Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 comparison: battle of the best

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 comparison: battle of the best

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, two of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, were finally unveiled on February 21. Both gadgets have their own marvelous strengths, so we're taking a look at what sets the pair apart. Take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 comparison and see if you can pick a side.

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Can the LG G5 top its predecessor and the Galaxy S7? / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: design and build quality

Samsung's Galaxy S7 series was announced on February 21 in Barcelona. The event took place a day before the Mobile World Congress trade show and saw the lid lifted on one of the most hyped smartphones in recent memory.

The Galaxy S6 is a beauty, boasting a stunning glass and metal design that really makes the mobile glorious to behold. The Galaxy S7 is remarkably similar, visually, to the s6, but with curved rear edges leading to the frame.

In news that'll put smiles on plenty of faces, the camera bump present on the Galaxy S6 has been smoothed out for the Galaxy S7. The forward-facing camera makes itself at home on the far right of the top panel.

The Galaxy S7 is the same size as the S6 except for being marginally thicker because of a larger battery, which we'll get to later.

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The Galaxy S7's rear panel now slopes pleasingly towards the device's frame. / © ANDROIDPIT

The LG G5 also made its debut at Mobile World Congress on February 21. Again, the design of the device is similar to its predecessor, but there are some notable differences.

The LG G5 has a metal unibody design, mirroring other flagship devices. This is a significant upgrade over the plastic or leather that graced the rear of the LG G4. There is also a cap on the base of the device that can be removed to reveal the battery and the Magic Slot, which you'll hear more about later.

The camera bump present on the Galaxy S6 has been smoothed out for the Galaxy S

One of our design highlights of the LG G4 is the mobile's unique rear panel, which features a volume rocker and power button. On the LG G5, only the power button, which is also now a fingerprint scanner, remains on the rear panel of the device. The volume rockers have moved to the left-hand side of the frame.

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The LG G5 does away with the trio of buttons on the rear that set the LG G4 apart. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: display

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch display, just like the S6. It's a QHD AMOLED display, which brings with it all the clarity and beauty that we love from the S6.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the update to the Galaxy S6. / © ANDROIDPIT

The LG G5 has a 5.3-inch LED IPS screen. Our hands-on test showed it to be a strong display, but whether it can compare to the S7's seems unlikely, although a more thorough comparison, when we have both devices in our offices, will confirm this.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: processor and storage

Depending on where you are in the world, the Galaxy S7 will either come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 processor. Both are remarkably powerful, and the differences in performance between them will be negligible.

On top of that, the S7 boasts 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and will run the latest build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It's a similar story over at LG's G5 camp. It is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor and has 4 GB of RAM. The LG G4 runs on a Snapdragon 808 chip that copes well with strenuous tasks. 

Web browsing and general use are delightfully nippy on the LG G4, and our hands-on test with the G5 gave the same impression. The LG G5 arrived with 32 GB of storage.

Both devices support microSD cards.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: camera

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will arrive with a 12 MP camera. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S6 dropped with a 16 MP OIS camera. While the megapixel count on the S7 is lower, dual-pixel technology and a greater aperture size mean that the camera should be an improvement on the S6's, particularly in low-light conditions. On the other side of the gadget is a 5 MP snapper.

The camera bump felt on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been reduced to a just 0.8 mm on the S7, allowing it to lie almost flat when placed on a surface.

The LG G5 will arrive with a dual camera setup on the back, starring a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP wide-angle camera. The additional 8 MP camera provides a 135-degree field of view. This can be utilized seamlessly from within the camera app, by zooming in and out. The camera on the LG G4 is a fantastic shooter and manual mode offers more than enough to keep photo fanatics entertained. The LG G5 retains the granular manual mode, and there's no reason to doubt that the new set up on the G5 will be an improvement.

The LG G5 will arrive with a dual camera setup starring a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP wide-angle camera

A dual-camera configuration on the LG G5 will certainly take the photo experience to the next level, and it's a key feature setting LG's smartphone apart from Samsung's. Exactly how well it will perform in different lighting conditions, however, remains to be seen.

