Android 29 Aug
This year Samsung's all traditional time slots at big events including MWC and IFA are acquired by LG. LG took both MWC and IFA stages to announce their latest best offering. However, Samsung unveiled their first flagship almost a month late in a dedicated event on March 29th whereas the second half flagship Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23. LG's flagship for the second half of the year V30 is announced at the IFA 2017.
Both Samsung and LG's rivalry isn't something new but instead, both the companies premium devices face off each other twice in a year. In H1 of the year, Samsung's Galaxy S lineup flagship have to compete against LG's G lineup device whereas in H2 Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 have to give tough competition to LG's V lineup smartphone. Now finally the wait for both the South Korean giant's premium flagship is over as we have both the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 available now.
The Galaxy Note 8 is bringing luring glass and metal design with all front facing display, improved S Pen Stylus and dual rear camera setup to give tough competition to its rivalries whereas the LG's V30 is also packed with premium metal design with floating secondary display, it also has all-screen display with minimal bezels around edges. Both the devices are pretty much capable to lure customers. Like always, today we will compare both the companies latest best offering to check out which smartphone is better in what aspects. We are pretty hopeful, this comparison will certainly help you decide which smartphone you should opt if you looking for a new phablet smartphone.
74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
The design is usually the first thing buyers considering while grabbing a new smartphone. Samsung introduced glass and metal sandwich design with the Galaxy S8 lineup, they stick with the same design language for the Galaxy Note 8 as well. Although the Galaxy Note 8 is a bit bulkier and also it has dual rear camera setup. On the front, the all front facing dual curved display is the main highlight of the design with ultra thin bezels.
On the rear side, the dual rear camera setup is placed horizontally, the fingerprint scanner is placed right next to it. The Galaxy Note 8 has USB Type-C port on board for connectivity, it supports 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output via headphones. Both the Galaxy Note 8 and S Pen are IP68 certified. Like the Galaxy S8 lineup, it comes with a dedicated button for the Bixby AI assistant. The Galaxy Note 8 dimensions are 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and it weighs 195g.
In case of LG V30, the company also adopts similar design language they introduced with the G6. It also features a glass and metal sandwich design with dual cameras on the rear side. The good thing is LG V30 is more rugged as it features MIL-STD-810G protection. It doesn't come with a Stylus but instead, it has the floating secondary display on the rear side. The V30 is an IP68 certified smartphone which means it can resist under 1.5-meter water for 30 minutes without any damage.
The LG V30 is slightly smaller in width but significantly smaller in length, its dimensions are 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.6mm. It weighs 158g. It features a circular fingerprint scanner on the rear side below the dual cameras. It has USB Type-C connectivity port at the bottom whereas its fingerprint scanner is at the top side.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inches Super AMOLED Infinity display. The display is dual curved around edges. The device aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and screen resolution is QuadHD+ 1440 x 2960 pixels. The Galaxy Note 8 pixels density is 522 pixels per inch. It features Always-On Display like most of the Samsung flagships which allow you to check notifications and other important data without waking up your phone. You just lift it and you are able to check it, no other interaction needed. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with HDR support.
The V30 is adorned with a 6-inches Full Vision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It also features QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The V30 comes with a flat OLED display instead of dual-curved display like Galaxy Note 8. The V30 is first LG's flagship smartphone which features OLED display panel instead of the LCD. The V30 display is more vivid and bright than traditional LCD panels.
The V30's secondary display is placed on the bottom edge as a floating bar which can be used to access directly mostly used apps. The best thing is users can customise it according to their preference. The floating bar can be dragged off as well. The V30 comes with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support for better picture quality. So we can claim both the device's display are media centric.
The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung's first flagship smartphone with dual cameras on the rear side. The primary sensor is the wide-angle 12MP sensor with an aperture size of f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary camera is the 12MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. It can zoom up to 2x without affecting the image quality.
Once again it is the first smartphone in the market whose both the rear cameras on the Galaxy Note 8 have optical image stabilization. The front facing camera is an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. The sensor features facial recognition and iris scanner as well.
