The Galaxy S6 Edge was something of a gamble for Samsung, because it employed a unique and unproven design. But it paid off – speculation at the time even suggested that Samsung couldn’t fulfill demand for the new device! Now its successor is on the horizon, but will it be a credible improvement? Find out in our Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge comparison.
The Galaxy S6 Edge was a revolutionary device. Its dual-sided display had an aesthetic purpose – some people just prefer the look of this handset over the simultaneously released Galaxy S6 – but it also offered unique functionality.
The rumored Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t likely to look radically differ from the S6 Edge. Given the success of the original, we expect Samsung to do something similar with the S7 Edge design, only refining it slightly from the previous version of the device.
One recent rumor suggests that the S7 Edge will be bigger than S6 Edge (151 mm tall and 73 mm wide) with a 5.5-inch display. This would certainly distinguish it from the S6 Edge, which is 142 mm tall, 70 mm wide and has a 5.1-inch display), although that phone does have a larger counterpart in the form of the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
So, in the design stakes, we don’t know which will be better. The S7 Edge might be noticeably bigger, which makes it better for watching videos but worse for carrying in your pocket.
Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge: display
The Galaxy S7 Edge is expected, naturally, to feature a dual-sided display (meaning that it is sloping on the right- and left-hand sides). How will the S7 Edge improve upon the previous display? I suspect that it won't, in any meaningful way, at least not from a visual standpoint. The Galaxy S series is unlikely to get the 4K treatment just yet; the S7 Edge display is said to have the same QHD resolution as its predecessor.
The Edge software is likely to offer a more discernable difference between the handsets.
Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge: software
The Galaxy S6 Edge arrived with its own set of software features (which you can read about in the Galaxy S6 Edge review) which were afforded by the curved display. Some argued that these were merely novelty additions, but it would be a surprise if Samsung didn’t refine or update them for the S7 Edge, as it does each year with the Galaxy Note’s Air Command software. Some of the less-used features will be chopped, others improved, and there may be some new additions.
One new software idea rumored to be in the works is a 'moving photos'-style option, similar to what appeared on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This works by recording a 1.5-second piece of footage before and after a photo to effectively turn them into short videos. Samsung is said to be doing something similar, that will also include audio.
Another unique addition may be the use of 3D Touch-like technology, also seen on Apple devices. This would allow the S7 Edge to interpret pressure sensitivity on the display in order to offer greater functionality.
This software may become incredibly useful in the future, but as developers and manufacturers have yet to fully commit to it, it might still have limited appeal for now. Indeed, how many of us would regularly use our smartphones as kitchen scales?
The Galaxy S7 Edge is expected to come with the Snapdragon 820 processor (or possibly an Exynos equivalent) and 3-4 GB of RAM. Differences in the performance between two generations of a Galaxy device are usually marginal.
The Snapdragon 820 has the potential to be the best Qualcomm chipset yet, but average consumers probably won't notice the advantages it provides over the performance of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge: camera
The S6 Edge camera tech is the same used on the Galaxy S6 and it is impressive. Though rumors suggest that the S7 camera may have lower resolution, its low light capabilities, dynamic range and color representation may represent an overall improvement.
It seems that Samsung is aiming for something more like Apple’s camera tech, which traditionally favors balance and contrast above high resolution. And, if leaked designs are to be believed, it’s still going to stick out of the back of the handset like a lobster on a birthday cake.
Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge: battery
Battery life was generally pretty good on the S6 Edge and it should be even better on the S7 Edge. The S7 Edge will be able to take advantage of the battery saving features that Android Marshmallow offers, which will give it an advantage over the S6 Edge until the latter phone gets updated too.
The S7 Edge could also contain a larger battery that the S6 Edge, given that is the larger handset and therefore has more room to house one (unless, of course, the 7 Edge is significantly slimmer).
Galaxy S6 Edge vs Galaxy S7 Edge: price and conclusion
It's rumored that the Galaxy S7 will be 10 percent cheaper than the Galaxy S6 at launch, and the same may happen with the S7 Edge in comparison with the S6 Edge. However, it doesn't seem probable that Samsung could produce a bigger phone with Force Touch technology and an improved processor and camera, and still reduce the price.
The big battle between these phones will probably lie in the software. The Galaxy S6 Edge was interesting, but it could be argued that it lacked a killer feature to really sell the benefit of the curved display. Features such as Edge Lighting were ultimately inessential and provided only a minor aesthetic value.
Unless the Galaxy S7 Edge offers some meaningful software improvements, it might only be minor details that set it apart from the S6 Edge.
Read more about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at our dedicated article and let us know in the comments why you are or aren't interested in the Galaxy S7 Edge.