LG has announced it will be launching its next flagship, the G5 on February 21, the same day that Samsung has said it will unveil its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which marks a new twist to the decades’ old rivalry between the two South Korean companies.
LG typically chose to launch its flagship stuff after the MWC but has advanced its schedule this time round. Even the timing too is perhaps indicative of its aggressive posturing, choosing to launch the G5 several hours ahead of the Galaxy S7.
While that makes for an interesting case scenario for the consumers at large – watching two tech stalwarts going head-to-head – this also makes one curious as to what makes LG so aggressive with the G5 smartphone. The previous LG flagship, the G4 and even its predecessor G3 had won acclaims worldwide though Samsung had still managed to keep the last laugh to itself on both occasions even though if the gaps kept narrowing.
However, things seem to be much squarer this year even though both the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 looks quite evenly placed so far as the specifications are concerned. Based on the rumor stories doing the rounds, both the G5 and S7/S7 Plus will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The S7 though will come with a 4 GB memory and internal storage options of 32 and 64 GB. The same for the G5 stands at either 3 or 4 GB of memory along with a wider storage option of 32, 64 and 128 GB. SD card support is standard for both.
The G5 though should appeal more to the shutterbugs what with a more elaborate layout here, at last on paper. The smartphone is rumored to come with a 20-megapixel camera though there is also talk of a unique dual-camera sort of a setup. It should also benefit from a host of technologies such as OIS, laser auto-focus and dual LED flash.
The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, is believed to come with a 12-megapixel rear cam though the details here are missing.
The G5 is also likely to come with a full metal construction though the same for S7 is not known so far.
However, the one area where LG is expected to trump its rival is on the battery front. Not only is the G5 expected to host a bigger 4000mAh battery (compared to 3000mAh for the S7), the G5 is also rumored to come with a unique design that will allow the battery to slide out from the bottom. Samsung may have lost the advantage here as the S7 will have non-removable stuff.
Sure LG will be keeping its trump card closest to its chest though from what seems evident; the battle will be keenly fought.