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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs LG G8 ThinQ: Conflict of the beasts

07 March 2019 5

This year February was full of new flagship smartphones as the OEMs took the stage at the MWC to unveil their new phones. Like always Samsung didn't take the MWC stage instead unveiled their flagship S10 series in a dedicated event on February 20th in San Francisco. LG, HMD Global, and Sony announced their flagships at MWC. All the OEMs try to bring innovative features to lure customers.

Being the premium flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have to face stiff competition from the LG's new flagship G8 ThinQ. The new S10 series brings completely revamped design, triple rear cameras, latest hardware, improved battery life and the latest version of Android OS. LG also introduced the G8 ThinQ with refined aesthetics, latest hardware, improved cameras, and Android Pie straight out of the box.

Like always we put the latest Galaxy S10 in a head-to-head comparison against the LG G8 ThinQ to know the real differences and similarities between the two phones. The comparison will help you better understanding whether the S10 goodies are enough to outclass the G8 ThinQ in the flagship phones arena or not. Which smartphone amongst the two is worthy to be your next flagship companion? Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

70.4 x 149.9 x 8.6 mm
6.1 inches - 3040x1440 px
71.8 x 151.9 x 8.4 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

Being the latest flagships there is a number of aspects which are similar on both the flagships. Both the devices have metal chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The glass rear on both the phones is gently curved so that the device can be grabbed easily single handidly. That's where similarities between the two phones end.

The Galaxy S10 comes with Inifinty-O design. The selfie snapper punch-hole camera cutout is on the top right corner. On the rear side, the S10 has triple cameras aligned horizontally on the rear side with LED flashlight and heart sensor. On the other hand, the LG G8 ThinQ has dual or triple cameras on the rear side aligned horizontally in the center. The circular fingerprint scanner is below the camera's setup. The Galaxy S10 has an under-glass optical fingerprint scanner.

Both the phones have 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity and charging. If you have a habit of dunking your phone in the water, you don't have to worry because both the phones are IP68 certified.

The Galaxy S10 dimensions are 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm and weighs 157g whereas the G8 ThinQ is slightly taller, wider and thicker at 151.9 × 71.8 × 8.4 mm. It is also heavier than its counterpart at 167g. In terms of colors options, the S10 can be grabbed in Prism Green, Prism Blue, Prism Black, Prism White, and Flamingo colors. The G8 ThinQ can be grabbed in Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red, and Aurora Black options. The Galaxy S10 definitely has an upper hand in the design department with its stylish punch-hole camera and slim profile.

Display

The competition in the display department is ever fierce as both have 6.1-inches display. The G8 ThinQ features a 6.1-inches OLED panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 563 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the display.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 also have similar 6.1-inches display. It features Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 550 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the display.

The first prominent difference between the two phones is S10 comes with Dynamic AMOLED display with a punch-hole design and it supports HDR10+. The G8 ThinQ is the LG's first phone with Crystal Sound OLED. It has a traditional notch at the top of the display. According to LG, the G8 ThinQ display produces audio for a soothing audio experience. In terms of brightness and colors vibrancy, the S10 takes lead here.

Hardware

Both the devices are the latest flagship offering that's why both are packed with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Snapdragon 855 SoC is the company's first chipset built on the 7nm process with dedicated AI units to better handle AI tasks efficiently. The S10 is available in two configurations with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and a top-tier variant with 512GB storage. The G8 ThinQ can be grabbed only in one variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The global variant of S10 comes with Exynos 9820 SoC.

Fortunately, both the phones support memory expansion via MicroSD. The S10 supports memory expansion up to 512GB only whereas on the G8 ThinQ you can expand up to 2TB which is worth appreciating. Both the devices rely on the 4G connectivity if you are looking for a 5G phone you can consider Samsung's S10 5G or LG's V50 ThinQ.

As daily driver both the phones has enough power to handle HIFI games and hefty multi-tasking. However, having more RAM and storage is always a plus point considering when OEMs are gearing to announce phones with more RAM and storage as a base model. Due to more RAM and storage, the S10 wins this round.

