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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: What's the difference?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – Which one is right for you?

Samsung's latest duo of flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, are finally hitting store shelves after their flashy announcements last month. Between them, they provide a fine array of options for those who have a little extra money to spend on their next phone.

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While they appear to be a subtle evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung has worked a little harder to differentiate its latest phones.

These are no longer simply set apart by some curvy sides, but by a number of interesting factors.

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Let's take a look at what sets the two phones apart, and what they have in common.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: Design

Samsung Galaxy S7: 7.9mm thick, 152g, metal alloy, glass front and back, IP68 certified, Black/Gold

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 7.7mm thick, 157g, metal alloy, 3D thermoformed dual-curved display, glass front and back, IP68 certified, Black/Gold

Samsung has continued with the design language of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for the two follow-ups. That means they're both beautiful phones with finely sculpted metal rims and smooth glass rear covers.

Speaking of the back, Samsung has rounded out the rear of both of these devices, making them more balanced and more comfortable to hold. It also means that the camera lens doesn't stick out quite so much.

This year the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is actually a bigger device than the Galaxy S7, but not by as much as you might think. It's slightly taller and wider, and it's a mere 5g heavier. However, the Galaxy S7 is actually 2mm thicker.

Clearly, the biggest difference between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are those curvy sides. The Edges, as Samsung likes to call them, are not only gorgeous to look at, but they hold some nifty little features too.

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You can swipe in to access your favourite contacts, place frequently used apps and shortcuts, but now Samsung has added third-party app support so developers can build their own panels for the Edge UX.

For instance, Yahoo has built both a news and sports app that'll show all the latest goings on, football scores and the like.

Still, the Edge sides are much more about the style than substance, but we can take that when they look this good. They definitely give the Galaxy 7 Edge the, er, Edge over the plain S7 in the looks department.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: Screen

Samsung Galaxy S7: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440, 577 ppi

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440, 534 ppi

Here's the reason for the Galaxy S7 Edge being a little bigger than the Galaxy S7.

Unlike last year, Samsung has decided to differentiate its two flagship Galaxy phones a bit more. So while it's kept the screen size on the S7 to 5.1-inches, it's upped the S7 Edge to an iPhone 6S Plus-like 5.5-inches.

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The resolution on the two is the same, though. Both are quad-HD, so the smaller S7 actually has a more pixel-dense panel. Still, both displays are stunners – with bright, vivid and accurate colours. Even though they're Super AMOLED they don't suffer from over-saturation, thanks to Samsung's vastly improved technology.

The S7 Edge does have a few screen issues though. The sides are prone to strong reflections and there's an ever so slight blue tinge when you're looking at apps with white backgrounds. It's a small issue, but it's hard to unsee once you spot it.

Considering the S7 Edge has a screen the same size as that of the iPhone 6S Plus, it's impressive how small and compact Samsung has managed to keep the phone. To be honest, when we first picked it up we thought the screen was much smaller than it was.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: Power

Samsung Galaxy S7: Exynos 8890 octa-core/Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, Adreno 530/Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Exynos 8890 octa-core/Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU, Adreno 530/Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4GB RAM

After going all-in with its own Exynos chip last year, Samsung has returned to a split CPU offering in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Most territories - including the UK - are getting the new Exynos 8880, while the US is getting the Snapdragon 820. It's an LTE thing, apparently.

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In real life usage, both are plenty fast, with a good 30 percent boost in CPU performance and 64 percent in GPU performance over the Exynos 7. The Exynos 88890 seems to have the edge when it comes to multicore benchmarks, while the Snapdragon 820 has the single-core bragging rights.

In GeekBench 3, the S7 picks up a multicore score of 6,307 and the S7 Edge 6,669. Single core scores are 2,100 and 2,197 respectively. In AnTuTu, they both score 128,468. This testing was done with the Exynos 8890 version.

The important thing to note is that both phones share the exact same CPU and 4GB of RAM, and both are among the fastest phones available today.

In fact, the only thing that really ever stutters here is the odd app and UI element, and that's down to Samsung's heavy-handed TouchWiz UI. But both of these phones have the exact same issue here, so there's no comparison to be made.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: Camera

Samsung Galaxy S7: 12-megapixel, phase detection, Dual Pixels, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6" sensor, 1.4 µm pixel, 4K video, 5-megapixel front camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 12-megapixel, phase detection, Dual Pixels, OIS, f/1.7 lens, 1/2.6" sensor, 1.4 µm pixel, 4K video, 5-megapixel front camera

Again, the cameras offered in these two phones are absolutely identical. Do you hear that, Apple? No annoyingly dropped OIS for the smaller model here.

