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)|
|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)||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|