Specs Galaxy S10 LG G8 ThinQ
Display 6.1-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP+12MP 12MP+16MP+12MP
Front camera 10MP 8MP+ Z camera
USB Type-C Type-C
IP68 Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,400mAh 3,500mAh
Battery

The Galaxy S10 lights are kept on by a 3,400mAh battery cell. It supports Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging. The G8 ThinQ has a slightly larger battery of 3,500mAh and it comes with Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. Both have enough juice to last one day on a single charge on moderate usage. However, on heavy usage, you may need to recharge the phone before the end of the day.

Another important aspect is both the phones support Qi Wireless charging. The Galaxy S10 features PowerShare which allows the user to reversely wireless recharge other phones.

Camera

The Galaxy S10 is adorned with triple cameras on the rear side. The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with OIS and variable aperture. In stable lighting condition, the aperture is f/2.4 whereas in low-light conditions the aperture automatically turns to f/1.5 in real-time. The secondary rear snapper is an ultra wide-angle 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and the third sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture, OIS and optical zoom up to 2x. Up front, the selfie snapper is 10MP with f/1.9 aperture.

The Galaxy S10 rear cameras support HD recording at 960 frames per second, Full HD recording at 240 frames per second and Quad HD recording at 60fps.

The LG G8 ThinQ is available in two variants with either dual or triple rear cameras. The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture. The secondary sensor is 16MP ultra-wide angle module with f/1.9 aperture and the third sensor is a 12MP telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture. Not all the markets will be getting the triple camera's setup, the dual sensors variant lacks the telephoto module. The G8 ThinQ has dual selfie snappers, the primary sensor is an 8MP module with f/1.7 aperture.

The secondary sensor is dubbed as Z camera which is actually ToF sensor. Its relatively new tech to unlock the device, it would be interesting to see how it shapes up in the future. The G8 can record HD videos at 240fps, Full HD videos at 60fps and Quad HD videos also at 60fps. Although on paper both the phones look solid but the S10 comes with superior cameras setup.

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. LG phone is running on the company's custom UI skin whereas the S10 has One UI straight out of the box. Samsung's UI was criticized in the past due to heavy bloatware but with the One UI Samsung refined the UI by minimalized the UI. It is also optimized for one hand usage on large display phones.

As far as the new major updates are a concern both the companies are known for taking months before releasing the new software updates. Both the devices will receive major updates at least for the next couple of years.

Special goodies

Both the OEMs introduced a number of special features to lure customers. The Galaxy S10 comes with Bixby AI Assistant, Gear VR, Knox security, Dex mode and above all the under-glass ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Another new feature introduced with the S10 series is PowerShare which allows the user to reverse wirelessly charge other Qi device.

The G8 Thing most striking innovative feature is Z Camera alongside the selfie snapper. The ToF sensor brings 3D facial recognition and Hand ID in which the Z sensor uses the infrared sensors to detect the user's veins thickness and shape to identify the owner of the device. Not just that it allows you to perform a number of tasks with gestures support.

Price

The Galaxy S10 base model with 128GB storage costs $900. It is currently up for pre-orders with a release from March 8th. As a pre-order gift, the S10 owners will be getting free Galaxy Buds. On the other hand, it is still in the dark when the LG G8 ThinQ will be released and at what price tag. It is also not confirmed which markets will be getting the G8 ThinQ.

However, we can expect it to be priced around $800 at the time of release. Like the Galaxy S10, it will be available in the locked and unlocked category.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy S10 and LG G8 ThinQ are quite close to each other in many aspects. Both have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish is different. Now it's up to buyers whether they prefer the punch-hole design of S10 or stick with the traditional notch design of G8.

Both have a beautiful full front-facing display with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The Snapdragon 855 chipset is powering both the phones, the S10 has 512GB storage variant as well. In the cameras department, the S10 has edge over its competitor. Although the S10's pricing is yet not confirmed G8 ThinQ certainly will be cheaper than the S10. The lower pricing could play a role in deciding as both are features rich phones.

Do share your thoughts regarding the Galaxy S10 vs LG G8 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 21 October 2019 @ 19:44)

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Samsung Galaxy S10 vs LG G8 ThinQ: Conflict of the beasts
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BobAckerley
BobAckerley

Well yes, LG is trying its best to cope up with the competition and gain some market share, but the feel and comfort that Samsung gives will always be second to none.

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