Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

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Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on March 18, 2016 by Larious

The Samsung galaxy sequence is consistently present process modifications with every model designed. The Redesigning the Samsung galaxy handsets are completely ingenius, the South Korean electronics giant delivered a cellphone which many may very well be pleased with when even in entrance of trend-acutely aware patrons.

The Galaxy S6 have confirmed something however report-setting, and so with the Galaxy S7 Samsung goes for a form of a recreation change by combining what appears to be the perfect of each worlds with a set of options, packaged into the identical enticing shell. The primary query is what precisely are the distinction and the way a lot of an enchancment between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S7.

Below are factual practical and distinct comparison between each gadgets.


The Galaxy S7 adopts the again curvature of the Note 5, making it notably extra snug to carry, although a dozen or so grams have been added to the invoice (138 vs 152 grams, or four.eight vs 5.four ounces). The distinction in weight is hanging, and we felt it as quickly as we held the Galaxy S7 for the primary time. The cellphone can be only a tad bit smaller than the Galaxy S6, although it has grown thicker (7.9 vs 6.8 mm, or 0.31 vs 0.27 inches)

The rise in thickness just isn’t random, although, for the Galaxy S7 is IP68-licensed and due to this fact dust- and waterproof, it is price declaring that the glass rear of each gadgets is equally as welcoming to fingerprints.

Samsung Galaxy S7   VS   Samsung Galaxy S6

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches                               5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm                                   143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)                                               4.87 oz (138 g)


With the 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S6 already closing in on 600 pixels per inch, little motive for Samsung to maintain on including extra. So, issues have been stored the identical, with the Galaxy S7 additionally sporting a 5.1-inch panel with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution.

The display screen of the Galaxy S7 continues to be a number one one, and even provides barely superior shade accuracy and grayscale response than its predecessor, regardless of its different (relative) shortcomings, Since AMOLED shows permit for just some pixels to be lit up at will, it follows that the Galaxy S7 will not eat an excessive amount of energy doing this. The cellphone can be good sufficient to inform when it is inside a pocket or going through down, through which instances At all times On Display might be off.

Galaxy S7 - left; Galaxy S6 right
Galaxy S7 – left; Galaxy S6 proper

Interface and performance

Samsung is shifting to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow base with the Galaxy S7, and which means core options reminiscent of higher app permissions administration and Doze for improved battery administration throughout idle instances have been launched. Curiously, a brand new Samsung Labs submenu inside Settings permits for some seemingly experimental options, such because the elimination of the app drawer.

Additionally made obtainable is a brand new Recreation Launcher app, the place all of your newly downloaded video games will discover a residence. Launching them by the brand new app will help you tweak telephone performance similar to blocking notifications, turning off the Again and Recent buttons to keep away from unintentional exits, and even recording sport footage. Recreation Launcher additionally helps you to cap the utmost body fee of video games with a view to save battery, or decrease recreation decision to extend efficiency.

The Galaxy S7 is the primary to debut the Samsung+ app, which can give customers entry to dwell tech assist, together with machine diagnostics, ideas and tips, and “unique content material, giveaways and particular affords”. Simply what these final three is likely to be continues to be a thriller, however we look forward to finding out quickly.

Regardless of these additions, the general person expertise stays unchanged. For those who’re an current Samsung person, or have at the very least had expertise with Samsung’s UI, you may anticipate every little thing to be in nearly the identical place.

Processor and memory

The Galaxy S6 was a little bit of a disappointment  occasion for Samsung last yr, because it marked the primary time in current history where the corporate strayed away from Qualcomm’s loving arms. As a substitute of providing a Snapdragon processor.

Qualcomm processor is again on the S7  and so is the previous association the place patrons throughout the US will get the quad-core Snapdragon 820, whereas most different areas can be handled to Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chips. The S7 comes paired with 4GB of RAM vs 3GB for the Galaxy S6. Each the Snapdragon and Exynos have relative similar performance with each chips performing about the identical.

