LG was among the first companies to release a high-end phone this year when it unveiled the LG G6 at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona back in February.
However, one of the major letdowns of the phone was using a 2016 flagship chipset in Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. With this choice, it was obvious that LG had begun the year on a losing end when compared to Samsung, which released the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a few weeks later powered by the 2017 flagship chipset in Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. As it appears, LG was saving the best for the best.
We know that the LG V30 will be unveiled on August 31, just hours before the IFA 2017 event kicks off in Berlin. A few days before this date, on August 23 to be precise, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have broken cover. In short, these two phones should start selling at about the same time, somewhere in early or mid-September.
So, the question is which one between the two will you opt for – LG V30 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
To be honest, this is a tough one, but at the end of the day, a decision has to be made. While the two companies might have already released some top-notch phones in Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the hype that is behind the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 is an indicator that these two are the ultimate flagships they have to offer.
The LG V series is still young, with the V30 coming in as the third model in the family following its debut in 2015 with the LG V10. The phone’s unique secondary ticker will reportedly be dropped, with LG opting for a design that borrows a lot from the G6. The display screen will feature an aspect ratio of 18:9 and the bezels will be drastically reduced. The end result will be a massive 6-inch OLED panel with a QHD resolution, a panel that should be decent enough to go head-to-toe with the 6.3-inch OLED panel set to appear on the Galaxy Note 8, which will also stick to the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio and Infinity Display as the S8 and S8+.
Similar to LG, Samsung will also be sticking to the same design language used on the Galaxy S8, featuring curved edges with close to no bezels on the top and bottom of the screen. Both phones will feature glass and metallic builds and to ensure they don’t get wet, IP68 dust and water resistance certification will be in place.
Last year’s LG V20 had MIL-STD-810G certification on board, a feature that should be retained on the LG V30, thus giving it an edge over the Note 8. To keep the glass part intact, both phones will opt for the latest technology in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.
In terms of hardware, the benchmarks show that the LG V30 will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and unlike last year, 64GB of expandable storage should be enough for the base model, but we can’t rule out a 32GB variant as well. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will keep the same chipset used in the S8 and S8+ pair, but reports are rife that a 6GB RAM will be in place, which could mean the V30 loses out on this hardware battle.
Still, LG recently followed up the G6 with a high-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model, an indicator that the company is open to upping the LG V30 package to the same modules, albeit with the more powerful Snapdragon 835 running the show. In this case, the V30 should be up there with the Note 8 in terms of performance.
Unlike last year where the LG V20 was the first to be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, it appears that the V30 won’t have the chance to get Android O ahead of Google’s phones. This is because the recent benchmarks can confirm that the phone has Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which is still not bad, especially since the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with the slightly older Android 7.1.1 Nougat version running the show.
There’s no doubt that the LG V30 will ship with a dual-lens camera on the back, it’s only the specific details of the camera lenses that remain unknown at the moment. Nonetheless, word on the street has it that the twin lenses will carry 13 megapixels each as opposed to the 12MP units that will appear on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Lately, Sammy has been doing a great job in terms of photography and if this is to continue, the Note 8 should keep on flying the company’s flag high above the V30.
LG is no longer doing the removable battery thing, which means the V30 will also come with a non-removable unit, probably bigger than the 3300mAh unit used on the LG G6. Samsung is rumored to be working on a 3300mAh unit for the Note 8 and while this is awkwardly small for a 6.3-inch panel, the company is probably not ready to take risks with a bigger battery for fears of a repeat of what happened with the Galaxy Note 7, which had a bigger 3500mAh unit.
Both phones will have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but the position of the scanner on the LG V30, from the leaked images, is way better than Samsung’s, which is still struggling with the placement of rear-mounted fingerprint scanners following its first attempt with the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
There’s talk of a $1000 price tag for the Galaxy Note 8, a figure that might price some people out of moving for the phone. As for the LG V30, it will probably hit the $800 mark or slightly above this figure, something that could swing the market towards the LG flagship.
So, which is your camp? LG V30 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8? Let us know in your comments below.