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

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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.

Display
Size
5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.5 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body
76.62 %
67.91 %
76.09 %
Peak brightness
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)
 
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 (14 nm)
Apple A9 APL1022
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (14 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
GPU
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600
Adreno 530
RAM
4GB LPDDR4
2GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
32GB
OS
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Battery
Capacity
3000 mAh
2750 mAh
3600 mAh
Charging
 
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Stand-by time
 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 29 days (688 h)
 
Talk time (3G)
22.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
36.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
Internet use
 
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
Music playback
64.00 hours
80.00 hours
66.00 hours
Video playback
15.00 hours
14.00 hours
19.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
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
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Video recording
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)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
Features
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS, Video calling
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
5 MP
5 MP
5 MP
Design
Dimensions
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)
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.30 inches (150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm)
Weight
6.03 oz (171.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
6.77 oz (192.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
5.54 oz (157.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
Materials
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Frame: Aluminum
Resistance
 
 
Water, Dust; IP68
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Features
Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys
Buyers information
Price
 
$ 949
$ 799


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