Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6

2016 is just warming up but the announcements have been so far very interesting. Unpacked just recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are two new flagship devices of Samsung — the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Although it looks a bit similar compared to their predecessors, the S6 and the S6 Edge, we think that what’s inside these devices will interest you more. Check out our quick look comparing the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs the Samsung Galaxy S6 to help you decide whether you should upgrade or not.

Having little visible aesthetic difference from the S6, we didn’t feel the S6 needed to be upgraded in terms of looks because it felt premium already. The slick, metal design it has before was retained and the differences were minute. One of which is the absence of the chrome ring around the button/ fingerprint scanner. As similar as they look, the S7 has welcome upgrades like the reduced camera protrusion at the rear, allowing you to place the phone flat on a surface. The SIM tray has also been squared a bit and slightly repositioned. Since the S7 now comes with a rounder back, it felt more comfortable to hold compared to the S6.

Since the S6 already has the QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel display, the QHD screen of the new S7 showed little to almost non-evident improvement during our quick hands on test. Side-by-side, they are both the same at 5.1 inch equipped with Super AMOLED display that can produce deep, rich colors.

In terms of the camera, the S7 might have lower specs with 12MP on it compared to the 16MP the S6 has but with S7’s dual-pixel technology, it promises an even better image result despite the lower pixel numbers. Paired with that is S7’s F1.7 aperture! It will be better at low light photography compared to S6’s F1.9 aperture.

As I always say, battery life is dependent on real world usage but on paper, the S7 clearly had a significant increase in battery capacity as it was bumped up from 2,550mAh to 3,000mAh. Both still Lithium Ion and capable of quick charging using the right cable and plug. Both still has wireless charging capabilities.

Performance-wise, one thing is for sure. The S7 will be faster than the S6 with an extra 1GB ram totaling to 4GB. The biggest news was the addition of expandable storage which supports up to 200GB! It can double as a slot for a second SIM but you can only choose either of the two. Last but not the least, the new S7 is now IP68 certified! This means that it can be submerged into 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes and will be dust proof. Take note though that this time, no more ugly “sealing” because they somewhat learned how to keep it water-tight even though the ports are not covered by rubber sealing.

Overall, even though they might look a bit the same, the upgrades are significant enough to elicit an upgrade. It all depends on what features you actually want and need. Do check out the specs comparison chart below comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 specs comparison

 Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S6
OSAndroid 6.0Android 5.0
Dimensions5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in
Weight5.36 oz4.87 oz
Additional FeaturesIP68 water and dust resistant
Screen Size5.1 inches5.1 inches
Resolution1440 x 25601440 x 2560
Pixel Density577 ppi577 ppi
Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen to Body Ratio0.7210.707
Camera12 Megapixels16 Megapixels
FlashLEDLED
ApertureF 1.7F 1.9
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)28mm
Camera Sensor1/2.61/2.6
Front facing Camera5 Megapixels5 Megapixels
System ChipExynos 8 Octa 8890Exynos 7 Octa 7420
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8996Quad core 1.5GHz Cortex A53
Snapdragon 820Quad Core 2.1GHz Cortex A57
Exynos 8890 OctaExynos 7420 Octa
Graphics ProcessorAdreno 530 /Mali T880MP12Mali T760 MP8
RAM4GB3GB
Internal Memory32/64 GB32/64/128 GB
Storage ExpansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
SIMNano SIMNano SIM
Battery Capacity3,000mAh Li Ion2550mAh Li Ion
User replaceableNoNo
Quick ChargeYesYes
ColorsBlack, White, Gold, SilverBlack, White, Gold, Blue

Philippine release will be on March 11, 2016.
For pre-orders, visit http://smart.com.ph/Postpaid/samsung-galaxy-seven

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