2016 Flagship Battle: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. LG G5

2016 Flagship Battle: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. LG G5

The announcement of the new flagships from both Samsung and LG during the same night would definitely keep the audiences wondering on which device to buy. Let’s take a look on how these new top devices from South Korea fare when we put them head-to-head.

Samsung Galaxy S7LG G5
5.1-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display5.3-inch Quad-HD IPS Quantum Display
2560 x 1440 resolution, 576ppi2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Samsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU
Adreno 530 GPU
32GB, 64GB internal storage32GB UFS ROM
Expandable up to 200GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)Expandable via microSD up to 2TB
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual LED flash, f/1.7 aperture16MP rear camera + 8MP wide angle camera - dual rear module
5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture8MP front camera
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE4G/LTE Cat. 12 up to 600Mbps
WiFi 802.11acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1Bluetooth 4.2, aptX HD
Fast Wireless Charging,
Fingerprint Scanner,
Heart-Rate Sensor
USB Type-C, Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY
IP68 rating
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWizAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
3,000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery2,800mAh Li-Ion battery (removable)
Black and GoldSilver, Titan, Gold, Pink

Summary of Advantages:

Samsung Galaxy S7
-Water and Dust Resistance
-Dual Sim connectivity
-Lower camera aperture (f/1.7)
-Wireless charging
-Bigger battery capacity

-Slightly Bigger Screen
-Removable Battery
-Dual rear cameras
-Bigger camera resolution (front and back)
-Better Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity versions
-Modular design

While Samsung finally got its mojo back with the S7, it played a bit safe as it only offered incremental upgrades versus its predecessor. The water and dust resistance ratings are a welcome treat, and Sammy’s cameras are known to be one of the top-notch. Nevertheless, it trumps the G5 in terms of device battery life and wireless charging capabilities.


LG’s new flagship, on the other hand, took a huge risk by ditching its signature rear keys as a result of product innovation with a new modular design and a rear dual camera setup. While it offers a lower battery capacity, the G5 can be equipped with an additional 1200mAh juice via the camera module, and charging would be easier with a USB-C port.

Both have additional accessories in tow, and offer the same such as a 360-degree VR headset and a camera, but the G5 offers additional ‘friends’ such as a rolling ball that doubles as your home security camera, and a new version of its Tone bluetooth headset.

Which 2016 Korean Flagship is much better for your liking? Drop them in the comments below.


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7 Responses

  1. Oona says:

    Note that this is not correct: -Lower camera aperture (f/1.7)

    Do take note that f is divided by 1.7 and therefore HIGHER (or in photography, it’s WIDER) than f/1.9.

    In fact, technically, you would need to take into consideration the sensor size as well which may also be confusing. Sensor size of 1/2.3 is BIGGER than 1/4. Basically just do the math and consider that .the higher the divisor is, the smaller/narrower the aperture/sensor is and vice versa.

    • Oona says:

      Do take note that the sensor size I mentioned is not related to the specs of S7 or G5. It was just an example that photography specs are quite confusing at times.

  2. Wishqlang says:

    I would go for LG G5, kapag naka ipon na ako heheheheh, medyo di pa kaya ng budget ko eh… siguro kapag after a year medyo mababa na price nito…, crossed fingers?

  3. I did not know that there is already a microSD with 2 TB capacity… and i thought gorilla glass 5 will be used for samsung. So far S7 is the best for me.. bringing back the expandable memory, water resistance, feature packed camera (although lower pixel) and the design. Waiting for the note 6 though.. :-)

  4. Gerald says:

    I’d go with the S7 edge. It is better than G5 in all aspects (design & style, battery, specs, water & dust resistance, inclusion of sd card, better camera, etc). It is the best smartphone this 2016 . The LG G5 looks definitely ugly and boring. They are just branding it as modular but actually it is not.

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