S7 v S6: Should You Upgrade Your Samsung Smartphone?

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One of the biggest mobile device launches of 2016 was the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

The two handsets replaced the S6 and S6 Edge that is known for its curved design. Even though S7 series is the hottest phone on the market, you can’t deny that its predecessor is still a fantastic device. In fact, the S6 packs some of the same features found on the S7.

If you are a big fan of the S6, some of the biggest questions that you might ask is “Should you switch to the latest handset?” Or “Is the upgrade really worth it?”

This post will show you how the S7 and S6 series fare against each other so you can make the right decision!


 Samsung S6



When the Samsung S6 series was first shown to the world, the reaction of the masses was quite polarized. A lot of people praised the Korean mobile phone manufacturer because of the elegant chassis that’s made from glass and metal. However, some also criticized the death of the microSD slot and removable battery.

The S7 series looks as fancy as its predecessor. It still uses a glass and metal for the body, but they reduced the size of the camera sensor (without reducing image quality of course).

This made the phone more flat and less clunky compared to the S6. The edges of the newer handset are also rounder so it’s easier to hold. Other upgrades include the return of the memory card slot, waterproof design, and larger battery.

Screen Display

The S6 was the pioneer of the QHD that boasts of 1,440 pixel resolution. To date, the phone ranks number 1 in terms of Android screen display.

The newer device also uses the same screen, but Samsung did not really made improvements. The colors are vivid and graphics are easy to read under the sun. The QHD is already a fantastic screen, so there’s no point in improving it for now.


The S7 series has a reduced megapixel count. From 16 MP, the device now only has 12 MP. But even though it has a lower pixel count, it can still take quality photos thanks to the f/1.7 aperture that is ideal for low-light conditions.

Battery Life

Since the S7 uses a 3,000 mAh lithium ion battery, you can stream videos and play games for hours on end. Compared to the S6 series, the device can last longer. The S7 also has better apps for managing battery life.

Processing Power

As with any other type of phone, the new model always beats the old one when it comes to RAM or CPU. The S7 boasts of powerful processors such as a Snapdragon 820 processor and Exynos 8890 octa-core CPU. For graphics, it uses an Adreno 530 and Mali-T880 graphics cards. Furthermore, its RAM is 4GB.

However, this doesn’t mean that the S6 is completely inferior. Its Exynos 7420 processor and 3 GB can still provide exceptional performance.

Samsung S7

So Which Phone is Better?

Well, if you feel sentimental with your S6 or you just want to get the most of what you paid for, it’s better if you do not upgrade yet. However, if you want to be trendy and you need a smartphone that’s more powerful, you better opt for the S7.


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