As you may know Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy S8. With an incredible 5.8″ (6.2″ for S8 Plus) Infinity Display with HDR Mobile certification, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is truly a wonder to behold.
There are many differences between the S7 and the S8, most notably a difference in the design of the screen. There are many non-visual features that have been changed to make the user’s experience easier and more user-friendly; one example is the charging port.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has the older Micro USB V2.0. The S8 on the other hand has the newer USB Type-C (USB 3.1)
Key new features
- Edge-to-edge Infinity Display with curved 3D glass
- Invisible pressure-sensitive home button
- Bixby Assistant for context-sensitive search, suggestions and navigation
- Samsung DeX desktop dock compatible
- High-resolution rear-mounted Fingerprint Sensor – (screen locking and payments with Samsung Pay / Android Pay)
- High-speed face recognition screen unlocking
- Iris scanner screen unlocking technology
Some of you may want to know what the changes are this year with the Samsung’s Galaxy S line. To help you we will go through some of the key differences between the S7 and the S8.
Starting off with the S7, this has Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) installed. An update to Android 7.0 Nougat has now rolled out, however there may only be a further 12 months of support.
The new S8 will ship with Android 7.1 (Nougat) and receive updates to Android O and beyond.
By using the newest version of Android, the S8 range will have access to new features such as additional language support, improved battery management and more secure updates. Samsung have also updated their OEM skin to Samsung Experience 8.1, which provides smoother visuals for the user.
Clove stock the UK/EU model of the Galaxy S7 & S8 which use the Samsung Exynos processors.
Samsung Galaxy S7:
- Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.6 GHz)
Samsung Galaxy S8:
- Exynos 9 Octa 8895 (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz)
The newer version of Samsung’s Exynos processor is slightly faster and better for multitasking. It also has better support for graphics rendering and higher speed LTE connections.
Samsung Galaxy S7:
- 32GB (Expansion slot up to 256GB)
Samsung Galaxy S8:
- 64GB (Expansion slot up to 256GB)
Overall for the storage, the S8 has that little more to play around with to store your games, apps and photos etc. Both phones can use micro SD cards up to 256GB (and larger as they are released).
The S8 comes in two versions – standard or S8 Plus. These mirror the S7 range, which was available as standard or S7 Edge (although the standard S7 did not have a curved screen).
The new S8 range also changes the aspect ratio, from traditional 16:9 to a new 18.5:9. This makes the screens appear taller and thinner, so you can fit a larger panel in a slim body.
- S7 – 5.1″ / resolution: 1440 x 2650 / aspect ratio: 16:9
- S8 – 5.8″ / resolution: 1440 x 2960 / aspect ratio: 18.5:9
- S7 Edge – 5.5″ / resolution: 1440 x 2650 / aspect ratio: 16:9
- S8 Plus – 6.2″ / resolution: 1440 x 2960 / aspect ratio: 18.5:9
All phones in both the S7 and S8 ranges use Super AMOLED panels with always-on technology.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 range are the first phones to launch with Bluetooth 5.0. The Galaxy S7 range has Bluetooth 4.2.
Bluetooth 5.0 is the first major update to Bluetooth in a few years. As well as increasing speed and range, the messaging size has been increased which will lead to improvements with connected IoT equipment.
The S8 has a power, volume and Bixby assistant button alongside with an invisible home button and fingerprint sensor on rear.
The older S7 has a power, volume and home button with a fingerprint sensor in the home button.
The brand new Bixby assistant is exclusive to the S8 at this moment in time. Bixby will allow you to control your phone with your voice. This is similar to Siri , Cortana & Google Assistant, although differs in that Bixby is designed to aid the user in interacting with the phone, rather than just providing answers to questions & searches.
Samsung have included the same main camera in the S8 range as the S7. What has changed is the software. Samsung have now introduced an automatic HDR style mode that takes multiple pictures at once, merging them to create a result with excellent fine detail and colour contrast.
Key camera specs
- 12 Megapixels
- Phase detection autofocus & dual-LED flash
- f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4µm pixels
- OIS / Geo-tagging / Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording / Auto HDR / Panorama
The front-facing camera has been upgraded from 5MP on the S7 phones to 8MP on the S8.
- S7: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
- S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
- S7 Edge: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
- S8 Plus: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Here we can see that although the new 8 range packs in much larger screens, the overall size isn’t affected much. The new phones are roughly the same thickness and width (give or take a millimetre). Both new models are also less than 1 centimetre (6.5mm & 8.6mm) taller than last year’s counterparts.
You can find the S7/S7 Edge and S8/S8 Plus at Clove here: