While the Galaxy S6’s design made huge waves and completely obliterated the notion that Samsung would forever stick to plastic-clad flagships, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 is expected to make a comparatively smaller splash in terms of aesthetic changes.

So far, the rumor mill has said that, aside from adding back a microSD slot and possibly waterproofing to the mix, the Galaxy S7 would largely look the same as its predecessor. Over the weekend, Evan Blass (aka Evleaks) brought us alleged renders of the Galaxy S7 that further confirmed this claim, at least as far as the device’s front was concerned. Curious how the back will look? Now Evan is back again, this time showing off the rear.

As you can see, there really is little different here, with essentially the same design for the camera setup, and the expected presence of Samsung/Galaxy branding. One change, however, is that it appears like the back glass may slightly be curved on the sides, which could potentially allow for a more comfortable grip.

Overall, the design of the Galaxy S7 is a familiar one, but that’s not a bad thing, as the Galaxy S6 is regarded as one of the most beautiful smartphones of 2016. Where the Galaxy S7 is expected to really stand out is in the hardware and software.

See also:

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor roundup: release date, price, specs, features

March 22, 2016

What do you think, excited for the Samsung Galaxy S7? Were you hoping for bigger design changes or happy with Samsung’s current direction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Arman

    Looks nice.

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    If it’s confirmed that the device will look the same than what’s the fuzz?

    • Žiga Štupar

      Well it will look very similar.Fuzz will allways be with popular brands

    • saksham

      i dont believe this at all

  • The S6 looks better. Camera humps have something very appealing about them (Note5 to be specific) and this colour is too dull. I hope the other colours will also have a two tone effect (Black Sapphire has like 3 or 4 depending on how you holding it and where you are) and shinny too.

  • Kody

    All, the flagships coming out look good to me. The main thing is that I want it to look unique. The S6 design will be fine for a couple of generations. They probably spent a lot to make this design, rehashing a couple more time to get the most bang for the buck is fine.

  • Abdou Azzedine (A2Z)

    Im not sammy fan but i think im in love with That black *_*

  • j2001m

    The phones have got a note 5 back to back room for bigger battery’s and no cam bump

  • JohnOne

    Nice hardware but TouchWiz still sucks I will stick with my BB PRiV now

    • Btort

      you mention how touchwiz still sucks but you mention you have a BB priv which many reviewers show it can be a laggy phone. you can’t compare since you have a shitty android skin also. LG, touchwiz, and a few others all stutter and lag except stock android, htc sense skin, sony xperia skin, cyanpgenmod, oxygen and moto skins

      • JohnOne

        I also have a Galaxy S6 and a PRIV and the Blackberry launcher is 100 times better than TouchWiz blackberry update the Priv every month the software on my Priv is very smooth right now I have no lags and I’m not a reviewer I’m just a proud owner this amazing PRIV!!!

    • vahdyx

      If the rumors are true and Google is “fixing” TouchWiz then you may feel differently. Time will tell I guess.

  • nikolas ostropolskiy

    If these are real, judging by the dark outline around the heart rate sensor, this could be water resistant.

  • jnadke

    If everything is true AND they keep the IR remote this will be the best Android device ever built, if not the best device ever built.

    The previous crown was the Galaxy S5. I’d keep the S5 if it weren’t for the 2gb of RAM (which was good pre-ART).

    • Captain Obvious

      I agree about the S5, I am still using mine because there has been nothing that can replace it…yet. I really want/need a removable battery, but I think that may be a pipe dream at this point, so I am just hoping for the rumored 4000 mah battery… ill buy it immediately!

      • jnadke

        I can agree, but if the battery size to screen ratio is right I can give up removable battery. The 3,000 for the 5.1″ and 3,600 for the 5.5″ is close enough to ideal.

        Especially with fast charging. I’ll probably just buy a 6,000-10,000 mah small QC3.0 external battery back for $20-30 (less than the cost of a Samsung official spare battery).

        Water resistance on the other hand is a feature that’s soooo nice once you have it. People who knock the Galaxy S5 have never experienced a water-resistant phone.

        • jnadke

          If anything, Samsung’s marketing department sucks and doesn’t understand Americans at all. Stop comparing yourself to Apple.

          If there’s one thing that appeals to Americans more than Vanity, it’s Insecurity. We Americans are a bunch of insecure b*tches.

          That’s why Verizon is the #1 carrier. The thought that you might need coverage in timbuktu nowhere.

