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Warning: This post has leak-related details and pictures of the Galaxy S7 and LG G5. Those who are avoiding all content prior to the launch should proceed with caution. 

For many Android phone aficionados, this Sunday is a big day; one that had been rumored and hinted for quite a while. February 21st is the day when Samsung will officially unpack its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the follow-up devices to last year’s pair of perennial premium products from the Korean OEM. February 21st is also the day when LG will unveil its G5 however, something that came as a bit of a surprise given the later launch last year’s G4 enjoyed.

Provided you’ve been following these two manufacturer’s rumors over the past few months, it’s basically a given that they are going to be something special. Samsung is largely offering the same design as last year, however this year the Galaxy S7 Edge will be larger than its sibling, and both devices are expected to have not only waterproofing, but microSD support as well.

See also:

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

March 22, 2016

LG on the other hand, is trying some major new things. It’s switching to a unibody metal construction – a first for the G series – and, in perhaps one of the most interesting additions, will include a modular “Magic Slot” that allows the bottom portion to be popped off and swapped with different accessories, or a new battery.

See also:

LG G5 rumor roundup: release date, specs, and features

March 29, 2016

Specs aside though, the real question we want to pose is one of the leaks themselves. Approaching the end of February, it has now been a good two-or-so months since the torrents began, originally as a tiny trickle of course. We would like to take this opportunity, on the eve of this major launch extravaganza, to get your thoughts on the topic.

Leaks: Love ’em or Leave ’em?

First off, we are interested in your general thoughts on leaks. Not as they pertain to just these products per se, but with respect to the overall topic:

Just for reference, keep in mind that some leaks may in fact be “plants” by an OEM to determine interest, generate hype, or test the waters. In this day and age it has become more and more challenging to determine when something is a legitimate leak and when it’s more of a “plant”, though the end result is always the same: “spoiling” the surprise.

This, then, segues into the next topic, why you like leaks:

Accordingly, let’s ask why those of you who don’t like leaks feel so:

Now let’s examine each of the two major products themselves, specifically how you feel about the leaks that have been covered.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

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At this point in time, everything about the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is basically known. The size, the shape, the specs, even the wallpapers. Those who held off last year because of the lack of microSD support will no doubt be pleased it has returned, as apparently has the waterproofing seen on the Galaxy S5. There is also talk of an always on display and more. Amazingly however, there is still no definitive confirmation of USB Type-C, though judging by the picture above it sure doesn’t seem present.

With that said, how excited are you for these products:

The LG G5

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While there had been some very small leaks about the LG G5 last year, the real waves started within the last week or so when full-scale pictures allegedly of the device in the wild were photographed for all to see. LG itself has also done a fair amount of teasing of the product, including what may be an always on display.

How excited are you though?

Wrap Up

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Does this count for the Mr. Blurrycam spec?

Like it or not, leaks are seemingly everywhere these days. The dissemination of high spec cameras on mobile phones has virtually eliminated the once-upon-a-time “Mr. Blurrycam” images that were once part-and-parcel in the industry. The question though, is really how many leaks are too many leaks. While some people may like the occasional tid-bit of information or a “is it or isn’t it” type shot, these days even case manufacturers are showcasing the surprise, and there are often hands on videos or – with these products – online offerings of handsets seemingly in hand.

Ultimately the numbers from the surveys will speak for themselves. We are quite interested to know how you feel, and inevitably you too are curious to know how your fellow readers feel. Please note that obviously the survey options do not encompass all possible permutations of sentimentality, and thus we encourage everyone to leave detailed comments below for all to know.

With that said, make sure to check back with Android Authority tomorrow, February 21st, for the “big day” and stay tuned all week for our on-site coverage of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain!