Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy S7 Edge: What’s Different
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is finally out and it’s bringing with it tons of new features and improvements over its predecessor – the Galaxy S7 Edge. What’s the difference between the two, you ask? Let’s find out in our quick comparison below.
READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The S8+ sports a different design compared to the S7 Edge. Although both has Edge screens, the S8+ has a better screen-to-body ratio. There are changes in button placements as well particularly the fingerprint scanner which is now located on at the rear for the S8+. An iris scanner is also placed above the display.
The S7 Edge, on the other hand, has a wide top and bottom bezels compared to the S8+. The home button/fingerprint scanner is located at the bottom and doesn't feature an iris scanner. Still, the S7 Edge's design still looks great even in 2017 standards.
The Galaxy S8+ has the largest display of the two at 6.2-inches which can be considered a small tablet. It's not really a new thing though as we already have a number 6-inchers in the market. It sports a Quad-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 which equates to 531ppi. Protecting it is Corning's Gorilla Glass 5.
The S7 Edge packs a smaller display at 5.5-inches with a Super AMOLED panel. Resolution is slightly lower though at 2560 x 1440 but overall pixel density is slightly higher than the S8+ at 534ppi. Protecting the S7 Edge's display is an older Gorilla Glass 4.
The S8+ uses its own processor, specifically the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor (4 ARM Cortex A53 1.7GHz + 4 Exynos M1 2.3GHz). This is partnered to a Mali G71MP20 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD.
The S7 Edge uses the Samsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core CPU clocked at 2.6GHz and paired with a Mali T880 GPU and 4GB RAM. This is an older chipset so you can expect better performance on the S8+. Storage-wise, it comes in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models, and can be expanded via microSD.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 from last year packs one of the most impressive cameras in a smartphone to date. That said, Samsung has decided to use it again on the S8 and S8+. We're talking about a 12MP Dual Pixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture. The front camera is handled by an 8MP AF camera with f/1.7 aperture.
We're looking at the same camera technology so image quality shouldn't be that much different. The front camera, though, has improved on the S8+ whereas the S7 Edge uses 5MP camera with f/1.7 aperture.
The S8+ comes with a number of features like IP68 water and dust resistance, USB-C, Iris scanner, fingerprint reader, and heart-rate sensor.
The S7 Edge has everything the S8+ has except for a couple of things - USB-C and Iris scanner.
The S8+ has a battery capacity of 3,500mAh which is lower compared to the S7 Edge's 3,600mAh. It still has a great battery life though based on our review (13.5 hours video playback) and supports Fast Wireless Charging. In addition, since it has learned from the Galaxy Note7 battery issues, Samsung has implemented their 8-point battery check for the S8 and S8+.
The S7 Edge packs a slightly larger battery at 3,600mAh. Our battery test on this device resulted to 14 hours of video playback. Like the S8+, the S7 Edge supports Fast Wireless Charging.
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