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The LG G5 at MWC in Barcelona. / © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: software

The Samsung Galaxy S7 will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a version of TouchWiz almost identical to that seen on the Note 5 and S6 Edge+.

The LG G5 will also have Marshmallow, and it will have LG's own UX 5.0 pasted over the top. UX 5.0 sees the removal of the app drawer, which is perhaps the most immediately obvious change from the version seen on the LG G4. Dual-window mode is also no longer present.

Ultimately, user preference rules all when it comes to manufacturer UIs, but we feel TouchWiz's features offer a subtle advantage over LG's UX.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: battery

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 featured a 2,550 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has been treated to an increased, 3,000-mAh battery. This is a welcome upgrade, given the S6's slovenly battery performance.

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A 2,800-mAh removable battery lives inside the LG G5. / © ANDROIDPIT

The 3,000 mAh battery stuffed inside the LG G4 fights an ongoing battle against the gadget's QHD display, and the result is battery life that's not out of this world. Surprisingly, LG has opted to decrease the battery size on the LG G5, which now sits at 2,800 mAh. The battery is easily removable, however, so carrying around a spare is an option.

With both devices on Marshmallow, we can only hope that Doze will work wonders on their battery lives, but only a thorough test will answer this question.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: features

The LG G5 has a removable cap on the base of the device that reveals what the company is calling a Magic Slot. This proprietary connector allows you to use a variety of gadgets and modules with the smartphone, such as VR headsets, cameras and speakers. How this technology is adopted by manufacturers of such external hardware remains to be seen, but it is certainly an interesting addition.

The S7 offers a water-resistant casing, which the G5 lacks.

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Both devices feature always-on displays. / © ANDROIDPIT

Both devices have an always-on display, which permanently displays notifications as well as the time and date. While the LG G5 utilizes a separate screen for this, the S7, with its AMOLED display, simply illuminates individual pixels, while the rest remain off.

In theory, the S7 should require less battery power to run its always-on display, but we can only confirm this for certain once we've got both devices in our offices.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: specs

Now that both devices have been unveiled we can take a look over their specs tables, which are very similar.

  Samsung Galaxy S7 LG G5
SCREEN 5.1 inches 5.3 inches
RESOLUTION 1,440 x 2,560 pixels 1,440 x 2,560 pixels
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890 Snapdragon 820
STORAGE 32 / 64 GB 32 GB
REAR CAMERA 12 MP 16 MP and 8 MP
BATTERY 3,000 mAh 2,800 mAh

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has the smaller screen of the two devices, but, otherwise, the pair is remarkably similar. Both smartphones run the latest build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and both do a great job of showing off the platform.

Both smartphones run the latest build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and both do a great job of showing off the platform

The Galaxy S7's 12 MP camera could be topped by the headline-grabbing dual camera setup on the LG G5. The G5 also offers a removable battery, which the S7 does not, and the G5 also has the ability to connect to a variety of peripheral devices through its Magic Slot. The S7, however, has the stronger display and arguably the nicer design.

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Both the S7 and the G5 are top-tier Android devices. / © ANDROIDPIT

Which smartphone grabs your attention the most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Phu Tran Mar 12, 2016 Link to comment

    some people complain why the phone upgrade too much. price is dropping????
    S5-Slow make me sick, not comfortable to use, not beautiful graphics. Sorry i can not use the the same phone more than 2 years. Old and Boring.
    Using s3, compare s5, that a lots different, now compare s5 and s7. too much different.
    phone Like food, i need to eat it to tast it. feeling good and happy if i have s7 in my hand right now.
    S6 edge plus. big, light, fast, and beautiful. it is beautiful in my hand, not a boring and old. like s5 stupid phone today.
    people using the phone every, it is very very very important in life. people wearing diamond, gold cloths..its cost too much.
    why not the phone?

