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OnePlus 5T vs LG V30: How are they different?

30 November 2017 5

The Chinese flagship killer smartphone manufacturer OnePlus recently announced their latest flagship OnePlus 5T. The device is indeed the last entrant ahead of holiday shopping season. As expected the OnePlus brought a number of refinements in the latest OnePlus 5T, unlike last year the company introduces the major change in design and cameras whereas the last year major change was related to cameras and internal hardware.

The OnePlus 5T brought all perks what you can expect from a flagship killer smartphone with sleek looks, awesome cameras, and best value for customers money. As expected the device is well appreciated by customers as it is bringing a number of features at an affordable price tag. The South Korean giant announced V30 as their second flagship of the year, the device was amongst the first phablets announced in H2 2017

Despite the fact, it is few months old but still, it is pretty much capable to challenge the latest OnePlus 5T in design, display, camera and other aspects. We have to admit the V30 surely exceeded the expectations of LG fans and critics. Both the OnePlus 5T and LG V30 falls in the same category due to top-tier hardware, design, cameras and gigantic 2:1 display. Both the devices are challenging each other to get the piece of the smartphone market pie and undoubtedly both have guts and features to be amongst the best flagships in the market.

Today we will put the OnePlus 5T in head-to-head competition against the LG V30 on the basis of specs sheet to know which device will win buyers heart outperforming other. Like always, we will start with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

Both the devices are bringing different design language, so it will be dependent on your taste what kind of design you prefer. Overall thickness and width of both the devices are similar. However, the rear design is material is different on both the devices. The OnePlus 5T is featuring a unibody aluminum metal design with all front-facing display. It is sturdy design but it lacks shine like glass rear. However, its round edges and sleek footprint give it premium looks. The rear side is adorned with dual cameras placed on the top left corner.

For the first time, OnePlus introduced fingerprint scanner on the rear side, the good thing is it is placed exactly where usually forefinger is when you hold the device. The reason behind ditching the physical button is all front facing display with minimal bezels. It has 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging. The power and volume rockers are placed on the right edge. The OnePlus 5T dimensions are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 162g. Unfortunately, it lacks water and dust resistance like most of the flagships announced this year.

On the other hand, the LG V30 is featuring a metal and glass sandwich design. The rear and front side is covered with glass. It also has the full front-facing display with minimal bezels. Thanks to its glass rear, it shines brilliantly in daylight. As expected it is more fragile as opposed to OnePlus 5T unibody metal and also prone to fingerprints and smudges. We have to admit it looks more premium and refined in front of OnePlus 5T.

The fingerprint scanner on the V30 is placed on the rear side below the dual camera modules in the center. It has 3.5mm headphone jack as well as USB Type-C port for connectivity. The device is IP68 certified which means it can resist 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The LG V30 dimensions are 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm and it weighs 158g.

Display

Like most of the latest flagships, both the devices are bringing giant display in compact bodies thanks to 2:1 aspect ratio and bezel-less design. The OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The good is it is Super AMOLED display with vivid saturated colors, deep black and contrast ratio is also pretty good. The pixels density of display is 401 pixels-per-inch.

The LG V30 is featuring a 6.0-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. Its an Oled display panel with deep blacks, the brightness level is also pretty good. The display pixels density is 537 pixels-per-inch. Both the displays are best on the market, however having higher resolution results in better pixel density while watching 2K videos. The higher resolution display is also better while watching VR content, you probably will find V30's display better in VR experience. The viewing angles and clarity of the display are equally good on both the devices.

Software

In software section, once again the decision will be in favor based on your personal preference. Both the devices are pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1 with different UI layers over it. The best thing about UI of both the devices is both the companies custom layer isn't thick but instead pretty slick and most of the customization is to further enhance the UI experience. The V30 features a floating bar which can be switched off as well. The bar provides users instant access to apps, in earlier V-lineup smartphones the custom bar for apps was dubbed as a secondary display which further enhances the display size. Its a good move from LG to keep the floating bar with the better software solution.

The OnePlus 5T comes with "Parallel Apps" feature to allow users to have two social accounts at the same time. The users of both the devices won't have to worry about the bloatware because of its minimum on both the devices. The UI is pretty fast on the OnePlus 5T thanks to whopping RAM under the hood. So none is superior in the software department, the OnePlus 5T features facial recognition which isn't available on the V30.

