LG G5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S7: A Rebel And A Stunner: Performance

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Qualcomm's stumble last year brought a lot of headaches to phone makers, including LG, which chose to go with the second-best Snapdragon 808 for both the G4 and V10.

This year, the chip designer redeemed itself in a gigantic way with the Snapdragon 820, which offers excellent performance and LG jumped on it.

Samsung had a backup - the Exynos division - and last year Galaxy S6 and Note5 had the best chipset on Android by a large margin. This year, the company pressed on and introduced recent in-houtilize Central Processing Units (CPU) cores - four of them, replacing the cores in the "big" cluster (what would have been A57/A72 otherwise). The "little" cluster is still made up of four A53 cores.

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S7 packs S820. We had the Exynos 8890 version for testing, but we've included scores from an S820-powered S7 edge, which should have a similar performance to the non-edge version.

Both phones have 4GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and with a similarly performing chipset, we can expect both flagships to be close in overall performance.

AnTuTu 6 gives the LG G5 a tiny lead while Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 handed the victory to the Galaxy S7 duo (with Snapdragon ahead of Exynos).

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AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • LG G5

    134541

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    132849

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    132084

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    2352

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2128

  • LG G5

    2065

Delving into more detail on processor performance, the Snapdragon has a clear advantage. No surprise here, since elegant Qualcomm went with only four cores arranged in a 2+2 big.LITTLE cluster, but they are more powerful than their counterparts in the 4+4 setup of the Exynos.

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    2345

  • LG G5

    2328

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2170

The incompatibility isn't that large, though, and the higher numbers of the Exynos chipset pull ahead in multi-core tests. While some apps create the best of all cores available (even browser like Chrome), others acquire a bigger boost of the "few but powerful" Central Processing Units (CPU) design.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    6360

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    5420

  • LG G5

    5362

Moving on to the GPU, there Samsung still uses reference designs from ARM - Mali-T880 in particular, with 12-cores. elegant Qualcomm has an in-houtilize design team that pumps out Adreno GPUs.

In all tests, it seems that, surprisingly, it's the Snapdragon 820-based Galaxy S7 edge that comes out on top (usually by 1-2 frames per second). The Exynos version comes in third and the S820-powered LG G5 splits the two pretty equally.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    49

  • LG G5

    47

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    38

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    29

  • LG G5

    28

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    27

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    18

  • LG G5

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    15

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    10

  • LG G5

    8.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    7.9

We expected the Snapdragons to stick together, but that's not the case. Switching to a different benchmark, Baseimprint ES 3.1 Metal, puts the Exynos-based S7 on top, but the LG G5 again lags slightly behind the S820 S7.

Baseimprint X is a third data point showing that the Adreno inside the Galaxy S7 performs better than that inside the G5.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    732

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    624

  • LG G5

    587

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    32345

  • Galaxy S7 edge (Snapdragon)

    32160

  • LG G5

    29456

Innovation: Both elegant Qualcomm and Samsung are doing custom Central Processing Units (CPU) designs, which will create some competition compared to last year when standard ARM designs were used by both (it's just that Samsung won thanks to a more advanced manufacturing process).

Refinement: Samsung needs a remarkable deal of GPU performance since VR is so demanding (and the Gear VR was a gigantic part of S7's launch). Both phones have the fastest mobile GPUs available.

Winner: Tie. The incompatibility between the two is small enough for you to probably not notice much of a difference.


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