The Samsung Galaxy S7 that was launched last month is decked with advanced specs when it's compared the older Galaxy S6 smartphone. The Apple iPhone 6S Plus that came out in September 2015 is one of its major competitors.
Design and Display
The glass and metallic frame chassis of the Galaxy S7 comes with IP68 rating that protects it from getting damaged from water and dust. Its thickness is 7.9 mm and weighs only 152 grams. Samsung has made it available in multiple color choices such as black, white, silver and gold.
The Apple iPhone 6S Plus is endowed with a full metallic body. However, the chassis does not have any IP rating that indicates that iPhone 6S Plus can get damaged from water and dust contact. It has a slimmer profile than the Galaxy S7 as it measures only 7.3 mm and its weighs 192 grams. Its color variants include Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.
The Galaxy S7 is packed with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display that is safeguarded by Gorilla Glass 4. It offers a pixel density of 577 ppi. The unique “Always-on Display” feature keeps a part of the screen turned on even when the display of the Galaxy S7 is locked.
It shows notifications without impacting the battery life of the device. The 3D Touch feature of the pressure-sensitive display of iPhone 6S Plus allows the smartphone to distinguish between lighter and harder touch gestures.
The iPhone 6S Plus has a IPS LED back-lit LCD screen of 5.5-inch that offers a full HD resolution. It offers a pixel count of 401 ppi. The Galaxy S7 offers a better screen-to-body ratio of 72.1 percent than the iPhone 6S Plus that offers 67.7 percent ratio.
Chipset, RAM and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in two chipset editions that are aimed towards different markets. Both Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 chipsets are coupled with 4 GB of RAM. It comes in two native storage models of 32 GB and 64 GB. It supports up to 200 GB of microSD card on its hybrid SIM slot.
The iPhone 6S Plus is powered by Apple A9 chipset that is accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. It is available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage editions. There is no microSD slot available on the iPhone 6S Plus. A recent comparison between the benchmarks of Snapdragon 820 and Apple A9 chipsets on AnTuTu have revealed that the former delivers better performance.
Camera, Software and Other Features
The Galaxy S7 has a 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 lens whereas the iPhone 6S Plus has a 12-megapixel camera with f/2/2 lens. Both the rear cameras come with common features like phase detection autofocus and OIS. The rear camera of iPhone 6S has a dual-LED flash whereas the Galaxy S7’s rear shooter has single-LED flash.
Both the smartphones feature 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy S7’s selfie camera is equipped with f/1.7 lens and the front camera of iPhone 6S Plus has a f/2.2 lens. Also, the display of the Apple’s phablet can function like a bright flash while snapping photos through the selfie camera.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI is present on the Galaxy S7. However, iPhone 6S Plus comes preinstalled with iOS 9. Both the smartphones feature a fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy S7 also features health sensors like hear rate and SpO2. Such sensors are unavailable on the iPhone 6S Plus.
For faster internet connectivity, the Galaxy S7 comes with a Cat. 9 LTE modem. The iPhone 6S Plus features a Cat. 6 LTE modem. The Galaxy S7 also supports the Samsung Gear VR headset, while support for virtual reality is unavailable on the iPhone 6S Plus. The USB 3.0 Type-C of the Galaxy S7 is absent on the Apple’s phablet.
Battery and Price
The Samsung Galaxy S7 houses a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. The iPhone 6S Plus has a smaller non-replaceable battery of 2750 mAh capacity.
As of this writing, the Galaxy S7 with 32 GB storage is available with the retailers and U.S. carriers. The full retail across carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint range around $650 to $695. The full retail price of the iPhone 6S Plus with 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB carry respective pricing of $749, $849 and $949.