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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung made a splash at Mobile World Congress 2016 with the announcement of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. These two new flagship phones don't look dramatically different than the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge before them, but it's what's on the inside that counts.

This time around, the two phones have expandable storage (which was missing from the previous models) and they're water-resistant again. The batteries are bigger and the processors more powerful, both welcome improvements.

Take a look at the chart below to see how the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge compare to the previous Galaxy flagships, plus the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the super-sized Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeSamsung Galaxy S6Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeSamsung Galaxy Note 5Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Display size, resolution 5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.1-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels5.7-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 576ppi534ppi576ppi576ppi518ppi518ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 in5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3 in5.7x2.8x0.27 in5.6x2.8x0.28 in6x3x0.3 in6.1x3x0.27 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm143.4x70.5x6.8 mm142x70.1x70 mm153x76x7.6 mm154x75.8x6.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.4 oz; 152 g5.5 oz; 157 g4.8 oz; 138 g 4.7 oz; 132 g6 oz; 171 g 5.4 oz; 153 g
Mobile software Android 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 5.0 LollipopAndroid 5.0 LollipopAndroid 5.1 LollipopAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Camera 12-megapixel12-megapixel16-megapixel16-megapixel16-megapixel16-megapixel
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel5-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K4K4K4K
Processor 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapgdragon 820 processor2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processorSamsung eight-core Exynos 7 Octa 7420Samsung eight-core Exynos 7 Octa 7420Samsung eight-core Exynos 7 Octa 7420Samsung eight-core Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Storage 32GB32GB32GB, 64GB, 128GB32GB, 64GB, 128GB32GB, 64GB32GB, 64GB
Expandable storage 200GB200GBNoneNoneNoneNone
Battery 3,000mAh (nonremovable)3,600mAh (nonremovable)2,550mAh (nonremovable)2,660mAh (nonremovable)3,000mAh (nonremovable)3,000mAh (nonremovable)
Fingerprint sensor Home buttonHome buttonHome buttonHome buttonHome buttonHome button
Connector Micro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USBMicro-USB
Special features Water resistant, wireless chargingWater resistant, wireless charging, curved screensN/ACurved screensS Pen stylusCurved screens
Price off-contract (USD) $669*$779*$552-$685 (32GB); $672-$785 (64GB); $768-$885 (128GB) $672-$780 (32GB); $768-$860 (64GB); $885-$960 (128GB)$670-$740 (32GB); $770-$840 (64GB) $720-$792 (32GB) or $815-$888 (64GB)
Price (GBP) £468**£545**£379 (32GB); £539 (64GB); £599 (128GB)£529 (32GB); £629 (64GB); £719 (128GB)Not sold£579 (32GB); £649 (64GB)
Price (AUD) AU$635**AU$1089**AU$899 (32GB); AU$999 (64GB); AU$1,149 (128GB)AU$999 (32GB); AU$1,099 (64GB); AU$1,249 (128GB)AU$1,099 (32GB); AU$1,199 (64GB)AU$1,199 (32GB); AU$1,299 (64GB)

*Full retail price from T-Mobile, MSRP has not been announced and may be different.

**Converted from US dollars.