This year, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 unveiled. Now the only thing that the world can do is sit back and bask in the glory of these two smartphones that happen to be an ultimate design marvels.
We can expect both smartphones to be priced identically and compete with each other. As such, many users will be confused as to which smartphone to opt for.
This would be a difficult decision to make since both smartphones are at par with each other in every department. This is a spec by spec comparison (Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5) of these handsets to analyze which one is the better buy.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5
In the design department, Samsung has taken the unparalleled design it offered on last year’s Galaxy S6 and improved it further. As a result, Galaxy S7 remains a stunning smartphone with subtle changes that were demanded by Samsung mobiles loyalists.
Samsung has done away with the ugly protruding rear camera so that now the rear camera module sits almost flush with the rear panel and is at lesser risk to get damaged. Galaxy S7 has also brought back the much missed expandable storage in form of a Hybrid SIM card tray. The handset also has the curved back panel that was present in Galaxy Note 5 and makes for one hell of a comfortable handset to hold.
Coming to LG, at the first glance, no one can say that G5 is an LG mobile as it comes with a radically different design from LG’s past handsets. For starters, it has been blessed with an all-metal unibody design with the chin removable for battery and modules that LG is calling G5 Friends.
This design allows the manufacturer to offer additional features as it did with LG Cam Plus, which is a module that offers a physical shutter button, zoom dial, and additional battery. LG has also changed the positioning of its volume buttons from rear to side, which is almost flush with chassis to maintain the streamlined design.
The rear panel now houses a power button cum fingerprint scanner and dual camera setup. All in all, the brand has radically changed its design to accommodate cutting-edge features. We like what we see.
Winner: Galaxy S7 takes the cake in this department owing to its improved, clean and classy design, which feels every bit high end as it looks. We cannot say the same for LG G5 because of the fact that the modularity is only in its initial stage as of now and we could not find much use for it apart from removing the battery.
Samsung is known for its AMOLED display that happens to be the best in the business at the moment. Galaxy S7 comes with the same Super AMOLED display measuring 5.1-inch with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This display displays blacks as black and not washed out grey, which means picture clarity is amazing on this handset.
LG G5, on the other hand, is equipped with a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display that also features Quad HD resolution but happens to be a little dull as compared to AMOLED. LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 both come with the Always-On feature, which displays critical information including clock, date, and notifications without having to wake up the device.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S7 again wins here mainly owing to the Super AMOLED panel, which offers better brightness, vibrancy and deeper blacks as compared to IPS LCD on LG G5. Moreover, Super AMOLED also wins on grounds of being battery friendly as compared to IPS panel.
This is one aspect of the handset where Samsung managed to surprise the world as everyone expected the brilliant 16 Megapixels snapper on Galaxy S6 to be retained. However, what Samsung has done is to equip the new flagship device with a smaller 12 Megapixels primary camera that boasts of a new technology called Dual Pixels. Samsung claims that this camera takes in double light and as a result pictures produced are amazing with unparalleled clarity.
LG G5 on the other hand comes with a dual camera setup on the rear panel that retains the 16 Megapixels shooter from LG G4 and gave it the company of a 135-degree wide angle 8 Megapixels snapper. The snapper is accompanied with features like laser Auto Focus and dual tone LED flash. Coming to the front snapper, Galaxy S7 flaunts a 5 Megapixels shooter, whereas, LG G5 offers a better and sharper 8 Megapixels snapper.
Winner: LG G5 wins in this aspect with its dual camera setup, enhanced manual mode, and better front camera. Samsung Galaxy S7 also offers a good snapper, however, most users do not understand the concept of Dual Pixels and bound to be inclined towards LG G5.
Both smartphones are top end flagship smartphones from their respective makers and as such both offer best in class performance. In India, Samsung will be launching the flagship device with the latest Exynos 8890 processor that comes with 8 cores and clock speed of 1.6 GHz.
LG G5, on the other hand, comes with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 820 processor with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz. RAM in both smartphones is equal to 4 GB and the best in the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge
5.1 / 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED (2560×1400)
5.3-inch QHD LCD (2560×1440)
Samsung Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
4 x Samsung M1 + 4x Cortex-A53 or
Mali-T880 MP12 or Adreno 530
|32/64GB + 200GB microSD|
32GB + 2TB microSD
Winner: We cannot possibly favor one of this handset over other since both of them shine through when it comes to specifications. However, the Exynos variant of Galaxy S7 loses out by a margin to LG G5’s Snapdragon 820.
Considering the fact that LG has taken the metal unibody route, which involves a slimmer and sleeker design, it is a given that battery takes the hit. LG has equipped G5 with a smaller 2800 mAh, that can be increased up to 4000 mAh if a module is being used.
Samsung Galaxy S7, on the other hand, comes with a 3000 mAh battery, which is only a touch better than LG G5. Moreover, Samsung does not even have the option to remove or increase the battery capacity through any means.
Winner: Samsung definitely wins again when it comes to battery, however, it is only marginally better. And if you decide to use the LG G5 with LG Cam Plus module, you will be flaunting a 4000 mAh battery. So clearly, there is no clear winner in this aspect.
The Final Verdict
Taking a direct look at the aspects mentioned above, it is clear that Galaxy S7 wins in every aspect over LG G5. However, it basically depends on what the user wants as both these smartphones are top of the class with their own set of pros and cons.
While Samsung has stuck to its guns and retained the mind-blowing design from Galaxy S6 and refined it, LG G5 took the shock route and changed drastically. The choice will ultimately be end user’s discretion since these handsets are quite different from each other.
Update (January 2018): LG is discontinuing the G Series smartphones and rebranding it to some other series. This is confirmed by one of the spokesperson at LG. LG G6 is probably the last smartphone of the G Series.
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