While almost everyone aspires to own the latest and the greatest gadgets out there, thanks to the sky-high price tags these items usually come with, owning one is not really an easy task. Most people eventually settle for a gadget that falls within their budget. However, there are some others who play an intelligent waiting game. These folks usually wait for well over a year until a successor to last year’s product is launched. The reason? A new launch is generally accompanied by a price cut to last year’s product, and in most cases, there are only marginal updates when it comes to features. This means that playing the waiting game can help you buy a device that is almost as good as its successor for a much lesser price. This is exactly why we will talk about two relatively old flagship class handsets in this article. We will see how these older flagships fare against a newer mid-range handset. The phones involved in today’s comparison include the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: Design, Display
The iPhone 7 features an aluminium body mated to a toughened front glass panel. The device features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 750 x 1224 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio. This translates to a PPI density score of 324.
The Galaxy S7 Edge gets a curved Super AMOLED panel that measures 5.5-inches across. The display is in the 16:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This translates to a PPI density score of 534. The phone features an aluminium unibody and a glass coating on both the front and the rear.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is the newest of the three and features a Super AMOLED panel that measures 6-inches across. This display, however, is in the newer 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display resolution stands at 1080 x 2220 pixels thereby giving it a PPI density score of 411. The phone gets an aluminium frame and has toughened glass at both the front and the rear.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: Specifications and hardware
The iPhone 7 is powered by the Apple A10 Fusion SoC. This SoC integrates a quad core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) processor and uses the PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU for graphics. The phone is offered in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB options in India. All these versions get 2GB of RAM. The phone is IP67 dust and water resistant. All this hardware is powered by a 1960 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is powered by the Exynos 8890 SoC in India while the global version uses the Snapdragon 820 chip. The phone gets 4GB of RAM, and only the 32GB version is currently on sale in India. The handset uses the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU for graphics. The phone is offered with dual SIM slots in India and also gets a microSD card slot for additional memory. The S7 Edge also happens to be IP68 certified water and dust resistant. The batter is a large 3600 mAh unit.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is powered by the Exynos 7885 SoC and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The dual SIM capable phone also gets a microSD card slot for additional memory. The A8 Plus finds itself powered by a 3,500 mAh battery.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: OS updates and software
The iPhone 7 at the time of its launch came with iOS 10 preinstalled. The handset, however, currently runs the latest version of iOS – iOS 11.2.5 and is also upgradable to newer versions of iOS slated to be released in the future.
The Galaxy S7 Edge ran Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath Samsung’s custom Android UI and was updated to Android 7.1 Nougat later. There is no word if the phone will be updated to Android 8 Oreo, though.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-installed, and it is quite likely that the phone will receive an official update for Android 8 Oro in the not too distant future.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: Camera and imaging
The iPhone 7 gets a 12-megapixel, f/1.8, 28mm, camera as the primary shooter at the rear. This camera supports phase detection autofocus, OIS, as well as quad-LED dual-tone flash for low light images. At the front, there is a 7-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calling. The iPhone 7 records 4K videos at 30fps using the main camera and 1080p videos at 30fps using the front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gets a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture at the rear. This camera supports dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash. The front camera is a 5-megapixel unit that gets a f/1.7 lens. Video recording can be done at 4K resolution in the maximum setting. The front camera can also record 4K videos.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus gets a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The front camera setup consists of two cameras – a primary 16-megapixel shooter and a secondary 8-megapixel camera. Video recording can be done in 1080p full HD resolution at 30fps in the highest settings.
iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus: Price in India
The iPhone 7 is currently available for purchase and the price in India of its different versions are as follows:
- iPhone 7 32GB: Rs. 42,999
- iPhone 7 128GB: Rs. 55,999
- iPhone 7 256GB: Rs. 58,398
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available for Rs. 35,900. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus can be bought for Rs. 30,990.