Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S7 has finally been released and it seems like a disappointment for most. The S7 is certainly an incremental step from the Galaxy S6,but so much of the device remains the same.

Download Speed

LTE download speed has been improved by 50%, which means internet activity should feel a little more snappy and large files should download more quickly.

Hopefully, this is a sign that LTE networks are being more optimally utilized, and should expand out into more rural areas as providers see more 4G traffic.

Spec Comparison

  S6 S7
LTE Speed 300/50 450/50
Weight 138g 152g
Dust Proof? No Yes
Water Proof? No Yes
Screen Size 5.1″ 5.1″
Pixel Density 577 ppi 577 ppi
CPU 1.5/2.1 GHz 1.6/2.3 GHz
External Storage No microSD (200 GB)
Internal Storage 62/64/128 GB 32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
Camera (Rear) 16 MP 12 MP
Camera (Front) 5 MP 5 MP
Infrared Port Yes No
USB microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0
Wireless Charge Yes Yes
Battery 2550 mAh 3000 mAh

S7 Size

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S6 Size

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Waterproofing and Dustproofing

Instead of having a main line flagship and an “Active” version, Samsung has included waterproofing and dustproofing in the standard Galaxy S7.

In practice, this means the S7 should be a little more sturdy, and brief spills or drops shouldn’t do much damage to the device.

Screen

Screen size and pixel density remain the exact same, at 5.1” and 577 ppi. Given the backlash from consumers at the ever increasing screen size of other Android devices, this may be a smart decision for Samsung.

Consumers who want a larger device can buy the Note or Note Edge, but most people seem content with the 5” to 5.5” range.

As for the actual body of the device, the S7 gains 14 grams over the weight of the S6 at 152g. This difference isn’t huge, but enough to probably tell a slight difference.

Chipset

The chipset has been improved to the next generation of Snapdragon and Exynos chips, which should improve performance slightly over the Galaxy S6.

Nothing groundbreaking, but faster devices are always nice to have.

Additionally, an extra gig of RAM puts the S7 at 4GB, which should help tremendously with multitasking.

Storage

Internal storage comes in the typical 32GB and 64GB flavors, but without the 128GB version that Samsung offered with the Galaxy S6.

With the return of a microSD slot, users can augment on-board storage by up to 200GB, which should be more than enough for even the heaviest users.

Camera

Camera quality has been dropped from 16MP to 12MP, which may be an issue for users who take a lot of photography with their device.

Supposedly, optimizations elsewhere have mitigated the decline in actual picture quality, but consumers aren’t happy with the reduction.

Battery

Battery capacity has been improved by about 20%, which should allow users a bit more time between charges.

Since Samsung also kept the same screen size and pixel density, screen-on time won’t be pulling any more battery drain than it did on the S6.

Takeaway

Though comparing phones can be a dense science, what does the average consumer need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 versus the Galaxy S7?

Basically, it’s a marginal change from the S6 with mostly the same specs. All things considered, the biggest difference is that the S6 has a better camera, while the S7 has a microSD card slot.

If you already have a Galaxy S6, performance improvements to the S7 are almost negligible.

Unless you’re a power user, you likely won’t be able to tell a difference. If you absolutely have to have as much storage as possible, the microSD slot supporting up to 200 GB of external storage is convenient.

Again, most users won’t need anywhere near this much storage.

Consumers who still use a Galaxy S5 or other Android device creeping up on 2 years old, the difference may be a bit more noticeable.

Perhaps not as drastic as previous releases in the Galaxy line, but enough to feel more snappy and quick. If the time has come for a 2 year contract renewal and you’re on the market for a new device, the Galaxy S7 is a good phone to consider.

Certainly not the undeniable king of Android that the Galaxy line used to be, but a solid phone with most of the bases covered.

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