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iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S7 spec shootout: Two impressive devices

by Sean P. Aune | September 7, 2016

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The Galaxy S7 is a great phone and it still holds up more than six months after its initial unveiling. But now that the iPhone 7 is finally here, Samsung faces its toughest challenge yet.

The iPhone 7 might not be able to match the Galaxy S7 spec-for-spec, but it still offers some impressive new hardware. Apple also benefits from controlling the entire experience for a more integrated package of hardware and software than Samsung can offer.

There’s a lot to consider if you’re picking between these two particular phones, but our spec shootout is a great place to start.

iPhone 7 Gallery

Galaxy S7 Gallery

Apple - iPhone 7 Samsung - Galaxy S7
Display Size 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (576 ppi)
Resolution X 750 1440
Resolution Y 1334 2560
Display Type Retina HD QuadHD Super AMOLED
Operating System iOS 10 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture Quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor
RAM Unknown 4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12MP camera 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • TD-SCDMA (CDMA models only)
  • FDD-LTE
  • GSM/EDGE
  • TD-LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery N/A 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 5.44 inches (13.82 cm) 142.4 mm (5.61 inches)
Width 2.64 inches (67.1 mm) 69.6 mm (2.74 inches)
Depth 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 4.87 oz (138 g) 152 g (5.36 oz)
Colors Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black Black Onyx, Gold Platinum
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
In The Box N/A N/A

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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