Do we have a good one for you today – the popular Samsung Galaxy S7 takes on the new ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe. These solidly built flagship smartphones look the part in every sense of the word – the solid metal chassis that wraps around the glass on the Galaxy S7 has a great premium look and feel and the all-metal design of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is striking in its own way. Which one of these monsters has the right to be the winner of this comparison? These two devices do have a few things in common that we will take a look at now and then later we will look at each individual device to try to determine a winner of this specification comparison.
As with most smartphones, we can always find some commonalities between models and the Galaxy S7 and ZenFone 3 Deluxe are no exceptions. They both use Super AMOLED displays but are different in size and resolutions. The U.S. version of the Galaxy S7 and the Deluxe 3 use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and they both have expandable memory. Both devices employ a fingerprint sensor and both have Hi-Res audio for earphone listening. They have the host of usual suspects – WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC, and a USB port (microUSB v2.0 on the Galaxy S7 and Type-C v3.0 on the ZenFone 3 Deluxe) for charging and data transfer. Both use a non-removable 3000mAh battery to provide the power…,with Quick Charge 2.0 on the Galaxy S7 and 3.0 on the Deluxe,
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the “View Full Comparison” link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each individual device in greater depth and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information, we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Every year in the spring, the world waits for the new Galaxy ‘S’ series to see just what Samsung defines as a smartphone. After repeated years of the same looks, Samsung switched to a metal and glass design on the Galaxy S6 that allowing them to maintain wireless charging and add an IP68 certification. The Galaxy S7 still looks like a Samsung Galaxy device – but Samsung, as always, refined the exterior design and on the interior, they added the newest processors, and completely revamped the camera area.
The Galaxy S7 sports a gorgeous 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which produces 577 pixels-per-inch (PPI.) Samsung switched an ‘always-on’ display that should help save battery life. There are two versions of the Galaxy S7 – the model bound for the U.S. gets the newest 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with dual cores clocked at 1.6GHz and dual cores clocked at 2.15GHz. Other countries will use a Samsung Exynos 8890 octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz and four cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The Galaxy S7 packs 4GB of DDR4 RAM and has 32GB of the faster UFS 2.0 memory, as well as possible expansion up to 200GB via a microSD card.
Every year, Samsung has slowly increased the megapixels in its camera area and many were expecting a larger camera in the new Galaxy S7 – rumors peaked of a 21MP shooter but, the complete opposite occurred – Samsung used a new Dual Pixel 12MP camera that has a larger sensor than the old 16MP. The new sensor with less, but larger pixels, allows more light and detail onto the sensor for better low-light shots. Samsung continued their work by increasing the aperture to f/1.7, included a faster phase detection autofocus (PDAF), auto HDR and they retained the OIS. The Galaxy S7’s front-facing camera (FFC) comes with a 5MP sensor, a wide-angle lens, a large f/1.7 aperture, and Live HDR, which totals up to excellent low-light selfies and video chatting. Samsung increased the non-removable battery to 3000mAh and features Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Wireless Charging for both Qi and PMA standards.
The Galaxy S7 does have a few things lacking on the ZenFone 3 Deluxe. We can start with the display – it has a QHD resolution rather than FHD. The Galaxy S7 is IP68 certified against dust and water and offers more LTE bands in the US. The Galaxy S7 has both Android Pay as well as Samsung Pay to make mobile purchases just about anywhere you can swipe a credit or debit card. The Galaxy S7 has a heart rate monitor and oxygen saturation sensor. The Galaxy S7 also offers quick wireless charging. The Galaxy S7 measures 142.4 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm, weighs in at 152 grams and is available in Black, White, Gold, and Silver costs about $670.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
ASUS’ new family of ZenFone 3 devices has some impressive specifications – not only in components but also in size (the Ultra model has a 6.8-inch display.) We are looking at the ZenFone 3 Deluxe as it has the best processor of the group. It comes with 6GB of DDR4 RAM and either 64GB or 256GB, although the 6GB/64GB model is the one we will be looking at today. The new ZenFone 3 is made entirely from metal and ASUS was able to build the antenna into the frame, so there are no lines on the back, allowing it to look beautiful from every angle. ASUS changed just about everything with the new model – different outside material, the brand of processor, more RAM, new and faster UFS 2.0 memory, better camera. For a real flagship smartphone, the only thing I can fault ASUS with is continuing to use a Full HD (FHD) display.
The ZenFone 3 Deluxe comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED FHD always on display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 386 PPI. Asus tapped into the new 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with a dual-core clocked at 1.6GHz and a dual-core clocked at 2.15GHz. Coupled to the 820 is the Adreno 530 GPU and it will handle the toughest graphics thrown its way. There are two versions – a 6GB DDR4 RAM with 64GB of memory or a 6GB DDR4 model with 256GB of memory that we will arrive at a later date. Both versions have room to expand 128GB via a microSD card, and both models are using the new and faster UFS 2.0 memory like the Galaxy S7 series.
ASUS stepped up the primary camera area by using a Sony sensor, 23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 camera, with a sapphire crystal lens cover, an aperture of f/2.0, dual LED flash, and 4-axis OIS and 4K video capability. The FFC is an impressive 8MP snapper with an 85-degree wide-angle lens for selfies or video chatting. A 3000mAh non-removable battery powers the ZenFone 3 and it utilizes Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device as well as authorizing mobile payments.
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe only has the extra 2GB of RAM over the Galaxy S7 – and nobody is exactly sure how the ZenFone 3 Deluxe will manage the 6GB of RAM. It will come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and have ASUS’ own ZenUI 3.0 running over the top. It measures in at 156.4 x 77.4 x 7.5mm and weighs in at 170 grams. The colors available are Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, and Sand Gold, and it will cost about $500 for the 4GB/64GB model – no pricing yet on the 6GB/256GB variant, it will certainly cost a few bucks.
…And The Winner Is…
Yes, I know what you are thinking – I have just picked the ZenFone 3 Deluxe over the much pricier Galaxy S7 – did I lose my mind? The answers are 'yes' and 'no.' I am picking the Deluxe over the Galaxy S7 for the simply sane reason of saving $170.
The Galaxy S7's main attraction is its QHD display versus the FHD display on the ZenFone 3 Deluxe – although it does have Samsung Pay, IP68 certification, a heart monitor, an oxygen sensor, and wireless charging.
The ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe is attractive, well-built, has a Super AMOLED display, the same processor, more RAM, the same USF 2.0 memory, expandable memory, newer Type-C reversible connector, employs a fingerprint sensor and NFC. Certainly, there is no QHD display, but if you can live without a couple of Samsung items, the ASUS device is a sweet deal at $500 and the winner of this comparison.