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.
Galaxy S8 Plus
|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|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||Yes|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.)
Samsung Exynos 8895 (International)
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (U.S.)
Samsung Exynos 8890 (International)
|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|
|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|
|Charger||USB Type-C||Micro USB|
|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
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