Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: preliminary specs comparison

It's already confirmed: the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 will be officially unveiled in just around three weeks at MWC 2016.

And while the phones are not official yet, the cat is out of the bag: leaked pictures, benchmark scores and CAD schematics seem to have revealed most of Samsung and LG's secrets.

With so much interesting data about the Samsung Galaxy S7 specs and features on one hand, and LG G5's specifications on the other, we thought it's about time we compare the two in greater detail and ask you, our readers, which of the two devices you are more excited about.

Which phone are you more excited about?

Samsung Galaxy S7 | S7 Edge

#1: Design and display: the new face of premium

Samsung has really stepped up its design game in the past couple of years: the Galaxy S6 introduced a glass and metal combination that looks fine and feels soildly built, while in early 2016, the company introduced the same premium design even to its affordable phones (the Galaxy A 2016 series). The Galaxy S7 is expected to stay true to the glass and metal combo, but polish it to further heights: Samsung is rounding up the edges of the phone, removing a lot of the sharp edges and the new S7 should nestle much more nicely in the hand. After all, you hold your phone in your hand every day and these design decisions (as minor as they may sound) do make a big difference. The camera hump is also still present, but much smaller.

LG, on the other hand, has experimented with various designs in the past: the G4 went with a very pleasant to touch genuine leather back and a slight curve for a more comfortable hold, but it was an unmistakably plastic phone at its frame. In 2016, all indications are that LG said "Basta, Enough!" The LG G5 is expected to be a complete overhaul and a brand new step for LG designers: an all-metal phone with a sleek profile and a rumored unique battery swap system. And yes, an overhaul means no more rear-positioned volume keys: they will move to the side, but a fingerprint scanner and a lock button remain on the back. With a fingerprint scanner on the back, the G5 is in a good position to be used for mobile payments and we have heard sketchy rumors about an LG payment system. Let's see how this plays out.

Samsung makes some of the best displays out there, and we expect its finest and latest Super AMOLED in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The regular S7 is expected to be a 5.1" phone with a flat, Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, while the S7 Edge is expected to have a 5.5" curved, Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Samsung usually keeps its latest AMOLED for its own high-end phones, and having the latest AMOLED screens means not only the best quality, but also that the screen does not consume too much power.

There is one big software change said to be coming up to the S7: a pressure sensitive display, a technology similar to Apple iPhone 6s' 3D Touch.

The LG G5, on the other hand, is expected to have a 5.6" Quad HD display with no pressure sensitivity, but another trick up its sleeve: a secondary ticker display for notifications and quick access to multitasking. LG already did something like this in the V10, so we're curious to see whether and how it will implement such a screen on the G5.

#2: Performance: Snapdragon 820 all the way

When it comes to performance on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 (as well as many other top-end phones in 2016), there are two words to describe it: Snapdragon 820. Both the S7 and the G5 are expected to have it. Given that the two will also have Quad HD displays, we expect absolute parity in the performance department (both are rumored to get 4GB of RAM as well).

After a troublesome 2015 when its Snapdragon 810 was reported to overheat and not perform all that well, Qualcomm will introduce its first custom CPU core in 2016 with the new Snapdragon 820. The chip is expected to be built on the newest process and for the first time, we're expected to see it compete with Apple's chips in terms of single core performance.
Adreno 530 is the GPU that will take care of the graphics and gaming tasks on the S7 and G5, and we expect absolute parity in this aspect as well.

It's worth saying that the Galaxy S7 is also expected to have a second version using Samsung's own Exynos 8 Octa (Exynos 8890) system chip, which should be comparable to the Snapdragon 820, but some slight differences are likely still inevitable.

Both phones should have 32GB of internal storage in the base versions, and that will be expandable via microSD cards, supported on both phones.

#3: Cameras

The Galaxy S5 had a 16-megapixel camera, the Galaxy S6 had a 16-megapixel camera, so what kind of camera would the Galaxy S7 have? If you said, 16MP or more, well, you're wrong. All rumors agree that Samsung will use a 12-megapixel main shooter in the S7. Don't look at the megapixels and rush to spell damnation on Samsung: less megapixels also means larger individual pixels, which in turn translates to better low-light performance of the phone. Some insiders who claim to have an early S7 prototype confirm that the improvement in low light shots is indeed significant.

