Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7: What Buyers Need to Know

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 now official and coming soon buyers are weighing their options and wondering how it compares to the Galaxy S7. From the beautiful new big screens to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. This is what you need to know about Samsung’s latest and greatest.

After months of leaks and rumors the Galaxy S8 and bigger Galaxy S8+ were officially announced on March 29th. The release date is April 21st, and pre-orders are available as we speak. Here we’ll be comparing both and detailing what’s new and what they have to offer.

Read: Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Deals

Samsung’s devices from 2016 are still great phones, but a new generation of Galaxy is here. That being much bigger screens, tiny bezels and what’s being called the Infinity Display. Samsung really took the design to new heights, and delivered what could be the best phone of the year.

In 2016 Samsung released the Galaxy S7 and a bigger curved Galaxy S7 Edge. They have a premium metal design, water-resistance, a microSD slot and one of the best cameras in any smartphone. Building on the success of the Galaxy S6, while refining it in key areas.

For this year they followed a similar path of success, while improving it across the board. Samsung kept the design many love and just made the phones much bigger. In fact, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ is 6.2-inches. The front is almost all screen, but the phones aren’t physically much bigger. It’s impressive, really. Pair that with key upgrades, and the Galaxy S8 looks like a great buy.

Read: 13 Reasons You’ll Love the Galaxy S8

If you’re eligible for an upgrade and are trying to decide on what’s available now, or to wait, we may be able to help. We wouldn’t recommend getting the Galaxy S7 right now, or the LG G5 and V20. Instead, get the Galaxy S8.

Whether it’s a decision based on price or someone looking to upgrade, we have all the details. Check out the slideshow below full of helpful information, photos and more.

Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7: Display

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Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7: Display

There are a few changes throughout but none will be bigger than the display. Literally. Well, aside from maybe the fingerprint scanner being moved to the back. 

Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have massive screens. Samsung's calling it an Infinity Display. Thanks to very slim bezels, no bezel on the sides and the removal of the home button for the first time in seven years, they aren't too big either. In fact, the Galaxy S8 is nearly the exact same size as the 5-inch Galaxy S7. 

That means buyers get a much larger 5.8-inch screen (bigger than the Galaxy Note 7) all in the same size package as they're used to. What Samsung has managed to do is pretty epic, and we think many will love this phone. 

Delivering a new 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED panel that's thinner, more efficient, offers HDR content, and the best colors of any Samsung phone yet. The company is using a new 18:9 aspect ratio so the phone is thinner yet taller. And the tiny bezels is what gives the screen enough space to fit. 

So, both phones are about the same but the Galaxy S8 has a much bigger screen, a slightly higher resolution and the latest AMOLED technology. One thing we really need to mention though, is the curved edges. This year both phones are curved. So if you didn't like the Galaxy S7 Edge and like the S7 instead, the Galaxy S8 may not be your perfect choice. There's no flat model this year. 

That said, I got used to it extremely fast and all the Edge features can be disabled too. It isn't enough to warrant passing up on this excellent phone.

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