Don't call it a phablet: the 5.5" Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is narrower than many 5.2" devices

Don't call it a phablet: the 5.5" Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is narrower than many 5.2" devices

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 family comes in two sizes and flavors: the 5.1" flat-screened Galaxy S7 and the 5.5" Galaxy S7 Edge. And that seems like a clear distinction: the 5.1" is more compact, while the 5.5" will cater to phablet users, right?

Don't rush into conclusions just by screen size alone here. An interesting fact about the Galaxy S7 Edge is that despite having a phablet-sized display, the actual physical footprint of the phone is more akin to your regular 5.2-inch device.

In fact, the S7 Edge is narrower than many 5.2" phones and even narrower than some 5" devices. How is that even possible? The main reason lies in the display that curves to the sides. This allows Samsung to have a very minimal side bezel on the phone and it is very narrow and provides the one-hand comfort of smaller phones.

Below, we compare it with the 5.3" LG G5 only to see that the 5.5" Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is actually narrower than the G5 with its smaller screen. When compared against the Nexus 5X the two measure exactly the same in terms of width, despite the Nexus 5X using a smaller, 5.2" display. The Sony Xperia Z5 is just a hair narrower, but once again the S7 Edge is very close, impressive given that we're comparing the 5.5" Samsung against the 5.2" Sony.

The S7 Edge also has the key advantage of tapered edges, which makes for a more comfortable grip. After using it for a week or so, these little details make a lasting impression and contribute a lot to the comfort in daily use.


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

LG G5

LG G5

Dimensions

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches

149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.43 oz (154 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

LG G5

LG G5

Dimensions

5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches

149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.43 oz (154 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

46 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Played around with one the other day and my god it's a beautiful phone. Definitely deserves all the hyped it got.

3. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Long time Smurf! I have to agree with you this time! GS7 edge is such a beautiful phone! After all these years, I'm gonna buy a Samsung phone again! Great job Sammy!

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I thought you got banned lol. Well I thought I'd never see this happen, but cheers!

25. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

LOL nope, I took a rest from PA world. Yeah cheers! Sammy is becoming better and better every year!

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

With this *compactness*.. It's time for Samsung to d0 6 inch 4k display with note 6..:-)

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Stupid demand. Better ask for 4 days of SOT....

6. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

lol.. 4 *DAYS* SOT.. ask for 5-6 hours, consistently..

46. vincelongman

Posts: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 820 S7 seems to consistently get 5-6 hours The 8890 S7 seems to consistently get 6-7 hours At least according to people on Reddit

45. vincelongman

Posts: 5554; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How about a Cannon Lake i7 and Nvidia Volta or AMD Navi

8. irossdrummer

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

4k os way too much... that ppi is way too high to even notice it over 1440p.. yes they can mdo a bigger acreen with how grrat they are at making bezels small but 4k will just kill the processor, batter, and you simply don't need it on anything smaller than like a laptop screen.. 13 inch is still a little too small for 4k but on a 6 inch creen is just an over blow

11. irossdrummer

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Sorry for all the typos, the mobile version of the website won't let me edit the comment

5. ZeneticX

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

this phone made the 6s plus (with the same screen size) look like a joke next to it

9. irossdrummer

Posts: 364; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Because the 6s plus is a joke

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be salty because the 6S Plus is a better device.

27. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

I wil correct you, specs do mean something, not everything true, but they are important when judging the overall performance and value of a phone or tablet. For example the S7 absolutely trounces the iPhone in specs, but the iPhone for sure performs far better than its specs imply. However compare almost every aspect of the two against each other in real-life use and the S7 and Edge beats the iPhone 6s and plus in almost all areas, yet the iPhone costs the same, it should cost a lot less. What is often forgotten is that the iPhone is limited in the hardware it powers (for example screen) and software (multitasking, customization and features) and the same hardware would struggle if it had to do all that Android flagships can do.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Now that is an absolute fact. Apple's present hardware specs, couldn't even run 50% of what the Galaxy S7 runs right now,

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Better at what? Be specific. Being better to you doesn't make it better. Also based on these following facts, what actually si better about the iPhone 6S Plus? S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 takes better low light picture S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 takes better pictures with its 12MP camera S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 front facing camera records 1440p vs Apple's at 720p even with 5MP S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 has longer battery-life S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus -S7 has a higher Antutu Score S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 Has a better one handed mode S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 has default apps S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - -S7 has splitscreen apps S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - - S7 has better build quality and better looks S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - - S7 has better mics for recording S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 has the highest rated display S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 1440p display uses less power than Apple's 1080p LCD S7 vs iPhone 6S/6S Plus - S7 is an overall smaller device even with the same sized display. That is just being generous in listing the important things right off the bat. With just that list alone, that leaves what? Maybe 2 thinsg the iPhone is good at which is having "higher sales" and "higher profit margin". Everything that is actually user useful is better on the S7. It kills you to actually know the facts though. I personally don't even like the Galaxy S with only exception to the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ which I owned. I dont own an S7 or S7 Edge and yet since they are improved versions of last years model that actually improved on everything, while the iPhone 6S/Plus didnt improve on nothing oher than battery-life. What exactly is the iPhone better than the S7 at? Please be specific!

41. jeevanand88 unregistered

I will tell you very specific... it is far far better at pricing a lot... :D

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Nexus 6P makes the S7 look like molasses pouring in the middle of winter on a -20 day.

28. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

6P is just so...non descript. Might as well call it Generic phone 1

39. xocomaox

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

I will disagree.

7. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

throw the 5.1" Galaxy S5 up there, S7 Edge matches it in width

10. shield

Posts: 768; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G4 5,5" 149mm LG G3 5,5'' 146mm LG G2 5,2" 138mm Mate 8 6" 157mm stupid Samsung.

13. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

The S7Edge is ugly to me. S6edge is nicer. It's to Dam tall and narrow, ... Unlike the Note series, thier wider which looks nice. S7Edge is smoother than S6E. I prefer the oblong omnibalance of the S6E.

12. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Very good job, indeed Samsung. Keep this up, we like what you are doing.

17. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Few things missing on the S7Edg,, which would've been perfect. No shutter speed No dual flash No twin stereo speakers No 5gb Ram No Mp16 Mali Gpu, instead mp12 No flash and 8mp front camera No optical zoom, when zooming looseness of mp and clarity

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

No phone is perfect. At least we should appreciate Samsung making some other similarly screen sized phone look like dinosaurs.

31. Clars123

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

so few things you wanted ?

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What is the benefit of dual LED flash? Nothing. What I did fine is my old HTC Droid Incredible had dual LED Flash. The only thing is when I took a photo in complete darkness ina room, the dual LED's flooded the room with so much light, the picture came out perfect as if the room was actually using a real light. Other than this, as long as a single bulb is bright enough, 2 bulbs offer no real benefit. 5GB RAM? Please explain what its needed. 4Gb is enough. The S7 uses the display as the front flash. If taking a photo with flash is important, that is what the rear camera is for. LED flash on the front is about as useful as pimples on a teen. lol Optical Zoom? Explain please.

37. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Touchwiz features take up all the Ram. If it's carrier device including 50 p reinstalled apps. Let me ask you to go to play store and download System panel app. There it will show what and how many apps are running. On top people install 20.30.or even 40. 50 apps. Leaving you with 500mb of ram. Laaaaaaag. Optical zoom when zooming you won't ever lose clarity. Look at pureview camera or 808 Nokia or lumia930.

Latest Stories