LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Specs Battle Comparison
At the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona last week, LG introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the G6. Unlike last year, rival Samsung hasn’t announced its latest flagship yet, which gives the G6 an early advantage over its rival. The company has made a number of significant changes with its latest flagship, be it the design or the hardware inside. At the same time, the company has also made a few decisions that we aren’t sure consumers might agree with. Some of these decisions could go in rival Samsung’s favor, as its Galaxy S7 Edge continues to remain popular among consumers, despite the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
Samsung introduced new color options for the Galaxy S7 Edge late last year, which helped rekindle consumer interest in the flagship handset. It also recently started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 Edge, which has made it an even better device, except for a few issues such as worse battery life. Since the Galaxy S8 hasn’t been announced yet by Samsung and the Galaxy S7 Edge continues to be very popular, we decided to pit LG’s latest flagship smartphone head-to-head against the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to find out if the G6 is a significantly better device than the Galaxy S7 Edge. Like our previous versus comparisons, we will be comparing the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge against each other in ten different categories – Display, Dimensions, Connectivity, Memory, Processor, Battery Life, Operating System, Camera, Price, and Design. Whichever smartphone comes out on top in a category, will be awarded 1 point. So the one that manages to win the most number of rounds will be declared the winner of our LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs battle. So let’s get started and find out if the LG G6 is superior to Samsung’s 2016 flagship.
Over the years, display sizes on flagship handsets has been going up consistently. At the same time, manufacturers have also been trying to reduce the physical size of the smartphones, by reducing the bezels. Let’s find out if the LG G6 is an improvement over the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in the dimensions department.
The LG G6 measures 148.9mm tall, 71.9mm wide, and 7.9mm thin. In terms of weight, the LG flagship handset tips the scales at 163 grams. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on the other hand, measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs in at 157 grams.
Quite clearly, the LG G6 has a clear advantage in the dimensions department. Thanks to a high 80.7% screen-to-body ratio, the G6 display manages to be very compact for a 5.7-inch device. That means the dimensions round goes to the new LG G6.
LG is one manufacturer that hasn’t focused much on battery life with any of its recent flagship handsets. Is the G6 an improvement in this area?
While the LG G5 came with a 2800mAh capacity battery last year, the G6 packs a larger 3300mAh capacity battery inside. That’s an increase of a healthy 500mAh over its predecessor. It is even larger than the 3200mAh capacity battery inside the V20 launched late last year. However, unlike the G5 and the V20, the 3300mAh battery inside the G6 is not removable. That’s right. The company that trolled Samsung last year for non-removable batteries on its flagship handsets, has this year released a flagship smartphone with a sealed battery design. As is standard on most flagship smartphones these days, the G6 too supports the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard for fast charging. The battery can be charged completely in just 96 minutes, which is quite impressive. Unfortunately, LG hasn’t added wireless charging for all G6 variants. Only the US variant of the LG G6 will have support for Qi wireless charging standard. The international G6 units will not support wireless charging. On the software front, the G6 will offer a few interesting power-saving options to extend battery life. In addition to adjusting the video resolution to save battery, you can choose to optimize battery saving for each game. In short, the G6 will try to minimize battery power draw while still giving you an enjoyable gaming experience.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on the other hand sports a 3600mAh capacity non-removable battery inside, which happens to be 1000mAh bigger than the battery inside the Galaxy S6 Edge. Thanks to the large battery and efficient internals used inside, the Galaxy S7 Edge performs quite well in terms of battery life. Among 2016 Android flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 Edge was among the better performing ones in the battery life department. It supports fast charging as well, giving you around 4 hours of usage from mere 15 minutes of charging. Wireless charging is supported as well, with both the WPC as well as the PMA standards being compatible. In terms of charging speed, the Galaxy S7 Edge is quite impressive, taking only 99 minutes to achieve 100% charge. While that may be longer than the LG G6, you should also keep in mind that the Galaxy S7 Edge has a 300mAh bigger battery.