Hardware

Being the latest flagships both the devices are featuring the latest hardware under the hood. The Qualcomm's latest and greatest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering both the devices. The OnePlus 5T base variant comes with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB whereas the top of the line variant is 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. Its memory isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. The 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 5T is one of the fastest Android smartphone available in the market, it beats the iPhone X with a minor margin in speed test and currently the only Android running smartphone which beats iPhone X in speed.

The V30 Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM. It is also pretty fluent and the good thing is it remains as responsive and fast as it was announced a few months ago. The OnePlus 5T takes lead in performance due to whopping RAM whereas the LG V30 allows the user to expand their built-in storage via MicroSD card.

Specs OnePlus 5T LG V30
Display 6.01-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB 4GB
Memory 64/128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 16MP+20MP 13MP+16MP
Front camera 16MP 5MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,300mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
IP-ratings None IP68
OS Android Nougat 7.1 with Oxygen OS Android Nougat 7.1
Camera

Another similar feature on both OnePlus 5T and LG V30 have dual rear cameras. However, the technology is different on both the devices. The OnePlus 5T primary snapper is 16MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 20MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture. The dual sensors primary focus is to bring awesome results even in low-light conditions. Up front, the selfie camera on the OnePlus 5T is the 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

On the other hand, the V30 comes with a 16MP primary module with f/1.6 aperture. Its large aperture helps the user to snap good quality images in low-light conditions. The secondary sensor is the wide-angle 13MP module with f/1.9 aperture. To make sure the lens cover transmits light well, LG opted glass covering for the dual rear lens instead of plastic. The selfie-snapper on the V30 is a wide-angle 5MP sensor.

If you want the device to capture good photos, amazing captures using bokeh effect than our recommendation is OnePlus 5T as it is providing the better solution for capturing the photo. The bokeh effect images of OnePlus 5T are not easy to beat. On the other hand, the V30's camera key aspect is its Pro features to capture videos. The video features of V30 are without any doubt are class-leading in the market. It provides Cine Color grading option to adjust the camera while capturing videos. There is a full manual video control for Pro users to adjust almost everything off the camera.

Battery

The battery cell on the OnePlus 5T is 3,300mAh. It supports Dash charging tech for fast charging which brings juice for the whole day in just 30 minutes which is worth appreciating. The battery cell on the V30 is also 3,300mAh and for fast charging, it comes with Qualcomm's Quick charge.

The battery life of OnePlus 5T is slightly higher due to its Full HD+ display as opposed to Quad HD+ display panel of LG V30. Though both the devices support fast charging the speed of charging on OnePlus 5T is significantly faster. The LG V30 brings support for wireless charging which isn't available for the OnePlus 5T users.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the OnePlus 5T base variant costs $499 which is just $20 higher than predecessor OnePlus 5. The top of the line variant comes at $559. The LG V30 was announced for $800 which is still significantly cheaper than Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 which is available for $930 whereas the Apple's premium iPhone X is available for $999. Despite the fact, LG V30 is cheaper than most of the latest flagships but the OnePlus 5T is providing better value for money.

Conclusion:

The sheer power under the hood on both OnePlus 5T and LG V30 is enough to fulfill users day life tasks, however, if you are looking for a power machine which is future proof as well, the OnePlu 5T is the better choice. In terms of design, the OnePlus 5T is bringing unibody metal-clad design whereas the V30's glass rear looks more striking and premium. The display of LG V30 is better due to higher screen resolution. In hardware section, the OnePlus 5T outperform its competitor but in the camera department, LG V30 came back strongly. It is indeed the best video-centric smartphone in the market.

The pricing of OnePlus 5T makes it an Anti-flagship smartphone because it is bringing the best in the market in most of the departments at a pricing which you can't expect from any other smartphone manufacturer in the market. You are getting the OLED display, refined metal-clad design, top-notch cameras, one of the fastest charging tech at the mind-boggling price tag. On the other hand, if you pay more you will be getting Quad HD display, wireless charging, IP68 ratings and memory expansion via MicroSD card. The still photography is better on OnePlus 5T whereas the video recording capabilities of V30 are the best.

So if you want to have these feature the V30 will be your choice but remember it costs $300 more. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 5T vs LG V30 in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more previews and comparisons in coming days.

(last update 13 December 2018 @ 21:28)

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