Is now a good or bad time to buy the S7 Edge
Samsung looks set to unveil its all-new Galaxy S8 smartphone tomorrow and, if rumours are correct, this could be the phone to own in 2017.
The S8 is expected to feature a host of improvements including a stunning new design with a curved display that covers almost the entire front of the phone.
We’re also expecting to see an improved camera, faster performance and improved battery life.
So, where does that leave the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge?
This year-old smartphone won a host of awards last year and is currently one of the best devices money can buy.
If you’re thinking of reaching for your credit card and buying a Galaxy S7, here’s why now is a good and very bad time to one.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 looks set to be the smartphone to beat this year. Following a swathe of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of graphic designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK in April 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
THE GOOD REASONS TO BUY AN S7 OR S7 EDGE
The S7 was easily the best all-round phone of 2016 and comes highly recommended.
Not only does the S7 look good but it features a great display, decent battery life and top-notch camera.
A water resistant design and expandable memory are also included on the device helping to keep it one step ahead of its rivals.
With the S8 about to launch, the S7 is now remarkable cheap with Samsung and numerous other retailers slashing prices.
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In fact you can now grab and S7 for just £400 and the S7 Edge for just £450.
Contract prices have also plummeted in recent months with prices now starting from just £25.99 per month.
Which smartphone should you buy?
Another reason for choosing this device over the Galaxy S8 is the fingerprint scanner.
All rumours point to Samsung placing this popular way of unlocking the phone on the rear of the new S8 and, in our opinion, rear-mounted fingerprint sensors aren’t as users friendly as those placed on the front of the phone.
Samsung is also thought to be launching the S8 with a curved display.
Going curved isn’t anything new but it looks unlikely that, unlike the S7 and S6, there will be a non curved phone launched alongside it.
So, if you’re not a fan of curved screens the standard S7 could be the phone to buy.
THE REASONS NOT TO BUY THE S7 AND S7 EDGE.
If you want a reason not to buy the S7 then take a look at the leaked Galaxy S8 images that recently appeared on the web.
If these pictures are how the device is really going to look it could make the S7 feel very outdated.
With a screen that appears to cover the entire front of the phone Samsung could be able to make the display bigger but the physical size of the device smaller.
Then there’s the speed of S7 which has often been criticised.
In fact, in a recent speed test the S7 was comprehensively beaten by the Apple iPhone and Google Pixel.
The S8 is thought to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor which is the fastest chip the company has ever produced.
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Not only is chip incredibly fast but also super efficient meaning it should burn through less battery power.
Along with the new design and improved speed the S8 may follow Samsung’s Note 7 and include iris scanning technology.
This will unlock the phone in a flash the minute you hold it up to your face.
The final reason for not buying the S7 right now has nothing to do with Samsung.
With Apple celebrating the iPhone’s 10th birthday the US technology giant is expected to pull-out all the stops for its next generation device.
The iPhone 8 looks set for a September launch and it might be worth waiting to see what’s unveiled before signing a two year deal on a new smartphone.