Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S7, which heralds the next round in the ongoing Samsung vs Apple smartphone grudge match.
On paper the Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be a serious contender for the top smartphone crown. It might pack a familiar design, but a faster CPU, improved battery, and a stunning-looking camera could well be giving Apple more cold sweats than the FBI.
Of course, it wasn’t too long ago that Apple released its iPhone 6S flagship. Many saw that phone as one of Apple’s best ever ‘S’ devices, so it’s not like Samsung has the market all sown up right up until the launch of the iPhone 7.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of Samsung’s new handset and how it stacks up against Apple’s current iPhone.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Storage
Samsung’s only loaded the Galaxy S7 with 32GB of internal storage. By comparison the iPhone 6S is currently available with 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal space.
A couple of years ago this would have meant the iPhone 6S is the clear winner when it comes to storage space. However, with Android Marshmallow in the mix, the round’s a little harder to call.
Android Marshmallow is adds support for Adoptable storage – a nifty feature that lets phones treat SD cards like internal memory.
This means you can install directly onto the SD card without having to suffer the usual performance issues associated with expandable storage. In theory this means this means the Galaxy S7 can offer users more storage than the iPhone 6S, without losing any performance.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Camera
The iPhone 6S’ is no slow poke when it comes to snapping photos. The phone’s automatic mode is one of the best we’ve seen on a smartphone and makes it quicker and easier to take great photos without having to get bogged down in complex settings.
It’s only drawback is its lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS), a factor that, combined with its lower f/2.2 aperture meant it struggled to compete with the Galaxy S6 in low light.
From what we’ve seen of the Galaxy S7, this may again be the case. Samsung’s tweaked the Galaxy S7’s camera in a variety of ways to help boost its low light performance.
For starters Samsung’s loaded the Galaxy S7 with a new 12-megapixel sensor that’s been designed to capture bigger pixels, and as a consequence more light.
The aperture has also been improved to F/1.7. Samsung claims the combination of factors mean the Galaxy S7 can capture 95% photos than its predecessor.
Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: Battery
Neither the Galaxy S6 of iPhone 6S have great battery life. With regular use both phones struggle to last a full day off one charge. Faced with demanding tasks like 3D gaming, GPS services, or video streaming both also outright gush battery charge.
To get round this, Samsung’s loaded the Galaxy S7 with a sizable 3,000 mAh cell battery. The battery dwarfs the 1,715 mAh battery included in the iPhone 6S and hopefully means we’ll finally be able to enjoy a flagship smartphone that can consistently survive a full day’s use off a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy S7 VS iPhone 6S: Pricing
At first glance, it looks like the iPhone 6S is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S7, which plays against expectations somewhat. Prices for China’s phone start from 399 $, while Samsung’s latest will start from 356 $.
Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see that the entry-level iPhone 6S in question comes with a piddly 16GB of storage. Combined with a lack of expansion potential, it’s a bit of a lame duck. Samsung starts off with a much more reasonable 32GB of storage, not to mention a microSD slot of expansion.
The next phone up in the iPhone 6S range comes with 64GB of storage, and that costs a hefty 412 $.
Of course, at least Apple provides you with such fixed storage options, as we’ve mentioned above.
The Galaxy S7 is an absolute beast of a smartphone that on paper has the chops to compete, if not beat the iPhone 6S.
It features a more robust processor, twice the memory, a higher aperture camera and comes loaded with Google’s oh so sweet Android Marshmallow operating system.
However, this isn’t really a surprise. Apple’s iPhone 6S is already over halfway through its lifecycle as a flagship smartphone. Samsung’s real competition awaits six months down the line.