Samsung has pared back the pixel count from 16-megapixels to 12-megapixels for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge cameras, but the sensor itself is the same size as before - 1/2.6". This allows the pixels to be larger - a pretty hefty 1.4 µm.

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Bigger pixels means more light and better low-light performance - something that's assisted by a bright f/1.7 lens.

Both cameras also benefit from Dual Pixel technology, which means that autofocus is among the fastest of any smartphone.

Again, both cameras identical, which means that both take some of the best pictures of any phone.

Check out some of the sample images captured with the two devices below.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge: Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7: 3000 mAh, wireless charging (Qi & PMA)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 3600 mAh, wireless charging (Qi & PMA)

While the S6 and S6 Edge were almost universally praised last year, one area that didn't impress was the battery. Thankfully, Samsung has done things in that department a lot better this time around.

Both the S7 and S7 Edge have much improved batteries, but owing to the Edge being a larger phone it has more space for an ever bigger cell. In our experience, The 3,600 mAh battery in the Edge will easily get you through a day of moderate to high usage with 25-35% left, while the 3,000 mAh version on the S7 was left with 10-15% in the tank.

So, if you want the better performing battery then you should certainly go with the S7 Edge.

Both devices are equipped with adaptive fast charging tech, plus they'll juice up on any Qi or PMA wireless pad.

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Verdict

Both of these phones are among the best that Android has to offer, and they share a number of core components and features.

While the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the more eye-catching and long-lasting, however, we'd give the slightest of edges to the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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It's simply a more usable phone on a day to day basis, thanks to its slightly more manageable display. We also found the Galaxy S7 Edge's curve display to be more of a gimmicky distraction than a killer feature.

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If you are the heaviest of power users, or you tend to watch an inordinate amount of video content on your phone, then the Galaxy S7 Edge might be the best bet. For most people, though, the Galaxy S7 is the one to opt for.

Would you be more likely to pick the S7 or S7 Edge? Let us know in the comments below

Gavin Russell

February 22, 2016, 12:29 pm

Definately the s7 edge I would go for BUT ! One thing that concerns me I dont think its Samsung , one make of phone have stopped supplying a new USB cable in the pack saying they have "gone green" and not putting usb cable in the box ???
more like penny pinching for increased acessories being sold I feel ?

Max Hyle

February 22, 2016, 4:43 pm

Every phone I've ever owned came with a charger and a USB cable. Most of them can still be found in the box they came in because after 6 years of Android I believe I have enough cables. So do you. Stop being a penny pinching crybaby. How does not handing out USB cables make a company "greener" anyway? I do remember buying a charging pad on Groupon that did not come with the cable. That's about it.

godafoss

March 18, 2016, 7:27 am

Which would I buy, probably Xiaomi Mi 5, not paying $1100 for a friggin' phone. The S7 looks exactly the same as S6 which is an iPhone 6 clone and don't like the Edge at all and that cost $1300

MJGabe

March 28, 2016, 3:19 pm

I'm curious....where are you being charged $1100 to $1300 for a phone?

MJGabe

March 28, 2016, 3:24 pm

This article has been helpful. I am considering upgrading from my Galaxy s5 to one of the new s7s. I was not sure which. Initially, I was leaning towards the s7. A co-worker has the s7 Edge and likes it. She does not use the curve display much, but feels is a nice feature. Personally, I would really like the s7 in the size of the Edge.

Naomi

March 28, 2016, 6:20 pm

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adbklyn

March 28, 2016, 9:27 pm

I recieved my S7 a week ago, it came with a fast charge adapter and a USB cord. How quickly this phone charges to 100% is mind boggling. To say I'm impressed with my new phone would be an absolute understatement.

R Loh

April 19, 2016, 4:23 am

Having used the S7 Edge, and now getting the basic S7, I was not happy with the curved glass.... it is actually the Edge's Achille's heel. My Edge was sitting in an Otterbox case, which doesn't protect the screen, only the glass back. It accidentally fell out of my pocket and landed on the ground... not even a big or hard fall, but it landed on the edge and left the screen with a huge crack. If you're accident prone, like me, you're better off with the regular S7, and buying an Otterbox Defender to keep it safe.

Josh Shire

April 20, 2016, 10:04 pm

"Most territories - including the UK - are getting the new Exynos 8880, while the US is getting the Snapdragon 820. It's an LTE thing, apparently."

Can anyone elaborate on this? Why two seperate processors for different regions? I hear the exynos is slightly faster (or at least works better with the samsung phones having been made by them), but only by a hair. I'm from the UK so should be getting the better one anyway but I'm still curious.