Thanks to a bigger battery and better software optimization, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge give you better battery life than the LG G6. As an added advantage, all variants of the Galaxy S7 Edge come with wireless charging support. That makes the Galaxy S7 Edge the winner of the battery life round.
Announced in 2017, the LG G6 ought to have a clear advantage in the connectivity department over the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. But does it really?
The new LG G6 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG support, and 4G LTE Cat.12 (maximum download speeds of up to 600 Mbps). It comes with a circular fingerprint scanner as well, positioned at the rear.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, ANT+, NFC, microUSB 2.0, and LTE Cat.9 (maximum download speeds of up to 450 Mbps). The fingerprint scanner on the handset is embedded inside the physical home button on the
While the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are similar in most areas, the G6 does score with faster LTE Cat.12 network support. It also has the advantage of a USB 3.1 Type-C port. That means the connectivity round goes to LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the G6.
Now let’s take a look at the displays on these two smartphones. The display, is of course the center of attraction on any smartphone and you expect nothing but the best when paying a premium for a flagship smartphone.
The LG G6 features a 5.7-inch sized FullVision IPS LCD display with a unique 1440 x 2880 Quad HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display boasts of a high 564 pixels per inch pixel density and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Like its predecessor, the G6 comes with the Always-on display feature, allowing you to glance at vital info suck as the time, date and missed notifications without having to unlock the phone first. As we discussed earlier, LG has trimmed the bezels on all four sides significantly to achieve a very high screen-to-body ratio of 80.7%. That’s a significant improvement over the LG G5, which had a screen-to-body ratio of around 70%. Of course, it isn’t just the screen-to-body ratio that has improved, the display size too has gone up from 5.3-inches to 5.7-inches. Another major highlight of the 5.7-inch panel on the G6 is HDR support. Samsung was the only manufacturer to have tolled out an HDR-capable display last year in the Galaxy Note 7, but unfortunately the phablet had to be permanently discontinued. That makes the G6 one of the first smartphones with an HDR-capable display. Of course, we expect more manufacturers to launch flagship handsets with an HDR display this year. Sony already announced one in the Xperia XZ Premium, which in fact features a 4K resolution HDR display. Coming back to the LG G6, the display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards, just like the company’s UHD television lineup. This means you will be able to enjoy HDR playback with steaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. While the amount of HDR content available currently is limited, we do expect more content to be added in the near future. With HDR, you can look forward to an immersive cinematic experience with enhanced contrast and colour. Thanks to HDR support, the panel is brighter than the one used on the G5, which means sunlight legibility has been improved compared to its predecessor. However, there are no display modes to choose from still, so if color accuracy is something that you care about a lot, then the G6 display may not be able to impress you very much. For most consumers though, it probably won’t make a difference.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a smaller 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution. The Super AMOLED display boasts of a high pixel density of 534 pixels per inch and is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. While the Galaxy S7 Edge may not be in the same league as the LG G6 as far as the screen-to-body ratio is concerned, it is still fairly impressive and happens to be more compact than most other smartphones with a 5.5-inch sized display. One major highlight of the Galaxy S7 Edge display, as quite evident by the smartphone’s name, is that the display comes with curved edges on both sides, which, in theory, gives you a more immersive viewing experience. Samsung also gives you greater functionality with the Edge panel, Edge Feeds, and Edge Lighting features. Like the LG G6, the Galaxy S7 Edge display also offers the Always-on display feature, letting you easily glance at the clock, remaining battery percentage, and missed notifications by keeping a part of the display on at all times. The position is changed at regular intervals, so as to ensure there are no burn-in issues in the long term. While Samsung claims the feature doesn’t drain much battery, we recommend that you use the feature only sparingly if you care about battery stamina. Coming to color accuracy, the Galaxy S7 Edge display offers a choice of four modes – Adaptive Display, Basic, AMOLED Cinema, and AMOLED Photo. The default Adaptive Display mode shows punchy colors, adjusting the color reproduction based on the type of content you are viewing. The Basic mode on the other hand is the most accurate, giving you true-to-life color rendition. If you want a good compromise between the two, you can choose the AMOLED Photo, which delivers punchy yet accurate color reproduction. The S7 Edge panel is plenty bright too, hitting over 600 nits with the Auto Brightness enabled, giving you excellent sunlight legibility.