The LG G5, on the other hand, is expected to go off the track with not one, but two rear facing cameras: a 16-megapixel module alongside an 8-megapixel shooter. This two-camera setup is expected to allow the phone to change the focal distance, so you get a simulation of an optical zoom system. We're yet to see whether this indeed becomes real and how it works, but it will stir things up in smartphone cameras, that seems certain.

Both the S7 and G5 will support 4K video, but we are curious to see how will they handle stabilization, which has traditionally been a problem for 4K recordings on Android phones.

#4: Battery life: not so small a step for mankind

The Galaxy S7 is rumored to have a 3,000mAh battery, larger than its predecessory, and with a more power-efficient Snapdragon 820 system chip and a less power-hungry display, these three factors make a strong point for significant improvements in battery life. Well-connected Russian tech analyst Eldar Murtazin claims 17 hours of continuous video playback on the S7, an impressive figure given that most iPhones, for instance, can reach 10-12 hours of video playback.

The LG G5, on the other hand, is also likely to get improved battery life - an area that has been a weak point for both the LG G4 and G3 - but this time around, a crazy new battery swap system is said to be implemented. It will allegedly allow you to quickly swap your depleted battery with a new one and keep on using your phone. This might not be everyone's favorite solution, but for those who really need that battery boost, it will be a true life saver and if you stack up a couple of spare batteries, you might go through a few days without charging your phone.

#5: Extras: microSD cards, water-resistance, USB Type C

The S7 is said to be choke full of smaller, extra features that should make a big difference in the long run: for starters, the phone is said to get water resistance (IP67) and it should get its microSD expandable storage card slot back. It should also retain its wireless charging capabilities and chances are it will make the jump to a conveniently reversible USB Type C connector for charging and syncing (with microUSB you have to get the cable from the right side). This new connector coupled with Samsung's fast charging tech is said to allow a full day's worth of recharge in just 30 minutes.

The LG G5, on the other hand, is also tentatively said to retain its microSD card slot. It will also have a USB Type C port for charging and will support quick charging to some extent.

#6: Prices and conclusion

Knowing Samsung's traditions in pricing, here are the expected prices for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge:
32GB Galaxy S7 - $650 (full retail price)
32GB Galaxy S7 Edge - $750

Then, there is the LG G5. Its price is a bit of a mystery: this is LG's first metal, premium phone and this makes a difference. So far, LG has traditionally sold its phones for a lower price than the Galaxies and iPhones of this world, but this time around, the difference might be gone or smaller.

That's about all we know so far. Which one are you more excited about: the S7 with its new design polish and pressure sensitive screen, or the G5 with its dual rear cameras and clever battery swap system?

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • Display 5.3 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    LG UX UI



118. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Excited with G5 ?? the ugliest 2016 smartphone without identity as they lost back buttons that made it a different smartphone. Because I'll be excited about another nexus but uglier ?? Please have to be a joke.

114. james18

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Galaxy s6 edge Im excited to see

112. james18

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Galaxy s6 edge Im excited to see

106. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

Sorry for dbll post

109. xocomaox

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 14, 2015


105. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

HAD LG PHONES IN THE PAST. Including lg g4. Will never do that again. Samsung phones in the usa are the best. Never ever had any lag with my s6 edge plus. Very happy with this phone. Nothing out there can sit on the throne with Samsung. Plus the phone is GORGEOUS you just cant beat it. Oh and I phone owners F#×k off.

104. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

HAD LG PHONES IN THE PAST. Including lg g4. Will never do that again. Samsung phones in the usa are the best. Never ever had any lag with my s6 edge plus. Very happy with this phone. Nothing out there can sitbon the throne with Samsung. Plus the phone is GORGEOUS you just cant beat it. Oh and I phone owners F#×k off.

90. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I have been using the LG G2 and G3. And what I've learnt from the most popular LG Forum from my country: LG G2: Touchscreen dead, flickering screen (confirmed by many users) LG G3: Top and bottom microphones cracked (confirmed by many users) LG Gflex2: Super hot, thanks to the Snapdragon 810 V1.1 (Confirmed) LG G4: Mainboard dead, sudden death, logo bootloop (many cases, offically confirmed from LG) I doubt the next LG G5

103. ecologer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

I'm a long time user of LG G2 and have no reasons to complain about the build quality. I've handled it with care and despite not using any case the phone still looks good and has no performance issues. I guess some of those issues you mentioned might come from users mishandling their phones and not being completely honest about the circumstances which have lead to those issues because it could void the warranty.

