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Monday, 14 March 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7: Should Galaxy S6 users upgrade?

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The new flagships from Samsung -- Galaxy S7 and S7 edge -- will officially go on sale from March 18 in India. Market experts have already stated that the timing and pricing of the new S7 smartphones is a clever competitive move from Samsung.
However, consumers -- many who are yet to get a hang of the earlier S6 series -- feel it is too early to consider the new flagships. Also, those who already use any of the S6 series smartphones might consider waiting a bit before upgrading.

So, is it too early to think about the Galaxy S7? Or should you really look at upgrading now? Here are 4 things you need to keep in mind...

Hardware: Hard to gauge the real difference in experienceFor Galaxy S6 users, there is very little meaning to upgrade to the plain Galaxy S7. While the new version offers a new Exynos chipset, more RAM, better camera, a microSD card slot and water-resistant body, these will not be enough to provide a differentiated experience, thanks to the nearly identical Android Marshmallow-powered TouchWiz UI in the new flagships. For someone using Galaxy S6, upgrading to the S7 edge makes more sense as the Edge Screen adds more value.

Consumers who are using the Galaxy S6 edge or S6 edge+ might look forward to the compact design, waterproofing and an improved edge screen.

As far as Gear VR is concerned, it is supported by all Galaxy flagships -- S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 edge.
Samsung is yet to upgrade all S6 series smartphones in the country to Android Marshmallow. Once the upgrade is complete, there will hardly be any differentiating factor when compared to S7 flagships which come with Android Marshmallow-based TouchWiz out-of-the-box.

There is a possibility that Samsung might silently roll out an update for the older S6 edge and S6 edge+ later, offering the same Edge Screen features currently present in the S7 edge only.

Samsung had earlier done the same by introducing software features of the S6 edge+ to the smaller S6 edge.

Galaxy S7 or S7 edge?The new Galaxy S7 phones appear to be an incremental upgrade when compared to the earlier S6 series, featuring a similar glass and metal design. Both feature a familiar metal and glass design.

However, for people who have not used any S6 series smartphones, it will be a delight. It is light and compact with a good build quality. Consumers won't feel that they are actually using the 5.1-inch S7 smartphone.

Even the bigger 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge can be easily used with one hand. The new flagship feels premium and can be called a polished version of the older S6 series.

Price (expected) :
Samsung is known for slashing prices of its high end smartphones drastically. It had done the same with the early flagships models as well. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge started to sell for as low as Rs 36,000 and Rs 40,000 within just six months of launch at a price of Rs 49,900 and 58,900, respectively.

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