Samsung’s two new flagships have a whole lot in common, but there are some key differences. You can read our full reviews for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge to learn which one you want, but we thought a head to head comparison might make your job a little easier.
On the surface, Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a bigger screen and two sexy edges, while the standard S7 has a more petite frame and traditional design. Both are excellent phones that are more than worthy of filling your pocket, but which one is right for you? Below are key differences between the two Galaxies.
Specs and camera
Galaxy S7 Edge
|Size||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)||149 x 72 x 7.62 mm (5.85 x 2.85 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||5.36 ounces||5.54 ounces|
|Screen||5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED||Dual-edge, 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,440 pixels||2,560×1,440 pixels|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models),
Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)
|Qualcomm MSM8996, Snapdragon 820 (U.S. Models),
Exynos 8890 Octa (International Models)
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+|
|Camera||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP||Front 5MP, Rear 12MP|
|Video||2,160p 4K UHD||2,160p 4K UHD|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2|
|Charger||Micro USB||Micro USB|
|Wireless Charging||Yes, Qi and PMA||Yes, Qi and PMA|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Color offerings||Black, white, gold, silver||Black, white, gold, silver|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|DT Review||4 out of 5 stars||4 out of 5 stars|
When it comes to specs, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are evenly matched. Both U.S. models rock Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors and 4GB of RAM, which result in super speedy performance. The European counterparts for the S7 and S7 Edge have Samsung’s Exynos octa-core onboard, which is said to be weaker than the Qualcomm chips, but not noticeably so. The two Galaxies also have special water cooling systems inside to keep the heat down while gaming or taking on processor-heavy tasks, though both do get warm in your hand. In terms of performance, these two are completely tied.
Both phones start at 32GB of storage and support expandable storage via MicroSD cards up to 200GB, so there’s no difference there, either. The 12-megapixel, dual-pixel back cameras on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are among the best smartphone cameras you can find. The f/1.7 aperture and the 1.4µm dual-pixels allow more light to enter the sensor and result in stunning photos in an array of lighting conditions.
As usual, Samsung’s camera app is fast and capable, and the new dual-pixel tech boosts low-light performance to entirely new levels. Although it can occasionally blow out night time shots, the camera typically takes great shots with very little light. Sometimes the resulting pictures are even better than ones taken with the iPhone 6S Plus, which is a fantastic feat. The front-facing 5-megapixel cameras are equally matched and take decent selfies.
Spec-wise, these two are tied.
Specs winner: Tie
Battery life and charging
The only real spec difference between the Galaxy S7 and the Edge is battery capacity. The S7 has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a 3,600mAh pack. The slight upgrade in battery size should be negligible because the Edge has a larger screen, but it actually matters. In our testing, the S7 Edge regularly showcased better battery performance than the S7.
However, both phones do support Quick Charge 2.0 via Micro USB and wireless charging, so you’ll be able to juice them up quickly in a pinch. Neither phone’s battery is removable, though, so if that is a problem, you won’t want either S7.
We found the Galaxy S7 and the Edge both last through a busy day with ease, though the Edge can hold out longer. Our S7 regularly had 10 percent less battery than the Edge after a solid day’s use. As anyone with a smartphone knows, that 10 percent can mean the difference between having a dead smartphone on your cab ride home or one with just enough juice to send a text or two.
Winner: Galaxy S7 Edge