Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs. Galaxy S7 Edge – Is there a Reason to Upgrade?

Galaxy S8 Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S8+ is finally here, with shipping set to begin next week. As expected, owners of the older Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are now stuck between keeping the proven S7 Edge or make the switch to the unproven, yet so promising Galaxy S8+.

Without wasting too much of your time, here’s a closer look at what the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ has to bring into play compared to the year-old Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Design and display

The design and display of Samsung Galaxy S8+ are new compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. For starters, you’ll notice missing physical buttons on the new phone. The space that they occupy on the Galaxy S7 Edge has been turned into display area, thus adding more size to the overall size of the screen. The absence of physical buttons has also meant that the bottom bezel is even smaller than before and to make it uniform, the top bezel is also of the same thickness.

Where the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S7 Edge is located on the front, you’ll find it on the back of the S8+, just beside the main camera. As for the side bezels, they remain curved and so are the edges of the screen. Speaking of the screen, the Galaxy S8+ has a massive panel of 6.2 inches in size with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 as compared to the 5.5-inch panel and aspect ratio of 16:9 used on the S7 Edge. Since the front panel is not the only place you find glass on the S8+, there’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the back panel as well, ensuring that the stylish device doesn’t break easily in case of accidental falls.

As for the S7 Edge, you get Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back panels because it’s also made of glass and metal, just like the S8+. Due to the S8+’s bigger size and the need to maintain the same display quality as seen on the Galaxy S7 Edge, the tech giant went for a QHD+ resolution (2960 x 1440 pixels) as opposed to the QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) used on the 2016 flagship. Interestingly, this massive Galaxy S8+ display panel is housed by a frame that is not much bigger compared to the S7 Edge, measuring 159.5×73.4×8.1 mm against 150.9×72.6×7.7 mm of its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Processing power and storage

In the U.S., Samsung Galaxy S8+ will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, the newest flagship chipset and successor to the Snapdragon 820 used on the Galaxy S7 Edge. As usual, the new chipset comes with enhanced performance, something that could be a deciding factor on this front, given that the RAM remains unchanged at 4GB.

In terms of storage, the Galaxy S7 Edge loses the battle with its 32GB compared to 64GB of the Galaxy S8+. Even though the S7 Edge also got a 64GB variant, it is hard to come by, just like it could happen with the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the S8+. Both phones’ storage can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 256GB.

The difference between the U.S. variant and international variants of the Galaxy S8+ and S7 Edge remain the same. Where the international variant of the former has an Exynos 8895, the same variant of the latter has an Exynos 8890. As for the rest of the specs, they remain unchanged.

Camera, battery capacity and software

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was ranked the second best smartphone in terms of cameras and as expected, the Galaxy S8+ kept just about everything regarding the snappers. You’ll come across a 12MP Dual Pixel shooter on the back with all the bells and whistles, alongside a wide aperture of f/1.7. While the front cameras for both phones keep the same aperture as the main cameras, the Galaxy S8+ gets a better 8MP lens compared to the 5MP shooter used on the S7 Edge.

To keep the phones going are two almost equal battery units, where the newer model has a 3500mAh unit compared to the 3600mAh unit on the year-old S7 Edge. One thing that could help give the S8+ a longer battery life is the default 1080p resolution of the screen compared to the default QHD resolution of the S7 Edge. The amount of battery juice used up by a Full HD resolution is less compared to what a QHD resolution uses.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

For the software, you get Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box on the Galaxy S8+ and even though the S7 Edge has Android Marshmallow out of the box, an update to Nougat is already available for download.

Extras and pricing

Samsung Galaxy S8+ has a few other goodies it offers that push it well ahead of the S7 Edge. One such goody is the new Bixby Assistant, which works like Google Assistant, but Samsung says it’s quite different from other assistants. You also get the chance to enjoy your Galaxy S8+ as a desktop thanks to the support for Samsung DeX. The new phablet also gets an iris scanning feature on the front panel for easier and more secure authentication.

As far as prices are concerned, the Galaxy S8+ starts at $850, with the 6GB/128GB variant set to retail at $1000+. As for the Galaxy S7 Edge, the launch price was $770, but now that a new S8+ is here, you can grab one at about $100 less or even better. The new S8+ is available in Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold and Coral Blue. As for the S7 Edge, you can have it in Black, Gold, White, Silver, Black Pearl, Pink Gold or Coral Blue.

So, do you think there’s reason (s) to ditch your Galaxy S7 Edge in favor of the new Galaxy S8+? Share your thoughts with us via the comments below.