Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge v Samsung Galaxy S8 – Which is best?
The Galaxy S8 is here and after months of rumours, endless leaks and speculation we finally know everything about this latest flagship smartphone.
After the issues that dogged the Note 7, Samsung has pulled out all the stops and produced one of the best looking smartphones on the planet.
There’s also plenty of new features including a new Infinity display and faster processor and personal assistant named Bixby.
However, although the S8 clearly is the phone to beat in 2017, does it really offer enough to make it worth the upgrade and are you now better off buying the much cheaper Galaxy S7 Edge?
Here’s everything you need to know.
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The Galaxy S7 Edge already features a market-leading curved 5.5-inch AMOLED screen which offers a fabulous user experience.
But Samsung has now produce something that’s bigger, brighter and even better.
The S8 and larger S8+ both include huge Infinity displays which cover almost the entire front of the phone.
With a curved edge and tiny bezels you’ll struggle to find anything that looks and performs as well as this new device.
Samsung is also boasting that the S8 is the only smartphone that’s been certified by the UHD Alliance for the Mobile HDR Premium standard.
That means it’s capable of playing back true mobile HDR, or ‘High Dynamic Range’, content from services such as Amazon and Netflix.
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If you opt for the standard S8 you’ll get a 5.8-inch screen whilst the S8+ gets a giant 6.2-inch display.
Samsung really has produced something incredibly special with its S8 smartphones and has actually made its S7 Edge look very average.
And that’s not an easy thing to do.
The Galaxy S7 Edge recently received a huge price cut
If you’re after a bargain don’t expect to own the Galaxy S8.
This flagship phone isn’t cheap with a starting price of £689 for the standard S8 and £779 for the S8+.
Contract prices are also ludicrously high with some deals starting from over £50 per month.
The Galaxy S7, however, has just seen its price slashed with Amazon offering over the standard S7 for under £400 – you can find that deal here.
Contract prices have also plummeted in recent weeks with firms including Carphone Warehouse selling the S7 for just £27 per month.
If it’s speed you’re after then the S8 is definitely what you’ve been waiting for.
This new flagship features a new 10nm processor which Samsung claims will offer the ultimate performance.
One speed test has already shown what the Galaxy S8 is capable of producing a market leading performance.
A video recently appeared online claiming to show the Galaxy S8 scoring an incredible 205,248 on the AnTuTu Benchmark test.
If true, this is the first time any smartphone has scored so highly in this famous performance test.
The current fastest phone listed by AnTuTu is the iPhone 7 Plus which scored 181,807 followed by the iPhone 7 with a score of 173,575.
The new processors tucked inside the S8 are also very efficient which should mean the new Galaxy’s battery will last longer than Samsung’s current flagship.
The older Galaxy S7 is no slouch but it has been comprehensively beaten by the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel in recent speed tests.
Samsung will be hoping for better results when the S8 finally gets tested against its Apple rival.
Although the screen looks set to be bigger the only other obvious design change between the S8 and S7 appears to be the removal of the physical home button from the front of the phone and the fingerprint scanner moving to the back of the device.
Both of these changes may actually make the S7 Edge a more attractive option as it’s unclear how users will find interacting with the phone.
Samsung has embedded a virtual home button under the screen and this is a feature early adopters will have to get used to.
However, it’s the fingerprint scanner that could cause the S8 most problems.
We’ve tested a number of phones with rear fingerprint scanners and have never found them as user friendly as front-mounted buttons.
Samsung’s positioning also means there’s a tendency to place your finger on the camera lens which certainly won’t help the appearance of photos.
Samsung appears to be aware of the issue and has even included an alert saying, “A clean lens makes for better shots. Clean your camera lens to keep taking better pictures.”
Luckily, the S8 does feature iris and facial recognition which may make using the fingerprint scanner obsolete in the future.
Samsung made a big update to its cameras on the S7 and the S8 follows with some minor improvements.
The front-facing camera has been boosted from 5 to 8 megapixels and Samsung says both S8 snappers are now better in low light.
Sadly, there's no dual lens system which is a shame as most of the competition, including Apple, now offer this clever feature.
We'll have to wait and see how much better the S8's camera is than the S7 Edge but, with the older device already performing well, we're guessing the small photographic improvements won't be a big reason to upgrade.
The S7 Edge looks outdated alongside its S8 rival
The Galaxy S8 is, without doubt, the smartphone to beat in 2017.
This phone looks stunning, has an incredibly fast processor, upgraded cameras and the ability to use your face for security.
After the success of the S7, there’s no doubt the S8 will be even better and, if you can afford it, this should be the ultimate upgrade.
However, the S7 Edge is still a fabulous phone and, with its price now plummeting, it’s a very good time to buy one.
If you’re not bothered about having the latest and greatest phone tucked inside your jeans then the S7 is the best smartphone currently available on the market.
Just be aware that from April 28th, when the S8 hit shops, the Galaxy S7 will look very outdated.