  • Phu Tran Mar 11, 2016 Link to comment

    smart phone after 3 years upgrade the new one. replacement battery or not is not important. s7 is more power, quick recharge. LG g5 unlimited power if you have a replacement battery plus external recharge. Replace battery when its empty.
    I like S7, the colours and screen look beautiful. I have lg G3 before, i don't like its colours display, like lack colours.
    I like S7. best built, water resistant, improve power, graphic, fast and look luxury. S7 can give everythings a want. still the number one phone to me.
    I like LG G5. I like quality music sometimes, take picture for family, unlimited power. If the graphic colours 8 or 9 out of 10 compare s7. I will take the LG.
    taking picture and hi-fi music is more important than the best S7.
    water resistant and strong beautiful built is the best at work,
    Lg is for fun, but still the best phone at work, never worry the empty power.

  • Geoffrey Aberle Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Well. I was originally neutral between these two EXCELLENT phones. Unfortunately for LG, as a Galaxy S3 owner, I go with the Galaxy S7.

  • Bob n Gay B. Feb 25, 2016 Link to comment

    I am up for a new phone this year, have always been a Samsung user. S5 now and leaning toward the S7. Looking forward to a more thorough comparison, when we have both devices in your offices,

  • Angie Jones Feb 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm only into 6 months of my contract on my s6 edge 32gb, so I'm not looking to upgrade at the mo. I upgraded from an s5 16gb, which I loved, but I love my s6 edge more. I thought I would miss the SD card slot, the removable battery and the water resistance, but I don't! The s7 edge+ looks tempting, but I don't know whether I want to move away from Samsung when it's time for me to upgrade!

  • vicky Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I'll go with LG all the way

  • Muhammad Hassan Akhtar Feb 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm a LG user but I like Samsung's multitasking and now I want the Dual-window mode ( multitasking) in LG g5.
    LG does not work on it why...?

  • Dean L. Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Well IMO there is no clear winner since they both offer up something different. S7 is water resistant and G5 has removable battery & magic slot. So the winner is the one that checks the boxes of wants. At this point they both are on my list, but for different reasons.

  • storm Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    They both look sterilized and boring. The metal and glass as premium hurts real design and development. At least they've moved back to supporting SD cards. That's the biggest win in this round of flagships.

  • Albin Foro Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    For those mainly interested in camera performance, the different approaches are worth waiting on for some real-world testing and reviews - this article's too quick to discount the S7 and its reduction to 12mb resolution - which is related to some serious Canon sensor technology for improved autofocus and low light. I quite like the larger battery and water-resistance as well.

    The advent (finally) of fully functional microSD in Android M would make me comfortable with 32gb of internal storage or even less. As a practical matter I'll be more interested in an Android M 7" tablet than a big flagship phablet.

  • surya kumar Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I am not a big fan of Samsung but I am really excited by the design of galaxy s7

  • surya kumar Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I am not a big fan of Samsung but I am really excited by the design of galaxy s7

  • Marti Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    LG G5

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    Deactivated Account Feb 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I think LG hit it out of the park compared to Samsung. The S7 is just more of the same. LG really tried to give us something new with the G5. Let just hope it lives up to it.

  • storm Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm still only 6ish months in with my Moto X Pure so I'm not really in the market for a new phone. But I'm not convinced these are the best of the best. Most bloat, over-hyped features, most user hurdles. A great new phone should require me to do less with it because it automates and simplifies. Both of these phones have gone for looks and complication in pursuit of "best". It's the same issue with the smart watches. For most of us, they're a complication, not a simplification that improves things. Assuming I've configured my apps properly, the less I have to interact with my phone, the more it's truly doing for me. My phone shouldn't be a chain that any one can yank on because I'm in their contacts. My phone should extend my time by managing the junk. Google Voice/Hangouts is screening my calls and taking messages appropriately. Non Priority notifications are filtered and stored for later.