For LG fans dual camera setup isn't something new at all but instead, the LG is bringing dual camera flagship smartphones for the last couple of years, same is the case with the latest flagship V30 it also comes with dual rear cameras on board. The primary sensor is a 16MP module with f/1.6 aperture, OIS and viewing angle of 70-degrees whereas the secondary camera is a side-angle 13MP snapper with a viewing angle of 120-degrees and aperture size of f/1.9. The wide-angle lens lacks OIS.
Up front, the V30 is packed with a wide-angle 5MP sensor. It comes with an iris scanner but it lacks facial recognition. To make sure device records well it comes with two microphones which aren't available on the Galaxy Note 8.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes pre-loaded with the Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC/ Exynos 8895 chipset. Both the variants powered up with 6GB of RAM and built-in native internal storage is 64GB which is further expandable using MicroSD card. The top tier variants have 128GB and 256GB of native storage. The Galaxy Note 8 is pre-packed with AKG headphones and 32-bit audio.
The LG V30 also comes with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC but it has slightly low RAM 4GB as opposed to Galaxy Note 8. Its native memory is 64GB which can be expanded using MicroSD card. LG's V lineup always comes with top-notch audio experience, same is the case with the V30. It features 32 bit Quad DAC. Also, there is the variant for few regions which features B&O headphones. Overall audio experience on the LG V30 is better than Galaxy Note 8.
|Specs||Galaxy Note 8||LG V30|
|Display tech||Super AMOLED||OLED|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|SoC||Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895||Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||64/128/256GB Expandable using MicroSD card||64/128GB Expandable|
|Rear camera||Dual 12MP||Dual 16MP+13MP|
After the last year Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung played safe this year with a smaller battery cell which for sure tested multiple times before putting it on Galaxy Note 8. A 3,300mAh battery cell is on board to keep the Galaxy Note 8 lights on. It supports wireless charging as well. It charges quickly thanks to Qualcomm Quick charge support and USB Type-C port.
The V30 also comes with a battery cell of 3,300mAh cell. It supports fast charging as well as Wireless charging feature. Considering both the devices are featuring a gigantic OLED display's So the user shouldn't expect more than a single day of battery life on 1 charge.
Being the latest flagships both the devices are preloaded with one of the latest versions of Android Nougat. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a Grace UX layer over the stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 version which brings a number of customization features and also few exclusive features for the S Pen Stylus. You can translate sentences by just hovering over the lines and also it allows turning drawings into Gifs.
The LG V30 is pre-loaded with the Android Nougat 7.1.2 with the company's UX 6.0 layer over it. The UI experience on the V30 is slightly different as opposed to Galaxy Note 8. LG tried to get the full benefit of their Full Vision display, you can unlock the device by staring at it. Both have AI assistants on board, Samsung comes with Bixby AI assistant whereas the V30 has Google's AI assistant on board.
As far as pricing is a concern the Galaxy Note 8 cost £869, initially it will be released for the South Korean customers from September 15th. The device is currently up for pre-orders in most of the regions and most probably it will be released in most of the regions during September.
In case of V30, the price details are still in dark. Like the Galaxy Note 8, it will also be released initially for the home country from September 21st onwards. However, it is widely expected to be significantly cheaper than Galaxy Note 8.
In terms of hardware both the Galaxy Note 8 and V30 are quite near to each other, you won't find any prominent difference amongst the two except more RAM on the Galaxy Note 8. Both the devices come with all front-facing display with ultra thin bezels around the corners. The best thing is a design on both the devices is future proof and both won't look dated at least until the end of next year.
The Galaxy Note 8 owners will have a slightly larger display with S Pen Stylus support. However, the V30's display pixel density is better as well as it comes with strong chassis and top-notch audio on board. At the end, we would like to hear our readers views regarding Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30 in the comments section below. Feel free to share your views regarding the two top-notch flagships from respective companies in the comments section below.