With multiple Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors arriving daily, not to mention reports of a February launch date, users are starting to weigh all of their options. And while a Galaxy S6 comparison makes sense, many with the Galaxy S5 are approaching their 2-year upgrade cycle, or passed up the Galaxy S6 over the lack of a micro-SD and removable battery. With that in mind here we’ll be taking a look at current Galaxy S7 rumors, and how it will compare to the Galaxy S5 for those seeking an upgrade.
In April, the current Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were released and have been among the most popular smartphones over the past 10 months. That said, a lot of Galaxy users were upset over it missing a micro-SD slot to expand storage, which lead many to stick it out another year with the Galaxy S5.
Now that the Galaxy S5 is getting a little old, and a new Galaxy S7 is on the horizon with many of the features users loved about the Galaxy S5, this comparison will let buyers know what to expect. Here we’ll be examining what we know so far based on rumors or leaks, and comparing the two.
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Of course the Galaxy S7 will be a better phone than the Galaxy S5, simply because nearly two years later there has been significant advances in technology. The Galaxy S6 was a worthy upgrade, but many chose not to take that route as they wanted to keep their micro-SD cards, the IP67 dust and water-resistant features, or have a removable battery.
Well, we have good news. It looks like potentially two of those three key features will be making a return to the Galaxy S7, making it the perfect phone for aging Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 4 owners.
Galaxy S7 Release Date
First up, the Galaxy S7 could be here much sooner than we initially though. Multiple sources and leaks suggest it will be announced on February 21st, and released around March 3-4th. That said, the US release date has been rumored for March 11th, a Friday, which is still a month faster than the Galaxy S6 last year. Galaxy S5 owners have a little over a month to wait it out with their current device, then buy the latest and greatest.
Above is a tweet from a leakster who’s been accurate in the past, claiming the phones will be revealed on February 21st.
We’ve heard Samsung wants to launch phones faster to get a lead on the competition, mainly Apple, and we saw exactly that with the Galaxy Note 5. It was both announced and released in August of 2015, rather than October like we’d see the prior 2-3 years. This was ahead of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, giving Samsung a clear lead.
It’s reasonable to believe all the rumors we’re hearing right now, which suggest the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be announced on February 21st, and released within weeks of that date. This will be ahead of any iPhone 7 details, and once again being a little early to give Samsung a leg up on the competition. Case manufacturers already have the final designs as well, lending credence to the reports of an early release. We can’t be sure, but assume the Galaxy S7 will be available before March comes to a close. If that’s the case, it will be nearly just in time for Galaxy S5 owners to upgrade to a new phone.
Hold out for just a little longer with that old Android 5.1 powered Galaxy S5, because a stunning looking, faster, better, more premium Galaxy S7 is coming soon.
Galaxy S7 Design
A lot of details are readily available regarding the Galaxy S7, but not all of them may be accurate. Reliable sources like the Korean Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and more, claim the Galaxy S7 will look nearly identical to the Galaxy S6 from last year. This might be bad news for those who didn’t like the Galaxy S6 so stuck to the GS5, but if that was regarding a few key features missing, they will make a return this year. Keep reading.
Rumor has it the Galaxy S7 will come in two different models (not three or four) and the curved “Edge” variant won’t come in a smaller size like last year. So if Galaxy S5 owners wanted that, it may not be an option.
All those rumors of a Galaxy S7 Plus turned out to be false, and same can be said about the two different Galaxy S7 Edge models. Samsung will reportedly launch a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7, and a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge with curved edges. The regular Galaxy S7 will be the perfect replacement for an old Galaxy S5.
As you can see from the leaked schematic above, it looks very similar to last years mode. That being the same all glass and aluminum design, camera on back, fingerprint scanner in the home button and more. However, there will be a lot of changes that will still make this a worthy phone worth considering.
Samsung is expected to stick to the same 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD S-AMOLED display for the Galaxy S7. This will be a welcomed improvement over the Galaxy S5 in all areas. A better screen, better camera, faster and easier to use fingerprint scanner and more.
The plastic design of the Galaxy S5 is completely gone, and instead users will get a beautiful premium smartphone made of glass and aluminum. The fingerprint scanner isn’t a swipe-based one like the GS5, and is one of the fastest fingerprint scanners on the market. I didn’t use the feature on the Galaxy S5, but I love it on my Note 5. Expect the same great results from the Galaxy S7.
Galaxy S5 owners will feel right at home with everything else. The camera and heart rate sensor on back, power button on the right edge and volume rocker to the left. Not a lot has changed, even though everything is vastly different and improved.
Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S5: Specs
Being two years newer you can expect a better experience across the board. Everything is faster, better, and improved. Including the battery life. Here are the latest details based on countless leaks, benchmark test results and more.