Secondly, I have been tempted to get the s7 (instead of the edge) due to it scoring very slightly higher on many benchmarks compared to the edge. But I am wondering if I might sacrifice that tiny amount of extra speed and pixel density for a noticeably larger screen and bigger battery. My question is: Is the edge technology worth it? I have heard mixed reviews. Edge or standard s7? both have pros and cons. HELP!

PremierExpatMortgage

April 23, 2016, 11:35 am

These look great phones

Brandon

April 24, 2016, 12:41 am

In terms of the screen itself, why should I get the edge? I don't want to be accidently pressing things and having to hold it awkwardly to prevent that. Also the reflection of light due to it being curved. What other annoying issues could I find with the S7 Edge?

In the know

April 25, 2016, 11:23 am

Got the s7 edge purely because of larger screen and better looks not had chance to play with it yet but will be soon so let you know how I feel about it then 😄

grimreaper46

April 26, 2016, 5:09 pm

Got the S7 Edge. One reason the larger battery. Camera's are very good. The phone is a great looker especially in Gold. The only problem is that the phone is quite smooth and slippery. I fitted a SPIGEN cover, it has a gold back and makes the S7 Edge easier to handle. "Screen on" means you can view the time or weather for example without switching the phone on. My partner is about to change from her SONY.

Michael I

May 17, 2016, 9:34 am

Amazing review, Cheers!

Danny

May 23, 2016, 11:29 am

I prefer Samsung S7 Edge over S7 because it looks better. And that alone, with that larger display, is worth the money!

Liz

June 5, 2016, 11:16 pm

I think as someone with small hands the S7 would be better than the S7 edge..im actually kinda worried that s7 might be a little big if i get it

Joe Morrison

June 14, 2016, 12:14 pm

I chose the S7 over the S7 Edge because I preferred the size.I had a Galaxy Note 4 for a while until I broke it and the excessive size a was the main factor. The S7 is right on the limit for a man's shirt pocket so the Edge is too big like the Note. If it's not in your pocket, it's easier to break IMHO. The fast charge is a godsend if you are at all forgetful so the slightly bigger battery on the Edge isn't all that important in the real world. I also like the new earbuds on the headphones but the shape may not suit everyone. I'm a bit amused by the emphasis on appearance here as the first thing most people will do is put their expensive phone in a protective case.

lolcatz6657

July 4, 2016, 10:16 am

Come to australia and find out for yourself lol

Trevor

August 4, 2016, 2:17 pm

If only all reviewers were this clear and honest. As you say, I don't know one of my mates who doesn't use a case for their smart phone, so look and feel and not really a consideration.Its all about the up-sell and corresponding price inflation!

MrJohnMacarron

August 12, 2016, 12:50 pm

I upgraded from an S3 and the S7 is about the same size.

MrJohnMacarron

August 12, 2016, 12:51 pm

Can't agree with you, the edge curved display sucks outdoors.

MrJohnMacarron

August 12, 2016, 12:55 pm

I agree with you. Also we should not forget that a bigger screen drains battery faster so a larger battery on a phone that uses more energy is just to make both phones equivalent. I tend to disagree when people say the edge has a bigger battery so it lasts longer but they forget it also has a bigger screen!!

So the only difference between these 2 phones is just the screen, which in my opinion isn't worth the money. The reflection on the edge screen is annoying to me, the holding of the phone is also annoying cuz you have to hold it in specific ways to avoid pressing the screen. Other downside of the edge is if it falls, it is much more susceptible to crack the screen that the regular S7.

Resuming, S7 all the way!!

MrJohnMacarron

August 12, 2016, 12:57 pm

I agree with you. Also we should not forget that a bigger screen drains battery faster so a larger battery on a phone that uses more energy is just to make both phones equivalent. I tend to disagree when people say the edge has a bigger battery so it lasts longer but they forget it also has a bigger screen!!

So the only difference between these 2 phones is just the screen, which in my opinion isn't worth the money. The reflection on the edge screen is annoying to me, the holding of the phone is also annoying cuz you have to hold it in specific ways to avoid pressing the screen. Other downside of the edge is if it falls, it is much more susceptible to crack the screen that the regular S7.

Resuming, S7 all the way!!

EDIT: Sorry it was fot the guy above

Dan Fiore

August 24, 2016, 8:24 am

Had this issue with the s6 edge,I dropped it lightly and it cracked right along the edge part of the screen,the crack continued to grow as time went on. I opted for the regular s7 when I upgraded as the edge is not much more than a gimmick with a less durable screen.

Dean Waterbury

October 6, 2016, 6:43 pm

Yeah, I agree the Edge is a bit gimmicky, but also just a bit too big... I'd get the regular S7, but not available in Silver. What's up with that? I'll look elsewhere...

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