At the MWC 2016 event held last month in Barcelona, we got to see three of the most-awaited Android flagship smartphones of the year: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, LG G5, and Xiaomi Mi 5.

All of these three flagship smartphones have their respective USPs which makes them different from the rest. The Galaxy S7 edge has its curved Super AMOLED display, the LG G5 has its unique modular design, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 has a great set of specifications for almost half the price of the other two. So which ones is best suited for you? This is the question I will try to answer in this detailed specs comparison of the Galaxy S7 edge, LG G5, and Xiaomi Mi 5.

Display:

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved display with a pixel density of 534ppi. The LG G5 also has a QHD display but it is of 5.3-inch IPS LCF panel and with a slightly better pixel density of 554ppi. As for the Xiaomi Mi 5, it comes with a 5.15-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 428ppi.

While the display type, display size, and pixel density are subjected to one’s preference, there are a few more features which can help you decide your pick. The Galaxy S7 edge’s display comes with ‘Always On’ display functionality which gives you the freedom of peeking at your notifications, time, date, and other such relevant information without waking up your phone completely. There are also various ‘Edge panels’ which let you access things like contacts, apps, news, weather, etc. directly by swiping from the curved ‘edge’ display of the phone.

On the other hand, both the LG G5 and Xiaomi Mi 5 don’t offer any such fancy display features except that the LG G5 also has ‘Always On’ display functionality.

Build and Design:

If you have used previous generation Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphones, then you would be pleased to know that Samsung has continued with same design philosophy with the Galaxy S7 edge. You will get that same metallic body sandwiched between glass at both the front and back. However, Samsung has indeed made a few improvements like bringing back the microSD card slot and removable battery. This time, the Galaxy S7 edge is water and dust resistant and has a reduced rear camera bump. It is also slightly curved from the bottom for better grip.

As for the LG G5, LG went for something which has not been done before at the practical level. The phone comes with modular design which lets you expand the usability of the LG G5 by using various modules and accessories known as ‘LG Friends’. For example, you can use the LG CAM Plus module for using the phone has a fully-fledged standalone camera. Another good thing is that LG has ditched plastic for metal this time.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 sports a metallic frame along with glass at the back. It has been launched in three variants with each one having a different rear panel. You will get a 3D glass back panel with the mid-variant and a Ceramic back panel with the most expensive and premium variant.

Performance:

The Galaxy S7 edge comes with Exynos 8890/Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM depending upon the region. The LG G5 has been launched with Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM globally but there is a Snapdragon 652 with 3GB RAM variant for the Latin America. As for the Xiaomi Mi 5, it has three variants with each of them powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset. However, you will get 4GB RAM with only the Pro edition as the other two come with 3GB RAM.

As you can see that there is a neck to neck competition among all the three smartphones unless you are in Latin America where the LG G5 is not really a flagship device.

Camera:

The Galaxy S7 edge comes with a 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, and LED flash. The Xiaomi Mi 5 offers a 16MP rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture with phase detection autofocus and 4-axis OIS, and dual-LED dual tone flash. As for the LG G5, it comes with dual rear camera module of 16MP and 8MP. The 16MP shooter has f/1.7 aperture and 8MP shooter has f/2.4 aperture. All the three phones support 4k video recording.

If you like taking selfies, the Galaxy S7 edge has a 5MP camera with f/1.7 aperture, the Mi 5 comes with 4MP UltraPixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and the LG G5 has an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.

While Xiaomi Mi 5’s camera is good in itself but it feels quite overwhelmed when compared to the Galaxy S7 edge and LG G5. As for the Samsung and LG, both the phones have quite a tight fight for being the smartphone with the best camera. But if you ask me, I would personally go with the LG G5 because of that additional 8MP 135-degree wide angle lens at the back which gives a lot of room for creativity.

Battery and Storage:

You will get a 3600mAh battery with the Galaxy S7 edge, 3000mAh with the Mi 5, and 2800mAh with the LG G5. As the Samsung’s device has a bigger display and that too QHD Super AMOLED, it makes sense to ship it with a bigger battery.  All these three phones support fast charging but the Galaxy S7 edge supports only Quick Charge 2.0 as compared to 3.0 in the rest of the two. But it is also the only phone to support wireless charging.

As for the storage, the Galaxy S7 edge is available in 32GB and 64GB variants with support for microSD card up to 200GB. The LG G5 is available only in 32GB variant with microSD card expansion support up to 200GB. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 5 does not support microSD cards but comes in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

Software:

All these three smartphones ship with the latest Android Marshmallow but varies in the skin they ship with. Samsung has its TouchWiz UI, LG has got its Optimus UX, and Xiaomi has its well-known MIUI. None of them has stock Android experience so it basically comes to one’s preferred Android UI.

Conclusion:

While all the three Galaxy S7 edge, LG G5, and Xiaomi Mi 5 are quite similar when it comes to the specifications, it is the camera department where the Mi 5 lags significantly than the other two. But it should not be much of a complaint after considering its price-point.

The Galaxy S7 has its curved display and stunning design, LG G5 has that amazing camera and unique modular design, and Xiaomi Mi 5 has that high-end specifications and features which you can get without really burning a hole in your pocket. So, check out your priorities and go for the device which serves them the best.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: Specs Overview

 Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeLG G5Xiaomi Mi 5
Display5.5-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED with 534ppi5.5-inch Quad HD IPS LCD with 554ppi5.15-inch Full HD IPS LCD with 428ppi
ProcessorSamsung's Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 652 (in Latin America)Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB4GB and 3GB (in Latin America)4GB with Pro variant and 3GB with other two
Camera12MP with f/1.7 aperture and 5MP with f/1.7 aperture16MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.4) and 8MP with f/2.0 aperture16MP with f/2.0 aperture and 4MP with f/2.0 aperture
Storage32GB and 64GB with expandable up to 200GB32GB with expandable with 200GB32GB, 64GB, and 128GB with no microSD card slot
Battery3600mAh with Quick Charge 2.02800mAh with Quick Charge 3.03000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
SoftwareAndroid Marshmallow (TouchWiz UI)Android Marshmallow (LG Optimus UX)Android Marshmallow (MIUI)