Galaxy S8 Plus vs. Galaxy S7 Edge: Which Samsung smartphone has the edge?

Galaxy S8 Plus
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If Samsung’s stylish curves have seduced you and you like big screens, then you’ll be looking at the new Galaxy S8 Plus with longing in your eyes. If you’re due an upgrade it may just tempt you to bite, but what if your budget is a bit more limited, or you snagged an S7 Edge last year? Is the new S8 Plus worth the extra cash? After all, the S7 Edge isn’t exactly hard to look at, and it’s no slouch under the hood, either. If this is proving to be a dilemma for you right now, then join us for a closer look at the specs, as we pit Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. Galaxy S7 Edge in a battle for your affections.

Specs

Galaxy S8 Plus

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Galaxy S7 Edge

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Size  159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in) 149 x 72 x 7.62 mm (5.85 x 2.85 x 0.30 in)
Weight  6.1 ounces (173 grams) 5.54 ounces (157 grams)
Screen  6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution  2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529ppi) 2,560×1,440 pixels (534ppi)
OS Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Storage  64GB 32/64GB
SD Card Slot Yes Yes
NFC support Yes Yes
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.)
Samsung Exynos 8895 (International)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (U.S.)
Samsung Exynos 8890 (International)
RAM  4GB 4GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+ Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+
Camera  Front 8MP, Rear 12MP with OIS Front 5MP, Rear 12MP with OIS
Video  2,160p 4K HDR 2,160p 4K UHD
Bluetooth Yes, version 5.0 Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other sensors Barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, heart rate, proximity sensor, iris scanner Barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, heart rate, proximity sensor
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Yes, IP68
Battery  3,500mAh 3,600mAh
Charger  USB Type-C Micro USB
Quick Charging Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Yes, Qi and PMA Yes, Qi and PMA
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Color offerings Black, silver, orchid gray, coral blue (international), gold (international) 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

The world of smartphones is always moving forward, and newer is generally better in the performance department. That’s certainly the case with the Galaxy S8 Plus, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the U.S. or Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8895 in some international markets. The Galaxy S7 Edge has the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890. The newer Snapdragon 835 chipset is smaller, faster, and less demanding in terms of power. It also enables faster charging and better download speeds. In short: The new processor is significantly better than the old one. Both phones sport 4GB of RAM, so there’s nothing else to separate them here.

Winner: Galaxy S8 Plus

Design, display, and durability

Galaxy S8 Plus
Galaxy S8 Plus Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Clearly, the S8 Plus represents the pinnacle of Samsung’s design journey over the last few years. It’s a beautifully curved wonder of glass and metal with an impressively big screen. The South Korean manufacturer has been consistently producing some of the best-looking phones on the planet. We fell in love with the S7 Edge, but by squeezing down the bezels and losing the home button on the front, Samsung has managed to turn out something even more gorgeous.

From behind, there isn’t much to separate them, but from the front, the S8 Plus wins all day long. We have some usability concerns about the fingerprint sensor on the back of the S8 Plus, right next to the camera module, but Samsung has mitigated that issue by including iris scanning and facial recognition as alternative unlock methods.

If you’ve been hankering for an all-screen design, the S8 Plus and its smaller sibling look to be about as close as anyone has gotten. The S8 Plus packs a 6.2-inch screen into an impossibly svelte body. Sure, it’s a touch taller, wider, and thicker than the S7 Edge, but look at the extra real estate you get. The S7 Edge screen is just 5.5 inches. Don’t get us wrong: The S7 Edge is one of the best smartphone designs we’ve ever seen and both employ the same vibrant, Super AMOLED technology, with very little difference in terms of resolution, but the S8 Plus is more refined.

Because of the curves and the glass back, both the S8 Plus and the S7 Edge are easy to damage if dropped and expensive to fix. Neither phone is likely to survive a drop unscathed (the S8 Plus even more so), but they can cope with water. The IP68 rating means they can be submerged in up to 5 feet for water for half an hour without sustaining damage.

Winner: Galaxy S8 Plus

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