Vs samsung galaxy note 5 vs samsung galaxy s7

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The Galaxy S6 marked a turning point for Samsung. It was the company’s first flagship điện thoại thông minh khổng lồ feature its new super premium design language. Though Samsung ultimately left out a few notable features from the device, it’s hard denying that the S6 is an attractive device. The company ended up bringing over that same thiết kế language khổng lồ the Galaxy lưu ý 5, which turned out to lớn be one of our favorite Android handsets of last year.

Now that the Galaxy S7 is official & Samsung has made some improvements, we thought it seemed fitting to pit these two handsets against one another. Without anymore delay, let’s take a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 5.


Aside from the larger chassis of the chú ý 5, both of these handsets look quite similar. They both feature an aluminum frame with glass front và baông xã panels, and they both feel extremely nice in the hand. This is thanks in part to the curved edges on the baông chồng panels of both phones, which Samsung first employed on the lưu ý 5. We were big fans of this subtle design tweak last year, so we’re happy the change made its way khổng lồ the Galaxy S line.


The buttons on the S7 & chú ý 5 are for the most part in the same place as well. The power button sits on the right edge, the volume keys are on the left, và the bottom side holds the 3.5milimet headphone jaông xã, speaker grill và Micro USB port. This is one similarity we wish Samsung would have changed this time around. While most other manufacturers are making the switch to USB Type-C, Samsung is lagging behind in this area for some reason. Of course, for many who aren’t ready to lớn make the switch lớn a new port – & buy all the needed cables for this change – this might not be considered a downside.

And in traditional chú ý style, the Galaxy chú ý 5 also comes with an embedded stylus that can be stowed away lớn the right of the speaker grill.


Up front, the S7 sports a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, while the Note 5 packs a 5.5-inch screen of the same type. Both are really bright, clear and provide punchy colors, just lượt thích we’re used to seeing on a Samsung flagship. In this case it’s not really worth trying khổng lồ decide which one is necessarily “better” in chất lượng, rather which size is right for you. If you’re using the device for lots of multitruyền thông consumption và aren’t worried about the bulkiness of the device, you might want lớn choose the chú ý 5. Alternatively, the S7 provides a similar display experience while remaining compact enough for the majority of users out there.

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Under the displays of both phones sit physical home buttons with embedded fingerprint sensors. Both trang chủ buttons look very similar khổng lồ one another, but the one on the S7 is much more flush with the body of the phone, while the lưu ý 5’s home button sticks out a bit more.


Samsung brought bachồng two big features lớn the S7 that it removed from its previous flagship, and the first of those features is dust & water resistance. The Galaxy S7 is rated IP68 for dust & water resistance, meaning it can survive a small splash or tumble without being rendered useless. The Galaxy chú ý 5 has no dust or water resistance rating, so you’ll need to lớn vị your best keep the phablet away from any type of liquid.

The other big feature Samsung brought back this time around is expandable storage! The Galaxy S7 comes with 32GB of on-board storage. If you need more than that, luckily you can now insert a microSD card up to lớn 200GB for more room. Now, the Galaxy cảnh báo 5 may not have room for a microSD card, but it does come in 32, 64 and 128GB storage variants (however, the largest size is a Korean exclusive).

Under the hood, the S7 will sport a Qualcomilimet Snapdragon 8đôi mươi processor if you live sầu in the U.S., & most other variants will likely come with a Samsung Exynos 8 Octa processor. Regardless of the variant, the device will be backed by 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy lưu ý 5 is powered by the Exynos 74trăng tròn processor & also backed by 4GB of RAM. Both devices are plenty snappy, but this part of the comparison will be much more clear khổng lồ us after we spkết thúc some more time with the Galaxy S7.

Around bachồng the Galaxy S7 sports a 12MPhường rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens. It also comes with larger 1.4µm pixels, which should allow the camera lớn take in much more light (approximately 25% more, according lớn Samsung) than the S6’s camera. The Note 5 has a 16MPhường shooter with f/1.9 aperture. While you may think more megapixels means a better camera, this isn’t really the case here. The larger pixel kích cỡ with the S7’s camera will greatly help out image unique, both indoors & out. Both smartphones are capable of taking fine shots, but again, we’re going to wait until our full S7 Review to comment on camera performance.

Lastly we have software. The Galaxy S7 is running a heavily customized build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s Touchwiz overlay on top. The company has made a few visual tweaks to lớn the UI this time around, but ultimately it’s the same interface we’re all familiar with. Samsung just recently released Android 6.0 Marshmallow to lớn the lưu ý 5, và so far it’s been pretty smooth. One of the biggest differences between the two is that you have the option to remove sầu the application drawer on the S7, giving it a more OS-lượt thích feel. LG also removed the ứng dụng drawer altogether with its G5 flagship, but this change is optional on the S7.

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No matter which way you look at it, both of these smartphones have their positives & negatives. The cảnh báo 5 provides a great multitasking experience with a big display, while the S7 provides a more compact, sleek và refined all-around experience. We’re looking forward to reviewing the S7 and revisiting this comparison when we’ve sầu spent more time with the device.

What are your thoughts? Which would you choose if given the chance? Be sure lớn let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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