Do we have a good one for you today – The new LG G5 goes to battle against the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. We have the entirely new LG G5, which is nothing like its predecessor, the LG G4, going against a refined version of the redesigned Galaxy S6 Edge/Plus from last year. Which one of these devices made enough changes to warrant a win in the specifications battle? It also makes it more interesting when both South Korean giants, Samsung and LG, go up against one another for smartphone supremacy. Let’s take a look just to see what these two devices have in common and then we will take a closer look at each device.
The LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are very similar in size and weight, with the LG G5 coming in just slightly smaller, but weighing in a 2 grams heavier. Both devices use the QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and 554 pixels-per-inch (PPI) on the LG G5 and 534 PPI on the S7 Edge and both incorporate the ‘always-on’ display feature. Both devices are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and both are even using the same Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor in the US – although the Galaxy S7 Edge also uses their Exynos 8890 octa-core processor in other countries. Both offer 4GB of DDR4 RAM, a 32GB variant and expansion via a microSD card. The G5 and S7 Edge have the usual suspects – WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC, a fingerprint sensor, rapid charge features and a microUSB port (Type-C on the G5 and v2.0 on the S7 Edge) for charging and data transfer.
Please take a deliberate look at the detailed Specifications Comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another – click on the “View Full Comparison” link at the end of the chart to expand the details. After that, we will look at each device in greater depth and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information, we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
LG decided to redesign their LG G4 from the ground up, and that is exactly what LG did – more so than Samsung did last year with the Galaxy S6. LG went for a bold, new idea and while typical G4 lovers may upset, I bet they are at the very least curious about this new design of their favorite smartphone. LG put some thought into its LG G5 – not only did they go from plastic to a metal body – they were able to keep those essential features – memory expansion and removable battery and add in some innovation. Let’s take a closer look at the new LG G5 and see just how the specs and design hold up to the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which is more of an evolutionary design this year.
The LG G5 sports a 5.3-inch IPS LCD QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 554 PPI to which they added the ‘always-on’ display feature. The processor is the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with a dual-core clocked at 1.6GHz and a dual-core clocked at 2.15GHz with an Adreno 530 GPU. The G5 packs in 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32GB of internal memory, expandable to 2TB via a microUSB card.
These two manufacturers decided to change their cameras up this year. LG went from a single 16MP sensor on the G4 to one 16MP sensor and added another 8MP sensor, along with new software on the new LG G5. The 8MP has a wider angle, allowing the user to capture more in the photo. The G5 retained the 8MP FFC from the G4 for selfies and video chatting. LG dropped the battery size from the 3,000mAh found on the LG G4 to 2800mAh, but it is still removable and has quick charge capabilities
The big news on the new LG G5 are the modules that can be used by the smartphone – by pushing a button on the side, you can slide out the bottom ‘chin’ of the device along with its battery and slide in a replacement battery or different modules that add more functionality. One module adds capacity to the battery along with camera controls that make it easy to hold and adjust the camera – turning it into a point-and-shoot style camera. There is another module by B&O for higher sound quality when you plug in your headset. LG kept its built-in IR Blaster and added a fingerprint sensor where the rear buttons once resided, although the sensor clicks inward and acts as an on/off switch as well. LG followed Google’s lead by starting to use the Type-C USB port on the G5. The LG G5 measures 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, weighs in at 159 grams and comes in Silver, Titan, Gold and Pink. The LG G5 is available on all the main US carriers, and it will cost you about $625.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung is known for overdoing it when it comes to making too many models of smartphones. This year, they decided to cut out one model with their Galaxy S7 series – the Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5-inch) falls right in the middle of the S6 Edge (5.1-inch) and the S6 Edge Plus (5.7-inch). The outside of the S7 series does not physically look too differently from the Galaxy S6 series it replaces, and the Galaxy S7 Edge is no different. Most of the many changes or upgrades are inside the device, and that certainly takes some of the excitement out of the new S7 Edge this year. The Galaxy S7 Edge is still an appealing device visually with those dual-curves of the display and body of curved metal and glass. In this comparison, we are looking at specifications and the innovations of these two devices, so let’s take a closer look at the new Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Galaxy S7 Edge has a beautiful 5.5-inch Super AMOLED ‘always-on’ display with a QHD resolution and 534 PPI. The S7 Edge gets its name from a dual-curved display where the ‘edges’ can function on their own – to access your ten favorite contacts quickly, use as a bedtime clock, news ticker, alerts and more. The Galaxy S7 Edge uses either an Exynos 8890 octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz and four cores clocked at 2.3GHz or if you live in the US, the newest Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with dual cores clocked at 1.6GHz and dual cores clocked at 2.15GHz. The S7 Edge packs 4GB of DDR4 RAM and offers either 32GB or 64GB of faster UFS 2.0 memory with room for expansion up to 200GB via a microSD card.
Samsung, like LG, did a major overhaul to the camera area of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The removed last year’s popular 16MP shooter on the S6 models and replaced it with a new Dual Pixel 12MP with a larger sensor, allowing it to take in more light and information than the smaller 16MP sensor. The aperture increased to f/1.7, they included fast phase detection autofocus, auto HDR and retained OIS. Those improvements should mean better low-light and action shots. The S7 Edge uses a 5MP wide-angle lens, f/1.7 aperture and Live HDR for its FFC for great selfies and video chatting. The S7 Edge includes a large 3600mAh non-removable battery with quick charge and quick wireless charging as well.
What other features distinguishes the Galaxy S7 Edge from the LG G5? We have to start with the dual-curved edge – it is stunning to view and even offers some functionality. The S7 Edge also offers IP68 water and dust protection should you get the S7 Edge wet. You can also use Samsung Pay to make mobile purchases just about anywhere you can swipe a credit or debit card. The S7 Edge also has a heart rate monitor, oxygen saturation sensor and quick wireless charging – denied to the all-metal LG G5. The S7 Edge measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, weighs in at 157 grams and available in Black, White, Gold and Silver, costing about $790, although the carriers are offering many specials at this time – even BOGO.
…And The Winner Is…
This decision was a tough pick because both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are exceptional devices. The LG G5 has that all-metal body and removable ‘chin,’ but the glass and metal Galaxy S7 Edge with the dual-curved display is just so damn sexy, so both look the part of a premium device. They both offer similar sized QHD displays, but we would have to give the S7 Edge the nod in that department for its Super AMOLED display. They use identical processors, the same amount of RAM and both offer expandable memory, with the G5 allowing up to 2TB. Both offer rapid charge batteries and a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device and authorizing mobile payments – a slight nod to the Galaxy S7 Edge here for Samsung Pay that can be used just about anywhere a card can be swiped. However, when some many specifications are the same, it comes down to innovation and pricing – this is why the LG G5 is the winner of this comparison.
Samsung made some significant strides last year by changing the materials and looks of the Galaxy S6 series, but with the Galaxy S7 Edge, other than the typical upgrade of processor and memory, only minor improvements were made on the outside and one major inclusion of the memory expansion card and revamping the camera area. Yes, it has a sexy display, quick wireless charging, IP68 certification, a heart rate monitor and oxygen saturation sensor, but ‘where’s the beef?’
Whether you like the design or not, LG hit one out of the park with their new LG G5. Besides the innovative modular design, it includes a Type-C reversible connector, an FM radio, a built-in IR blaster and a removable battery. The metal casing does prevent wireless charging, but it certainly will help when dropped. The modular design may end up being a real flop, or it could be the next best thing – only time will tell. When you throw in the price factor, it just seems that the LG G5 is the complete package.
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