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LG V30 vs Galaxy S8 Plus: Here's how they differ

08 September 2017 4

It wasn't surprising at all when the South Korean giant LG announced their much-awaited flagship smartphone V30 on August 31st at IFA this year. The new LG V30 is certainly one of the best flagship smartphone ever announced by LG. We have to admit the company tried their level best to do all rights which were wrong in past. With the G6, LG introduced a new design language with trimmed bezels and display with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The experiment paid off well, All gadget experts well appreciated LG's effort of bringing futuristic designed G6.

The V30 isn't much different from LG G6 but this time LG took the designing to next level. Being the latest flagship the V30 will have to face stiff competition from already top tier smartphones available in the market. LG took the IFA stage to announce their second flagship of the year, Samsung also wrapped off the cover from their much awaited Galaxy Note 8 in last quarter of August. The Cupertino giant is also gearing up to announce their 10th anniversary special iPhone 8 alongside with traditional successors.

The Galaxy Note 8 charm wasn't over yet and we have a new flagship phablet in the form of LG V30. Like always, we compared the latest flagship against top tier rivals available in the market including the Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and last year V20. This year Samsung announced two flagships in the first half of the year Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Overall footprints of LG V30 and Galaxy S8 Plus are pretty much similar. For sure who are looking to grab V30 will consider Galaxy S8 Plus as well. Now is the perfect time to answer the question which smartphone is better amongst Galaxy S8 Plus and LG V30.

75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
73.4 x 159.5 x 8.1 mm
6.2 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

Being the latest flagships there is a number of similarities amongst the two devices but the design language of both the devices are totally different. The LG V30 is featuring a glass and metal sandwich design. Up front, it has all front Full Vision display with trimmed bezels around the corner. On the rear side, there is a protruding dual camera setup with dual LED flashlight placed right next it to it. LG once again placed a circular fingerprint scanner on the rear side below the camera setup. Having a proper position below the camera setup makes it easily accessible.

The LG V30 is IP68 certified smartphone which means it can resist under 1.5-meter water for 30 minutes without any damage. For connectivity, LG has USB Type-C connectivity port and 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output via headphones. The Galaxy S8 Plus is the Samsung's first flagship smartphone with ultra thin bezels. Up front, it doesn't feature physical home button but instead, it has all virtual buttons for the first time.

On the rear side, the Galaxy S8 has a single camera module with fingerprint scanner placed right next to it. The camera sensor is slightly protruding like the V30. The V30's circular fingerprint scanner is easily accessible as opposed to Galaxy S8's vertical rectangular sensor. Often Galaxy S8 users smudge the camera instead of a fingerprint scanner. The V30's scanner also doubles as a power button whereas the Galaxy S8 has the power button on the right edge.

The Galaxy S8 features USB Type-C connectivity port and also 3.5mm headphone jack. It is also IP68 certified like the LG V30. Both the devices look equally good, now it is your own preference which design you prefer.

Display

The V30 is the LG's first premium smartphone with the OLED display on board. Despite having the overall small footprint, the device is bringing a 6-inches display panel. The device screen resolution is Quad HD+ with 1440 x 2880 pixels. The device pixel density is 537 pixels per inch. The good thing is LG V30's display aspect ratio is 2:1. The device can be easily grabbed single handily.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is featuring a 6.2-inches Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Its aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and pixel density is 529ppi. The display is curved from dual sides. Although it allows more space to play but also at the same time it is slightly difficult to grab device with dual edges. The Galaxy S8 Plus display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Both the devices support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. However, the LG V30 has floating bar secondary display which can be switched off by swiping. It is placed on the bottom instead of the top like predecessors.

Hardware

Both the devices are latest flagships that's why they are packed with the latest top of the line hardware. The Snapdragon 835 is the latest and the greatest chipset from the Qualcomm, this chipset is powering almost all flagships announced so far this year, same is the case with these two smartphones as well. The Galaxy S8 Plus US variant and LG V30 are running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage of the base variant is 64GB.

Both the top of the device of the line variant has 128GB native storage and both supports MicroSD card for memory expansion. The new Snapdragon 835 is 30% faster than predecessor Snapdragon 821 and also it is power efficient. The hardware on both the devices is the powerhouse. Both the devices feature latest Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus also has MST as well for Samsung Pay service.

LG stated that V30's internally has heat management system to make sure heat disperse at a rapid speed. Both the devices have same Chipset, RAM, and storage which means they are equally good in handling hi-fi games and perform extraordinarily in multi-tasking. So we can't claim any device takes lead in harware performance.

