Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5

Alex Kidman 22 February 2016


Samsung and LG have both launched new "flagship" handsets at Mobile World Congress. Here is how the competing premium handsets compare.

Mobile World Congress is often used by big handset manufacturers to launch their new "hero" devices, and that’s precisely what both Samsung and LG have done with the Galaxy S7 and LG G5. Both a premium Android handsets, expected to sell for a premium price, but which one should you buy?

Here is how they stack up with specifications:

SmartphonesLG G5Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Screen size5.3in5.1in5.5in
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820Octa or Quad Core (2.3Ghz Quad+1.6Ghz Quad or 2.15Ghz Quad + 1.6Ghz Dual)Octa or Quad Core (2.3Ghz Quad+1.6Ghz Quad or 2.15Ghz Quad + 1.6Ghz Dual)
Rear camera16MP/8MP12MP12MP
Front camera8MP5MP5MP
Resolution2560 x 1440

2560 X 1440

2560 X 1440

Display density554ppi577ppi534ppi

Specifications don’t always tell the entire story, however, with each handset having its own unique features to recommend it.
There are a number of areas we’d have to call a distinct tie on, subject to later testing. Both handsets have powerful processors, plenty of RAM and fast charging features. Both handsets feature "always on" notification screens that promise not to slurp up your power just by staying on. They’re both running on the latest version of Android, and both have a play in the 360 degree camera and VR space.
Leaving aside the style decision, because you might think that the G5 looks better than the S7 or vice versa, and that’s a very personal call, here are the highlights of each handset over the other.


Choose the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge if...

  • You want waterproofing: The LG G5 isn’t waterproof, where the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge is IP68 rated.
  • You want a bigger battery: The S7 Edge especially has a power edge over the G5, although that will, as always, depend on how you use it.
  • You want low light camera performance: Samsung’s dropped the resolution on the rear camera of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but in doing so it’s opted instead to use larger individual pixels. The upside of this should be improved low light performance.


Choose the LG G5 if...

  • You want a removable battery: LG’s long been the standout provider if switching out the battery on your smartphone is important to you. The modular design of the LG G5 includes a fully removable battery.
  • You crave camera variety: LG’s packed not one but two lenses in the rear of the LG G5, with an option for very wide angle shots if that suits your creative needs.
  • You like the idea of a modular phone: At launch, LG’s showing off audio, camera, drone and virtual reality "friends" gadgets compatible with the LG G5. Like buying into anyone else’s ecosystem these are likely to remain LG-only devices (at least officially), but if you want a smartphone that can do a bit more by design, this could be a big plus.

You can delve further into the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S7, while the details for the LG G5 can be found here.

For more detailed analysis of each phone, read our Samsung Galaxy S7 review and our LG G5 review.

Check out all of our coverage from Mobile World Congress 2016.

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