The Samsung Galaxy S7 was the Samsung flagship in 2016. To date, the 5.1-inch smartphone enjoys great popularity and is still available in stores and of course in the used market. But worth the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in 2019 at all? We do the check.
Hardware: A Bit Old-Fashioned, But Still Good
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has an Exynos 8890 Octa-core processor and 4 GB of RAM. This is reflected in performance benchmarks even in 2019 still respectable. In the Geekbench 4 ranking, for example, it continues to be ahead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, which powers many mid-range smartphones of the year 2018, and also in front of the in-house mid-range SoC Exynos 7420, which is used in the Galaxy A8 (2018).
In terms of memory, there is the Galaxy S7 with either 32 GB or 64 GB. More is available on request via MicroSD slot. The resolution of the display is with 1,440 x 2,560 pixels on the same level as that of the successor Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9. Support for HDR10 is missing from the S7 in comparison.
For the camera, the step from the Galaxy S7 to the S8 was not great. Only the Galaxy S9 could grow significantly here. Compared to cameras in current mid-range smartphones, the level is still good, but with top-of-the-line smartphones, the look can no longer compete – especially not the selfie camera. Slight improvements can be synonymous with a little tinkering still on the Google Camera Port for the Galaxy S7 rausholen.
The design of 2016 is undeniable: The comparatively wide border around the display and the home button on the front not only look modern but also most smartphones from the 2018 vintage. The aluminum-glass case is, however, of high quality and waterproof to IP68. The Galaxy S7 has no USB-C port, but still a headphone jack.
Attention to used smartphones: The Galaxy S7 has a built-in battery, the runtime is naturally weaker over the years.
Android Updates And Security: The Vulnerability
The Samsung Galaxy S7 was delivered at launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow (2015 release) and its TouchWiz interface. The update to Android 8.0 Oreo (release 2017) received the smartphone in mid-2018. But that was over – an update to Android 9.0 Pie (release 2018) Samsung has not planned. If you want to stay up to date, you have to look elsewhere.
After all, Samsung is still providing the Galaxy S7 with the monthly security updates – most recently in February 2019. But even here, the updated supply should soon expire, although Samsung on its Security Update Portal so far no details at the time calls.
Price Development: From 700 To 300 Euros
The price for the Galaxy S7 was at launch at 699 euros for the 32-GB variant. Since then a lot has happened. In November and December 2018, the price had settled according to the Idealo price comparison by the mark of 260 euros.
Currently, the best price is around 270 euros at eBay and Amazon Marketplace dealers. If you are looking for a more reputable shop, you will only find it for 300 euros. The cheapest way is the color variant “Black Onyx, the most expensive model in” Pink Gold. ”
Alternatives: From Huawei To Xiaomi
In the price region around 300 euros, there are a variety of attractive alternatives – from mid-range models to other flagship of the past years. Among other things, the following three smartphones are recommended for a comparison:
Honor Play (About 260 Euros, Connect Test Rating: Good)
The Honor Play was introduced in mid-2018 and is a mid-range smartphone with a gaming focus. Compared to the Galaxy S7 it scores among others with the update to Android 9 Pie, Kirin 970 SoC, and stronger battery. Read more: Honor Play in the connect test.
Huawei P10 (About 330 Euros, Connect Test Result: Very Good)
The P10 is Huawei’s flagship of last year and to a certain extent the equivalent of the Galaxy S7 successor Galaxy S8. The smartphone is still in 16th place on the connect leaderboard. The price is approaching the 300 euro mark. Compared to the Galaxy S7, it will still receive the update to Android 9 Pie. Read more: Huawei P10 in the connect test.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (About 300 Euros, Connect Test Result: Good)
The Pocophone F1 has been hugely popular among bargain hunters since its release in August 2018. Despite its mid-range price, it includes the flagship SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of memory. In addition, the update for Android 9 Pie is already rolled out. Compared to the Galaxy S7, however, the Pocophone F1 has to make do with plastic on the case.
In the connect test, the Samsung Galaxy S7 2016 received the rating “very good” and today the smartphone is a good everyday companion. As weak points prove in comparison with the alternatives, the already outdated Android system, and the aged design. If you can live with it, the Galaxy S7 can still be a good buy today.