Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6s Plus specs comparison: a Mexican standoff

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy Note 5 vs iPhone 6s Plus specs comparison: a Mexican standoff

Apart from the Galaxy S7, Samsung today unveiled its larger and "edgier" counterpart - the intriguing Galaxy S7 edge, a device that shines on all fronts. It's indeed another noteworthy big-screen phone from Samsung, which joins the ranks of the Note 5 and S6 edge+. Still, the S7 edge has the potential to be better on all fronts.

The Note 5, in particular, is considered one of the best devices right now - S-Pen, hardware specs, and design that truly set it apart. Of course, the S7 edge does not dwell on the same plane of functionality, but this does not mean that the two are not comparable. On the contrary, we just decided to pit them against one another and devise a brief specs comparison. 

Oh, and don't frown at the sight of the iPhone 6s Plus - it's another fine device that not only deserves a mention, but also deserves to get featured alongside the two Samsung warriors.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

534 ppi
518 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

76.09 %
76.62 %
67.91 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

12 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Flash

LED
LED
Dual LED

Software Features

RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Burst mode, Scenes, Effects, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Geo tagging
RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Macro mode, Scenes, Effects, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Design

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 inches (150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm)
6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches (153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
6.03 oz (171 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
6.77 oz (192 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust
 
 

IP certified

IP 68
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Apple A9 APL1022

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 530
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32 GB
64 GB
128 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 
 

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)

Battery

Capacity

3600 mAh
3000 mAh
2750 mAh

Stand-by time

 
 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 21 days (503 h)

Talk time (3G)

36.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1386 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1386 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1386 min)

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

13 hours
 
12 hours

LTE

15 hours
 
12 hours

Wi-Fi

15 hours
 
12 hours

Music playback

66.00 hours
64.00 hours
80.00 hours

Video playback

19.00 hours
15.00 hours
14.00 hours

Cellular

CDMA

 
 
800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

UMTS

850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
Bands 40
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

Data

LTE-A Cat 9 (450/50 Mbit/s), HSPA
LTE-A Cat 9 (450/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay
Apple Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 799
 
$ 949


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9 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Is 32 gigs internal the max? Did they do away with the 64 gigster?

6. fyah_king unregistered

It said 64gb on the list.

7. fyah_king unregistered

Must be a misprint.

8. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

@PA: S7 edge's display is 5.5" and main camera's pixel size it's not 1 μm

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I'm sold on the black s7..

3. ChaoticRage

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

These are some nice phones. Very competitive market. Probably skip this year but curious to see the Note 6.

4. jeevanand88 unregistered

Unbelievable screen to body ratio...!! 81.72% Hatsoff!!!

5. fyah_king unregistered

That edge is mine!

9. stardomains

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 05, 2015

Quick Charge 2.0 or Quick Charge 3.0?

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