The Galaxy S7 scores higher in benchmarks, particularly when graphics efficiency is concerned, so if you happen to’re into mobile video games, the improve is perhaps value it.


The Samsung S7 comes with a 12 MP rear camera, As an alternative of sticking with the 16-megapixel sensor out there on the Galaxy S6, nevertheless, is greater than made up in our opinion by means of markedly bigger, 1.4μm pixels (vs 1.12μm for the S6) and wider lens (f1/.9 vs f/1.7 for the S7) which imply higher gentle sensitivity, and thus superior low gentle efficiency.

The snapper of the Galaxy S7 prove a bit extra reasonable pictures, with much less of a yellow overcast, and it does so with unimaginable speeds. That’s, very often, the Galaxy S7 will go for twice or larger the shutter speeds of its predecessor. The Galaxy S7 delivers a bit extra pure-trying photos, and at a lot quicker shutter speeds.

Nonetheless, the images within the S7’s camera roll weren’t that a lot totally different from these of the S6’s, Certainly, pictures come out about as equally brilliant.

Just like the Galaxy S6, the S7 presents nearly all the things you’d anticipate from a flagship camcorder, together with 1080p video at 30 and 60 frames per second, and 4K UHD seize at 30 frames per second. Sluggish-movement video can be obtainable, together with a brand new Hyperlapse mode, which lets you principally pace by very lengthy recordings, however with the additional benefit of correct software program stabilization. The Galaxy S7 does have the benefit of a greater and faster auto focus, particularly at night time.

Battery life

The Galaxy S7 gained a millimeter or so in thickness within the transition from the Galaxy S6, however as talked about, that wasn’t random, the cellphone packs a considerably bigger, 3,000 mAh cell, or a leap of 450 mAh in comparison with its predecessor. Given how the Galaxy S6 proved a powerful contender total when it comes to battery longevity.

A much bigger battery additionally means extra time wanted to high it off while you’re all out. In our testing, the Galaxy S7 required 88 minutes to go from zero to full, whereas the Galaxy S6 will get the job completed in seventy eight minutes. Regardless of the hike, the Galaxy S7 nonetheless is among the many quickest charging telephones on the planet.


                                                                                                                                         Samsung Galaxy S7    VS     Samsung Galaxy S6

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – G920T
– G920A
4G Network LTE LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850) – G920F
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700) – G920T
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800) – G920A
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2016, February 2015, March
Status Available. Released 2016, March Available. Released 2015, April
BODY Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 in) 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in)
Weight 152 g (5.36 oz) 138 g (4.87 oz)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Nano-SIM
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.1 inches (~72.1% screen-to-body ratio) 5.1 inches (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Always-on display
– TouchWiz UI
– TouchWiz UI
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Exynos 8890 Octa
Exynos 7420 Octa
CPU Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Adreno 530
Mali-T880 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM 32/64/128 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash 16 MP, f/1.9, 28mm, OIS, autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec. 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR 5 MP, f/1.9, 22mm, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, apt-X v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port No Yes
Radio No No
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host microUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh battery
Talk time Up to 17 h (3G)
Music play Up to 49 h
Colors Black, White, Gold, Silver White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz
SAR US 1.40 W/kg (head)     1.59 W/kg (body) 1.15 W/kg (head)     1.16 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.41 W/kg (head)     0.62 W/kg (body) 0.38 W/kg (head)     0.50 W/kg (body)
Price group 9/10 8/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2004 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2128
Basemark X: 32345
Basemark OS II: 1663 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1641
Basemark X: 22752
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.376 (sunlight) Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.124 (sunlight)
Camera Compare PHOTO / Compare VIDEO
Loudspeaker Voice 66dB, noise 62dB, ring 66dB Voice 68dB, noise 66dB, ring 73dB
Audio quality Noise -92.5dB / Crosstalk -92.7dB Noise -95.6dB / Crosstalk -94.5dB
Battery life 80h endurance rating 73h endurance rating


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