Samsung India recently launched their flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge starting at a price of 48,900 rupees. With Samsung and Google being the leaders of high-end Android smartphones in India, this launch puts the Galaxy S7 in direct competition with the Google Nexus 6P.
Here are the top 10 differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Google Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 6P is Google's flagship smartphone for 2015 so, obviously, it had Qualcomm's 2015 flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 810. Faced with a lot of heating issues in many OEM devices, the Snapdragon 810 has faced very minimal issues in the Nexus 6P. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 has the Snapdragon 820 processor of 2016. This is promised to be almost 80% faster and sharper than its predecessor, the 810.
The Google Nexus 6P, a phablet by all means, has a 5.7-inch display, compared to the miniscule 5.1-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S7. While the Galaxy S7 is targeted towards the mainstream audience, the Nexus 6P has a niche consumer base, as has been the case with the entire Nexus smartphone range. Both these smartphones have the same Quad-HD screen, with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.
Improving upon its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 now has a MicroSD card slot that takes MicroSD cards upto 200GB. The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, does not have a MicroSD card slot but offers internal variants upto 128GB in India. The Galaxy S7 has also launched the 32GB variant, as of now.
The ports for charging and data syncing your smartphone is changing rapidly and 2-3 ports are now common on most flagships in the global market. While the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still sporting the trusted Micro-USB port for the purpose of charging, the Nexus 6P is inching towards the future with the new USB Type-C port used for charging and data syncing.
A bigger screen, a bigger form factor generally means a bigger battery and that is exactly the case between the Galaxy S7 and the Nexus 6P. The Nexus 6P has a much bigger battery unit (3,450 mAh), compared to relatively smaller 3,000 mAh battery on the Galaxy S7. While the comparison makes the S7 look bad, it is a big upgrade from the 2,300 mAh battery unit on the Galaxy S6 of 2015.
Both the Galaxy S7 and the Nexus 6P sport a fingerprint sensor. The Nexus 6P has a fingerprint sensor on the back panel, just under the rear camera sensor. The Galaxy S7 has the fingerprint sensor fitted right onto the home button on the front. Reviews show that both the fingerprint sensors on the phones are blazing fast and the error probability is low.
The Google Nexus 6P has the latest and most favorite front facing speakers. These kinds of speaker systems are quite rare with OEMs these days, but they are extremely promising in terms of overall sound quality. The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, adopts the previous speaker sound system, fitted onto the bottom of the back panel of the smartphone.
There is a very minute detail variation in terms of the color options offered on both these smartphones. While the Nexus 6P comes in Matte black and Gold color variants, the Galaxy S7 also adds in a Silver variant this time around. More color variants translates to a wider audience, with these three colors being the most favored when it comes to picking a smartphone. Another difference is that the Galaxy S7 has a matte textured back panel while the Galaxy S7 has a glossy glass back.
A huge difference between the Google Nexus 6P and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the software that both of these smartphones run on. Nexus 6P, being Google's brainchild, runs a pure and stock form of the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This software is free of any bloatware, extra apps or altered design. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 runs on Samsung's very own TouchWiz UI, which although is based on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, looks nothing like its stock Android version and instead has custom apps, themes and wallpapers, making Samsung stand out in the Android ecosystem.
Putting another feather in its cap, Samsung debuted water resistance with the Galaxy S7, making it one of the few flagship smartphones to have this feature. With an IP68 grade rating, the Galaxy S7 is completely dust-proof and partially water proof. Sadly, the Nexus 6P is none.