Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: How Do These Premium Handsets Differ?

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+, many existing Galaxy users have been left wondering over which phone to buy. Well, one can say one thing with absolute certainty: there have been many incremental improvements in these two new models. If yu have been wondering whether you should change your existing phones and upgrade to a new Samsung Galaxy S8+, the most premium of these phones, you have come t the right place. We simplify the differences between these two right here.

The new Galaxy S8+. Image via Forbes

Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Processor and Speeds

This is one area where the scales are pretty evenly balanced. The new Samsung Galaxy S8+ has been touted by Samsung to bring with it 10% more CPU performance and a decent 21% extra GPU performance over the existing Galaxy S7 Edge. However, this is not too giant a leap, given that the Galaxy S7 Edge, which comes with the Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890, had a much faster CPU, an estimated 30% faster as reported in many tech publications, and a 64% faster GPU when compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. This proves that neither phone is a slow one and it is very difficult to point out which of these is faster.

There is one aspect which ensures that the new Galaxy S8+ is better than the Galaxy S7 Edge in some respects. The new S8+ comes with a significant edge over the Galaxy S7 Edge’s Bluetooth (which is v 4.2) by offering Bluetooth 5.0, which comes ith twice the speed ad 4 times the range. The S8+ also comes with 1-gigabit 4G support.

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ both come with two processor models. The one which ships to the United States comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset (with 4 cores x 2.35GHz and the remaining 4x 1.9GHz Kryo CPUs), a very decent Adreno 540 GPU paired with 4GB of RAM. The S8+ which ships to Europe and Asia comes equipped with the Exynos 8895 (with 4 cores x 2.3 GHz & the remaining 4 x 1.7 GHz CPUs), along with ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU and a standard 4GB of RAM. Samsung claims that both will have a comparable performance.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: The Display

Understanding the differences is display is essential in understanding the differences in the phones itself. The Galaxy S8+ a lot bigger when compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Consider this: the S8+ has a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 570 ppi. It has an 84% screen-to-body ratio and extra protection is provided by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a smaller 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a similar resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 577 ppi. The 76.1% screen-to-body ratio is less impressive, as is the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Even the iPhone 7 Plus has a 67% screen-to-body ratio. Overall, the Galaxy S8+ has a significantly improved display.

[PS: The S8+ comes with a Mobile HDR Premium certification which ensures increased brightness and contrast, making it ideal for viewing enriched mobile HDR content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video]

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Cameras

No such big change here. The Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy S7 Edge The new Samsung flagship comes with a 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.7 aperture. This makes for an excellent shooter. This round cannot be decided on the basis of currently available info. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ does come with the multi-shot image processing software.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Software and AI

It is true that the Samsung S8+ is a much-improved phone when compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. The new S8+ comes with a much-advanced TouchWiz, which is Samsung’s own full touch user interface. That being said, we believe that the stock Android on the S7 Edge is simpler and more classy. The new Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes with the new AI-based assistant, Bixby. Bixby is more intuitive and more useful to the user. This is one area where the new Galaxy S8+ trumps the existing Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. On the flip side, the S8+ ships with the Android Nougat 7.0 even when the 7.1 version is in the market.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Vs Galaxy S7 Edge: Price and Other Features

The root of the matter is this: the Galaxy S8+ comes with a $100 increase. The Galaxy S8+ with the 64GB of storage comes for $850. Of course, you can always pick up an older Galaxy S7 Edge at a huge bargain at this point in time, given that many second-hand products have flooded the market as well. The rest of our comparison between the two phones will follow as and when we lay our hands on the new phone.

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