Clash of the titans: LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 specs and rumour comparison

The next big Android flagships, the LG G5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7, will launch just over a month from now at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Even though the G4 didn't perform as well as LG had expected it to, the G5 is slated to launch with some amazing specs that would compete strongly with those of Samsung's upcoming flagship.

Even though several rumours of the LG G5 were pointing towards a launch at MWC, LG itself confirmed the news by sending out e-mail invites that read "We would like to invite you to the unveiling of LG's next flagship model at MWC.” Also, since Samsung launched both the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 phones at MWC in the last two years, it is natural to expect the Galaxy S7 to launch at the same event even though Samsung hasn't confirmed it yet.

With a treasury of leaks and rumours of both flagship phones at our disposal, it seems apt to pit them against each other and see who'll be crowned the queen among Android phones come February.


Thanks to recently leaked cases of the Galaxy S7, we already know that it will feature a 5.1-inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. There's also quite a bit of talk about Samsung introducing a pressure-sensitive display with the Galaxy S7 on the lines of the iPhone 6s and Huawei Mate S phones.

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Earlier, courtesy 9to5Mac, we learnt that Galaxy S7 may also contain a pressure sensitive display just like the ones in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Samsung's new display will be based on Synaptic's recently-launched ClearPad 3700 force-sensing touchscreen controller which will enable 'variable speed scrolling, new ways to zoom and pan over pictures, new contextual menus, and other features.'

In comparison, fresh leaks suggest that LG G5 will be much larger with a 5.6-inch display but the resolution will also be a Quad HD one.


Samsung unveiled its latest Exynos 8890 processor in November and it is already being spoken of as the most powerful processor in the world. It is also being assumed that the upcoming Galaxy S7 will come with the Exynos 8890 chip.


“The Exynos 8890, Samsung's next high-powered chipset, set a new record score on the AnTuTu benchmark site. The tally of 103,692 easily topped the 79,000 recently scored by the Kirin 950 SoC, Huawei's new top-of-the-line chip (a more recent run through of the Mate 8 produced a score above 94K),” said Phone Arena.

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On the other hand, LG G5 will launch with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC which is quite similar to the Exynos 8890 in terms of performance. Since both processors are yet to be tested by consumers, we can't say for sure if they'll resolve overheating issues or performance issues of their predecessors.

Storage and RAM

Even though not much has been heard about how much storage or RAM the Galaxy S7 will pack, if Samsung continues to deprive customers from using microSD cards, it'll surely offer internal storage options of up to 128GB and a RAM of at least 4GB to support it.

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While the G4 offered a maximum of 32GB of internal storage, the G5 is expected to launch with up to 64GB of internal storage along with an option to upload files to OneDrive for free.

Operating system

Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 will run the latest Android 6.1 Marshmallow operating system. However, since both manufacturers will use their own interfaces over Marshmallow, the display and menus in both phones will look markedly different.


Back in October, a popular leak stated that the Galaxy S7 will feature a 20MP camera with RAW support, a Pro Mode with more options and new video recorder mode. So far, that assertion hasn't been challenged but despite its powerful camera, the Galaxy S7 will face stiff competition from LG G5 whose predecessor won the Best Camera phone at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards last year.

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As per recent rumours, the G5 will also come with a 20MP camera but the lens will be an exclusive Sony one with a 0.5 wide lens and brilliant low light capturing technology.

"The LG G5 is also believed to feature a 135-degree wide-angle camera, dual-lens configuration, and probably two LED flash bulbs and one laser between the two lenses inside," says Android Community.


Recently, Venture Beat revealed that the Galaxy S7 will come with a 3,000 mAh battery while its larger sibling, the Galaxy S7 Edge, will come with a 3,600 mAh one. Both new phones will have wireless charging features and you will be able to charge them completely in 2 and 2.5 hours respectively.

On the other hand, the LG G5 will come with a much more powerful 4,000 mAh battery along with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 feature which will let you charge up to 85 per cent in just 35 minutes.

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While both the Galaxy S7 and the G5 seem pretty matched up in terms of specs, what will ultimately matter will be the looks, processor performance, availability of storage and how long lasting these phones are. Fortunately, we won't have to wait for too long to find out!

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