With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in MWC 2016, we couldn’t just wait any longer to put the latest gen device head to head with its predecessor, the Galaxy S6, to figure out how much better the Galaxy S series have evolved in just one year time.
There is not much of a difference between the S6 and the S7 in terms of design. The S7 still maintains the signature Samsung flagship look.
Specs and software
The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1 inches wide IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (~576 ppi pixel density) and 16M colors.
Underneath the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820/ Exynos 8890 Octa processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM at and 32GB of internal storage and Adreno 530/ Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. The internal memory is expandable via external microSD card.
Camera wise, the primary shooter, located on the rear, shoots at 12MP and has an aperture of f/1.7. As for the front camera, the device comes with a 5MP shooter.
In terms of connectivity, the S7 has been fitted with LTE antennas, 3G, GPS (with A-GPS), WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, FM radio and a Nano-SIM.
To accommodate the HD 5.1-inch screen, Samsung has backed the device up with a humongous non-removable 3,000mAh battery. The device will be featuring quick charging along with wireless charging.
Dimensions wise, the S7 measures 143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.27 in).
The phablet will come with Android OS V6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box, skinned under Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S6, sports 5.1 inches wide IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density) and 16M colors.
Underneath the hood, the phone is powered by an Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM at and 32/64/128GB of internal storage and Mali-T760MP8 GPU.
Camera wise, the primary shooter, located on the rear, 16 MP and features f/1.9 aperture along with 28mm sensor, OIS, autofocus, LED flash. As for the front camera, the device comes with a 5MP shooter.
In terms of connectivity, the S6 has been fitted with LTE antennas, 3G, GPS (with A-GPS), WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0, FM radio and Nano-SIM.
To accommodate the HD 5.1-inch screen, Samsung has backed the device up with a humongous non-removable 2550mAh battery. The device will be featuring quick charging along with wireless charging.
Samsung has claimed that the S7 is 30% faster in performance than the S6 and 60% faster in graphics rendering.
Pricing and availability
The S6 is priced at approximately $500.
The S7 will start circulation on March 11, while we estimate that the starting price should set you back around $650 unlocked.
The Verdict and Should You Upgrade?
Well, to be honest, we don’t think that the S6 users should upgrade to the S7 as apart from the “improved” camera module, which was not bad earlier, and addition of a few features and greater battery backup there is not much of a change that may prompt you to give up your S6 and fork out $650 out of your pocket just yet.
Though, if you own a Galaxy S5 or older handset, then the S7 is an option that should definitely come in consideration, as it revives the good old microSD expansion feature and waterproof capability, while delivering exquisite design aesthetics.
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