Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 were announced on the same day; something that shows how close the rivalry between these two South Korean companies is.
The two are top names in the Android world and they haven’t fallen short of the same when it comes to delivering some of the best smartphones in the market. With stiff competition coming from other manufacturers such as Huawei, HTC, Motorola and Xiaomi, Samsung and LG have been forced to make some serious changes to their flagships in the recent times.
Samsung started the change process last year with the Galaxy S6 series while LG has just come in with a modular design for the G5, which also features a unibody for the first time on an LG G series device. But how does this new design of LG G5 compare with what Samsung has been nurturing since last year – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?
Design and display
As noted earlier, LG G5 is the first modular smartphone and it actually comes in with wholesale changes when compared to its predecessors. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, on the other hand, takes a lot after the Galaxy S6 Edge, apart from the obvious fact that their sizes are not the same. The S7 Edge also comes in a metal and glass design with a slightly curving rear to give users a better grip when holding in one hand. The physical home button that is flanked by capacitive buttons homes the phone’s fingerprint sensor.
On the contrary, the LG G5 has an all-metal body that looks rather generic; however, the fact that it has a removable bottom makes it a unique offering when compared to the rest of the flagships. You will no longer find the volume keys on the rear and instead, they are on the side. However, the power button remains on the rear and so does the fingerprint sensor. To make the device more robust, Samsung re-introduced water and dust resistance, this time coming in with IP68 rating. There is no such rating on the LG G5, which makes the S7 Edge a winner here.
On matters of display, the Galaxy S7 Edge is larger than the LG G5 with its 5.5-inches of display as opposed to the 5.3-inches of the latter. Even though both panels make use of QHD technology, Samsung gets the upper hand with its Super AMOLED display for the S7 Edge as compared to the IPS LCD installed on the G5. You will notice that Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that curves into the edges while the LG G5’s display is flat.
With both devices equipped with 2K resolutions, be sure to get the best views thanks to the decent 500+ pixels per inch on each device. Both phones also pack the Always On display feature that makes it easier to get quick info at a glance.
Performance specs, camera, and battery
Being 2016 flagships, both Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 are powered by the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, each company has their own skin that runs on top of the stock Android OS. One huge change for LG G5 users is a missing app drawer, something that is very similar to the working of an iPhone. The good side of the story is that both companies are really working on trimming down the UI, but they aren’t there yet.
Samsung users will be able to use Samsung Pay, which is inaccessible for LG G5 users; however, both sets can make use of Android Pay.
Under the hood, these two phones pack the same specs (apart from the European version of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge). The phones come with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB RAM. The European variant of the S7 Edge has an Exynos 8890 SoC, but with the same 4GB RAM. The aluminum body of the LG G5 proves to be a better option when it comes to thermal management as opposed to the S7 Edge, but this is highly unnoticeable.
You will enjoy the same amount of storage on both Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5. Both phones have 32GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot. There is a 64GB variant of the S7 Edge, but this will not be selling in the U.S.
On photography, it cannot be denied that these two are fiercely competing for the top spot. Samsung has a DualPixel 12MP sensor for the Galaxy S7 Edge. Fewer megapixels means the S7 Edge takes in more light and when combined with an aperture of f/1.7, you will be sure of getting crystal clear photos even in poor lighting conditions.
The LG G5 has its own approach – featuring a dual-camera setup of 16MP and 8MP sensors on the rear. The aperture here is f/1.8 and just like the S7 Edge, OIS is present. However, LG G5 presents better options as it allows users to choose between two the lenses depending on the photography needs as well as add other camera modules via the removable bottom. On the front part, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture as the rear sensor. However, the G5 has a better option of 8MP, which should give you higher resolution photos with more details as compared to the S7 Edge.
Battery life is also another very sensitive area, just like the camera. Here, the LG G5 has an upper hand with its replaceable unit. However, the capacity is smaller than the 3600mAh unit packed in the Galaxy S7 Edge. What this means is that the Edge will give you longer battery life than the LG G5, but the latter can be switched with a bigger battery to improve the duration of use. Both phones are equipped with Quick Charging technology, but LG G5 uses USB Type-C port while Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge still depends on micro-USB ports.
As far as prices are concerned, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is costlier with its $800 price tag as compared to the $650 tag of the LG G5.