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LG V30 vs Google Pixel XL: How are they different

12 September 2017 5

From last few years, LG's V lineup smartphones are more mature and technically strong as opposed to the G lineup flagships. One of the reason could be the late release of V lineup device in the second half of the year. Most of the time, LG do all rights in V-lineup smartphones which were wrong in the G-lineup device, same is the case with this year V30 as well. LG took the IFA 2017 stage on August 31st to unveil their much-awaited flagship V30 smartphone.

The device is indeed one of the best flagship smartphone ever announced by LG. With the V30, LG took the design language to the next level. The V30 brings all glories what you can expect from the latest top tier flagship smartphone. Despite having all perks and glory, the device needs to prove its worth. The best way to check the device strength is to compare it with other top tier competitors available in the market.

We already compared the latest V30 against almost all competitors including Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 7 Plus, predecessor V20, G6, and Galaxy S8 Plus. Last year Google unveiled first Pixel lineup smartphone with branding 'made by Google'. No doubt, it was a great step from pocket-friendly Nexus lineup. Google announced Pixel and Pixel XL. The XL variant was a phablet variant. After the Note 7 Fiasco, the Pixel XL emerged as one of the best Android running phablet available in the second half of the year. Even today Pixel XL is one of the powerful smartphone available in the market.

Today we will compare the latest phablet V30 against the Pixel XL to check out is the latest flagship phablet worthy enough to challenge the Google's finest Pixel XL or not.

75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.7 x 154.7 x 8.6 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

The V30 brings an iterative design which LG introduced with the first flagship of the year G6. The device is packed with a glass and metal sandwich design, the chassis is made up of metal whereas the rear is covered with polished metal and glass. The bezels around all edges are extremely thin. The front is covered with an all front facing display. The rear is adorned with dual rear cameras, the LED flashlight is on the right side. A circular fingerprint scanner is below the dual camera setup. The LG's logo is on the rear bottom whereas it has B&0 branding in the center.

Being the last year flagship, the Pixel XL doesn't have ultra thin bezels around the edges. As most of you already know the bezel-less display boom started when last year Xiaomi announces Mi Mix since then almost all manufacturers tried to bring their premium smartphone with ultra-thin bezels. This is why the Pixel XL looks a bit dated in front of LG V30.

The Pixel XL is featuring a metal chassis with traditional thick bezels around the corner. The rear is half metal and half glass, Google tried to innovate when most of the smartphones last year either have glass rear or metal. The device looks attractive last year but considering today's standard the bezels are covering many areas on top and bottom side.

The LG V30 and Pixel XL both have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging. The Pixel XL is the splash proof smartphone and it lacks IP ratings. On the other hand, the LG V30 is IP68 certified smartphone which means it can resist under 1.5 meters water for 30 minutes without any damage. This department is lead by LG V30.

Display

The LG V30 has far more space to play as opposed to traditional smartphones because of its bezel less design. The ultra thin bezels allow LG to include a 6.0-inches Full Vision display in a compact body. The LG V30 is the company's first flagship smartphone with the OLED display, its screen resolution is QuadHD+ with 1440 x 2880 pixels. Like the G6, its aspect ratio is 1440 x 2880.

As Opposed to V30, the Pixel XL has a flat 5.5-inches display. Google opted an AMOLED display for the Pixel Xl with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It's Quad HD panel screen resolution is 1440 x 2560 pixels. Although both the devices have OLED display screens with Quad HD screen resolution we have to admit bezel-less display are future proof. Once again LG V30 takes lead. The bezel-less display not only looks luring but also it provides user more usable space.

Hardware

As the Pixel XL was announced last year, So it can't have similar hardware like the latest flagship V30, however, it is confirmed the Pixel XL features the best hardware of that time. The Qualcomm's last year Snapdragon 821chipset is on board to keep the Pixel XL running with 4GB RAM. The Pixel XL base variant internal storage is 32GB and it isn't expandable using MicroSD card. The top of the line variant has 128GB memory.

The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the latest V30 with 4GB RAM. The built in internal storage is 64GB which can be expanded up to 2TB using MicroSD card. Despite having the same RAM, the Pixel XL can't compete with the V30's performance.The V30's latest Chipset is 30% faster than the Snapdragon 821 and also it requires much less power to operate. So the new Soc not only performs better but also it requires less battery juice to operate. This section is dominated by LG V30 thanks to its latest hardware because of being one year older than Pixel XL.

