Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S6 edge: What’s the rumoured difference?

Samsung announced its flagship Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year but that wasn’t the only device to be unveiled on the stage. The South Korean company also revealed the Galaxy S6 edge.

One year on and it’s looking like there will be at least two handsets announced at the Unpacked 2016 event again, this year taking place on 21 February, with all rumours pointing towards the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.

Here we are looking at the potential differences between the Galaxy S7 edge and the Galaxy S6 edge, based on the speculation. For those interested in how the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S6 differ, you can read our separate feature.

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it brought an entirely overhauled design in comparison to its previous flagship smartphones so we’d expect minor design changes for the next gen.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge measures 142.1 x 70.1 x 7mm and weighs 132g. It has a metal frame with a tempered glass rear and it comes complete with a fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy S7 edge will more than likely look very similar, although it has been claimed Samsung will use a different metal.

We’d expect a fingerprint sensor on board again but we could also see USB Type-C for faster charging and data transfer if speculation is anything to go by.

It also looks like the S7 edge could be a little larger than its predecessor. Rumour has it the device will measure 151 x 73mm, which could be down to the slightly larger display size that has been suggested. If true, it would mean the S7 edge would be noticeably taller than the current model.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED dual-edge display with a Quad HD resolution. This is the feature that sets it apart from the Galaxy S6 and it is also the feature that helped this device grab headlines when it launched.

The Galaxy S7 edge will undoubtedly also sport the dual-edge design but it sounds like Samsung could bump up the size. Reports suggest the Galaxy S7 edge will come with a 5.5-inch display, also with a Quad HD resolution.

Other rumours have also implied the Galaxy S7 edge will come with a ClearForce display, meaning a pressure sensitivity display, similar to that of theApple iPhone 6S and Huawei Mate S.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge was heavily praised for its camera capabilities so expectations are high for the Galaxy S7 edge. The Galaxy S6 edge comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera.

There have been several rumours surrounding the Galaxy S7 edge camera but chances are, it will offer an improved experience over the Galaxy S6 edge no matter what the specs turn out to be.

Some reports have said a dual-camera setup will be on board the S7 edge, while others have claimed the same 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel setup will be present.

Talk of the inclusion of the new Samsung Britecell 20-megapixel sensor have also been circulating, along with the idea of a 12.2-megapixel sensor so none of the rumours point to a definitive theory regarding the S7 edge camera as yet.

Samsung opted to step away from Qualcomm for its Galaxy S6 edge processor, putting an Exynos chip inside instead. The octa-core chip is supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal memory, with no microSDsupport. There is a 2800mAh battery.

The Galaxy S7 edge on the other hand, is rumoured to be moving back to Qualcomm and its latest Snapdragon 820 processor. There has also been talk of the Exynos 8890 chip however, with suggestions there might be two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and the other with 4GB.

Other reports have suggested Samsung will reintroduce microSD support for the Galaxy S7 edge, which will please a few. The battery capacity is rumoured to be 3600mAh, which would be a big improvement on the Galaxy S6 edge. Wireless charging is also expected to be on board again.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge launched with the latest version of Android at the time, along with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface over the top. Android Marshmallow is currently not available on the Galaxy S6 edge but it will be coming soon.

The Galaxy S7 edge will almost certainly launch with Marshmallow from the box. It will also offer TouchWiz over the top but specific features have yet to be detailed. It has been said that the new device will come with a photo feature similar to Apple’s Live Photos however, which will apparently be called Vivid Photos.

If there are any dramatic changes to software, the S6 edge is likely to get an update to them too so expect a very similar experience across both devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will no doubt offer various improvements over its predecessor including an upgraded processor, camera enhancements and battery, even if none of these have been confirmed as yet.

The design is likely to be similar to the S6 edge, but we may see an increaseddisplay size if the speculation is accurate.

All-in-all, as with any flagship update, there will be differences and changes from the previous model and as soon as the confirmed details are in, we will be sure to go into more detail. In a nutshell though, expect the Galaxy S7 edge to be bigger and better than the Galaxy S6 edge.


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