Samsung has officially unveiled its newest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge, ahead of the 2016 Mobile World Congress. Looking to claim the top spot in the Android smartphone market, Samsung packed the devices with powerful specs and a variety of features to entice users to purchase the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.
For customers that were hooked by Samsung's unveiling and have decided to purchase the company's newest flagship device, the last question remaining is, which model between the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge to acquire. Here is a side-by-side comparison of Samsung's newest smartphones. Let's take a look at what sets the two phones apart, and what they have in common.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 7.9mm thick, 152g, metal alloy, glass front and back, IP68 certified, Black/Gold.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 7.7mm thick, 157g, metal alloy, 3D thermoformed dual-curved display, glass front and back, IP68 certified, Black/Gold.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is actually a bigger device than the Galaxy S7, but not by as much as you might think. It's slightly taller and wider, and it's a mere 5g heavier. However, the Galaxy S7 is actually 2mm thicker. Clearly, the biggest difference between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are those curvy sides. The Edges, as Samsung likes to call them, are not only gorgeous to look at, but they hold some nifty little features too.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440, 577 ppi.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440, 534 ppi.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is much bigger than S7. The resolution on the two is the same, though. Both are quad-HD, so the smaller S7 actually has a more pixel-dense panel.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 3000 mAh, wireless charging (Qi & PMA).
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 3600 mAh, wireless charging (Qi & PMA).
Both the S7 and S7 Edge have much improved batteries, but owing to the Edge being a larger phone it has more space for an ever bigger cell. In our experience, The 3,600 mAh battery in the Edge will easily get you through a day of moderate to high usage with 25-35% left, while the 3,000 mAh version on the S7 was left with 10-15% in the tank. So, if you want the better performing battery then you should certainly go with the S7 Edge.
Samsung Galaxy S7: 12-megapixel, phase detection, Dual Pixels, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6" sensor, 1.4 um pixel, 4K video, 5-megapixel front camera.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 12-megapixel, phase detection, Dual Pixels, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6" sensor, 1.4 um pixel, 4K video, 5-megapixel front camera.
Again, the cameras offered in these two phones are absolutely identical. Do you hear that, Apple? No annoyingly dropped OIS for the smaller model here. Samsung has pared back the pixel count from 16-megapixels to 12-megapixels for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge cameras, but the sensor itself is the same size as before - 1/2.6". This allows the pixels to be larger - a pretty hefty 1.4 um.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 both come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, or the Exynos 8890, again depending on the region. The two devices are supported by 4GB of RAM and they come in 32GB and 64GB storage options, both of which offer microSD but it isn't compatible with Marshmallow's Adoptable storage function.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 both launched on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and again feature TouchWiz. Now see the detailed list of difference between the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge to learn which one you want.