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LG G6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

New Atlas compares the features and specs of the LG G6 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
New Atlas compares the features and specs of the LG G6 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
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New Atlas compares the features and specs of the LG G6 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
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New Atlas compares the features and specs of the LG G6 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
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Starting price (full retail)
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The nearly bezel-free LG G6 is going to have its most direct rival in the upcoming Galaxy S8. But until that announcement comes, we can see how the features and specs of the G6 compare to those of Samsung's latest (for now) flagship, the Galaxy S7 edge.

Size

Dimensions
Dimensions

The LG G6 is a tiny bit shorter and narrower, and a little thicker than the Galaxy S7 edge.

Weight

Weight
Weight

The G6 picks up an extra 6 g (0.21 oz) over the S7 edge.

Build

Build
Build

LG took a cue from Samsung with a glass back and aluminum frame.

Colors

Color options
Color options

US shoppers will have two LG G6 colors to choose from, while some global markets will also see a white variant.

Water resistance

Water resistance
Water resistance

Ditching the modularity from the ho-hum LG G5, the company matched the S7 edge with IP68 water resistance.

Display size

Display size
Display size

The G6's narrower (18:9 or 2:1) aspect ratio means that, while it has a larger diagonal measurement, its screen area is only slightly bigger than the Edge's.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

The G6 does have a 6-percent higher pixel density, though they're both sharp enough you aren't likely to notice much difference.

Display type

Display type
Display type

It's IPS vs. AMOLED in the display tech department.

Curved display

Curved display
Curved display

The Galaxy S7 edge draws its name from the dual-curved display that slopes off on either side.

Fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

While Samsung uses a fingerprint-sensor home button, the G6's sensor is on its backside.

Processor

Processor
Processor

The LG G6 isn't launching with Qualcomm's latest mobile silicon, reportedly because Samsung bought up all the inventory for the upcoming Galaxy S8. The Snapdragon 821 is still, however, an upgrade over the year-old 820 in the S7 series.

The Asian versions of the Galaxy S7 edge have an octa-core Samsung Exynos chip in place of the Snapdragon 820.

RAM

RAM
RAM

Both phones have 4 GB of RAM.

Storage

Storage
Storage

LG stuck with one (32 GB) storage tier for its 2017 flagship.

microSD

MicroSD
MicroSD

Both handsets have microSD card slots.

Hi-Fi audio

Hi-Fi audio
Hi-Fi audio

LG has established itself as a leader in smartphone audio, but that lead will only continue in the Korean and other Asian markets. The "Quad DAC" Hi-Fi capabilities we saw in the LG V20 won't be in the US version of the G6.

Headphone jack

Headphone jack
Headphone jack

It does, however, still have the headphone jack that it's become en vogue to ditch.

Battery

Battery
Battery

The Galaxy S7 edge has a larger-capacity battery, but we'll need to run the G6 through benchmarks before having much to say here.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging
Wireless charging

Only the US version of the LG G6 will get wireless charging capabilities.

Camera megapixels

Camera megapixels
Camera megapixels

Camera specs are similar, but like battery, we'll have to wait for extended hands-on testing of the G6.

The Galaxy S7's camera still holds up well, a year after its release.

Camera aperture (rear)

Camera aperture (rear)
Camera aperture (rear)

Despite being a year old, the Galaxy S7 edge has the slightly better aperture – which often helps determine the quality of low-lit shots.

Dual lens camera

Dual-lens camera
Dual-lens camera

The G6 has a second rear camera, that lets you instantly jump into a wide-angle shot.

OIS

Optical Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization

Both have Optical Image Stabilization.

Mobile payments

Mobile payments
Mobile payments

The G6 will employ NFC-based Android Pay, but the S7's Samsung Pay can also work at standard credit-card terminals.

Voice Assistant

Voice assistant
Voice assistant

Google is starting its rollout of its new Assistant AI to all recent Android phones, including the S7 edge. (Depending when you read this, it may or may not have already received the update.)

VR-ready

VR-ready
VR-ready

Apart from a diddly Google Cardboard (or similar) headset, the LG G6 doesn't have any significant VR capabilities. The S7 edge works with the high-quality Gear VR, which has a new controller coming soon.

Release

Release
Release

The G6 starts rolling out in Korea this month, followed by an expected April launch in the US and other markets.

Software

Software
Software

Both run Android Nougat, though each has its own custom UI slapped on top (no stock Android here).

Starting price (full retail)

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

LG hasn't yet announced pricing for the G6, so this is a key unknown in how it stacks up to not just the S7, but other 2017 flagships.

The Galaxy S7 edge will be replaced very soon, so unless you snag a great deal (less than this already-discounted price), we don't recommend buying it right now.

For more, you can read New Atlas' hands-on with the LG G6 and our full review of the Galaxy S7 edge.

3 comments
Kevin Bingham
The Edge has both Android Pay and Samsung Pay.
JasonButterworth
I am getting a little frustrated with the repeated reference to bezel size among these phone comparisons. The LG clearly has a larger bezel area (black surround) than the Samsung. When looked at closely both phones have at least approx 3-4 mm of bezel ALL around. A truly bezelless phone will be a glass or similar material panel that can match the absolute edge to edge display capabilities that many inkjet printers can do on paper. Until that happens please leave out the bezel references. They are boring and teasingly frustrating.
morongobill
Frustrating to me the silence surrounding the S7 and it's propensity for broken screens.