Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S7: What's changed?

Samsung launched its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship phones today, and like rumours had predicted, there are a lot of new features that do make them worth a try.

While there's no change in terms of design or size, internal upgrades include new batteries, a Dual Pixel camera lens, a new processor and a microSD slot.

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, despite being major upgrades over the S5, didn't do too well thanks to the absence of microSD slots as well as lack of truly remarkable features that could distinguish them from the iPhone 6. With the S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung has attempted to gain lost ground but still needs to outdo close rivals like the LG G5 and the upcoming HTC One M10.

IP68 rating

In terms of build quality and design, the new phones don't really look much different from their predecessors. Even the display resolution stays the same. However, the difference this time is the IP68 certification on being dustproof and waterproof.

As per Samsung, the new phones can stay under a metre and a half of water for over 30 minutes without getting damaged. Now that is something most flagship phones wouldn't like boasting about.

You can now pre-order your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phone at Carphone Warehouse!

The microSD slot

DJ Koh, Samsung's President of Mobile Communications said today that Samsung listens to what consumers demand. They proved it today with the re-introduction of the microSD slot, the lack of which was a major reason why people didn't like the S6 and S6 Edge a lot.

A lot of users, especially in Asia, don't like depending on the Cloud thanks to low internet speeds and the lack of a microSD slot truly hampered the way they could use such premium phones. With microSD support for up to 200GB of data, the new phones surely have forced a lot of buyers to sit up and take note.

Exynos 8890 processor

Yet another major upgrade in the new phones is the new 64-bit Exynos 8890 octa-core processor. Unveiled in November, Exynos 8890 supports LTE Cat 12 technology and thus supports download and upload speeds of 600 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively.

Exynos 8 Octa also contains Mali™-T880, ARM®’s latest GPU for enabling superior graphics, 3D gaming and VR experiences.

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Thanks to the chip and an impressive 4GB of RAM in both handsets, your HD gaming, multimedia and multi-tasking experience on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge should be either as smooth or smoother than on any other flagship phone.

Dual Pixel camera

This was the first thing Samsung talked about during the launch and truly signifies a great leap in camera technology.

Thanks to the Dual Pixel technology, your images will be brighter and sharper than usual, even in low light conditions. The technology also allows for a brighter lens with a wider aperture, bigger pixels, better autofocus and faster shutter speed.

Just like Live Photos in iOS devices, Samsung has also introduced Motion Panorama which brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving people a completely immersive visual experience.

360-degree camera support

“On the heels of last year’s Gear VR release, Gear 360 once again pushes the limits on immersive content – providing a visual experience that makes capturing and sharing life’s moments even easier,” said DJ Koh as he unveiled the new Gear 360 VR camera.

Gear 360 camera runs two 15MP cameras simultaneously that will let you shoot hi-res 360-degree videos with resolutions of 3840 x 1920p and also take 30MP pictures. When synced with S7 or S7 Edge, Gear 360 will let you record and preview content at the same time. It will also "automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly through social channels including Google Street View."

Battery life

Apart from bringing in larger batteries, Samsung has ensured that Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will continue to charge as quickly as well as wirelessly as their predecessors. As per Samsung, S7 and S7 Edge can be charged from zero to 100 per cent in 90 minutes and 100 minutes respectively. 

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