While both the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge sport fine displays by flagship standards, the Galaxy S7 Edge’s Super AMOLED does hold an edge thanks to better color accuracy, better sunlight legibility, and much higher contrast. The display round goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Over the past one year or so, a number of manufacturers have made significant improvements in the memory front with their new flagship smartphones. Let’s find out if the LG G6 is superior to the older Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in this area.
The LG G6 will arrive in just a single memory configuration in all markets. In most markets, the LG flagship will ship with 32GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage, which is identical to the G5 from last year. It does seem a little strange to us that LG hasn’t gone with the UFS 2.1 memory that it uses on the V20 with its latest flagship. There is of course a microSD card slot for further expansion, just like previous LG flagships. It supports microSD cards up to 2TB, which makes it future-proof. In some markets such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Asia, India, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the G6 will come equipped with 64GB of internal memory. Moving on to RAM, the G6 comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the same as the G4 and the V20. While it isn’t a major disappointment, we would have preferred to see at least 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM on the G6. Companies such as Asus have already announced flagship handsets with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, so it does seem a little disappointing that the G6 packs the same 4GB of RAM as its predecessor. On the bright side, LG has usually done a good job with optimizing a decent multitasking performance on its flagship smartphones, so the G6 will not disappoint you as far as the multitasking experience goes.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge comes in 32GB and 64GB memory variants, although it is the 32GB variant that is more widely available in some markets. In the US however, you should have no difficulties finding the 64GB variant from your carrier or any other major phone retailer in the country. Similar to its predecessor, Samsung is using high-speed UFS 2.0 memory chips inside the Galaxy S7 Edge, which deliver impressive transfer speeds, boosting system performance as well. However, unlike the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S7 Edge does come with a microSD card slot for further expansion by up to 2TB. The smartphone comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the same amount as the LG G6. However, when it comes to multitasking performance, the Galaxy S7 Edge isn’t the best smartphone out there, even among those with 4GB of RAM. That said, it isn’t as bad as the 2015 Galaxy flagship handsets, so most people aren’t likely to have any complaints. If you are a heavy user though, then the Galaxy S7 Edge might seem a little disappointing to you in this area.
While the LG G6 offers a slightly better multitasking experience with the same 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes in two storage variants. We’re going with a tie here.
Most new flagship handsets launched in the first quarter of every year are a major upgrade over last year’s models in terms of processing power. But is it really the case with the LG G6?
LG G6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, a quad-core 64-bit chipset employing Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores. The Snapdragon 821 is basically a slightly higher clocked variant of the Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC that powers the G5 and the V20 from last year. That’s right, LG has done a “G4” yet again this year. Like the G4 released in 2015, the LG G6 runs on an older SoC, putting it behind other 2017 rivals as far as the SoC goes. The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset comes with eight cores and is claimed to be a pretty significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 821 as far as performance is concerned. LG is believed to have made the choice of going with the Snapdragon 821 SoC for the G6 as Samsung has reportedly secured all Snapdragon 835 shipments until mid-April for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones. LG wanted to get an early advantage over Samsung with the G6, which is why it did not want to wait until mid-April for the more powerful Snapdragon 835.Thankfully though, LG hasn’t underclocked the Snapdragon 821 SoC on the LG G6, so it features two high-performance Kryo cores clocked at 2.34 GHz and two efficiency-oriented Kryo cores clocked at 2.19 GHz. The Adreno 530 GPU too has been clocked higher at 653 MHz. The higher clocks should allow the LG G6 to deliver better benchmark performance compared to other Snapdragon 821-powered flagship smartphones, but it won’t be able to match the newer Snapdragon 835 and other 2017 flagship mobile SoCs.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, depending on the market, is powered by either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 SoC under the hood. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is a quad-core 64-bit SoC utilizing Qualcomm’s custom Kryo cores. The four cores are arranged in a dual-cluster configuration, with two high-performance Kryo cores clocked at 2.15 GHz and two power-saving Kryo cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. Taking care of graphics is the integrated Adreno 530 GPU, which does a great job at handling everything and scores well in graphics benchmarks as well. Manufactured by Samsung on a 14nm LPP process, the Snapdragon 820 chipset is very efficient, a marked improvement over the octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset. The Exynos 8890 on the other hand is an octa-core chipset manufactured on the same 14nm LPP process node as the Snapdragon 820. It features four Samsung custom “Mongoose” M1 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and four power-saving ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The graphics are handled by the ARM Mali-T880MP12 GPU clocked at 650 MHz. As far as performance goes, the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 8890 chips are largely on par with each other, although results do vary slightly in some benchmarks. As far as battery life goes, the Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7 Edge does have a slight edge over the Snapdragon 820-powered variants.
