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 size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches


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

Pixel density

534 ppi
518 ppi
401 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

76.09 %
76.62 %
67.91 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

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)


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)


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


5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels



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)


5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.03 oz (171 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
6.77 oz (192 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)


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


Water, Dust; IP 68


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


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

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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


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


Adreno 530
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600




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)



3600 mAh
3000 mAh
2750 mAh


Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Stand-by time

16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

36.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
22.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 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

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 799
$ 949



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; 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: 445; 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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