Three days ago, Apple announced the launch of its newest generation of iPhone models: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both the new iPhones will get a bunch of new features and capabilities. However, contrary to expectations by many, the new iPhone models did not get a major design revamp. This is probably reserved for next year’s iPhone, which, incidentally, also happens to be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. In a previous article on the Inquisitr, we had compared the larger, more expensive iPhone model — the iPhone 7 Plus — to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It was a logical comparison owing to the near-similar sizes of both the devices and their target audience. On the same lines, today, we will do a spec-sheet comparison between the smaller iPhone — the iPhone 7 — and the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Before we start off, it is logical that we talk in brief about the iPhone 7
The smaller of the two new iPhones, this new smartphone from Apple succeeds last year’s iPhone 6S and adds a couple of more features over the outgoing model. In fact, many people have asked if it is really worth the effort upgrading to the iPhone 7 if they already own last year’s iPhone 6S. While we will look at that issue in another detailed article, I will explain briefly, later in this article, if the iPhone 7 is really a huge upgrade over the iPhone 6S.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the smaller of the two Galaxy S7 models that Samsung launched earlier this year. While not as new as the recently-launched Galaxy Note7, the Galaxy S7 is still contemporary and has a lot of features that should give any iPhone a run for its money. The interesting bit about the S7 is the fact that it is sold with different processors in different regions of the world. In the U.S., the Galaxy S7 gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, while in several other markets, the phone uses an Exynos 8890 Octacore chip.
Without further delay, let us check out how the iPhone 7 compares to the Samsung Galaxy S7 using the table below.
As you might have seen already, there is very little that separates the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7. It really boils down to which among these two you prefer. The Galaxy S7 trumps the iPhone 7 in terms of display resolution and slightly better water resistance. It also gets expandable memory. But then, with a 256GB version, Apple is right back in the game. For 3.5mm jack lovers, even though the iPhone 7 comes sans one, Apple does sort of make up for it by offering a converter inside the box. Anyway, it would take a detailed review of both these devices before we would be able to hand one of these devices a winner’s trophy.
As promised earlier, I will also take an opportunity to explain how significant an upgrade the iPhone 7 is over the iPhone 6S.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: The differences
Externally, apart from a few design cues and the obvious lack of the now-retired 3.5mm audio jack, there is nothing that distinguishes the iPhone 7 from the iPhone 6S. It will take a trained eye to distinguish between the two. Internally however, a lot of things have changed. To start with, the iPhone 7 is now IP67 water resistant which is a big upgrade over the iPhone 6S. The iPhone 7 also gets the new pressure sensitive home button which is, again, not present on the iPhone 6S. The processing power on the iPhone 7 also sees a logical improvement. We also assume that the amount of RAM on the iPhone 7 has been increased too. The new device features Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip which is faster than the outgoing A9 chip. The optics on the iPhone 7 have been improved as well and now gets a larger f/1.8 aperture enabling better low light imaging.
The iPhone 7 will be sold in three versions with memory capacities starting at 32GB for the entry-level version, 128GB for the mid-range variant, and a top-of-the line model that gets 256GB of storage space. There are five color options as well. While the older iPhone 6S came in 16GB and 64GB versions, Apple announced that they will continue making iPhone 6S devices, but with upgraded storage capacities of 32GB and 128GB.
If you have the money, which of these two would you buy?
[Images courtesy of Apple/Samsung]