Galaxy S7 versus Galaxy S8 Review
Samsung phones have a habit of falling rapidly in value in the first few months after they are launched, but even if the Galaxy S8 price drops 20 percent three months from now you’ll still be saving yourself more if you buy the Galaxy S7 instead. You’ll save even more if you shop online.
In most cases, the Galaxy S8 is being sold as part of a deal in which you get a free Bluetooth speaker. This sounds great but only adds value only if you want or need the speaker.
It’s worth noting that the prices for the Galaxy S7 are for the standard 32GB model, whereas the Galaxy S8 has 64GB of storage as standard.
The Galaxy S7 can be found in two versions: one with a standard 5.1in Quad-HD SuperAMOLED display, and an ‘edge’ version with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED dual-curved-edge display.
For the Galaxy S8 the dual-curved-edge display is now standard across the range, hence the names change from ‘edge’ to ‘Plus’ for the larger phone.
The only differences between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are the
- Screen size
- Battery capacity
Therefore choosing between the two should be much easier. You want the bigger one or you don’t.
The new Galaxy flagship has a lot more screen display over its precursor, and without a radical change in the dimensions. As you might have noticed above the dual-curved screen is now standard across the range, but Samsung has made other changes, too.
Whilst the Galaxy S7 had a 5.1inch screen, the Galaxy S8 now boasts of a huge 5.8inch screen. Also, the resolution has also been improved, from Quad-HD to Quad-HD+ (2960×1440 pixels).
Samsung has managed to advance the size of the display without making the chassis radically larger. Formerly it was 142x70x7.9mm it is at present 149x68x8mm. this has been achieved by removing the physical home button from below the display.
Also, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back, now found to the right of the camera, while onscreen buttons at the front are paired with a pressure sensor buried at the foot of the screen.
The modification of the home button makes the Galaxy S8 look quite different compared to the previous Samsung devices. Despite the fact that the company has continued with the use of metal and glass front/rear design introduced in the Galaxy S6 and refined in the Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy S8 has a tougher Gorilla Glass 5 screen shield, too, but both Galaxy phones are IP68 waterproof.
At first, only two colors were launched; Midnight Black and Orchid Grey. Arctic Silver will be launched soon. Nevertheless, there are all five in total. The Galaxy S7 as well comes in five colors: black, white, gold, silver and pink gold.
Samsung has replaced the Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7 with the Snapdragon 835, which it has built in collaboration with Qualcomm. This 10nm chip incorporates the Adreno 540 GPU, and guarantees improvement of up to 27 percent in performance, up to 40 percent efficiency, and consequently the battery life has also been upgraded. Galaxy S7 supports Quick charge which is being advertised as being able to give you five hours life from a five-minute charge.
Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 come with 4GB DDR4 RAM.
The 12Mp camera built-in to the rear of the Galaxy S7 can also be seen in the Galaxy S8, although there have been some enhancement to the selfie camera, which is now rated at 8Mp and comes with an autofocus aspect.
7. Audio, ports, and connectivity
Samsung has of late purchased audio firm Harman, which is well known for its Harman Kardon speakers. The Galaxy S8 alternated the bottom-facing speaker on the Galaxy S7 with a stereo pair. It also comes packed with AKG earphones, and retains that 3.5mm headphone jack dropped by Apple and others.
The Galaxy S7’s Micro-USB has been substituted with the USB-C, whereas Bluetooth has been advanced to version 5.0.
Both the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S8 supports wired- and wireless fast charging. The battery aptitude hasn’t changed and is still rated at 3,000mAh.
The Galaxy S8 is dispatched with Android Nougat, while the Galaxy S7 has Marshmallow out with an update to Marshmallow available, so there is little difference in the software.
The Galaxy S7 is an incredible phone at a great price, and it one of the very best Android phones you can buy. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 is relatively expensive, but features the latest tech and totally looks the part.