Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S7
Samsung already started to sell its new flagship phone, S8 and S8 Plus. This new phone has a whole new design, new security tools and software features. Meanwhile, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners are also paying attention and comparing these two phones which cause question marks about whether to upgrade.
|Samsung Galaxy S7||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|Screen Size||5.1 inch||5.8 inch|
|Resolution||Quad HD (2560 x 1440)||QHD+ (2960 x 1440)|
|Finger Print Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|CPU||SD 820 / Exynos 8890||SD 835 / Exynos 8895|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB|
|Main Storage||32 / 64 GB||64 GB|
|Back Camera||12 MP, f/1.7||12 MP, f/1.7|
|Front Camera||5 MP||8 MP|
We thought that with the Galaxy S8, Samsung would not go into significant changes in design, and that it will protect the design language of Galaxy S7, with its metal frame, friction-optimized glass surface and curved corners. However, after they faced many problems with the Note 7, Samsung had to make something unique. For this reason, the Galaxy S8 needed some special features. In this case, it is the design that makes the phone stand out. While with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has slightly reduced the frame area and made the phone thinner, with the Galaxy S8, we are seeing further advancements in the design.
Even the standard Galaxy S8 comes with curved screen. Thus, not only in the bigger screen model but also in the smaller one, there is a screen that is curved in both edges as it was only in the last year’s S7 edge model. Even better, the S8’s screen occupies a large part of the front of the phone. For this reason, the physical navigation keys located under the S7’s screen are not included in this phone. Instead, the navigation controls are on the screen. The home button on the main screen also provides vibrant feedback as it does on the iPhone 7 to give you the feeling of a physical button.
As a result, the Galaxy S8 has a bigger screen than the S7, but the phone is actually smaller than the previous generation. That is all thanks to the new screen technology that makes it possible to get rid of the thick bezels. You may not believe it but the regular S8 has a screen size of 5.8 inch compared to the 5.1 inch on the S7.
Display & Multimedia
As mentioned in the last paragraph, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1 inch, Quad HD screen. This screen offers very sharp images and vibrant colors. The Galaxy S8 has a larger screen with a size of 5.8 inches. This screen, which has a wider area, naturally offers more viewing space. The gigantic screen of the Galaxy S8 is curved around the edges as it does on the S7 edge. The bottom and top of the phone reaches even further. Because the function of the home screen button is integrated directly into the screen, there is a lot of space left for the screen. The length of the screen is not changed the most. Naturally, rather than the 16: 9 aspect ratio display of the S7, a rather unusual aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 is preferred. This stretched aspect ratio is especially useful when watching movies or series. Mobile HDR support will also increase the overall quality as long as you can find content that supports HDR. Netflix and Amazon Video have already announced support for this technology. We expect other content services to adapt to these changes quickly though.
The other advantage of the S8 is the fact that the standard storage option is 64 GB while continues to have a MicroSD support.
Performance & Battery
The Galaxy S7 had two different processor options, according to the country it was on the market for; Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 were available. However, there wasn’t big changes between those models in the S7. You can expect a similar performance on the Galaxy S8. Exynos 8895 Octa processor is available in Galaxy S8 sold in Europe. In any case though, the models with the Exynos are said to perform at almost the same level as the Snapdragon 835 version that is available in US and in some other countries.
Battery performance, on the other hand, is great. While the Galaxy S7 had Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging technology which wasn’t as developed as the fast charging features of the other flagship phones in 2016, the S8 comes with a newer version of this feature. Like the Galaxy S7, the S8 also has wireless charging support. This will go very nicely with those who do not like carrying cables.
In terms of camera, S8 uses the exact same camera from the Galaxy S6. The camera of the Galaxy S7 was one of the best in the market, just like its predecessor Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S8 also retains these good features. Behind the Galaxy S8, we see a 12 megapixel f / 1.7 aperture camera. When we examine the photos taken with the S8, they seem very impressive. Dual Pixel netting technology is available on both of the models, regular and the plus. Furthermore, the Optical Image Stabilization system prevents blurred photos taken in dimly lit environments by the effects of hand shakes, and at the same time stabilizes the videos. Just like the S7, the S8 also has a 4K resolution video recording capability. Slow and fast motion are among other video features.
Lately, prices of smartphones have increased considerably, which can also be seen with the Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 +. As you might except, S8 is priced slightly higher than the S7 and S7 Edge. S8 and S8 + prices were announced to be at $ 720 and $840 respectively while the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can be found at $ 440 and $540.
The Galaxy S8 offers significant changes, especially in terms of design, compared to its predecessor Galaxy S7. There is not much change in the quality of the material as this is still a sturdy water-resistant phone so that there will not be much change in this regard for the S7 owners. However, let’s not forget that S8 is all about its screen. Even if you like small phones, S8 will be more comfortable for you than the S7 despite the fact that it has a 5.8-inch screen. On the other hand, its screen is impressive. It feels like S8 is how the phones will look like tomorrow while the S7 looks like it belongs to yesterday.
Apart from that, there is not much difference between S7 and S8 in terms of camera. Only the S8’s front camera seems to be better. On the software side, the Galaxy S8 has more and more advanced features. TouchWiz is smoother than ever, and really close to the experience you will get with Google Pixel. Iris scanner and face recognition system are also among the enhancements. There seems to be little difference in battery performance. In addition, when we look at the performance side, we do not expect a big difference in the meantime.
As a result, it is not completely necessary for you to upgrade to S8 if you have a S7 or other flagship phones. However, it is a great phone and even might be the best. Only phone that can compete with S8 so far is the iPhone 7 as it comes with iOS.