Specs LG V30 Galaxy S8 Plus
Display 6.0-inches OLED 6.2-inches Super AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera Dual 13MP+16MP 12MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 5MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,500mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.2 Android Nougat 7.1.1
USB Type-C Type-C
IP68 Yes Yes
Battery

On paper, the Galaxy S8 Plus's battery should perform better than LG V30. However, the battery life on both the devices isn't significantly different. The V30 is light up by a 3,300mAh battery cell whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus is running on a 3,500mAh battery cell. Despite having smaller battery cell the V30's battery perform exceptionally good.

On normal to heavy usage the Galaxy S8 Plus battery can survive a working day on single charge, however, the V30's battery ended the day with around 35% battery. Both the devices support Wireless charging, as well as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Chipset, is power efficient. Although both the devices support Fast charging tech but both the companies adopted different tech of fast charging.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is featuring the company's own Adaptive Fast charging tech which requires 90 minutes to completely charge the device whereas the V30 has Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4.0 support which ensures 5 hours of juice with in 5 minutes. Although the Galaxy S8 Plus takes lead with the larger battery, however, the battery life on V30 is significantly better.

Camera

As far as camera sensors are a concern both the devices are offering two different setups. LG adopted dual camera sensors couple of years ago and the company still relying on it. The V30's dual cameras setup comprised of a 16MP sensor whereas the secondary sensor is the wide-angle camera of 13MP.

The device captures wider landscape photos than average smartphones. LG introduced a Point Zoom feature which allows you to set the speed and focus of the zoom. If you want capture Videos like professional there is a Cine Videos mode which allows the user to capture cinema level videos with a number of filters on board. The V30's primary camera aperture is f/1.6 which makes it one of its kind camera available in the market. This camera sensor can capture 20% more light than the f/1.8 sensor. The V30 is not only good at video capturing but also its low light capturing capabilities are pretty amazing.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is bringing a single 12MP sensor which isn't significantly different from its predecessor Galaxy S7. The sensor aperture size is f/1.7 and its dual pixel tech makes sure device autofocus pretty quickly. The user can also opt Selective Focus to solely focus on subject blurring the object. Up front, the camera sensor on the Galaxy S8 Plus is an 8MP module with autofocus whereas the camera sensor on the LG V30 is 5MP. The audio capabilities of V30 are better than Galaxy S8 Plus thanks to 32-bit Quad DAC on board. The V30's dual camera setup and more capturing modes than Galaxy S8 Plus make it slightly better camera centric device.

Software

The Galaxy S8 Plus is pre-installed with the Android Nougat 7.1.1 with the TouchWiz UI layer over it. The main highlight of Samsung's UI is the AI powered Assistant Bixby which access 10 Samsung apps to provide info and it performs a number of different tasks what you can expect from an AI assistant. The Galaxy S8 can be seamlessly connected to the desktop with the Dex Station dock which turns your Galaxy S8 Plus into a desktop mode.

The V30's is also running on LG's custom UI layer but it is pretty close to the stock Android OS with minimal changes. There are tons of camera modes available on the V30 which aren't available on the vanilla version of Android. The V30 is running on the latest version of Android Nougat 7.1.2. In terms of features, the Galaxy S8 UI is better, however, if you want close to the stock Android OS experience then V30 could be your choice.

The Galaxy S8 Plus is widely available in all regions. For the US customers, the device was announced for $850. However, now you can grab it for a lower price tag on special deals. Surprisingly LG yet to reveal their plans regarding the V30 global release. Initially, the device will be available for the South Korean customers from Sep 21st onwards. Though the pricing of V30 is yet to be confirmed rumors are swirling it could cost customers $750 on release.

Conclusion

Without any doubt, the V30 is the company's so far best flagship smartphone ever announced by LG. The device brings luring all front facing display, glass, and metal sandwich design, dual rear cameras, top notch hardware, awesome audio capabilities, near stock Android UI and amazing battery life. Despite all of these aspects, the V30 lacks the great charm of Galaxy S8 Plus when you hold it. The Galaxy S8 Plus owners get one of the best design, top of the line hardware, amazing camera, tons of software features.

The price difference amongst the two devices could become a deciding aspect whether you opt for Galaxy S8 Plus or LG V30. Feel free to share your views regarding the latest LG V30 vs Galaxy S8 Plus. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more LG V30 comparison in coming days.

(last update 15 June 2018 @ 17:14)

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