Samsung Galaxy S7: Leaked pictures claiming to be of upcoming smartphone released before launch date

The images could be some of the first tantalising looks at Samsung's long awaited follow-up to the Galaxy S6

What could be leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy S7 have been released, just under a fortnight ahead of the upcoming flagship smartphone's official launch. 

One image, released by Vietnamese tech website ReviewDao, appears to show the back of the device, but unfortunately doesn't give too much away.

We can't confirm much about the phone's rumoured specs from the image, but SamMobile pointed out the camera does appear to be a little more flush with the back plate than it was in the S6, potentially proving one of the many S7 rumours right.

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The leaked image apparently shows the back of the S7 (Pic: ReviewDao)

It also looks like the back is plastic, and not glass, as has been rumoured - however, according to SamMobile this phone may only be a prototype, so we shouldn't take it as an accurate impression of how the final phone will look.

You can catch a glimpse of the metal frame on the sides of the device, however, which is apparently magnesium and not aluminium, according to rumours.

Another leaked image, which was released around the same time on Chinese social network Weibo, purports to show the front of the S7 Edge, the larger, curved-screen version of the phone, which will likely be released alongside the standard model on 21 February.

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The second leaked image purports to show the front of the device, with the results of a benchmark test on the screen (Pic: JKwan/Weibo)

The image shows the phone displaying the results of an AnTuTu benchmark test, which labels the phone as an SM-G9350, which earlier leaks have claimed is the S7 Edge's model number.

The benchmarking result, which reflects the phone's technical performance, is 134704, which is what could be expected for a phone with the S7's rumoured specs.

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The images don't reveal too much by themselves, but they could have confirmed a few stories about the long-awaited phone.

The Galaxy S7 is due to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday 21 February, in an event which starts at 6PM GMT.

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