Even though the LG G6 may not be powered by the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm, it does have an edge over the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This makes the G6 the winner of the processor round.
LG has revamped the dual-camera setup on the G6 with two identical 13MP sensors. Its predecessor, the G5, featured a 16MP primary sensor and a secondary 8MP sensor paired with a wide-angle lens. The primary sensor on the G6 is a Sony IMX258 Exmor RS unit with 1.12 micron sized pixels, optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus, and auto HDR features. It is paired with an f/1.8 aperture lens and a dual-tone LED flash. The secondary sensor is also a Sony IMX 258 unit with phase detection autofocus, auto HDR, and an f/2.4 wide-angle lens offering a 125-degree FOV as opposed to 71-degree offered by the primary sensor. This makes the secondary sensor ideal for taking landscape photos, while for everything else, you should rely on the primary sensor. You also get all the usual features such as 4K video recording, slow-mo video capture, panorama photos, touch to focus, and more. On the software front, the G6 camera interface comes with a number of new features such as the ability to review the last shot and preview the next, Grid Shot, Guide Shot, Match Shot, manual controls, and more. For high-quality audio recording, the G6 comes with two high AOP microphones and high-fidelity recording capability. Apart from switching to different sensors, LG has also gotten rid of the hybrid autofocus system that it introduced with the G5, combining contrast AF, laser AF, and phase detect AF technologies. There is no color spectrum sensor either, so white balance may not be as accurate either. For selfies, the LG G6 features a 5MP camera on the front, with an f/2.2 aperture 100-degree FOV. That’s narrower than the FOV offered by the V20 selfie camera and lower in terms of resolution compared to its predecessor. Still, a 100-degree FOV is quite impressive and will let you take group selfies very easily.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12MP primary camera at the back, boasting of large 1.4 micron sized pixels. The sensor is paired with a bright f/1.7 aperture lens, which helps get more light into the sensor, thereby boosting low-light performance. There is also optical image stabilization to help with low-light performance, referred to as Smart OIS by Samsung. For fast focus, the sensor features Dual Pixel autofocus tech, which is not found on many other non-Samsung devices. The tech basically works by packing two photodiodes in every pixel, as opposed to just one on traditional sensors. You could say the Dual Pixel tech is an evolution of the phase detection AF tech used on the LG G6 and many other smartphones. The Galaxy S7 Edge camera also offers a single-LED flash, 4K video recording capability, Motion Panorama, Motion Photo, Hyperlapse, face detection, panorama photos, and more. Like the G6, you do get the ability to control various options such as the exposure, white balance, ISO, and shutter speed by choosing the manual mode in the camera app. On the front is a 5MP selfie snapper paired with an f/1.7 aperture lens. The selfie camera offers various features such as Beauty Modes, 1440p video capture, Wide Selfie Mode, and using the screen as flash for taking selfies in low light.