Specs LG V30 Pixel XL
Display 6.0-inches OLED 5.5-inches AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable using MicroSD card 32/128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera Dual camera (13MP+16MP) 12.3MP
Front camera 5MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,450mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP86 rating Yes No(Splash proof)
Android OS Android Nougat 7.1.2 Android Oreo rolling out
Camera

One of the key highlight features of both the devices is their rear camera sensors. The V30 has dual rear cameras, the primary sensor is a 16MP sensor with F/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the wide-angle 13MP module. The primary cameras have optical image stabilization. Without any doubt, the LG V30 captures stunning vibrant shots and also the device is one of the best to capture landscape images. The V30's Cine Video Mode allows the user to capture videos with a number of awesome filters. LG also introduced a new Point Zoom slider which allows the user to slowly zoom in on everything.

The Pixel XL rear is adorned with a single camera sensor of 12.3MP. It was one of the best Android smartphone camera unveiled last year. In some occasions, the Pixel XL results are better than Apple iPhone 7 Plus dual rear cameras. Google not only paid special attention to the camera hardware but also they optimized the device camera to make it one of the best sensor.

Up front, the selfie snapper on the LG V30 is a wide-angle 5MP sensor. The Pixel XL has an 8MP sensor on the front facing side. In our view both the devices, the camera works pretty great. In some scenarios, the Pixel XL takes lead whereas the 2x Zoom on the V30 is quite efficient.

Battery

A 3,450mAh battery cell is on board to keep the Pixel XL lights on. The battery cell on the V30 is slightly smaller at 3,300mAh. Both the devices easily survive one day on single charge. The V30 supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0. LG claims on 5 minutes charge, the device can survive for next 5 hours.

The LG V30's is quite a power efficient device, on heavy usage, it ends the day with 30%. One of the reasons behind its good battery life is the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC on board. Despite the fact, the Pixel XL battery cell is slightly larger but still, the V30 performs better even with a larger display. Another plus point is LG V30 supports Wireless charging which isn't available for the Pixel XL users.

Software

The best thing about Google produced smartphones are their bloat-ware free vanilla Android OS, same is the case with the Pixel XL. Also, the device is eligible to receive the latest updates and security patches at much faster speed than any other smartphone. However, the V30 owners won't have this luxury of receiving latest updates at a fast speed. The V30's UX is specially optimized to get the full benefit of the 2:1 aspect ratio. Also, the camera app contains a number of features which aren't available on the stock Android OS.

The Pixel XL is amongst the first to receive the latest Android Oreo, Google already started rolling out Oreo update to world wide users. The V30 is pre-installed with the Android Nougat 7.1.2 and for the Oreo update, users will have to wait at least couple of months.

Next year Android P will be the final major update for the Pixel XL whereas the V30 will have the advantage of getting updates until 2019. The V30's Quad DAC makes it one of the best audio centric smartphone available in the market. Google rolls out security patches for their Pixel lineup on monthly basis, that's not the case with the V30. In software section, the Pixel XL is one step ahead of its competitors.

Pricing and Release

The V30 US release is still in dark but we are expecting all major US carriers will be selling it. However, the device is expected to cost $800. The Pixel XL 32GB variant was announced for $770 whereas the 128GB variant can be grabbed for $870. The Pixel XL was announced last year that's why it is widely available across all regions. However $770 is quite a high price tag for a smartphone which was announced last year. At the moment Verizon is selling on contract Pixel XL at a price tag of $540. Although the pricing of Pixel XL is low you have to sacrifice on the number of aspects.

Conclusion

The LG V30 takes lead in design, display, hardware and battery section whereas the Pixel XL owners will be getting fast updates. The V30 is the LG's best smartphone product and it will be amongst one of the best smartphones announced this year. The only attractive aspect of Pixel XL is its fast software updates and a pretty amazing camera sensor. If you compromise on software aspect, you will be getting the future proof smartphone with top of the line hardware and one of the best camera sensor. You can also wait for the Pixel XL successor which is expected to be released pretty soon.

Feel free to share your views regarding the LG V30 vs Pixel XL in the comments section below.

(last update 23 February 2018 @ 09:19)

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