Samsung Galaxy S4 was born in 2013 and three years down the line we have a new Samsung Galaxy S7. These two smartphones are worlds apart in terms of raw power, but they also happen to be two of the most-loved Samsung Galaxy phones, if the latest stats are anything to go by.
Samsung ditched some features that people loved during the Galaxy S6 season. However, the Galaxy S7 brought them back, but some of these features are nowhere near what the Galaxy S4, despite being old, offers. Many people avoided the Galaxy S5 and even stepped up their game when the Galaxy S6 was released, but it might be hard to stay away from the temptations of updating to the Galaxy S7.
So, how do these two smartphones – Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S7 – really compare against each other?
Design and display
As pointed out earlier, things started going astray for Samsung when it unveiled the Galaxy S5. However, it followed suit with a much better Galaxy S6, but due to the lack of important features such as microSD card support and removable battery, Samsung Galaxy S4 users were not impressed and hence many stayed with the 2013 flagship.
With that in mind, Samsung went back to its roots as far as the Galaxy S7 is concerned, bringing back the microSD card, but still without the removable battery that still makes the S4 such a reliable device. However, you will agree with us that the S7 is one of the best-designed smartphones from Samsung. If at all looks and feel are high on your list, there is no thinking about dumping your Galaxy S4 for the S7.
Samsung ditched the cheap plastic material used on the S4 and instead came in with metal and glass for the S7. There is no doubt that this gives the phone a more premium look than what you get from Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as the display is concerned, you get a slightly smaller screen size on the Galaxy S4. The phone packs a 5-inch Super AMOLED Full HD panel, something that cannot get near the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD panel used on Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms of quality.
Processing power and storage
These two phones have three years between them. In terms of technological changes, there is a lot that can happen in a year, leave alone three years. With this in mind, you can expect the new Samsung Galaxy S7 to be a monster improvement over the Galaxy S4 when it comes to performance.
The 2016 flagship packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC for the U.S. variant while other regions get an Exynos 8890 SoC. However, both variants are packed with a RAM of 4GB and onboard storage of 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB. Just like the S7, Samsung Galaxy S4 also has two variants with respect to processor configuration. The U.S. variant comes with a Snapdragon 600 SoC whereas other regions get an Exynos 5410 SoC. Either handset has a RAM of 2GB while storage options vary from 16GB, 32GB to 64GB. There is also room to expand the onboard storage via a microSD card, but it can only accommodate up to 64GB of expandable storage.
Battery, camera, and other features
Samsung also stepped up the battery size of the Galaxy S7 to 3000mAh, down from the 2600mAh unit used on the Galaxy S4. However, you get the advantage of being able to swap batteries on the older S4. You will also miss on Quick Charge technology if you stay with the S4, a feature that ensures the Galaxy S7’s battery is charged from 0-60% in less than 30 minutes.
There are also some real improvements in the camera segment. Where Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13MP snapper on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, LED flash and autofocus, the Galaxy S7 has a 12MP DualPixel snapper with f/1.7 aperture, LED flash, PDAF, and OIS, among other features. On the front part, the Galaxy S7 has an even better 5MP sensor as opposed to the 2MP you get on the S4.
Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, something that is not available on the Galaxy S4. You also get a fingerprint scanner on the S7 while the S4 doesn’t have this functionality.
With three years between them, there is no doubt that the S7 is a massive upgrade over the S4. So, will you make the switch?