The LG G6 is a disappointment in the camera department, as the company has used rather small sensors at the back, while removing some key features that made the G5 an excellent camera phone. Even though the resolution may have gone down, the sensor size is smaller than the one on the G5, resulting in the same pixel size. This will no doubt have an impact on image quality, so the Galaxy S7 Edge is definitely going to be the better choice if camera performance is very important to you. The camera round goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
The LG G6 is a significant overhaul in the design department when compared to the G5. While the LG G5 featured a metal unibody design, the G6 features a solid aluminum frame in the middle, but features glass on the front as well as the back. As we mentioned earlier, the front is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back however, features Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with a brushed aluminum finish bellow it. This allows the US variants of the G6 to support wireless charging, while giving it a more premium appearance than its predecessor. Of course, the biggest highlight is the high screen-to-body ratio and the impressively thin bezels on all sides. In addition to a completely different design, the G6 also happens to be LG’s first flagship smartphone to offer protection against the elements with an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. The high IP rating means you will not have to worry about anything even if you take the G6 along to the pool. LG offers the G6 in three color options – Black, Silver, and White.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge too features a similar build with a 7000 Series aluminum frame in the middle and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back. Another similarity is that the Galaxy S7 Edge too happens to be IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. On the front, the key highlight is dual-curved display, which means there are no side bezels whatsoever. The smartphones comes in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Blue Coral, and Black Pearl color options.
Since the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge share many similarities in terms of the build and are both premium devices as far as the design is concerned, we’re going with a tie in the design round.
The LG G6 is going to launch with the latest Android 7.1 Nougat operating system out of the box, with LG’s new UX 6.0 custom UI skin on top. The new UX 6.0 utilizes the smartphone’s unique 18:9 aspect ratio with rounded graphics elements. The G6 is also the first non-Google smartphone to come with the Google Assistant, which made its debut with the Google Pixel smartphones last year. Other key features of the new LG UX 6.0 include improved multitasking, new homescreen animations, revamped Notification Bar, and a few other design changes.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge currently runs on Android 7.0 Nougat in most regions, with the updated Samsung TouchWiz UX layer on top. The Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 Edge brought quite a few new features such as updated notifications, net emojis, performance modes, redesigned camera app, improved Doze mode, and several tweaks to the user-interface. While TouchWiz is still not the lightest Android skin out there, it is undoubtedly one of the most functional.
Overall, we have to give the win here to the LG G6 as the UX 6.0 is quite minimal and LG has a better track record with delivering quick software upgrades to its flagship smartphones.
Since LG has not yet confirmed the US pricing for the G6, we don’t have an idea of how much the G6 will cost in the United States. In Korea, the smartphone is going to be priced at nearly $800 at launch, the same as the LG V20. In the US too, the pricing could be somewhat similar to the V20, or perhaps somewhere in between the LG G5 and the V20. In that case, the smartphone could be available off-contract for somewhere around $700 at launch.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge of course has been on the market for close to a year now and is widely available from all major carriers and retailers in the United States. It can be purchased off-contract for $790, although you can find it for much cheaper if you look around. In case you are more interested in getting it on a 24-month payment plan, be ready to shell out roughly $30, depending on which carrier you choose to buy the smartphone from.
Being the older device, the Galaxy S7 Edge can be had for cheaper if you look around a little. The LG G6 on the other hand, will most likely not be available with a discount anytime soon. That gives the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge a slight edge when it comes to pricing. However, when purchasing from a carrier, the two smartphone will probably cost the same. That is why we are calling this round a tie.
We have finally come to the end of our LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs battle. Out of the ten categories that these two smartphones went head-to-head against each other in, only three rounds ended up in a tie – Price, Design, and Memory. The new LG G6 managed to win four categories – Dimensions, Operating System, Processor, and Connectivity. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge won three rounds – Display, Battery Life, and Camera. That means the winner of our comparison today, although by a very small margin, is the LG G6. Overall though, we do feel that the LG G6 isn’t a very impressive new flagship for 2017. While it did manage to win our versus battle today, it isn’t better than the Galaxy S7 Edge in most areas. So if you find the Galaxy S7 Edge for a cheaper price, we would recommend getting the S7 Edge over the LG G6.