Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6s: three-way specs comparison


The hot new Android flagship in town is, undoubtedly, the Galaxy S7, a phone that sets the bar high for 2016. It seems to have it all - exquisite design, saucy specs, and promising camera, which are all requirements for having a bestseller. 

Don't believe us? Well, just take a look at last year's Galaxy S6 specs sheet and you will notice in no time that the Galaxy S7 is a big leap forward on all fronts. 

What about the other hot thing on the block, the Apple iPhone 6s? Well, comparing specs between an iPhone and an Android is a bit ridiculous as these are not that comparable, but still, we've thrown one for a good measure.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6s

Display

Display size

5.1 inches
5.1 inches
4.7 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels

Pixel density

576 ppi
577 ppi
326 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

72.30 %
70.48 %
65.71 %

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.264
 

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

 
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
 

Design

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Apple A9 APL0898

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 530
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2550 mAh
1715 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Yes
 

Stand-by time

 
 
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

28.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Internet use

3G: 11 hours; LTE: 13 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 11 hours

Music playback

55.00 hours
57.00 hours
50.00 hours

Video playback

16.00 hours
13.00 hours
11.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 699
 
$ 849


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5 Comments

1. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Where is ir blaster? It's more impt than water resistance!

2. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Soooooooooooo you'd rather have a phone that can change channels than one that can take some splashes?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well, why can't the it blaster be more important to him? What if he can't swim, doesn't take cruises, and generally doesn't have his phone around water?

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

My case is good enough to protect against splashes. I'm not a fan of playing with a phone under water. Ir blaster is more impt for me!

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sadly, that's gone, but you could always use this mini OTG adapter like I do on my OnePlus One: http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/07/21/transform-your-smartphone-into-a-universal-ir-remote-control-with-zazaremote/ Yet another reason why I'm glad they decided to stick with Micro USB port. Having an USB C to Micro USB adapter in front of the IR blaster would not only look awkward (like some jacked and smashed d!ck hanging from your phone) but would also be insecure and prone to snapping (especially when using as a remote on the couch). USB C just isn't ready for prime time yet: http://www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=ac

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