Spec comparison: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5

Samsung and LG launched their respective flagship phones yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, bringing in great new phones along with 360-degree cameras.

We take a look at how the two flagship phones compare in terms of performance, battery life and pure hardware.

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Both the Galaxy S7 and G5 phones come with their own unique design concepts. While the Galaxy S7 seems to be among the best in terms of its slim profile and smooth curves, it is equally durable as well thanks to its IP68 certification for being dust-proof and water-proof.

LG G5, on the other hand, brings in a modular design which lets you remove and insert batteries and also fit in a camera module while lets you take pictures with great ease.


The display in the G5 is just .2 inches larger than the one in the Galaxy S7 but both sport similar Quad HD resolutions of 1440 x 2560 pixels. However, in terms of pixel density, the Galaxy S7 theoretically scores a bit more than the G5 with 577 ppi and 554 ppi respectively, but this is unlikely to be noticed by the naked eye.

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Samsung's Galaxy S7 will offer you up to 64GB of internal storage compared to just 32GB in the G5, but thanks to microSD slots, both devices will let you save a lot more data than you could imagine. The microSD slots in the Galaxy S7 and G5 support additional storage of 200GB and 2TB respectively.

Processor and RAM

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG G5 have introduced the latest Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 chips respectively. In terms of performance, both processors offer similar value and output and the only difference is in their names.

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Earlier in February, performance benchmark scores of both the G5 and S7 were leaked. As per Geekbench scores, LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 scored 2248 and 1873 respectively in terms of single-core performance and 5061 and 5946 respectively in terms of multi-core performance.

However, it remains to be seen if the Snapdragon 820 will be able to stay cool under sustained usage unlike the earlier versions of the Snapdragon 810 which heated up quickly, forcing phone makers to go for either weaker chips or approach other chip-makers for alternatives.

Both phones also feature 4GB RAMs which means your HD gaming, multimedia consumption and multi-tasking abilities won't make these phones sweat unlike their predecessors.

Battery life

While Galaxy S7 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, LG's 2,800 mAh battery will be a better bet for you thanks to its removable status. You can easily replace batteries thanks to the G5's modular design and the Cam Plus camera module offers an extra battery capacity of 1,200 mAh when attached to the G5.

LG has also introduced its Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology which enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 per cent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.

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G5 also comes with the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 which offers quick charging solutions and is 27 per cent faster and 45 per cent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0.

However, Galaxy S7 still comes with wireless charging support which is not available in the G5.

VR cams

Both Galaxy S7 and LG G5 come with their own add-on 360-degree cameras for quick and precise high-resolution image capturing.

Samsung's Gear 360 VR camera runs two 15MP cameras simultaneously that will let you shoot hi-res 360-degree videos with resolutions of 3840 x 1920p and also take 30MP pictures. When synced with S7 or S7 Edge, Gear 360 will let you record and preview content at the same time. It will also "automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly through social channels including Google Street View."

On the other hand, the LG Cam Plus comes as a separate camera module that can be attached to the G5 to act like a standalone camera with its own battery power. It features physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom and LED indicator and also offers digicam features like intuitive auto focus and exposure lock.

LG is also offering a new LG 360 Cam which features two 13MP 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory/microSD card. It offers 2K videos and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones to let you create 360-degree content. Once you've created new content, you can upload them to Google Street View or YouTube360.

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  1. Guest
    Guest28th Feb 2016

    64GB S7 not available in Europe or the US, only 32 GB. Both LG G5 and S7 don't allow you to bond SD cards to systems memory as allowed by Marshmallow!...

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    Guest22nd Feb 2016


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