Sam­sung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge

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Price

The Sam­sung Galaxy S7 (above left) is cheaper than the Galaxy S7 Edge (above left), avail­able to buy at £569 and £639 re­spec­tively.

Colour

There’s an ex­tra colour op­tion for the Sam­sung S7 Edge, which comes in Sil­ver Titanium. Both are avail­able in Black Onyx and Gold Plat­inum.

Dis­play

The key dif­fer­ence be­tween the S7 and S7 Edge is that the S7 Edge has a larger, dual-edge screen. While both fea­ture Quad-HD (2560x1440) Su­per AMOLED pan­els, with new al­ways-on tech­nol­ogy that makes it eas­ier to see no­ti­fi­ca­tions or the time at a glance, the 5.1in S7 is smaller than the 5.5in S7 Edge. This means the S7 has the higher pixel den­sity, with 577ppi against the Edge’s 534ppi, though both are very high.

The dual-edge screen on the Galaxy S7 Edge is used to dis­play no­ti­fi­ca­tions and pro­vide short­cuts to your most fre­quently used apps.

Di­men­sions

Un­sur­pris­ingly, given the dif­fer­ences in screen size, the 150.9x72.6x7.7mm, 157g Galaxy S7 Edge is larger and heav­ier than the 142.4x69.6x7.9mm, 152g Sam­sung Galaxy S7.

Bat­tery

Ex­tra room in­side the case al­lows for a larger bat­tery for the S7 Edge. Fans were dis­ap­pointed by the non-re­mov­able bat­tery in the Galaxy S6 and, while it’s still fixed in­side the S7’s metal and glass body, the ca­pac­ity has seen a use­ful bump. You’ll find a 3000mAh bat­tery in­side the S7, and 3600mAh in the Edge. Both sup­port fast- and WPC/PMA wire­less charg­ing, and use Mi­cro-USB rather than USB-C.

Sim­i­lar­i­ties

Ev­ery­thing else is the same for the Sam­sung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, from the core pro­ces­sor and stor­age to the cam­eras and con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures.

We’ll start with one of the high­lights: 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, plus mi­croSD sup­port up to 200GB. This fea­ture was re­moved (to much dis­may) from the Galaxy S6, but here it re­turns to both the S7 and S7 Edge, along with an­other sought af­ter fea­ture: IP68 dust- and wa­ter­proof pro­tec­tion. Sam­sung’s lat­est Galaxy S-se­ries smart­phones will sur­vive up to half an hour at depths of up to 1.5m.

Which pro­ces­sor pow­ers the S7 and S7 Edge de­pends on your re­gion, but you’ll find one of two chips: the quad-core (2x 2.15GHz and 2x 1.6GHz) Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820, which comes with Adreno 530 graph­ics, or Sam­sung’s own oc­ta­core (4x 2.3GHz and 4x 1.6GHz) Exynos 8890. This is paired with 4GB of LP-DDR4 RAM in both smart­phones.

The 12Mp pri­mary cam­era on pa­per looks like a down­grade over the 16Mp snap­per in the Galaxy S6, but Sam­sung uses larger pix­els and an f/1.7 aper­ture to al­low in 95 per­cent more light. This f/1.7 aper­ture is also used for the 5Mp selfie cam­era.

Both phones run An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low with TouchWiz and sup­port LTE Cat 9 net­works (de­pend­ing on your re­gion), du­al­band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Blue­tooth 4.2, NFC (Sam­sung Pay is com­ing to the UK in 2016), GPS and the usual ar­ray of sen­sors, in­clud­ing the fin­ger­print sen­sor and heart-rate sen­sor seen in the S6 and S6 Edge.

Ver­dict

So there you have it: the S7 Edge dif­fers from the stan­dard Galaxy S7 with its larger, dual-edge screen, higher-ca­pac­ity bat­tery and ex­tra colour op­tion. It sounds great, but the cheaper price and smaller di­men­sions of the stan­dard Sam­sung Galaxy S7 may make the Edge your se­cond-best. Marie Brewis

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Sam­sung Galaxy S7 5.1in Quad HD IPS (1440x2560) An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor 4GB RAM 32GB stor­age Mi­croSD card slot (up to 200GB) 12Mp rear cam­era with f/1.7 5Mp front cam­era 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO Blue­tooth 4.2

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