LG had announced its latest flagship smartphone, the G5, for the Indian market last week, which went on sale via Flipkart today. While the LG G5 comes with the top-of-the-line specifications, the key highlight of the smartphone is its modular functionality, which allows users to swap out the modules. The LG G5 will take on other flagship smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10. We pitted these smartphones based on their price, specifications and features, and here s how they compare. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S7 update rolling out with January 2020 security patchAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S7 update rolls out with December 2019 security patch
Price: LG s modular G5 smartphone will set you back by Rs 52,990, and it is available for purchase via Flipkart. The e-commerce site is also offering an exchange bonus of up to Rs 15,000, which further brings down the cost to Rs 37,989. The smartphone will be offered in three different colors gold, silver and titan. Also Read - New Samsung Galaxy S7 software update brings October 2019 security patch
The HTC 10 is also priced at Rs 52,990 and will be available for purchase starting June 5. Samsung s Galaxy S7, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 48,900, which is a good Rs 4,090 cheaper than LG G5 and HTC 10. The Galaxy S7 can be purchased from online and offline retailers.
Design: Being the flagship smartphones, all three manufacturers have heavily focused on the design. To differentiate its smartphone from the crowd, LG has gone ahead with a modular design, something which none of its rival smartphones are offering. It sports a metal back and a removable bottom section. Users can swap out the bottom and replace with different modules called LG Friends’. These modules include options like a camera grip with dedicated shutter release, video and zoom buttons, a battery pack, Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play speakers, LG Rolling Robot, LG 360 CAM and a Rolling Bot, a camera that can roll like a ball to capture photos and videos. However, it is not clear when these would be launched in India. At the moment, we can only see the camera accessory, which is priced at Rs 6,500 on Flipkart.
HTC has continued with its inspiring design with an all metal unibody frame in the HTC 10. The front panel with a 2.5D curved glass and the metal back adds to its aesthetics. Samsung s Galaxy S7, on the other hand, comes with an improved design compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S7 comes with a metal frame along with front and back glass design. The front also has 2.5D curved glass all of which adds to its premium look and feel. The Galaxy S7 is the only smartphone that offers water and dust resistant capabilities.
Display: The LG G5 flaunts a 5.3-inch QHD (2560 1440pixels) IPS display with Daylight mode that can boost its brightness all the way up to 850nits. There is also Always On display that shows time, calendar and notifications even when the screen is off. The Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, along with the similar Always On feature. The HTC 10, on the other hand, flaunts a 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 display, but lacks the Always On feature.
Chipset, RAM and storage: Both the LG G5 and HTC 10 are powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor paired with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. In India, Samsung has introduced the variant that runs on its Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. On the storage front, all three smartphones come with 32GB onboard storage along with a microSD card slot for further expansion.
Cameras: In the photography department, LG has equipped the G5 with a dual-camera setup at the back a 16-megapixel 78-degree lens and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle lens. With an aperture of f/2.0, PDAF, and LED flash, the camera is also capable of recording 4K videos. For selfie lovers, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera is also present.
Samsung s Galaxy S7 sports a new 12-megapixel rear snapper with dual pixel technology. It has an aperture of f/1.7 and features such as PDAF, optical image stabilization and a pixel sensor of 1.4um to ensure good low light performance. Support for 4K video recording and slow motion capture is also present. A front-facing 5-megapixel camera of aperture f/1.7 for selfies and video calling is also present.
For the HTC 10, the Taiwanese company has gone with a 12-UltraPixel rear camera of aperture f/1.8 along with optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus, and 4K video recording capabilities. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera of aperture f/1.8, which also comes with auto-focus and OIS functionality.
Battery: The LG G5 and HTC 10 are equipped with 2,800mAh and 3,000mAh batteries respectively. Both smartphones also include Qualcomm s Quick Charge 3.0 feature that can charge the battery from 0-50 percent in 30 minutes. The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, sports a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging and wireless fast charging.
Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, all three smartphones include the same options -4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and GPS.The Galaxy S7 also includes dual-SIM card slots, something that is missing from the others. And while the Galaxy S7 comes with a popular microUSB port for charging and data transfer, the HTC 10 and LG G5 come with the new USB Type-C port.
Operating system: While all three smartphones run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, they come with respective custom skin running atop. LG has its own custom UI, HTC 10 has a layer of Sense 8 UI whereas Samsung has its TouchWiz UI running on top.
Miscellaneous features: The LG G5 is equipped with a fingerprint scanner at the back for biometric authentication, whereas the Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 have the fingerprint scanners placed on the front, embedded inside the home button.
HTC, on the other hand, has once again worked on the audio chops. While the dual frontal speakers are missing this time around, the earpiece and the bottom has speakers powerful enough to offer loud audio output, HTC says. It is equipped with the new Boomsound Hi-Fi edition speaker with Dolby Audio support. HTC has also worked to deliver 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording capabilities, which it claims to offer much clearer audio capture than standard recording.
On paper, all three smartphones have flagship worthy hardware and unique features targeted towards different audience. Based on the price and our experience with the Galaxy S7, it clearly has an edge over the competition. However, we will reserve our judgment until we have reviewed the HTC 10 and LG G5.
|Features||LG G5||HTC 10||Samsung Galaxy S7|
|Display||5.3-inch QHD (2560 1440 pixels)||5.2-inch QHD (2560 1440 pixels)||5.1-inch QHD (2560 1440 pixels)|
|Processor||Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core||Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core||Samsung s Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core|
|Storage||32GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel 78-degree lens and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle lens||12-UltraPixel camera with dual tone dual LED flash, OIS||12-megapixel camera with dual tone dual LED flash, PDAF, OIS|
|OS||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under LG s custom UI||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under Sense UI||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under TouchWiz UI|
|Price||Rs 52,990||Rs 52,990||Rs 48,900|