          Just make a commercial showing off MagStripe Credit Card (with NFC not accepted at 99% of places) and the water resistance with the tagline along the lines of “Don’t let your phone limit you”. Voila, instant 20 million phone sales.

        • Btort

          the problem with the s5 is the design and it’s not very appealing. oh and touchwiz is slow AF and laggy

          • jnadke

            It was good when it first came out, and it’s great with CyanogenMod (too bad freakin bluetooth doesn’t work right).

            But yeah, the S5’s Touchwiz was horrible on 5.0. Hopefully Samsung has cut down the lag in the newest one.

          • Btort

            I had the s4, s5 and note 4, the touchwiz on those are pretty bad especially on 5.0 BUT I have the s6 edge and it doesn’t stutter as much but you will still notice it. Still not as smooth as a moto android skin, htc skin or stock android. Ever since the note 4 I swore never to go back to touchwiz but my hands were forced because the s6 was one of the few flagship phones with a decent fingerprint sensor and a phone that is NOT a phablet. I came from a nexus 6p and it was the perfect phone besides the size, tried the 5x too (also a little too big for a 5.2 inch phone… same width as a 5.5 inch G4) and for some reason experienced some random lag and stutter which is supposed to be unheard of with nexus’.

          • Jake

            I’m currently using the Note 4 N910C updated the firmware to the latest iteration of 5.1.1 and I can honestly say that performance has been super smooth. No lags or any thing at all. Even when I first got it running on 5.0.1 performance was excellent and battery life was so good I could go 2 or 3 days without charging it. I honestly don’t think I could go with a smaller size phone ever since I got my Note 4. At first I thought that I would never be able to get use to the size coming from a SGSII but now that I’ve been using it for about 1/2 a year I’ve got so use to the size of it. I feels weird to when I switch back to my SGSII sometimes.

          • Btort

            no touchwiz note 4 will ever be smooth, if you actually experienced stock android you will realize this lag. it’s not noticeable to non techie people or just don’t switch fast enough and multitasking

      • Jake

        Personally, I think that Samsung should have continued to used the design of the Note 4 for their new flagships. As the aluminum frame and foe leather panel allows for a user removable battery and microSDCard expansion without the use of a SIM ejection tool.

  • Captain Obvious

    I really hope they haven’t put a glass back on a mobile device again, worst materials choice ever!

    • 404

      but it’s pretty, and that’s all that matters among the common folk. they can always buy cases, which absolutely ruin the purpose of having a good design, but hey, they’re the peasants, and we’re the more educated aristocracy

    • Jake

      Yeah, who came up with the stupid idea of the glass and metal sandwich construction design for phones anyway? Don’t they know that the design would effectively make a really expensive hand warmer? As the glass front and back panels act as heat insulators keeping the heat generated by the SOC within the phone and the metal frame act as a heat sink!

  • vahdyx

    These rumors make me regret my Nexus 6P purchase. I just ordered it today since it was on sale. Make me think when the M10, S7, V11, G5, etc. come out I’ll be like dammit

    • Btort

      regret it? the only reason you wouldn’t want a 6P is because it is too big for you. The only reason I’m on the s6 edge is because I felt like the 6p was too big for one handed use (often) and that’s why I sold mines. the 6p has a better fingerprint sensor, almost same amoled screen, better speakers, above average camera, great battery life and stock android. I thought I can deal with having a large screen phone but it’s hard using it when you are driving/listening to music

      • vahdyx

        You’re quite the fortune teller! I didn’t know you knew so much about the S7, M10, V11, G5 and so on. I don’t care what it does against current phones on the market.

  • ME

    Micro sd, USB C and wireless charging and ill be happy

  • Cyberstriker

    WTF, Samsung is still going to use 12-megapixel sensors REALLY I didn’t know they wanted to be like Apple that bad why can’t samsung just stay original. Interesting the camera quality was way better on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 unfortunately the processor was a big let down on that smartphone tho.

    • Khan

      you know that MPs arent everything…actually they are very little. As long as you have 8+ MP camera, you’re fine. It’s the processing, sensors and software features that make a good phone camera a great one. So Samsung made a good choice here, you aren’t going to need the extra pixels, but they will still provide an amazing shot with their expertise in all the other aspects of phone cameras.

      • Cyberstriker

        Well I’m not a Nexus 6P or iphone person I like to crop my images a lot of times to get the best results that’s why I kept my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for so long.