How many images have we seen of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 by now? Between the renders, and the recent spate of hands-on picture of actual hardware, there’s been ample opportunity to get a peek at this still-yet-to-launch smartphone. But the problem with pics like those – for as much as they are able to show us about the hardware – is that we don’t get much say in just what we’re looking at. That’s meant a lot of head-on shots, and now a few of the phone’s rear, but not a lot of close-ups or pics from alternate angles. And for users curious if Samsung would finally make the transition to USB type-C for the phone, or return to familiar micro USB, that didn’t do much to help clear things up – we even found ourselves scrutinizing some of those images: “are those port edges angled or rounded-off?” Now we’ve got a fresh pic that seeks to clear up any uncertainty once and for all.
As you can plainly see above, we’re looking at a micro USB port – no USB type-C this time around.
But wait – how do we know this is a new Galaxy phone? It sure looks a lot like last year’s models, doesn’t it? Granted, but there’s one key difference: that lone microphone hole is aligned with the top row of speaker grille holes in this new pic, while on the GS6 and GS6e, it’s aligned with the bottom row.
Why is Samsung being so resistant to change? Could it be concerned about accessory compatibility? Does it just have a huge stock of micro USB connectors lying around that it has to go through first? We don’t know, but we wouldn’t hold our breath for USB type-C.