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Samsung Galaxy S7 color comparison

The Galaxy S7 is available in a few different colors, but which one is the best and attracts the least amount of fingerprints? Let's find out in this color comparison.

Published onFebruary 23, 2016

Over the weekend Samsung unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S7 to the world. While last year’s Galaxy S6 was a massive departure from the status quo, this year’s Galaxy is all about refinement, and it accomplishes this without missing a beat. We’ve already brought you a hands-on look at the Galaxy S7 and its brother, the Galaxy S7 Edge, and even managed to pit it against the new LG G5. Although I didn’t make it to Barcelona, I was able to check out the Galaxy S7 for myself, over at Samsung’s First Look event in New York City. During that time I took a closer look at the colors of the Galaxy S7.

So let’s jump right into this quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 colors!

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on and first impressions

Considering you’re looking at the same glass back as last year’s Galaxy S6, it’s no surprise that the colors available aren’t too terribly different from what we were offered last year. The colors have been toned down and you aren’t go to find the bright blues or greens of 2015’s Galaxy S, with Samsung opting for more neutral colors. In total, Samsung is offering just three colors: Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, or White Pearl. Unfortunately for those in the states, Samsung has opted not to offer the white pearl model.

Starting with the black color variant, one of the most welcome changes you’ll find is that the black color is actually black. This differs from the Galaxy S6, which had a black color that actually looked blue in certain lighting, and I have to admit this true black color looks really sleek and is a pretty solid step up compared to last year. Of course, we still have a reflective glass back plate that looks nice, though some might find it a little distracting, especially since the front is also reflective. This is still likely going to be somewhat of a fingerprint magnet, but it didn’t seem anywhere as bad in this area as last year’s Galaxy S6.

Next up with have Gold Platinum, which as mentioned is the only other option you’ll have for those in the United States. This is without a doubt the flashiest and fanciest color choice available, and also the most reflective, so much so you could almost end up using the back as a mirror. This might give you an elegant, eye-catching look, but it also might be too much for some users. If you can get past that, the Gold Platinum version of the Galaxy S7 is really gorgeous, just clearly not for everyone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge color comparison

Last but not least is the White Pearl variant. We have to admit it seems a little strange that Samsung isn’t bringing the color white to the US market. After all this is such an iconic and simple color, and was previously found on other Samsung flagships. Still, the White Pearl is an option for those in other markets and looks fantastic. It’s not as showy as the other colors, and not as distracting when viewing the front of the phone. You’ll also have a tough time seeing fingerprint smudges with this color, which is a major plus.

So that’s it for a quick look at the various color options available with the Samsung Galaxy S7! While all of them look really nice, I’m sure many of us will prefer the new black color variant over the blueish black sapphire color of last year’s Galaxy S6. In the US this is a color you’re going to see a lot of people walking around with, as the Gold Platinum color may be a bit too flashy for some.

Which was your favorite color? How do you feel about white being left out of the mix for those in the US market? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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