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Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S7: What a difference a year makes

Over the past few years, phones have become so good that upgrading every twelve months (or less) has become a waste of money. You simply don’t need the very latest that’s out there. As an example, iPhone 6s owners didn’t gain much by upgrading to the iPhone 7. The Galaxy S8 is an exception to this rule.

Normally, we’d encourage consumers to upgrade after eighteen to twenty-four months at a minimum. But the Galaxy S8 has so much to offer we can’t help but become smitten by Samsung’s new flagship. It’s not that the Galaxy S7 is bad; the Galaxy S8 is just so good.

The two don’t differ all that much on paper, and they look fairly similar at first glance. But don’t underestimate the Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which uses a 10nm process that promises to net users better performance and improved battery life.

And, let’s be honest, it’s almost impossible to ignore the Galaxy S8’s gorgeous display, which goes on and on and on. Samsung perfected its curved design with last year’s ill-fated Note 7, and it has refined that approach even further with the Galaxy S8.

We’ll get a better idea of how these two stack up when the Galaxy S8 ships in April. For now, our inclination is toward Samsung’s new flagship, which embodies everything the Korean company has worked toward over the past several years.

Galaxy S8 Gallery

Galaxy S7 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy S8 Samsung - Galaxy S7
Display Size 5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi) 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (576 ppi)
Resolution X 2960 1440
Resolution Y 1440 2560
Display Type Quad HD+ QuadHD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.0 (at launch) Android 6.0 (at launch)
Processor Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process Quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz processor
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 256GB
  • microSD up to 200GB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Networks
  • LTE Cat.16 (May differ by markets and mobile operators)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery 3000mAh 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 148.9 mm (5.86 inches) 142.4 mm (5.61 inches)
Width 68.1 mm (2.68 inches) 69.6 mm (2.74 inches)
Depth 8 mm (0.31 inches) 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz) 152 g (5.36 oz)
Colors Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Black Onyx, Gold Platinum
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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