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September 8, 2016

The iPhone 7 vs. the competition: Win some, lose some

by John_A

The new 4.7-inch iPhone is here and, just like the rumors predicted, the headphone jack is no more. If you’re not thrilled with having to shop for a new pair of earbuds, it might be worth looking to see how the new water-resistant handset stacks up against its Android competition. We’ve taken a few recent flagships and laid out their specs for your perusal, including Sony’s new Xperia XZ. With most top-tier Android devices running Snapdragon 820, these phones end up having a lot in common. However, there’s a few key differences to keep things interesting.

iPhone 7
Galaxy S7
LG G5
HTC 10
Sony Xperia XZ
Pricing
$649, $749, $849 (off-contract)
$200 (on-contract)
varies by carrier on contract; $650 off-contract
$699 (off-contract)
Not available
Known dimensions
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches)
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm (5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches)
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3mm (5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches)
145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0-9.0mm (5.74 x 2.83 x 0.12-0.35 inches)
146 x 72 x 8.1 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches)
Weight
138g (4.87 ounces)
152g (5.36 ounces)
159g (5.61 ounces)
161g (5.68 ounces)
161g (5.68 ounces)
Screen size
4.7 inches (119.38mm)
5.1 inches (129.2mm)
5.3 inches (134.62mm)
5.2 inches (132.08mm)
5.2 inches (132.08mm)
Screen resolution
1,334 x 750 (326 ppi)
2,560 x 1,440 (577 ppi)
2,560 x 1,440 (554 ppi)
2,560 x 1,440 (564 ppi)
1,920 x 1,080 (424 ppi)
Screen type
Retina HD
Quad HD Super AMOLED
Quad HD IPS LCD Quantum
Quad HD Super LCD 5
Full HD TRILUMINOS LCD
Battery
Size not available, but up to 14 hours usage on WiFi
3,000mAh
2,800mAh
3,000mAh
2,900mAh
Internal storage
32/128/256GB
32GB
32GB
32GB
32GB
External storage
None
microSD
microSD
microSD
microSD
Rear camera
12MP, f/1.8
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixel size
16MP, f/1.8, 1.12µm pixel size
12MP, f/1.8, 1.55µm pixel size
23MP
Front-facing cam
7MP, f/2.2
5MP
8MP
5MP, f/1.8, 1.34µm pixel size
13MP, f/2.0
Video capture
4K at 30fps
4K at 30fps
4K
4K
4K
NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
v4.2
SoC
Apple A10 Fusion
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU
Not available
2.15GHz quad-core
2.15GHz quad-core
2.2GHz quad-core
2.15 or 2.2GHz quad-core
GPU
Not available
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
Adreno 530
RAM
Not available
4GB
4GB
4GB
3GB
WiFi
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system
iOS 10
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
Android 6.0
Standout features
Touch ID, IP67 certified, Lightning connector
Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C
Accessories
Not applicable
Not applicable
LG Friends: Cam, Cam Plus, Hi-Fi Plus (not available in US), VR
Not applicable
Not applicable

* Specs in italics are unconfirmed, but we will update as more details become available.

Keep an eye out today for hands-on impressions of the new iPhones, and stay tuned to Engadget for our full review later this fall!

Click here to catch all the latest news from Apple’s “See You” event.

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