Pictures have appeared online - on Chinese website Weibo - that are of an alleged chassis for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S7.

Common belief is that the handset will be announced in February or March, which makes sense considering Samsung's traditional pre-Mobile World Congress Unpacked event, and that gives plenty of time for speculation in the interim.

Video based on blueprints third-party case manufacturers claim to have been sent has appeared in the last seven days, and now we see actual hands-on images of part of a phone.

What's interesting is that, if true, the golden chassis contradicts the previously released renders and video clip in that it shows a hole at the bottom for a USB Type-C connection. The render video released last week revealed that the phone would forego the new connectivity option.

It is also clear that the phone will adopt a similar design aesthetic to the current Galaxy S6, if these new pictures are indeed genuine.

That makes sense as Samsung has previously told Pocket-lint that it wants to continue in a similar vein for its product line-ups in future.

You can find more about the rumoured specifications and release speculation by visiting our in-depth guide to everything spouted about the Samsung Galaxy S7 so far.