It’s time to upgrade to a new Samsung smartphone but which one of the flagship is the best? The Galaxy S8 Plus or the older Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s a prevalent question at this moment.
Display Just got Bigger
The comparison should always start with the screen size because Samsung’s flagship phones in 2017 are so large that they may intimidate some of the buyers. The Galaxy S8 Plus sports a huge 6.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels while the S7 Edge has a pretty small (!) 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. If display is your concern and you love an easy to hold phone, the 2016 flagship model is an easy choice as it’s small yet delivers amazing AMOLED experience but has Gorilla Glass 4 unlike the Glass 5 used in Galaxy S8 Plus.
New Design with No Home Button
The newest phone has no home button in the front and the fingerprint sensor is in the back. Once again, the S7 Edge wins this round because it may not have iris scanner or a thinner bezel but the front button is easy to access any time of the day. The older phone has the same water and dust resistant rating but it uses the old micro USB port which may not concern most buyers.
If you are looking to buy the 2017 flagship model from Samsung expecting a huge camera bump, just don’t do it because it is not designed to outsmart its older version anyway. Instead, the software is better and the camera pixels are improved. Yet, the Galaxy S8 Plus is not as sharp as the Pixel phones and we expect a future software update should improve picture quality.
The Processing Capacity
S7 Edge had a Snapdragon 820 while the S8 Plus has Snapdragon 825. Samsung promises there will be about 10% better CPU performance and 30% GPU performance but in real world usage, it’s hard to spot these differences, especially considering the premium price you pay to own the latest device.
An exclusive voice assistant Bixby that looks a lot like Google Now will eventually find its way to Galaxy S7 Edge but is now available only on Galaxy S8 Plus. Considering the new phone costs $100 more than S7 Edge’s pricing in 2016 launch, it is great for anyone to opt for the older phone than try the Galaxy S8 which is huge to handle and doesn’t deliver too much of a leap in technology for the price it demands.