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 Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus

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Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

76.09 %
76.62 %
67.91 %

Peak brightness

 
 
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

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

4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
2GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable

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 (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)

Battery

Capacity

3600 mAh
3000 mAh
2750 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
 
 

Stand-by time

 
 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)

Talk time (3G)

36.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)

Internet use

3G: 13 hours; LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
 
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours

Music playback

66.00 hours
64.00 hours
80.00 hours

Video playback

19.00 hours
15.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)

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

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

HDR, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS, Video calling
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
5 MP
5 MP

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
6.03 oz
6.77 oz

157.0 g
171.0 g
192.0 g

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
 
 

Biometrics

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

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light

Buyers information

Price

$ 799
 
$ 949


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Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy Note5
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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