We're coming up to MWC 2016 and we know what that means; a bunch of new Android handsets will be entering the fray and vying for the contents of your wallet. However, we also know that Samsung, in typical fashion, will launch its new flagship(s), the Galaxy S7, just priot to the event - in fact the firm's Samsung Unpacked 2016 event has now been officially confirmed for February 21, proving such suspicions correct.
Samsung is sure to have plenty of competitors squaring up to it (although if last year and previous years are anything to go by, the only one it needs to worry about is Apple's iPhone), but while Samsung's flagships have in recent years gone head-to-head with those of its neighbour LG, that's typically something which has waited until later in the year - because LG has previously launched its own devices some time after MWC. That's about the change though, at least if the rumours are to be believed, as they indicate the LG G5 will also be surfacing around the Barcelona expo.
So with that in mind, we thought we'd take a preliminary look at how these handsets stack up against each other ahead of their respective launches. Naturally, this is all based on the current rumours doing the rounds, so can't be taken as gospel, but there's enough reasonably accurate-sounding and repeatedly mentioned rumours that we have a good idea of what a Galaxy S7 and LG G5 mock-up battle will look like. Anyway, without further ado...
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Design
At this stage we've seen quite a lot of leaked details and images regarding the Galaxy S7, including official press renders, so we pretty much know what the score is here. Rumours have been saying for a while it'll be quite similar to the Galaxy S6, and it appears this is largely true with a broadly similar shape and proportions, as well as the glass panels with a metal surround. Of course there will be more than one variant, including the Galaxy S7 edge with its curved display edges. According to some of the latest info though, even the regular variant will be a wee bit curvier than its predecessor, at least on the back panel, where body curvature will occur from every edge rather than just two sides. The other two major design points involve the alleged return of waterproofing and the presence of a microSD card slot. Oh and a newly revealed bonus says the camera lens bulge will be only 0.8mm tall.
The LG G5, on the other hand, will apparently be built entirely out of metal, which is a bit of a new direction for LG is must be said. Previously the firm has fashioned its devices from a mixture of metal and plastic and, more recently, leather. While the leaked details suggest a near-unibody style design with an overall shape very similar to the LG G4, it not only appears thinner, but LG has implemented a rather interesting removable "pod" design to the bottom of the handset to allow the battery to slide out - an ability Samsung fans fondly remember as a thing of the past.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5: Specs & Hardware
While there are going to be, as always, multiple variants of the Galaxy S7 for different regions, it seems Samsung is sticking to its usual trick of offering a Qualcomm processor based model for markets outside of Asia, so that's the one we'll be focusing on.
Samsung Galaxy S7:
Dimensions: 143.37 x 70.8 x 6.94 mm
Display: 5.1in Super AMOLED
OS: Android Marshmallow
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Storage Options: 32GB/64GB
Imaging: 12 MP, LED flash
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3000mAh battery
The camera wars inside 2016 are possibly going to be some of the most interesting for some time, as we're seeing a broad shift away from chasing ever higher megapixel ratings, and instead a move towards more moderate setups with larger, more advanced sensors with bigger pixels and wider apertures. Samsung is rumoured to be going as low as 12MP but is said to be using one of the firm's own BRITECELL sensors with a massive f/1.7 aperture. Meanwhile, LG is going for a dual-camera setup using both 16MP and 8MP sensors on the rear, which has the potential for collecting a lot of visual data for specialised post-capture editing.