Compare The Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Active

Not too long after unveiling their flagship Galaxy S7 (along with its S7 Edge sibling), Samsung pitched the Galaxy S7 active, which, you've guessed it, is a version of the high-ranking device inclined to those with more active lifestyles.

Diving into a specs comparison of the S7 vs the S7 active shows several significant differences, particularly, in terms of physique, storage solutions, and endurance. Here's how the original S7 compares to the S7 active:

Camera Details
Camera Resolution12-megapixel (Dual Pixel)12-megapixel (Dual Pixel)
Camera flashLEDLED
Camera Aperturef/1.7?
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 px 3840 x 2160 px
SELFIE CAMERA Comparison Of The Samsung Galaxy S7 vs S7 Active
Selfie Cam Resolution5-megapixel5-megapixel
Selfie Featuresf/1.7 aperture, Spotlight, Selfie flash, Wide selfie?
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
Display size 5.1 in 5.1 in
Display dots per inch 577 DPI 575.28 DPI
Display TypeAlways-on Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Color Mode 16K colors?
Display Resolution 2560 x 1440 px 2560 x 1440 px
Display's superficy 11.13 sqr in 11.13 sqr in
Display finish?Shatter-resistant screen

When it comes to storage, we came up with a win-lose situation for both the S7 and S7 active. The S7's maximum internal memory caps off at 64GB (a 32GB version is available, though), compared to the S7 active's 32GB-only capacity, which is a huge difference for anyone who knows his way around high-tech Androids. However, the S7 active blusters with a whopping 2000GB (2TB) external memory support, making the S7's up-to-200GB microSD allowance sound rather insignificant.
Note, though, that 2TB microSD cards still resided in the theory-crafting realm at the time of writing, but when they do invade the market, the S7 active will be one of the first few Androids to support such colossal storage cards. Either way, both these models' storage caps potentially enlist them among 2016's best smartphones.

Here are more Performance features to look at:

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (Exynos 8890 for non-US markets)Qualcomm 8996
CPU Cores4 (8 for non-US markets)4
CPU architecture64-bit, 14nm?
CPU clock speedDual 2.15GHz + Dual 1.6GHz (Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.6GHz for non-US markets)Dual-core 2.15GHz + Dual-core 1.6GHz
Graphic Processor (GPU)Adreno 530 (Mali-T880 MP12 for non-US markets)?
Physical Features

The S7 active, right off the bat, alarms us with its bulkier frame, which measures 9.9mm thick (compared to the plain S7's mere 7.9mm) and weighs 181.4 grams -- the S7 is significantly-lighter at only 152 grams. The S7's mere IP68 rugged rating, however, pales in comparison to the S7 active's bundle of a similar IP68-grade dust- and waterproofing as well as a MIL-STD-810G rating for resistance to shocks, vibrations, extreme temperatures, etc. -- rugged features that we rarely see from premier major-brand smartphones. The active also waved goodbye to its mother model's glass-finished battery cover in favor of a textured anti-slip backing. Simply put, physical differences may make the plain S7 look sleeker, but the S7 active more-than-likely bests it in the outdoor environment.
What both models do share is the lack of Samsung's dual-edge technology, which is offered by the PUT Galaxy S7 Edge.

Here are more specs to compare:

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
Weight? 6.4 oz
Weight grams152?
Thickness? 0.39 in
Width? 2.95 in
Height? 5.86 in
Thickness (metric) 7.9 mm?
Width (metric) 69.6 mm?
Height (metric) 142.4 mm?
Ounces per cubic inch?0.95
Grams per cubic cm0.19?
RuggedIP68IP68 (dust and water-resistant), MIL-STD-810G (resistant to vibrations, extreme temperature, shock, humidity, salt fog, (...)
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
3G networks?TD-SCDMA, UMTS
4G networksLTE Cat 9FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE
Maximum data rate450Mbps?
SIM card typeNano SIM (Hybrid Dual SIM)?
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz, MIMO802.11 a/b/g/n/e/i/ac/r, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-band
Bluetooth Technology4.2 LE with ANT+4.2
Storage Memory
Storage Memory64GB UFS 2.0 (with a 32GB variant also available)32GB
Memory ExpansionmicroSDmicroSD
Expansion Limitup to 200GBup to 2000GB
Battery Life

Jumping over to battery life, the Galaxy S7 active potentially lasts longer vs the Galaxy S7, considering that it raised the formerly-3000mAh battery capacity to 4000mAh, obviously to accentuate its outdoor-ready feature set. Additionally, with the active's much-taller stamina bar (roughly 33% difference), the split-quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU, which power both devices (non-US versions of the S7 use an Exynos 8890 chip), will likely feel more-empowered inside the newer model's shell. In essence, when compared to the S7 with regards to battery power, the S7 active clearly wins this round.

Here are more features to compare:

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
Battery typeLithium-Ion (non-removable)?
Battery Power3000mAh (with wired/wireless Fast Charging)4000mAh (with Ultra Power Saving Mode and wireless charging)
mAh per ounce?625
mAh per gram20?
mAh per mm thick380?
mAh per display square in.270359
Battery charging time 90 hrs?
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 active
SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, HR, Proximity, RGB, Fingerprint
Business features?Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Samsung Business Services, KNOX Customization,
Security featuresSamsung KNOXSamsung KNOX platform
Noise cancellation?
FinishMetal frame with 3D glassTextured anti-slip backing


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