Samsung is launching their flagship S7 and S7 edge smartphones in India on March 8. With the previous-gen Galaxy S6 being a runaway hit in India - when it comes to the Android ecosystem - it is certain that the Galaxy S7 will create a lot of buzz, starting next week.
While you wonder whether to buy the next Samsung flagship or settle for the cheaper alternative, here are 5 differences and 5 similarities between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6.
Samsung has decided to silence critics by removing all the flaws that came with their Galaxy S6. The biggest complain was the poor battery life. The company has gone ahead and put in a decent 3,000-mAh battery under the hood of the Galaxy S7. Much higher than the 2,300-mAh of the Galaxy S6, the battery is claimed to be highly promising with several reviewers reporting whopping 8 hours of Screen on time.
Samsung has decided to reconcile with old partner, Qualcomm, and is bringing back the Snapdragon series back onto their Galaxy S7. Well, sort of. While the Western markets will get the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset in their retail Galaxy S7 units, the Asians (including India) will be getting the one with Exynos 8890 processor running the internals. This does not mean that performance will take a hit as Exynos processors have been widely acclaimed for great multitasking capabilities.
The camera on the Galaxy S6 has been claimed to be one of the best on any smartphone launched in 2015. Anyway, Samsung decided to go with a complete overhaul and has now increased the pixel size and changed the sensor on the Galaxy S7. Coming with a 12MP rear camera sensor that has Phase Detection Auto Focus, OIS and an aperture of f/1.7, Samsung is looking to take over the little competition that it got from the guys at Apple.
Yet another nail in the coffin, Samsung made sure that their latest flagship device is durable and long lasting. Adding IP68 certification on the Galaxy S7, it translates to the smartphone being completely dust-resistant and partially water-resistant. The Galaxy S7 can be submerged safely in upto 3 feet of water, for upto 30 minutes at a stretch.
A boon for multimedia users, expandable storage is now a feature on the new Galaxy S7, something that was missing from the Galaxy S6. With numerous customers complaining about the absence of a MicroSD card slot, Samsung has finally heard their pleas and added one. Another 128 gigs, allowing for much more space to store all your audio, video and image files in, can now expand the smartphone's data storage.
Display and screen size
Samsung had shifted to a compact 5.1-inch display size on the Galaxy S6 and the experiment seemed to have been so successful that the company went with the exact same screen dimensions this time around, with the Galaxy S7. Also, with rumors pointing towards 4k screens on the new flagships but Samsung decided to retain the earlier Quad-HD (2560x1440 pixels) display. This is also a smart move from Samsung as lower resolutions mean better battery performance. Also, there is currently no need and demand for extremely high-resolution displays.
Similar storage options
Starting with 32GB, Samsung set sort of a precedent last year by rejecting Apple's strategy of a 16GB base model in this day and age. With the Galaxy S6 having internal storage models of 32/64/128GB, the Galaxy S7 also follows suit with just two variants - 32 and 64GB. Ditching the 128GB option this time, the company has good reasons to do that with expandable storage coming back with the Galaxy S7.
A big weakness of Samsung's flagship smartphones has always been their heavy software. While some like the overall feel and extra features of TouchWiz UI, most hate the fact that it leads to a lot of bloating and lag after frequent usage intervals. Although stock Android isn't expected on a Samsung device in the near future, the company is surely trying to amend their user interface as much as it can. With a streamlined UI, the Galaxy S7 has the latest TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Keeping the design and other such elements similar, Samsung has also retained the build materials on the Galaxy S7. The revamp on the Galaxy S6, last year, was so revolutionary for Samsung that the industry saw their smartphones as being sleek and beautiful, something Samsung hadn't been associated with in recent times. To maintain what the consumers loved, the company has once again gone with a combination of glass and metal on the new Galaxy S7, providing it with yet another streamlined unibody design.
The pricing on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the same (a bit lower, actually) in the US and European markets, where it has been announced as of yet. With it being a good move overall to not inflate the prices, we need to wait and watch what Samsung has in store for the Indian markets on March 8, 2016.