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Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Galaxy S6: Should You Upgrade?

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Samsung has taken the wraps off the much-awaited Galaxy S7 smartphone on Sunday. The new flagship has a number of new features and specs but Galaxy S6 owners will face a tough question: Is it worth upgrading?

Many rumors of the Galaxy S7 have been circling the smartphone arena, but confirmed details about the smartphone are now available. Here is a comparison of the two Samsung smartphones.

Display

The Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with a display resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. The Galaxy S6 also has the same display resolution and screen size.

Processor And RAM

The Galaxy S6 comes running on an octa-core Exynos 7 processor clocked at 2.1 GHz and 3 GB of RAM.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 is available in two variants. One of the variant is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8 chipset clocked at 2.3 GHz. The other version of the phone comes running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Both versions will include 4 GB of RAM.

Storage

The S6 came with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage options. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S7 will be available with either 32 GB or 64 GB onboard storage; however, most of the markets will get only the 32 GB model of the handset.

Smartphone lovers criticized Samsung for not including a microSD card slot in the Galaxy S6. It seems the company has taken the feedback positively and included a microSD card slot in the Galaxy S7, which can be used to for expanding the memory to up to 200 GB.

Camera

The Galaxy S6 is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which were highly praised by smartphone lovers.

The Galaxy S7 includes a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Even though the camera sensor was reduced, the pixels have been increased to 1.2um from 1.4um and the aperture on the new device’s camera is now wider at f/1.7 from the f/1.9 found in the Galaxy S6. These changes should help users in taking quality images even in low light conditions.

The Galaxy S7’s camera has a Dual Pixel technology, which will increase the image clarity and speed up auto focusing.

“Motion Panorama, a new camera mode, brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving the user a completely immersive visual experience,” says Samsung.

Battery

The Galaxy S7 has a bigger 3,000 mAh battery in comparison to the 2,550 mAh battery found in the Galaxy S6.

Dust And Water Resistance

The Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified, which means the device is water- and dust-resistant – a feature that was absent in the Galaxy S6.

Operating System

The Galaxy S6 comes pre-installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop. The company has announced that the handset will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software upgrade but carriers are still to announce a rollout date for the update.

The Galaxy S7 comes running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which means owners will be able to enjoy new features of the latest operating when they purchase the smartphone.

Price

The Galaxy S7 will be similarly priced as the Galaxy S6 when it was launched.

The improvements in the Galaxy S7 are definitely noticeable. Galaxy S6 owners who want a microSD card slot, bigger battery, an enhanced processor and an improved camera may definitely want to upgrade to the Galaxy S7. Existing Galaxy S6 customers who want to use their phone outdoors will be attracted to the IP68 certification of the Galaxy S7 and may want to buy the new Samsung device.

Galaxy S6 owners who are happy with their device and those who have a two-year contract may not want to upgrade their handset as they may not see value for money. However, the Galaxy S7 could be an ideal buy for Galaxy S5 owners who wish to experience a significant upgrade.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 along with the Galaxy S7 edge and both devices will the shelves in mid-March this year.

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