Samsung Galaxy S7 is now available in all markets across the globe having been on the market for over two months now.
While there is no doubt that the new S7 is a fantastic phone, the question here is whether the phone is worth dumping your slightly older but still very powerful Samsung Galaxy S5.
Right from the beginning, you will notice huge differences between these two phones. Of course, the size remains the same and both units still pack a Super AMOLED panel, however, the polished metal and glass brings huge changes underneath it. But does it mean that it is time you did away with your Galaxy S5? Let’s take a look at these two phones – Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S5.
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy S5 is the last Galaxy S series to come with a plastic build. This material build makes the phone look and feels cheap when put head to head with the magnificent combination of metal and glass used on Samsung Galaxy S7. The S7 design changes’ journey begun with the Galaxy S6, but it with the new device that Samsung seems to have got it all right. Some may be afraid of the fact that the S7 is made of glass. Well, Samsung went for Corning’s Gorilla Glass for protecting the glass panel.
The same technology shields the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED QHD panel used on the Galaxy S7, but the Full HD Super AMOLED panel on the S5 is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. As pointed out earlier, the two devices have the same screen size, but you get crispier views with the newer device. Furthermore, Samsung Galaxy S7 adds an always on display, something you won’t find on the Galaxy S5.
These two handsets have protective measures against dust and water. While the S5 uses the older IP67 rating, the S7 has an IP68 certification. This offers much better protection than the older IP67.
Performance and camera specs
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S5 have two years of technological change between them. This is a huge gap and it can be seen in the differences of the performance specs on offer.
In terms of raw power, it cannot be argued that the S7 is the better option. The phone packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC (Exynos 8890 for international variants) and a RAM of 4GB. On the contrary, Samsung Galaxy S5 features a Snapdragon 801 SoC with half the RAM of the S7.
While the Galaxy S7 provides that extra horsepower, the question is do you need it?
There are subtle differences when it comes to storage options. Samsung Galaxy S7 has two options of 32GB and 64GB, but the latter variant is scarcely available. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S5 has 16GB and 32GB options. The good thing is that both handsets have room for microSD card slots, but the newer S7 can carry up to 200GB while the S5 only manages 128GB of expandable storage.
As for the camera, the new Galaxy S7 has already been voted as the best offering of 2016 yet. This can be attributed to the 12MP DualPixel sensor on the rear that features f/1.7 aperture and OIS, promising the best shots even in poor lighting. The front part has a 5MP wide-angle selfie sensor that delivers even better video calls and group selfies.
As for Samsung Galaxy S5, the rear snapper is 16MP but features an aperture of f/2.2 that means the S7 beats it when it comes to low-light photography. It gets even tougher for the S5 as it only features a 2MP selfie sensor, which is nowhere near the S7’s selfie camera. To keep the phones powered are two different sets of battery configurations. While the Galaxy S5 has a slightly smaller 2800mAh battery unit, it is removable. On the contrary, Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3000mAh non-removable unit, something that makes the former a flexible choice.
In terms of software, you will get Android KitKat on Samsung Galaxy S5 out of the box. However, there is a ready Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update available for the phone. This is the same version that comes preinstalled on Samsung Galaxy S7. Both phones are equipped with fingerprint readers, but the S7’s is faster than the S5.