Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone Galaxy S7 alongside the larger sibling Galaxy S7 Edge. While both devices look very similar to their predecessors, there are a lot of improvements and upgrades which the latest smartphones bring with them.
Read on to find out how Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs Galaxy S6 Edge compare with each other in terms of specifications and features.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs Galaxy S6 Edge Comparison
|Device/Features||Samsung Galaxy S7||Samsung Galaxy S6||Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge|
|Display||5.1-inch Quad HD, Super AMOLED, Always-on||5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4||5.5-inch Quad HD, Super AMOLED, Always-on||5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED, dual-edge – Gorilla Glass 4|
|Resolution||2560×1440 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels|
|SoC||Snapdragon 820 / Exynos||Exynos||Snapdragon 820 / Exynos||Exynos|
|CPU||Quad-core / Octa-core||Octa-core 2.1 GHz||Quad-core / Octa-core||Octa Core (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad)|
|MicroSD||Yes – Up to 200GB||No||200GB||No|
|Battery||3000mAh with Fast Charging, Wireless Charging||2550 mAh||3600mAh with Fast Charging, Wireless Charging||2600mAh|
|Camera||12 MP, Dual Pixel, LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, Smart OIS, PDAF||16 MP, Auto Focus, LED Flash, optical image stabilization||12 MP, Dual Pixel, LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, Smart OIS, PDAF||16 MP, OIS, f/1.9 aperture, AF, LED Flash|
|Front Camera||5 MP with f/1.7 aperture||5 MP||5 MP with f/1.7 aperture||5 MP, f/1.9 aperture|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, IR, NFC||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC||4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI|
|Dimensions & Weight||142.4×69.6×7.9 mm, 152 grams||143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 grams||150.9×72.6×7.7 mm, 157 grams||142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm, 132 grams|
Following are the differences which Samsung’s new flagship smartphones bring with them over the predecessors:
While the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both feature same screen size of 5.1-inch, the new flagship smartphones come with different screen sizes as well as always-on display feature: The always-on display allows users to check time, date and important notifications without waking up the device. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch display whereas the Galaxy S7 Edge flaunts a larger, 5.5-inch display. Display resolution of all the four smartphones is Quad HD with 2560×1440 pixels.
2. MicroSD Card Support
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge support expandable storage via microSD card, which the elder siblings lacked. The new models support expandable storage up to 200GB via microSD cards.
The new variants pack larger battery capacities compared to the older models. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge stand at 2550mAh and 2600mAh batteries respectively. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pack 3000mAh and 3600mAh batteries respectively with support for fast charging and wireless charging
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge run Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system wrapped under TouchWiz UI compared to Android Lollipop of the previous models.
5. Processors & RAM
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are powered by an octa-core Exynos chipset paired with 3GB of RAM. The new flagship smartphones, on the other hand, pack more powerful processors with more RAM. Depending upon the market, the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 will either be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset or Exynos 8890 chipset, both paired with 4GB of RAM.
The new smartphones flaunt their IP68 rating for resistance against water and dust. This feature is missing on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sport a 16 mega pixel auto focus rear camera with LED Flash, while there is also a 5 mega pixel front facing camera. The latest flagship smartphones- Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature a 12 mega pixel ‘Dual Pixel’ camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, Smart OIS and PDAF.
Following are the similarities which the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge retain from their predecessors:
1. Fingerprint Sensor
All the four smartphones feature fingerprint sensor integrated into home button for additional security.
2. Heart Rate Sensor
The new flagship smartphones retain the heart rate sensor from the predecessors.
If you are already using a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung S6 Edge, then we don’t see any reason to upgrade it to Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge unless your phone is prone to accidental water spillage. The upgrades in Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones are not compelling enough to urge you to buy them. If you already own a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, then you should probably wait for Samsung to launch the next iteration- Galaxy S8 next year.