Spec comparison: Galaxy S7 vs. Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S5

Samsung is on a pretty smooth yearly release cycle with its Galaxy S series, and each time another one hits it's a perfect time to see how far we've come from the previous generations. With the Galaxy S7 now released, we can see how its specs stack up against the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5. With the similarities to the GS6 and a few of the features being brought back from the GS5, it's certainly an interesting comparison.

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CategoryGalaxy S7Galaxy S6Galaxy S5
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0MarshmallowAndroid 5.1.1LollipopAndroid 5.1.1Lollipop
Display5.1-inch2560x1440Super AMOLED5.1-inch2560x1440Super AMOLED5.1-inch1920x1080Super AMOLED
ProcessorQuad-core Snapdragon 820or Octa-core Samsung ExynosOcta-core Samsung Exynos 7Quad-core Snapdragon 801
ExpandablemicroSDUp to 200GBNomicroSDUp to 128GB
Rear Camera12MP f/1.71.4-micron pixelsOIS16MP f/1.91.12-micron pixelsOIS16MP f/2.21.12-micron pixels
Front Camera5MP f/1.75MP f/1.92MP f/2.4
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMOBluetooth v4.2 LEANT+, USB 2.0, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMOBluetooth v4.1 LEANT+, USB 2.0, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 acBluetooth 4.0USB 3.0, NFC
Chargingmicro-USBFast chargingQi wirelessPowermat wirelessmicro-USBFast chargingQi wirelessPowermat wirelessmicro-USBQi wireless (optional)
Battery3000 mAh2550 mAh2800 mAh
Water resistanceIP68 ratingNoIP67 rating
SecurityOne-touch fingerprintSamsung KNOXOne-touch fingerprintSamsung KNOXSwipe fingerprint scanner
Dimensions142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.