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New Samsung S7 (R) and S7 edge smartphones are displayed after their unveiling ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. The incremental upgrades may not be enough to rejuvenate sales for the world's No. 1 smartphone maker. Reuters/Albert Gea

When it comes to immensely praised smartphones of 2016, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the two deserve a comparison. While Apple and Samsung enthusiasts will stick to their preferred brands at any cost, a general buyer, looking to upgrade to the flagships, may want a comparison of specs and features.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was announced in February and released in March while the Apple iPhone 7 Plus was announced and released in September. The Galaxy S7 Edge has a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel, has Samsung Pay and is IP68 certified. The iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified and has Apple Pay, writes GSMArena.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and has a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Always-on display, TouchWiz UI and a curved edged screen are some of the Display features. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The Apple screen has ion-strengthened glass and oleophobic coating. Display features include Display Zoom, 3D Touch display & home button and a wide colour gamut display. It has a six-core graphics unit, Apple A10 Fusion chipset and iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.1. The iPhone 7 Plus does not have a microSD slot. It has 3GB RAM and 32/128/256GB internal storage options.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 4GB RAM and 32/64GB internal storage options. It supports microSD slot with an expandable memory of up to 256GB. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and Adreno 530/ Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. Both the Samsung and Apple devices has excellent cameras.

The Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone has a 12MP primary and 5MP secondary camera. The iPhone 7 Plus has a Dual 12MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash. The selfie camera is of 7MP. Fingerprint sensors are available in both.

The S7 Edge handset has a powerful 3,600 mAh non-removable battery while the Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh non-removable battery though the powerful processor save a lot of battery power.

Both Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 7 Plus handsets are simply the best in the market though design-wise, the former perhaps the latter with a greater screen-to-body ratio, writes iTech Post.