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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7

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The S8 comes with an ever so slightly improved camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7

On paper, the Galaxy S8 seems to have the same camera as the S7: both list a 12-megapixel sensor with dual pixel auto-focus (the fastest focusing system around, in case you were wondering) and both record 4K video. There is a difference in the front camera, though, the S8 introduces a slightly higher-res, 8-megapixel front camera (up from 5MP on the S7).

We also have the same camera app on the S8 and the S7: it’s a very clean app with only the essential settings in view. Swipe left for filters and right for different shooting modes (go into Pro mode and in Settings, where the resolution is, you can select to save a DNG file along with the regular JPG if you want).

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S8

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7
Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S7

Camera interface of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Image Quality


While the specs do look the same, this does not guarantee the same image quality. After all, each phone is tuned differently. And this is indeed the case here: there is a slight, but noticeable difference in image quality and it’s one in favor of the Galaxy S8. The S8 simply does just a tad better at bringing out some of the fine details in photos. Both have a slightly oversharpened look, but details are great nontheless. Another thing is the colors. The boosted colors on the S7 are now slightly toned down, more realistic.

Selfies with the front camera have also improved in the S8. Now you have more detail and definition. You no longer get the smudgy detail that ruined selfies on the S7, but instead you get a sharp, more pleasing front camera images. The viewing angle of the camera is wide, but not as wide as on the S7. We like this: the S7 felt a bit too wide, while the S8 is more versatile and you can shoot both groups of people and just yourself with better composition, while still preserving the context of a scene.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 1.2
1.3
281
261
Samsung Galaxy S7 1.5
1.6
315
281
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Video quality


Both the S8 and the S7 support 4K video, but the differences here are extremely subtle: the footage from the S8 seems to be a tad livelier in terms of colors, and that's mostly that..

We did not notice any improvement in video stabilization, which is not to say that the stabilization is bad. Quite the contrary, both phones support OIS and they do also add an extra layer of software stabilization to get smoother looking footage. However, there are better stabilized phones out there and you do still notice that typical jello look to videos with optical stabilizaton.

On a positive note, focus is extremely fast on both phones, and this is definitely of huge importance for video. The S8 is able to change exposure very gradually, in a pleasing way and this is another plus for the new phone.

Sound quality


You have a single bottom firing loudspeaker on both phones and we’re happy to see that Samsung has made some slight improvements with the S8. Sound through it is louder and a bit fuller, with more definition. That’s great news for those who watch a lot of video on Facebook and/or YouTube without bothering to put headphones on.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 0.75
Samsung Galaxy S7 0.704
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 78
Samsung Galaxy S7 72.7
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posted on 19 Apr 2017, 07:23 3

1. Zack_2014 (Posts: 535; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


The S8 is ridiculously highly priced in India.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 13:58 1

7. adi90 (Posts: 554; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


This time Samsung has tricked those in India who were waiting to buy s7 at reduced price.
I thought s7 would sell at 35k after s8 release.
But it seems the price is not going down that Much.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 20:39 1

8. Highside (Posts: 182; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


I received my S8 today. It's awesome and I LOVE the dimensions.
But, the lack of a removable battery and the price make the phone a FAILURE.
I would NEVER buy this phone. My company gave it to me for free.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 20:51 1

9. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


right..
just sell it and get nokia 3310..

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 07:44

2. piyath (Posts: 1132; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


I have the S7

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 07:59 1

3. macawmatt (Posts: 73; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


IMO, is amazing how one generation of phones can so quickly date what was accepted as a good looking phone. I can't look at a phone with more then say 1/4" or so worth of top and bottom bezel anymore and not cringe.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 08:02

4. JohanP (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2017)


The S8 is top class

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 09:02 1

5. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 587; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


S7 is good except for the very slow keyboard.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 09:17

6. piyath (Posts: 1132; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


S8 is a stretched out awkward looking S7 period.

posted on 19 Apr 2017, 23:01

10. rocker91 (Posts: 70; Member since: 09 Dec 2016)


In my country s8 is about 320$ more expensive than s7

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 13:53

11. ExSamsungUser (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2017)


On paper these phones have great specs and look great but when it comes to day to day use they SUCK. The full glass is pretty, but it breaks...EASILY! And the repair cost is insane. The edge feature doesnt allow you to hold the phone without triggering active content like the ads which reside on the sides of the browser. Every phone gets dropped at some time, and all my previous phones did ok. The s7 and s8 break everytime. New glass and digitizer is a minimum of $350.
BUY THESE PHONES AT YOUR OWN RISK

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 04:41

12. rameshscm (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2017)


Awesome & I liked it very much.
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