the news about the Exynos code exploit or whatever it was, I distinctly remember him simply commenting “hogwash” on the article, even though it had video demonstrating the hack and reputable sources providing info.
          He really does live in his own little world where Samsung is perfect, and if anyone says anything bad about Samsung, may God smite you to hell. He also heavily elaborates sales numbers and market share percentages. Used to claim quite frequently that Samsung sold 50 million S6/S6 Edge devices just 3 or so months after release, even though Samsung itself predicted less sales than that. Quite pathetic.

  • Kiss my Asthma

    The number of Samsung flagships are getting out of hand, just last year we only had 2, this year we have four flagships and next year that number will increase to five, and again those are only the flagships. It is this kind of indecisiveness and multitude of options, that confuse customers and after a long time of trying to decide what to buy go for an iPhone for one reason and that is it’s streamlined flagships (only 2 phones one normal and one big). Samsung needs to streamline it’s flagships a lot more if they want to avoid customer confusion.
    About these renders though, if there is no usb-C then that’s a definite deal breaker, also hopefully the battery is large this time around.

  • Hey Kid

    God! Samsung Galaxy phones are so BORING looking, same shit everytime. USB C is good, but otherwise it looks like a blown up GS6

    • KRS

      And what is so different about the looks of the icrap 6 and icrap 6s. Not saying you are or are not a icrap person. Just saying Samsung is not the only one to stick with same design for a few years.

      • Lamp

        HTC also got a lot of flack for that.

      • Hey Kid

        I own a Nexus 6P, a Nexus 5 before that and purchased a GS5 and GS6 for my girlfriend simultaneously with my Nexus purchases over the years. I had a GS4 before that, and I own a Galaxy Tab S currently. I don’t care about Apple products, I’m not talking about them.

        My point is exactly that they “stick with the same design for a few years”. It’s a stale design, in my opinion. I’ve been staring at the same phone in people’s hands since 2012 in some iteration or another. The only change is glass back, which really didn’t make much difference, and a slight flattening of the curvature in the corners since the GS3 in May of 2012. By the time the GS7 is released that will be almost 4 YEARS of stale design, while everyone around them continues to grab people’s attention with nicer and nicer phones. That, coupled with TouchWiz and bloat ware and the annoying bugs my girls’s GS6 had, mean I likely won’t be purchasing a Samsung device for a long time!

  • yep

    wrong direction samsung….wrong direction.
    restart from note 3.

    • trm96

      I totally agree!

  • TheDude

    We need smaller phones with the same specs, not mini shit versions.
    even a 4.7″, not a fucking 6″… we have the note series for that.

    • Chris

      just make fewer of both sizes instead of only millions of the same size. Yeah they will cost more because development and design costs money but hell we’re already approaching 1000 dollar handsets.

  • Shawn M. Turner

    Maybe the 6″ one will be 4k

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    What the heck is this home button

  • My Galaxy Prime

    So everyone here thinks this render came from Samsung even though the article says it doesn’t? Why is everyone saying what a terrible idea Samsung has made when Samsung had nothing to do with this?

  • Jason Morford

    No micro usb…no business. Plain and simple and I have been a Samsung customer since S3’s came out. I have a 64 GB micro sd card full and with increasing size would probably put 128 in my next phone. Maybe it is time to look at LG or Motorola. Don’t take a page out of Apple, we are customers of yours because you were different, not the same.

    • Hey Kid

      Most of the companies are pushing cloud based services nowadays, sadly SD cards in mainstream phones are going the way of the dinosaur.

    • Ryanzzzzz

      Really? Hate to break it to you bud, but micro had a nice run, I get all your accessories are micro but most phones going forward will adopt usb c. The u in usb stands for universal.

      • Jason Morford

        Sorry. There was a typo via the dreaded autocorrect. It should have said no micro SD slot no business. Thanks for the catch.

  • Chris

    I would love to see a massive Mega sized flagship Note or S7/Edge+ device. I think larger displays are too few and far between. Note series have stayed very much the same in terms of specs varying only in the slightest. My Note 3 was the last milestone Sammobile has made with USB 3.0 charger, .2 inch larger display than the previous generation and they’ve stopped there! WHY? The public is obviously scared to death of a larger display and a ton of horsepower. AGAIN, WHY? I’m 6′ 8″ and have pretty large phalanges which can handle the larger displays. Honestly I don’t know why everyone isn’t screaming the same thing?! Bigger displays offer more real estate! My back pocket still fits a nexus 7 with about an inch sticking out the top. so what! I can very easily surf, watch a flick in the airport terminal and not have to squint!

    Build it Big and they will come….. (and pay big!)