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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is coming this year and fans are eagerly waiting for its release date. Here we are doing a Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison of specs, design, price and more to find out what are the differences between the two flagships and whether the new one is worth the wait.
Keep in mind that Samsung Galaxy S8 still hasn't been officially revealed. We've seen teases sure, but nothing's official quite yet. What we do know is we'll get all the official, juicy gossip at the Galaxy S8 launch conference on 29 March at 4PM GMT.
Recent internet gossip has given us a very clear picture of Samsung Galaxy S8 specs, features, design and more. Recent rumblings suggest we'll see a full body screen on the front, just like LG's recent G6, and we're likely to get a flashy new snapper, too. Regardless, we won't have to wait long.
While we haven’t seen much change with Samsung’s Galaxy lineup in the past few years, we may see a radical difference with this year’s Galaxy S8. It will still be a black rectangle – that’s a given – but recent leaks indicate we’ll see an all-display front, akin to LG’s G6. Samsung might do away with the headset jack, too.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 isn’t a drastic departure from recent offerings. It’s a pretty bland-looking phone and, although not quite as dull as Google’s Pixel, it hardly wins any points in the looks department. Its flashier brother, the Galaxy S7 Edge, is the one turning heads, with its impressive curved display. Will the S8 be thinner than last year’s 7.9mm? Only time will tell.
Heading back to that display, the Galaxy S8 is said to sport a 5.8in screen, up from the S7’s 5.1in offering. Those leaked images seem to suggest a minimal bezel, too, so don’t expect an unwanted bump in handset size either. However, the standard S8 looks to have the curved display this time around, perhaps debunking the possibility of a Galaxy S8 Edge.
Yet again, you can expect a Super AMOLED display. Whether or not Samsung opts for the 4K route, akin to Sony’s XZ Premium, remains to be seen, but I imagine HDR will be on the cards. Expect to see more of a VR push too, especially considering the recent launch of Samsung’s Gear VR controller.
Like the phone before it, the Galaxy S8 will feature front and rear cameras. While the S7 touted a 12-megapixel rear snapper, reports suggest the S8 will come equipped with both 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors on the back.
This will be Samsung’s first foray into the dual-camera world, hot on the heels of LG and Huawei. Regardless, expect the S8 to pack a phenomenal camera, worthy of rivalling the Pixel’s award-winning shots.
The S7 is still no slouch, however. Its f/1.7 aperture sensor lets in plenty of light – 25% more light than the S6 in fact – while phase-detect autofocus and optical image stabilisation (OIS) is also expected to make the move to the Galaxy S8.
You can expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip inside the Galaxy S8. Despite the obvious improvements to processing speed, the Snapdragon 835 supports Quick Charge 4, with just five minutes of charge granting five hours of battery life.
There may be 6GB of RAM, especially considering that Snapdragon 835 chip supports up to 8GB. Just remember, these specs may vary region to region, with some areas likely to launch with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 and ARM Mali-G71 GPU. We might get Samsung’s own digital assistant, too, following the Viv acquisition last year.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to improve on the Galaxy S7 in almost every way. From the camera, processor, display and design, it’s a given that the S8 will be a significant upgrade to the S7. The only thing we don’t know is the price.
Considering you can pick up the Galaxy S7 for 420 GBP SIM-free these days, it will still be a firm choice for the months to come. Given we might see the Galaxy S8 launch for a staggering 800 GBP come April, stick with the S7 if you’re looking to save some money.