    An edge camera bar sounds interesting, but it's not how we take pix with our phone. For it to work you now have to hold the camera a bit below eye level or tilt the phone so the view is off. At this point, it's not helping me construct my shot. That's actually better served on screen. A swipe in open up the settings, swipe away and my image composition was seamless. And what if my preferred app is something like FV5? Features designed into the phone that only work with that phone's software are more hindrance than help really. They need to design these features to open and public standards so they actually do what we want the way we want.

    This is the core problem with Apple for me and now Microsoft with Windows 10. They say I need to work their way. And it doesn't just work for me. It's like computing in a straightjacket. The system needs to be adaptable to the user. Sure, a baseline setup is smart and works for many. But a power user's phone needs the skin, bloat and such to get out of the way of the power user. If a power user likes a particular piece of bloat, great. They can offer it as an app for those users. Just get it out of my way easily.

  • hassan bouchta Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Still look like ana s6 to me

  • Eric M Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    I just want any company to come out with a new phone with top specs and the features of my Samsung s5, in my opinion, outside the fact that mine is Verizon so I can not root it, or install custom mods, had everything you need, sd card, removable battery, ir blaster, and waterproofing. I do not need a fancy metals body I am going to cover up with a case, but I do still have a verizon unlimited plan and go through more than a gig a day. With my usage, on battery is a joke. 4 to 5 hours and I do not have the time, want, and sometime access to an outlet for even 30 minutes to charge it, the whole point of a mobile phone is to be mobile, its in the name. I really wish that they would stop trying to make all the phones with this level of spec so stylish and at least bring out a version that is functional.

    • Eric M Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

      An an example of why this is important, I decided to go the college national championship, my team did not win, but it was still a great experience, I had to get up at 5 am to get on the plane and did not get back untill 11 the next day, from getting on the plane to getting back to the airport after the game I had minimal access to outlets and no service on the plane. My 128 g sd card aloud me to carry a large selection of movies to watch on the plane. And by swapping out my batteries, I was still able to have power to take snapchat and facebook updates during the game long after my friend phones died. Now I know you will say, you can get an external battery, but those are heavy and require you to have your phone teatherd to a brick for long amounts of time, the 3 extra batteries I have are lighter and take 30 seconds to go from 0 to full. Because I had power at the end of the night I was able to find my way around a unknown city and make it to the airport without any problems. The last thing is the waterproofing, I like to be able to pull my phone out in the rain with out worry or a massive case and I can watch tv netflix in the shower!

  • Omar Al Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    S7 actually has 5.17" display which qualifies it as 5.2". 4GB LPDDR4 RAM vs 3GB LPDDR3. Ultra Fast Storage UFS 2 vs eMMC old tech storage. The best display in the world. Fast Wireless Charging. Samsungs Excynos 8890 with Samsungs Core. Samsungs BRITECELL camera sensor. IP68 Dust and Water proofing. S7 Edge. Gear 360 Camera. Gear VR. S-Pen Active Stylus. NFC. Heart rate and blood oxygen sensors. One of the very best screen-to-body ration in the industry. The superb KNOX security (approved by US/Russia/France military) which can divide your device to two different systems, one highly secure for work and privacy, another for regular use. Split-Screen true Multitasking. Multi Floating windows. SideSync to backup and sync your data with PC and Mac. Built-in smart Apps Hibernation! (called Apps Optimization) which gradually frees more Ram and improves the battery by hibernating low used apps. Samsung Pay. Even SD 820 is manufactured by Samsung!. No comparison in technology, innovation, and leadership.

  • Quintin Wilborn Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Well my opinion is that both LG and Samsung has killed it over the years and still is. But I have to say that LG is my opinion because the LG company came out after samsung. And is still better than samsung.

  • Parvind Chahal Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

    nooo need to compare no lg phone is better thn samsung phones......lg is shit with its ui n functionality......only hardware does nt mean lg is great........sites like ur make the lg phone of the year bcos u cant appreciate the better phone otherwise people wont reat on ur site

    • Charlie M. Feb 5, 2016 Link to comment

      We appreciate the fact that there's some fantastic smartphones out there, but we also appreciate that the LG G4 was (and still is) one of them.

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