The Galaxy S series are Samsung’s best-selling smart phone model in recent years. Last year Samsung launched Galaxy S7 and even sold more handsets than the iPhone 6S in a month. But how can the Galaxy S7 achieve such a great success, when the Galaxy S6, its visually almost identical predecessor, flopped? Read on and take a look at the big differences between Galaxy S6 and S7 in our comparison.
Consumers always prefer to select a thinner and lighter smart phone. To achieve this, designers have to sacrifice the functionality, durability and battery life. With the Galaxy S7, however, Samsung has learnt its lesson.
• Galaxy S7 – 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in) and 152 g
• Galaxy S6 – 143.3 x 70.8 x 6.9 mm (5.64 x 2.79 x 0.27 in) and 132 g
In terms of appearances, the S7 is remarkably similar to the S6, though, S7 adds 1mm thickness and 20g weight for a bigger battery and water resistance. Moreover, smart phone makers adjusted the feeling of the device. The edges of the S7’s rear panel now curve towards the frame, resulting in its back more rounded, which makes it less smooth and more ergonomic.
The Galaxy S6 has an extraordinary camera which is seldom overexposed, can offer natural color in the daylight and is capable in low light. Certainly Galaxy S7 inherits and optimizes this function.
• Galaxy S7 – 12 megapixel Sony IMX260 F1.7 sensor, OIS, LED flash, 4K video. Front facing 5MP F1.7 camera, 1080p video
• Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel Sony IMX240 F1.9 sensor, OIS, LED flash, 4K video. Front facing 5MP F1.9 camera, 1080p video
The camera upgraded Sony IMX260 sensor, and aperture is lower to F 1.7. Together, these enhancements mean that the Galaxy S7 is by far the fastest focusing smart phone in the world, and that’s why camera is one of the most crucial differences between two devices.
It wasn’t a popular move when Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 sported smaller batteries than their predecessors. This year, however, Samsung has responded to criticism and packed the S7 with a bigger battery.
• Galaxy S7 – 3000 mAh capacity battery
• Galaxy S6 – 2550 mAh capacity battery
The Galaxy S7 has a 17.6% larger battery than the Galaxy S6 and Samsung promises this will allow you to watch an entire season of Game of Thrones on a single charge. More practically, the Galaxy S7 also gets through a full day of pretty heavy use without any problem while the Galaxy S6 can require a top up not long after lunch.
Samsung made great progress on the S6 with Touch Wiz. This is the cleanest version of the interface and contains the least bulking items. S7 used the same version of Touch Wiz as seen on S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5. Galaxy S7 ran Marshmallow directly out of the box. Since the Galaxy S6 has received the Marshmallow update, the rest of the software should be almost the same.
From the differences between Galaxy S6 and S7 we’ve talked above, we can come to the conclusion that Samsung did make numerous efforts to optimize the functionality, durability and battery life etc. of Galaxy S7. Samsung has gone through the credit crisis due to the explosion of Note 7 last year, though, it’s still an exceptional smart phone maker in the market. Hope they’ll learn a lesson from it and continue producing better devices for us.