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Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, as expected, became the launch platform for the greatest products of the year or years to come. From Samsung to LG to Sony, the top tier smartphone players showcased their bestest ever flagship-level smartphones at the world biggest annual tech event. The best thing that happened this year is that these companies broke the design and specs monotony and brought about major upgrades in their top-of-the-line flagship smartphones.
LG introduced a new design language with the G5, while Samsung flaunted its excellence in software features with its Galaxy S7 series phones, and Sony unveiled Xperia X Performance as the top model in its new 'X' series of smartphones. All three of these are high-end, Android smartphones that speak of impressive designs and specifications, which make the competition hotter than ever.
We pit the three smartphones, namely the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X Performance or XP against each other on the basis of their specs and design to check which one has the extras over others.
In the design department, while all the three smartphones ooze premiumness, it is LG that stole the show with the modular design of the G5. The LG G5 refreshed the design of its G series completely by introducing an innovative design that comprises of an anodized aluminium unibody with a detachable chin, which can be pulled out of the phone. The bottom part when taken out exposes the removable battery, and is swappable. LG has introduced two new accessories with the phone, which essentially give users a choice between them, as per the user's requirement.
The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, is the most handsome smartphone due to its glass and metal design language that was introduced with its 2015 launched Galaxy S6 smartphones. The design remains similar with slight changes that include slightly curved edges, and a microSD card slot.
Speaking of the Sony Xperia XP, the most premium smartphone in the company's fresh X series of devices, boasts a metal and glass chassis. The device is all about sturdy body that looks premium.
Be it Samsung or Sony or LG, none of the three players ever disappointed us with their displays. These companies are known to offer best quality displays with superior touch experience and user-interface in their premium smartphones. Speaking further about the displays, the LG G5 has the biggest screen amongst all three. It features a 5.3-inch quad-HD display offering 1440x2560 pixels resolution with quantum IPS display technology, which works better than the AMOED display but consumes higher power. Though, LG claims that it will need only 0.8 percent of battery capacity on per hour basis. The G5's display has always on mode, but lacks pressure sensitivity, which is a part of the Samsung Galaxy S7's display.
The Galaxy S7 also flaunts a qHD display at 5.1-inch. It is an AMOLED screen which is the best quality screen that is also power efficient. The display on the Galaxy S7 can also stay 'always-on'.
The Sony Xperia XP, on the other hand, features a 5-inch display that has a lower resolution of 1080p.
When it comes to performance, all three smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Sony X Performance promise powerful performance; credit goes to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 chipset.
However, the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 boast 4GB of RAM, where as the Sony Xperia X Performance has a comparatively lower 3GB RAM. Higher RAM does add up to the smooth processing of the system, hence giving an edge to the Samsung's and LG's latest offerings over the Sony Xperia XP. The trio offer 32GB of internal storage expandable using microSD card.
With the camera now being of utter importance in a smartphone, all three brands ensured to offer their best on the camera front. Samsung changed the camera set up by now focusing more on the pixel size than the pixel count. It has lowered the pixel count from 16MP on the Galaxy S6 to a 12MP on the Galaxy S7, only to increase the pixel size and offer a wider aperture at f/1.7. This new set up will let the camera perform well even in low lighting conditions. Moreover, the camera boasts an optical image stabilizer, and dual-pixels tech that lets the camera offer faster phase detection autofocus. Besides, there is a 5MP front facing snapper that too comes with f/1.7 aperture, which is a big advantage. The camera on Galaxy S7 seems more powerful and promising than ever.
The LG G5, on the other hand, has two cameras on rear - a 16MP primary camera, and an 8MP 135degree wide angle camera for taking beautiful wide angle cameras can perform independently as well as be used for layering and combining images. Also, the primary rear camera has an optical image stabilizer, laser autofocus, with f/1.8 aperture and more. Up front, the G5 has an 8MP camera, which is higher than Samsung but it has a lower aperture. The LG G5 camera seems interesting and we look forward to review it deeply.
Sony is known for good camera on its phone, and the Xperia X Performance continues the legacy. The 23MP rear snapper on the phone is in fact its highlight. It is based on a new predictive Hybrid autofocus system which can focus instantly by tracking the subject, even if it is in motion. The company says that this new technology will results in sharper pictures, even for those clicked in motion. Moreover, the camera has a maximum ISO of 12800. The Sony offers a 13MP snapper on front which will catch attention of selfie enthusiast consumers.
Speaking of the additional features, Samsung has for the first time introduced water and dust resistance on its Galaxy S series smartphones. The Galaxy S7 comes with IPX8 certification which makes it water and dust resistance. Sony has been the trend setter of making phones dust and water friendly, and the Xperia X Performance is not different. LG's G5 takes a back step for it lacks the water and dust resistance capacity.
All the three phones have fingerprint scanners, which enhance security and work with certain apps as well. The fingerprint scanner placement on all three is different, as the LG has it on the rear panel below the camera, which also works as the power key, when pressed hard. The Samsung features it at the home-button below the screen in front. Sony's power button paced on the side is also the fingerprint scanner.
Additionally, the Galaxy S7 comes with liquid cooling technology which will ensure that the device doesn't heat up fast even on longer usage or using heavy graphic games and apps. LG gets an edge with the innovative modular design, that's a first of its kinds. Sony gets premium hardware and software goodness.