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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: What’s new?

T3 logo T3 30/03/2017 Spencer Hart

Courtesy of T3: T3 image © Courtesy of T3 T3 image Samsung has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8. It's got a big screen, powerful guts, and a a sexy new design, but what exactly has Samsung changed from the S7? 

Let's have a look...

Design

One of the biggest differences between the S7 and S8 is the design, even though there hasn't been a massive departure in terms of design language. 

Unlike previous years, both S8 models (regular and +) will feature the Infinity Edge display. Samsung has also got rid of the front home button, and minimised the bezels as much as possible.

It's a striking design, that makes last year's crop of flagships look instantly obsolete. 

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. The finger print sensor has been moved to the rear of the device - it's not next to the camera. This has both positive and negative points, but you'll quickly get used to it.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, while the S8 is slight taller and narrower at 148.90 x 68 x 8mm.

Both S7 and S8 are IP68, meaning they can be submerged up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes.

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Screen

Despite being roughly the same dimensions, the S8 packs a 5.8-inch screen (vs the S7's 5.1-inch) and the S8+ features a 6.2-inch display (vs the S7 Edge's 5.5-inch).

Both the S8 and S8+ have a Quad HD+ display, that's a resolution of 2960x1440 pixels.

On the S8 that's a pixel density of 570ppi, and the S8+ it's 529ppi.

That's actually down from the S7 last year, which had a ppi of 577.

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. The new display does have a slightly weird aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and it's the world's first mobile device to be certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium, so you'll be able to watch HDR Netflix content right on your smartphone.

That means colours should look more natural on the S8, over the S7.

Specs and OS

Both smartphones run Android Nougat - don't worry, Samsung hasn't switched to Tizen yet.

The S8 has received the typical yearly power boost. The Galaxy S7 packed 4GB RAM and an octa-core Exynos 8890 processor.

© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Samsung has stuck with 4GB RAM, and hasn't confirmed which chipset it's using. The company did say it's much more efficient than the previous generation, which is easy on the battery.

Camera

On paper at least, it appears Samsung hasn't changed anything about the rear-facing camera. It may have received a software update, which improved the way the images are processed.

We'll have to see how much it's changed over the previous generation

The front-facing camera has at least got more of an update on the S8 though, with an 8MP sensor in place of the Samsung Galaxy S7’s 5MP one.

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Battery

Worryingly, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has the same, 3,000mAh battery as the Galaxy S7. As we know, larger screen need more power.

Hopefully, the more efficient chipsets will balance it out, and the S8 won't have worse battery life than the S7.

This is another one we'll need to test when we get the phone into review.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S8 isn't actually all that different from the S7. The battery, camera and OS is all the same.

That's fine though, because the biggest update - that new screen - makes the S8 feel lightyears ahead of the previous generation of smartphones.

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