The first thing you’ll notice when putting these two phones side by side is just how similar they are. But, despite the Galaxy S8 featuring a 5.8-inch display, the Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5-inch screen) is actually bigger overall.
Strangely, the Galaxy S8 is thicker than the Galaxy S7 Edge, yet it has a smaller battery than last year’s model (3,000mAh as opposed to the S7 Edge’s 3,6000mAh). Even still, the Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 processor promises to net users significant performance and battery improvements, so the difference may not even matter.
Another subtle but notable difference is the S8’s higher resolution display, which gets users 570ppi compared to the S7 Edge’s 534ppi screen. That probably won’t be discernible to most users during everyday use but it shows that Samsung continues to push its display technology in a positive direction.
If you currently own the Galaxy S7 Edge, whether or not you should upgrade is a tough question. There are some trade-offs no matter which route you decide to go. We’re still questioning Samsung’s decision to put the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor right next to the camera lens, but we can’t help but love the device’s beautiful screen.
We haven’t spent too much time with the Galaxy S8 yet, so we’re holding off final judgment until later. For now, check out the chart down below for a full breakdown of how these phones compare on paper.
Galaxy S8 Gallery
Galaxy S7 Edge Gallery
|Samsung - Galaxy S8||Samsung - Galaxy S7 edge|
|Display Size||5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi)||5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi)|
|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|
|External Storage Specs||
|Main Camera (Back)||12MP||12MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||5MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2 LE|
|Height||148.9 mm (5.86 inches)||150.9 mm (5.94 inches)|
|Width||68.1 mm (2.68 inches)||72.6 mm (2.86 inches)|
|Depth||8 mm (0.31 inches)||7.7 mm (0.30 inches)|
|Weight||155 g (5.47 oz)||157 g (5.54 oz)|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold||Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium|
|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|