The year is almost halfway through and if you have been waiting for big smartphone announcements before making a decision on whether to make the switch to a newer device or not, there are quite a number of great options out there.
Samsung, LG, and HTC have all rolled out their 2016 smartphone flagships and there is no doubt that choosing between these three can be a real headache. Samsung has been doing something great with the screen of its flagships, something that began with the Note Edge. Unlike last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the new Galaxy S7 Edge is larger in size, something that has meant the Note 6 will probably be getting a larger display screen than its predecessors.
While the S7 Edge has been touted as the most beautifully designed phone in 2016 yet, there is some real competition coming from the LG G5 and HTC 10. So, how do these three compare?
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
As noted, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a larger 5.5-inch QHD display screen with a pixel density of 534ppi. Under the hood, the phone comes with two chipsets options – a Snapdragon 820 SoC for the U.S. variant and an Exynos 8890 SoC for Europe and other regions. Despite the differences in processors, both variants are equipped with 4GB of RAM, 12MP and 5MP rear and selfie cameras, onboard storage options of 32GB and 64GB as well as room for a microSD card slot. Given its huge size, the Galaxy S7 Edge gets a similarly huge 3600mAh battery unit. The OS on board is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
These are not all. The phone also brings back water and dust resistance features but steps up from the IP67 certification used on the Galaxy S5 to IP68. With this new rating, it means you can take a dive of up to 1.5 meters into fresh water and still have the phone in good condition after 30 minutes.
While the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge have great, but somewhat generic designs, the LG G5 has a different and unique design. The phone has a modular design that sees its bottom feature a removable cap which when popped open allows users to attach an array of accessories known as LG Friends. As for the specs under the hood, the G5 packs similar features as the rest of the pack. A Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB of RAM are present, but it gets a slightly bigger smaller screen than the S7 Edge, but it is 0.1 inches larger than the HTC 10. The screen has a QHD resolution, but it gets a slightly smaller battery to keep it going – 2800mAH. The good side of the story is that the battery is removable, which means you can swap it with a fully charged one, just in case you run out of power.
The LG G5’s innovative design continues with the camera setup. The flagship features a dual-lens camera setup on the back. It has a standard 16MP lens with a 78-degree field of view and another 8MP lens that delivers in times of wide angle views of up to 135 degrees. This camera setup is made even better with the 360 cam module that adds two more wide angle cameras of 13MP each as well as the Cam Plus mode that adds more physical controls as well as a camera-style drip for the G5.
The HTC 10 takes away some real estate on the display unit on offer, coming in with a 5.2-inch QHD display – the first ever to ship internationally. Just like the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S7 Edge, you will get a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB of RAM on board the 10. However, the 0.3 inches of display taken away as compared to the 5.5-inches available on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge also takes away a massive 600mAh of battery capacity, leaving the HTC 10 with just 3000mAh.
As far as the OS is concerned, you will get Android M out of the box. However, unlike Samsung’s heavy customization using TouchWiz, HTC’s Sense has reduced bloatware, which makes the device even faster in responsiveness with respect to the UI. You will get 32GB of expandable onboard storage. However, unlike the f/1.7 aperture you get on the 12MP rear camera of the S7 Edge, the 12MP on the HTC 10’s rear has an aperture of f/1.8. As for the selfie camera, it gets the better of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with a 5MP wide-angle lens that features OIS, but it has a slightly smaller aperture of f/1.8.
There is no doubt that these three phones are worth buying. While the LG G5 has a slightly cheaper price tag of about $650, you will get the HTC 10 at a slightly higher price of $699 while Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge costs the highest at $780.