Samsung – the arch-rival to the popular fruit company – has unveiled beastly new devices to compete Apple’s latest iPhone 6s and the larger iPhone 6s Plus. At Mobile World Congress (WMC) 2016, the Korean giant introduced a 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S7 in response to the iPhone 6 and a larger sibling Galaxy S7 Edge with a 5.5-inch display to take on Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus. Here we will see how both of these new Galaxy devices stack up against Apple’s iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus.
Specs Comparison: Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs iPhone 6s Plus
Here’s a detailed rundown of hardware specs of Samsung Galaxy S7 against iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 Edge against iPhone 6s Plus:
|Galaxy S7||iPhone 6s||Galaxy S7 Edge||iPhone 6s Plus|
|Display type||Super AMOLED||IPS LCD||Super AMOLED, dual curved||IPS LCD|
|Display Resolution||2560×1440 pixels||1334×750 pixels||2560×1440 pixels||1334×750 pixels|
|Internal Storage||32 GB||16 / 64 / 128 GB||32 GB||16 / 64 / 128 GB|
|External Storage||microSD up to 200GB||–||microSD up to 200GB|
|Main Camera||12MP, f/1.7, 1.4u pixels, OIS||12MP, f/2.2, 1.22u pixels||12MP, f/1.7, 1.4u pixels, OIS||12MP, f/2.2, 1.22u pixels, OIS|
|Front Camera||5MP, f/1.7||5MP, f/2.2||5MP, f/2.2||5MP, f/2.2|
|Dimensions||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm||138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm||150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm||158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm|
|Chipset||Quad-core Snapdragon 820, Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8||Dual-core Apple A9||Quad-core Snapdragon 820, Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8||Dual-core Apple A9|
|OS||Android 6.0, Marshmallow||iOS 9||Android 6.0, Marshmallow||iOS 9|
|Water Resistance||IP68||not rated||IP68||not rated|
Samsung of the year 2016 seems pretty similar to Apple that is known for its strategy of iterating things and not reinventing. In 2015, Samsung released a hardware design that worked for the company and resonated with customers. The same designed language was then improved with the released of Galaxy Note 5 later in the year. Now we are looking at the latest Samsung Galaxy S7, and at first glance, it looks remarkably similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S6.
Where design remains identical to the one that Samsung’s customers loved last year, the Korean giant did not miss the opportunity to improve on its existing stage set by the S6 lineup. The latest S7 and S7 Edge comes packed with nifty new features and boats beastly specs as well as listed above.
Samsung Galaxy S7 has a flat 5.1-inch display while the larger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 has a display curved on the both sides. Despite being a larger phablet, the Galaxy S7 Edge has almost the same dimensions as that of the Galaxy S7 making it more comfortable for one hand operations. On the other hand, iPhone 6 has a smaller 4.7-inch display and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus is truly a phablet, which makes it challenging for one-handed operation.
Both Galaxy devices have sharper displays than their iPhone counterparts, thanks to its Super AMOLED tech. Galaxy devices also feature a nifty new features called Always-On display, which displays clock, calendar, and other tidbits on the screen when you put it to sleep. The Always-on display goes off as soon as you put the device into your pocket, thanks to the good use of proximity sensors.
When it comes to display, the only edge iPhones have over Galaxy S7 lineup is the 3D Touch capability, which offers right-click like quick actions based on the pressure applied to the screen by the user.
iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus packs an awesome auto camera mode which is capable of taking stunning shots with the 12MP camera sensor packed inside the devices. However, the iPhone devices are known to struggle against Galaxy S6 in low light photography due to its f/2.2 aperture size. Galaxy S6 was capable of letting more light into the sensor resulting in better performance in low light environment.
Same is the case with Galaxy S7 lineup where Samsung has further tweaked its cameras by reducing the megapixels to 12MP, but increasing the captured pixels size, hence more light. The aperture size of f/1.7 also allows Galaxy devices to capture more light in low light photography. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S7 lineup crushes iPhone 6s devices at low light photography. Apple needs to serious think about its Camera specs for its iPhone 7 if the company wants to keep its market growth rate steady.
Samsung now has one feature in its latest galaxy devices that is absent from iPhone 6s devices: the water resistance. Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge have an IP68 water resistance rating, which means you will be able to use your device in conditions like rain without any issue.
STORAGE and MEMORY
Samsung has offered both of its S7 and S7 Edge devices with 32GB internal storage option. On the other hand, iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus are available in three different storage options: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. To compensate missing storage options, Samsung has added microSD card slot that supports cards up to 200GB of storage capacity.
When it comes to the Random Access Memory module installed inside S7 and 6s, the Galaxy series is a clear winner by double the margin. Both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge boasts whopping 4GB of RAM while the iPhone 6s/6s Plus carries a 2GB of RAM module inside.
With the specs and features discussed above, Samsung has finally come up with a device that is more than capable of competing iPhone 6s head-on, if not beat it.
However, we should not ignore the fact that Apple’s iPhone 6s is already halfway down its lifecycle as a flagship device. Galaxy S7’s real competition awaits six months down the line when Apple will be launching its next-generation iPhone 7.
Let us know what’s the best iPhone 6s feature that won’t let you switch to Galaxy S7 devices.