LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: the first marketing shot has been fired

In just a few hours yesterday at MWC 2016, Samsung and LG - two cross-town rivals with a huge influence on the smartphone market as a whole - announced new flagships smartphones. 

As the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 compete head-on in the same (premium) market segment, LG decided that it's a good idea to be the first to fire a bullet towards its rival's new flagship. 

The Jordanian branch of LG has recently posted a photo on Twitter in which the LG G5 is flaunted as the best use of the number 7. In this case, LG is talking about the seven LG G5 accessories in the 'Friends' series. LG pairs the photo with a text punchline that reads "Think not what your phone can do, but what you can do with your phone".

Although this ad has yet to make it to the rest of the world, it does serve as a clear sign that LG is trying to position the G5 as a direct competitor to the Galaxy S7

As you'll be able to tell by reading our Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on and LG G5 hands-on, there are a bunch of similarities between the two phones: both come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (in the US) paired with 4GB of RAM, both come with QHD "Always On" displays, and both come with metal builds.

Given all of these similarities, it makes sense for LG to flex its marketing muscle on the 'Friends' accessories, which is what makes the LG G5 unique compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Chances are that this will not be the last punchline that the two companies exchange in their attempt to promote their new flagships, so stay tuned!

source: LG

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G5
  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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85 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have no problem with OEMs bashing each other, but I am sorry, this one is kinda lame.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Are you getting one my dude?

5. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I might, but I ll wait for the price to drop a bit. My A9 has been great so far, so I am in no rush to trade it now for the S7. You?

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I thought you had an M9+?

12. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Didn't last that long. On it's 3rd day, it was either I must sell/trade it, or I am smashing it to the floor. That stupid mediatek processor ruined the whole experience, add to it the super slow camera whenever you go indoors.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn lol so how is the A9?

24. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Fantastic, it's not perfect, but it is far much better than I expected. The Note 5 was blazing fast when it comes to opening apps, but this thing, even with what on paper looks like a weaker cpu, is even faster. Fingerprint scanner is accurate and fast. Battery life has been superb, never below 5hrs of sot. Camera has improved after the 6.0.1 update, especially in low light conditions. And a lot of other pros. Now the cons. The sides are a bit smooth, so it is kinda slippery, but not a Note 5 like slippery. The front 4up camera tend to have a yellow hue at times. But my biggest gripe, is the speaker. While it delivers a clean sound, it is on the weaker side, like so weak. Add to the fact it's location, not that it's at the bottom of the phone(which I am more than fine with), but it sits a little bit to the back, so it gets muffled a lot, especially when resting the phone on my pinky finger. I am sorry I went on TechieXP mode with my long @ss reply lol

32. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Other people on the web are saying the same thing about the A9, "better than expected". I hope I get the chance to try one out, it sucks that HTC stopped selling phones in our country.

34. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Trust me, I am usually hard to get impressed, and that's why I always go with flagships and flagships on. But the A9 is really one of the most underrated phones in the past few years.

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Also the M9, I bought one because I'm curious about why it constantly get bad reviews. I would say it is "kinda" underrated, and the firmware updates made the phone even better.

42. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wouldn't say underrated, it is a $700 flagship that should have minimal to zero flaws. It had a very bad and inconsistent camera, overheating issues, and bad battery life.

44. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Bad camera compared to the competition, YES. The 2nd and 3rd are not issues anymore with the latest update though.

66. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

M9 is amazing beside one thing. Super crappy camera. otherwise its one of the best phone i ever used and the king of multitasking could open 5 high end 3d games and switch between them with no loading time at all..

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

HTC's Sense is a great UI i've always thought it was faster than Touchwiz. Good to know that the A9 provides a good experience dispite its mid range specs. LOL bruh! I don't mind a long reply as long as its not just a huge ass rant.

38. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lol that's good thing to know And yes it is snappy, but I still prefer TW. I never knew that Sense lacks unread notifications, or that their theme engine is so weak and basic compared to the one on TW, not to mention Samsung's fantastic keyboard. Those are the minor stuff that will lead me to switch back to Samsung and pick an S7 once I find a good deal.

47. Furbal unregistered

Sense is easily the best skin imo

77. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Your post is nowhere near as long as mine. I can type until I run out of characters. So making a reasonable post that is more than a fanboi one-liner means, you're getting TechieXP'd? Haha. You're funny! I am assuming the A9 you're referring too is the Galaxy A9? How would you compare it to the S and which S woudl it be nearest too as far as quality and speed?

80. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am glad you are a good sport regards the joke. And no my friend, I meant the HTC A9. Although the Galaxy A9 looks like a beast phone, but it is too big for my taste.

29. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol knew someone who had a M9+. Lol they said the saaaame thing

18. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, the problem is all the things that you can buy for the s7 edge are better, apart from the ball, as this is just an app and is the same as any other app you get with drons and so on, it's a joke Samsung even got a better cam addon and a better battery addon Even the VR is better as ther is no app support for lg (Windows phone) and the s7 can go for a very long time with an hi res screen Because the end of the phone come off mean nothing, big deal, Samsung did this with the wave (removing battery in a metal phone and so as others, and the dac needed to be included in the phone to start with the Samsung s7 comes with a very good dac

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The edge comes with an 800 more battery and will make the battery change not needed and will easy also cover damage over time, and you got the ip68 and the battery charger case that wiresless with no turn off and battery change as you going to need a case for that G5 Also the cam is sorry but crap, Samsung cam as 2 new very big things, and I not on about the 1.7 lens

67. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

JS2001m we will see in the test for the camera. for low light i agree its should be killer on the S7 but in others condition its may end up beaten bad by the G5 its remain to be seen. Everything else you said is crap because the G5 will support direct modular cases with huge battery in it. wireless charging dont give enuf power if you are gaming with your device so your device will die on you and you will have to wait for it to wirelessly charge you phone.

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

S7 looks good but I'm an LG dude. I'll definitely be coping the G5 on launch day.

28. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

What's up Darkk? Everything good?

31. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The G5 is the best phone in the world, but the ad is weak.

39. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah yeah yeah, we know, the S7 is fail, no removable battery, fail.

62. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You cried cried and cried because the S6 didn't have an SD card. Now it does and you think the G5 is the best phone? ha Good luck with all your apps on the homescreen. The G5 is a completely failure b/c of that. You'll HAVE to run a 3rd party launcher.

65. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Actually... I think the app drawer is just turned off by default. There may be an option to turn it back on. And isn't Android going in the no app drawer direction with Android N?

36. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Free Gear VR for preorders in US, Europe, and other locations, with a 6-game bundle worth $150! - Water and dust proofing IP68! - 3600 / 3000 mAh Batteries! - SD Card upto 200GB or 2nd SIM, your choice! - 5.5" / 5.1" QHD sAMOLED Displays w/ always-on tech - Dual pixels, 100% photo area focus, f/1.7, OIS camera - Fast wireless and wired charging Excellent specs. Samsung stole the show, beats all others hands down!

61. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Are you seriously pasting the same comment in multiple threads?

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