Galaxy S7 Edge vs Galaxy S8 Plus Comparison: Should I Upgrade?
Following the release of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, owners of the previous flagship might be wondering if its worth upgrading to the new phone.
So let us take a look at the new phones in detail and discuss what they have to offer. So that you can make a more informed decision in this area.
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The first notable difference between the two devices is that the home button is missing from the Galaxy S8 Plus. Giving it an improved screen to body ratio and a whopping 6.2 inch of screen real estate. The bezels are much smaller on the Galaxy S8 Plus when compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Where the Galaxy S7 Edge had the fingerprint scanner at the front of the phone. Samsung have moved the location to the rear to accommodate the increased screen size. To add, many users have reportedly found the new location of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 Plus difficult to adjust to, more so for those with smaller hands. Another issue that has been raised with the adjustment is a tendency to touch the camera lens, resulting in the camera becoming part of your regular cleaning routine.
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Coming with a 2560 x 1440 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Display, the Galaxy S7 had arguably the best display among last years premium devices. Meanwhile the new Galaxy S8 Plus packs an even bigger 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display with a massive 2960 x 1440 resolution (3k instead of the 4k much rumored). Both have a similar pixel density of 534 ppi and 529 ppi respectively.
Both devices come with a premium Super AMOLED Display, the main difference is the aspect ratio with the Galaxy S7 Edge possessing the standard 16:9 ratio. While the Galaxy S8 Plus mixes it up with an interesting 18.5:9 ratio. This change gives the Galaxy S8 Plus a taller and narrower display, preference between the two will be a personal thing. However the increased display size of the Galaxy S8 Plus is very noticeable and will make multimedia use of the phone a pleasure.
Processor, RAM, And Memory
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The US version of the Galaxy S7 edge comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, while the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with the far superior octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Looking at the Geek Bench 4 results above, the Galaxy S8 Plus is most certainly leap forward in the performance department.
The Galaxy S8 Plus and S7 Edge both come with 4 GB of RAM, although there are rumors of a 6 GB coming in the future. Meanwhile in terms of storage the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with 64 GB as standard (No other sizes available as of now), with the Galaxy S7 Edge coming with either 32 GB and 64 GB.
Both devices have MicroSD slots which enable an additional 256 GB of storage to be added. Many Micro SDXC exist on the market to suit any budget ranging from slower budget variants to premium performance ones.
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Both the smartphones have similar 12-megapixel primary cameras with f/1.7 apertures. The Galaxy S8 Plus did not end up coming with the reported dual camera setup and so really the only enhancement over the Galaxy S7 Edge is the superior front facing camera and a slightly newer Sony Camera Model.
Little noticeable difference is seen between images between the two, with few saying any different among tech enthusiasts. Slight improvements can be seen, but nothing to make the camera a consideration in whether to upgrade.
Battery Capacity And Software
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Surprisingly the Galaxy S8 Plus houses a smaller 3,500 mAh Li-Ion Battery in comparison to the 3,600 mAH inside the Galaxy S7 edge. However benchmarks have so far shown the Galaxy S8 Plus does last longer despite the smaller size. This shows Samsung have done some nice optimization for the Galaxy S8 Plus, when considering the larger screen and resolution.
In terms of software, the Galaxy S8 Plus comes with Android Nougat 7.0 as standard. On the other hand the S7 Edge comes with 6.0 which can now be upgraded to Nougat 7.0 also.
Notable features that come with the new Galaxy S8 Plus include the Bixby AI Assistant, with Samsung attempting to compete with the likes of Google and Apples AI.
Additionally the Galaxy S8 Plus will have compatibility with the Samsung DeX. A new innovation from Samsung enabling users to turn their device into a desktop computer.
Finally an Iris Scanner will be on board the new Galaxy S8 Plus. This will give users an additional security option. Considering the issues some are reporting with the location of the fingerprint scanner, this may become the default method for unlocking your device.
The Galaxy S8+ comes with some enticing extra functionality. However the Bixby AI voice function is reported not to be ready for release date.
Available Color Options
The Galaxy S7 edge will be available in black, white, gold, silver, pink gold, black pearl, and coral blue.
Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold will be the options on the Galaxy S8 Plus.
The Galaxy S8+ can be purchased at Verizon for $840, while the Galaxy S7 Edge can be picked up for around $500-550 at Amazon for the unlocked version. The new S8 series will be on the shelves from April 21st, but to get your hands on it its advised to pre-order it or prepare to wait.
Both Smartphones come with water and dust resistance. While little has changed in terms of standard features, but performance is much improved with the Galaxy S8+. However, what is likely to entice people towards the Galaxy S8 Plus is the bigger screen, Iris scanner and DeX compatibility.
To conclude the Galaxy S7 Edge is an excellent and very capable smartphone, and there is very little reason for most people to make the upgrade. The device is still quick, possesses a stunning camera and display. While as an enthusiast myself, I want the latest and greatest and in the end that is the only reason its worth upgrading.
The Galaxy S8 Plus is a fantastic phone, the screen is incredible and its lightning fast. Comes with some brilliant new features such as Bixby and the Samsung DeX. And to anyone coming towards the end of their contract this is definitely the phone to look at if you want the best.
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