Samsung Galaxy S6 was launched in 2015 but it could not beat Apple’s iPhone in that year. However, Samsung Galaxy S7 which was launched in 2016 has beaten Apple’s iPhone 6s by selling more of its unit in July 2016. This has happened for the first time for the South Korean giant. Every Smartphone manufacturer launches a new gadget with better features than its predecessors. However, in reality Samsung Galaxy S7 is overall superior but Samsung Galaxy S6 has few superior features.
Some features are always a tradeoff like weight of the phone and longer battery life. A Smartphone can’t always have a super thin phone and long battery power at the same time.
So let’s compare these two phones and see what is new and what is still the same.
Samsung has realized that people are not always obsessed with thinness of the phone. Therefore, Galaxy S7 is heavier but with more battery power. Galaxy S7 has dimension of 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm and 152 g whereas Galaxy S6 has dimension of 143.3 x 70.8 x 6.9 mm and 132 g. The Galaxy S7 is 20 grams heavier than S6 but it is justified by more powerful battery.
S7 has retained some of the good features like the glass back that allows the phone to be charged without wire and it also has retained the premium finish in the aluminum chassis.
This is one of the best feature of Samsung galaxy S7 which is not there in Galaxy S6. Although Sony Xperia has been coming out with water resistance series since very long, this is the first time Samsung has introduced this feature in one of its smartphones. So now the Samsung Galaxy users will not be afraid of going out in the rain and ruining their phones. Even the accidental dropping of phone in deep water or running water is nothing to be worried about any more.
The Galaxy S7 is IP68 water compliant which means that it can be submerged in 1.5m of water for up to an hour without any damage.
Samsung galaxy S6 already had one of the best looking displays in the market and Galaxy S7 surpassed this by miles. Galaxy S7 has 5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi), and Super AMOLED panel whereas Galaxy S6 has 5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi), Super AMOLED panel. So you must be wondering that the statistics are same then what has improved. Well basically, some super nice features were added. The best one is ‘Always on’ display. This means that the phone is always showing alerts notifications and time even when the phone is locked or switched off. The users have a choice of displaying calendar or a photo. To top it all, this features just uses 1% of battery life every hour. This is a very smart and efficient way of saving the battery and making it last longer.
Performance – It’s faster
Gone are the days when people were fed up of phone hanging. Every latest launch now is faster and better. Same is true for Galaxy S7.
Galaxy S7 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Dual-core 2.15 GHz and 1.6 GHz CPUs and Adreno 530 GPU. Whereas Galaxy S6 has Quad-core 21.GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs and Mali-T760 GPU. The Galaxy S6 had 3GB RAM whereas Galaxy S7 has 4 GB RAM.
Battery Life – A lesson learnt by Samsung
For many years now Samsung boasted of good battery performance and it was superior to the battery of iPhone but with Galaxy S6, Samsung abandoned this advantage and went for “thinness”. However, Samsung realized its mistake and corrected it in time. Therefore, Galaxy S7 has 3000 mAh capacity battery whereas Galaxy S6 has 2550 mAh capacity battery. Galaxy S7 promises of 10 hour video playback and can last a full day after a heavy usage whereas Galaxy S6 will need charging in just 7 to 8 hours.
At present, Galaxy S7 has the best camera in the market with competition coming from yet to be launched iPhone 7. Samsung Galaxy S7 has 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 F1.7 sensor rear camera and Front facing 5MP F1.7 camera, 1080p video whereas Samsung Galaxy S6 has 16 megapixel Sony IMX240 F1.9 sensor rear camera and Front facing 5MP F1.9 camera, 1080p video.
Here is the surprising fact that Galaxy S7 went a little backwards in the megapixel department. Rarely any company does that. However, Galaxy S7 wins the race despite the lower megapixel. This is because of Sony IMX260 sensor and F1.7 aperture. Worth mentioning is the dual pixel technology.
The technology uses 100% of its pixels when focusing the lens. Comparing it to Galaxy S6 which used only 5% and highest usage by any other smartphone is 10%.
Galaxy S7: The tradeoff feature
GalaxyS7 has given up its loudness of speakers because of insulation it had to do to make the phone water resistant. Worth noting is that Galaxy S6 also was a quiet phone and galaxy S7 is even more quiet.
The Galaxy S7 marks the return of memory card or the microSD slot. Therefore, the users can add upto 200 GB of micro SD card externally.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has truly surpassed Galaxy S6 in most of the departments. It is actually a great phone which is giving tough competition to Apple. Samsung Galaxy S7 price in India is Rs. 48,900 which is a good price for this superb phone.