87. ChocolateThunder

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

The G5 is the way to go this time around. The Samsung series is becoming a giant pot of (Meh) to the general public. I hope the battery on the G5 is better than the G4.

117. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Samsung was meh last year because they only cared about premium design, this time they focused again in whats important (new features) so, I think s7 having bigger battery, return of sd slot, ip67, 3d touch, new camera, and best display in the market it's a clear winner.

64. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

We know Samsung will bring a evolutionary upgrade to the S6 so sort of interest to see what Lg does. G2 had good battery life and after that went down hill. Not to mention the over heating issues and throttling of the G3. This should be their year to get back on track. But after this launch will like to see what the Note 6 brings.

55. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

have the S6 that im fearly satisfied with but either of the S7 or G5 is a "want to buy" option. LG needs to fix their battery issues and puff up the ugly(IMO) UI for me to buy the G5 Samsung needs to put a bigger battery in the S7 rather than the 2550Mah the S6 has and also fix the RAM manegment, then im happy buuuut..I know that the S6 will be a beast on MM 6.0.1 with fixed RAM management so maybe i`ll hold on to it for little while longer

62. Shocky unregistered

Ram management is fine on the S6 and Note 5, has been for months.

89. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

can`t agree with you on that im afraid. it`s "better" since 5.1.1 but not in the same leage as other 3GB phones out there. Allthough I know on MM it is fine.

92. Shocky unregistered

It was easy to reproduce the app restart issue the first few months after launch, I can't reproduce it anymore. Can we please move on?

96. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

+1. like I said, "it`s better" than 5.0.2 but not quite where I want it to be yet..but I tried MM Beta and the issues I have is gone in that so just waiting for official release of MM then im a happy camper :). moving on

49. shield

Posts: 917; Member since: Sep 12, 2015


47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

moto x play 6 hours screen time 400-500 mah used only. Samsung S6 6 hours of screen time 600-800 mah used. Both phone at 50% brightness both phone running same video file. Nothing installed on both device not even a sim card and using same wifi network. So sure Amoled was good in the past for battery usage now not so much. Also its remain to be seen on newer samsung device but i have client with S5 and note 4 thats use it a lots ( 5 hours screen time or more a day ) thats the color now seem washed out compared to a brand new device ( new note 4 or S5 ofcourse ) Still the best screen for color reproduction ect but bad durability compared to IPS LCD one.

82. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Again fake mad bro?

83. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Just change the old screen protector. My s2's color isn't still washed out. No one's is gonna believe your biased story.

93. Shocky unregistered

marorun, post your source, otherwise don't bother because nobody believes the claims you make.

111. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

He cant post whats not true. Respectively


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I'm pretty sure the leakster said that the G5 would be for G2 users that wanted to upgrade, so the rumors of a 5.6" screen may not be true. Also, there's no guarantee the pixels on the S7 will be bigger; since the camera sits more flush, they're either the same, slightly bigger. I think they'll be slightly bigger, and the phone will be slightly thicker to accommodate a bigger battery. All in all, I'm liking them both as much as I like 2016 for smartphones. The 2016 A series, the Mate 8, as well as Xiaomi's Redmi 3 have shown great battery scores. Alongside Sammy and LG, toss in the M10, Meizu's next Pro, and Sony's Z6/Z6C, I have a ton of phones to choose from.

70. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hi The cam takes in the image at 24mp and then makes the image at 12mp, it's 2x the pixel size, no joke

116. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

WHO TOLD YOU THIS!!!..NAME YOUR SOURCE!!..You've been saying this across PA for weeks.

44. yurajsiki

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2015


43. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I see the main differences between the S7 and the G5 are going to be the camera setup, and the UI. Right now, I'm more interested in the S7 than the G5 even though it doesn't have a removable battery. It'll be interesting to see a comparison between the two devices once they're announced, especially in the image quality category.

38. ydl08

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

How can you compare a top seller Android phone vs a brand that can't even compete with the Chinese newcomers.

58. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

To make sure even if its a superior product thats its will already been trashed? Just look at the bias toward samsung in this news its obvious.

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