Galaxy S7 Specs (Rumored)
5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
8-Core Qualcomm 820 Processor with 4GB of RAM (Vary by region)
32 and 64GB storage options (Micro-SD reportedly confirmed)
New 12.3 Megapixel Rear Camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS and more
3,000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, Wireless Fast Charging (3,600 on Galaxy S7 Edge)
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
Fingerprint and Iris Eye Scanner
IP67 Dust & Water Resistance (Rumored)
Flat Design (no camera bulge)
As you can see above, the Samsung Galaxy S7 sounds pretty good. It will have an improved 5.1-inch Quad-HD display, and return many of the features Samsung ditched on the Galaxy S6. Powered by a new 8-core processor with 4GB of RAM, tons of storage, and return the micro-SD slot that made so many pass on the Galaxy S6. If that’s why you kept the Galaxy S5, be ready to buy the Galaxy S7 in March.
Galaxy S5 Specs
5.1-inch 1920 x 1080p HD AMOLED Display
Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM
16/32GB of storage with a micro-SD slot for expansion
Currently on Android 5.1 Lollipop
16 Megapixel camera, 2MP front camera
2,800 mAh battery (removable) with QC 1.0 technology.
Swipe-based fingerprint scanner
IP67 dust and water resistant (flap covered USB port)
As you can see the Galaxy S7 will be a huge upgrade across the board. More than double the power with a new 8-core processor and 4GB of RAM, the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software, a bigger 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging and more. The Galaxy S5 takes nearly two hours to recharge, the Galaxy S7 will likely recharge from 0-100% in under 75 minutes, and go from 0-80% in just 35 minutes using Quick Charge 3.0 technology by Qualcomm. That’s big. This means it lasts forever, and recharges so fast that users won’t even need to worry about swapping out the battery when it runs out. Just drop it on the charger for a few minutes driving home.
Another big change is in the software on board. The Galaxy S5 will likely see Android 6.0 Marshmallow at some point with a software update, which will add a lot to the aging phone, but you can only do so much. The Galaxy S7 will have the latest and greatest across the board. Things like Google Now on Tap, Samsung or Android Pay, a better TouchWiz over stock Android and more.
Samsung’s come a long ways with software, and the skin covering stock Android isn’t so bloated with gimmicky features like we saw with the Galaxy S5. Another big rumor for the Galaxy S7 is a pressure sensitive display. Similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. If true, it will offer tons of innovative new features the Galaxy S5 simply will never see.
Above is a teaser video. It doesn’t show exactly what to expect, but rather some of the possibilities that will be integrated into the Galaxy S7 and the pressure sensitive display.
We’ve also heard from reliable sources that Samsung has worked closely with Google on the software for the Galaxy S7. It won’t be stock Android, but it will be the most optimized and cleanest software ever released from Samsung. Promising fast performance, great battery life and more. Something we can’t say about the Galaxy S5, especially after two years of occasional buggy software updates.
Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S5: Camera
The only “lower” spec on a sheet while comparing the two is the 12 megapixel camera. However, the new camera in the Galaxy S7 will take amazing photos and video that works great indoors or outdoors, have optical image stabilization, a fast f/1.8 aperture for fast shutter speeds and auto focus. Megapixels aren’t everything, and this 12 megapixel camera will be better than the Galaxy S6, and certainly better than the again 16 megapixel camera on the S5 from two years ago.
The sensor is bigger which allows for more light to enter in quickly while taking a photo. It captures more light, extra details and more in a faster amount of time. So there won’t be blur from hand shaking and other things. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 had amazing cameras, and it should be even better in the Galaxy S7. There is no comparison. If the Galaxy S5 camera isn’t doing good enough anymore, you’ll want Samsung’s new phone. And that 2 megapixel front camera is awful. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will have an excellent 5 or 8 megapixel wide-angle front camera that takes great selfies.
Carriers, Pricing and More
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will be released on all major carriers, likely in at least 2-3 different color options and storage sizes, but we’ll have to wait for the announcement to know for sure. We’re hearing March 4th, while some reports suggest March 11th. Either way, the wait is almost over.
Users can expect all carriers to release it around the same day, like we saw with the Galaxy Note 5 in August, for a price similar to prior years.
The Galaxy S6 was $199 with a new 2-year contract and $599 outright for the 32GB model from most carriers, then went up with more storage or the Edge curved screen model. We’re expecting something very similar for the Galaxy S7.
Users will likely be able to grab the Galaxy S7 for $199 or less with contracts or monthly payment plans, or pay a little extra for the bigger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy S5 isn’t sold by most carriers these days so we won’t even go there.
At the end of the day all Galaxy S5 owners really need to know is that the Galaxy S7 will be a worthy replacement. It’s better in every way, shape or form, should have excellent battery life and super fast charging, and return the micro-SD card for expandable storage. That was arguably the biggest complaint about the Galaxy S6, and Samsung heard the message loud and clear. Hopefully. Stay tuned for more details, leaks, and images as February 21st approaches.
Did you buy a Galaxy S6, or do you still have the Galaxy S5 and plan on getting the new Galaxy S7 once it’s released? Let us know in the comments below.