Technically, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is very close in resemblance to the S7, however, the former is slightly larger in size and comes with a dual-curved edge screen.
The dual-curved edge variant was introduced to the Galaxy S series with last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, a phone that was touted as one of the best looking. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has simply built on the success of the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+, coming in with a great looking device that is also comfortable to hold despite its relatively huge display screen as compared to its predecessor.
Boasting a larger screen and battery unit than the Galaxy S6 Edge, this year’s dual-curved edge variant of the S7 is, without any doubt, a worthy upgrade. But what differences or rather improvements are there to make you want to make the switch from using Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to the newer Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? Let’s find out in this head-to-head comparison.
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a lot of similarities with Galaxy S6 Edge in terms of design. In fact, Samsung had very little to rework on, but the subtle changes made have transformed the S7 Edge into one of the most beautiful gizmos around.
You will no longer see the sharp edges on the S7 Edge as witnessed on the S6 Edge, instead, the phablet is more rounded with the rear also curved to ensure ease of holding in one hand. The phone houses a larger 5.5-inch display unit and is also thinner and heavier than the S6 Edge, still it’s very compact. Just like the S6 Edge, this year’s S7 Edge is made of metal and glass, however, you get IP68 water and dust protection on the latter while the former gives you none.
Even though the Galaxy S6 Edge has a smaller 5.1-inch display unit, both panels are Super AMOLED with QHD resolutions of 2560 by 1440 pixels. However, the larger unit drops the pixel density, but this is not noticeable to the human eye.
Performance, battery, and storage
Since Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is basically an upgraded Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, expect the former to be a better performer than the latter. Last year saw Samsung drop the partnership it shares with American chipmaker Qualcomm, ditching the Snapdragon 810 in favor of an Exynos 7420 SoC on the S6 Edge. Qualcomm has now taken care of the issues that led to this fallout and came back strongly with the Snapdragon 820 SoC that is used on the S7 Edge and a wide variety of 2016 smartphone flagships.
If you buy an international variant, you won’t get a Snapdragon SoC on board, instead, there is an Exynos 8890 SoC, which, according to the company, should deliver the same performance as the 820 chipset. As for the RAM, this year’s S7 Edge is better equipped with 4GB as opposed to last year’s 3GB. While this might not show any significant difference in performance, the growing list of resource-intensive apps and accessories will definitely be favored on the S7 Edge as opposed to the S6 Edge.
On matter storage, you get 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in addition to a microSD card slot. The latter feature went missing on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but there is an extra storage option of 128GB for those who deem the 32GB or 64GB storage available on other variants inadequate. However, this will mean more money, more than it would cost to buy a microSD card of up to 200GB that the S7 Edge can accommodate.
It gets even better with the S7 Edge’s battery unit, with the phone featuring a humongous 3600mAh non-removable battery as compared to the 2600mAh used on the S6 Edge. This means the newer model has more battery life than its predecessor.
The dual-curved edge displays
Both Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and S6 Edge have this unique dual-curved edge panels that offer more functionality to the primary screen. The curved edges have even been made more functional with the new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, an operating system that the S7 Edge comes with out of the box. Since the update has also been availed to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it means that these two devices allow users to swipe along the edges to access a wide variety of shortcuts, quick access to apps as well as news feed. It is possible to customize the Edge displays on both handsets.
If anything, the Edge display experience is very similar on both handsets, especially following a software update on the older S6 Edge.
Camera and pricing
Despite featuring fewer megapixels, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a better camera than the S6 Edge. The former has 12MP DualPixel sensor while the latter has a 16MP sensor. Going further, the S6 Edge’s camera has an aperture of f/1.9 as compared to the larger f/1.7 used on the S7 Edge. This is the same aperture that is also available on the front facing camera of the S7 Edge, but it has the same megapixel count of 5MP as the one used on the S6 Edge.
Pricing is where the decision-making process gets tougher. At the time of this writing, you can grab a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on Amazon for $507.72 while Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can be bought from the same platform for $728.98. However, these prices are for the base models of 32GB.