LG has launched its much-awaited LG V30 smartphone at IFA 2017. The new smartphone comes with a FullVision Display, Dual Camera setup with f/1.6 aperture. The LG V30 will be taking on the likes of recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. Can it go head to head with the Galaxy Note 8 in the market? Let’s do a quick comparison. Read more to find about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs LG V30 – Which Flagship Phone Is Better?
Both the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 feature super wides displays, fast processors, and a dual camera setup. Both devices improve on their predecessors.
Price and Availability
The Galaxy Note 8 is priced at $950. It will be available in the US from September 15. Pre-orders for the new device have already started. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive in India in the second week of September.
On the other hand, LG has not revealed the price of the new handset. It will go on sale in South Korea on September 21. The V30 will likely reach India towards the September end or early October. The LG V30 is expected to carry a more affordable price tag than the Galaxy Note 8.
|Specifications||LG V30||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Processor||octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835|
|RAM||4GB LPDDR4x RAM||6GB|
|Internal Storage||64GB (expandable up to 2TB)||64GB (expandable up to 256GB)|
|Display||6-inch, P-OLED, QHD+ (1440 x 2880 pixels), 18:9 FullVision aspect ratio||6.3-inch, Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, 521ppi|
|OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, LG UX 6.0+||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Primary (Rear) Camera||Dual Cameras (16MP + 13MP) with flash||Dual (12MP telephoto lens + 12MP wide-angle lens) with flash|
|Battery||3300mAh||3300mAh, Quick Charge, Wireless Charging|
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor/ octa-core 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead and 6GB RAM. On the other hand, the LG V30 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB LPDDR4x RAM. Both handsets come with 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card.
Both handsets use two rear cameras – one with a wide-angle lens and one with a telephoto lens. The dual camera setup on Galaxy Note 8 combines two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus + telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2x Optical Zoom) with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Additional camera features include 4K video recording at 30 fps, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode, and RAW file support. The 8-megapixel front camera also comes with f/1.7 aperture and an 80-degree wide angle lens.
On the other hand, the new LG V30 uses a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 aperture, 71-degree wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel sensor with a 120-degree wide-angle lens and f/1.9 aperture. The 5-megapixel front camera also comes with a f/2.2 aperture and 90-degrees wide-angle lens.
While both camera setups look quite promising, the LG V30 has a huge advantage with its f/1.6 aperture. It is capable of capturing more light, and sharper pictures, even in conditions of low light. The Crystal Clear Lens on dual cameras enhances the correct color reproduction and clearer photographs. Other camera features include laser detection autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).
While the LG V30 has ditched the secondary screen seen on its processors, the Galaxy Note 8 retains its S-Pen feature. The Note 8 allows access to a full set of customizable Edge Panels and Air Commands with S-Pen functionality. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a Bixby AI assistant along with a dedicated Bixby button.
The LG V30 features a Google Assistant with some exclusive voice commands. It also includes features like Bang & Olufsen audio, voice recognition, and MIL-STD 810G rating for durability. Both handsets come with IP68 certification (water and dust resistance).
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 6.3-inch super AMOLED display (18.5:9 aspect ratio) while the LG V30 features a 6.0-inch POLED (18:9 FullVision aspect ratio). Both devices come with QHD+ resolution. While the Note 8 features an over-the-edge screen, the LG V30 screen terminates with a bezel before that curved glass edge begins.
Both handsets look like unique rectangles, thanks to their unusual aspect ratio. The LG V30 measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm. The Note 8 is slightly larger and thicker at 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm. It is also slightly heavier than the V30. Both smartphones feature a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Both smartphones feel like significant improvements over their predecessors. The stunning devices offer a great combination of power and functionality. While both devices demand a premium price, the LG V30 is expected to cost slightly less. Additionally, it has a unique advantage in the camera department. If a stylus is not your thing, the LG V30 might offer more value for money. We will have to wait for tests in real world scenarios to get a complete picture. Which of the two premium handsets will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.