The LG G6 is one of the break-out phones of this year with LG really pulling it out of the bag with its new offering; it is packed with unique and impressive features and along with the Samsung S8, it is one of the most anticipated Android phones of 2017!
With the much awaited G6 finally on sale, we check out how it stacks up against its biggest competitor, the S8 from Samsung. Read on to see the similarities and differences between the LG G6 and Samsung S8.
Design and Display
The G5 received an underwhelming reception last year and despite its unique and exciting modular design, it did not prove to be as popular as expected. However, LG are back with a better and bigger phone, literally, as the G6 has a much larger 5.7” screen with a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Quad HD+ Full Vision Display looks even more striking and impressive due to the thin bezel around the screen, and it is the first phone to have Dolby Vision technology built in.
The lack of bezel design is a trend we see following through with all major phone manufacturers, including Samsung’s S8, as well as the iPhone 8 also being rumoured to have a bezel free design when it launches later this year. Similarly, the S8 has a 5.8’’ Quad HD+ ‘infinity display’ and 2,960 x 1440 pixel screen with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, so although the Samsung’s screen is slightly larger, both phones deliver a vivid and vibrant display.
The camera on the LG G6 is what makes it stand out from its competitors, it has two rear cameras, one which is a wide angle lens and one which is a standard lens camera, and both are an impressive 13MP each. With the option of two cameras; users are able to choose whether they want to take a panoramic style image or not.
The wide angle lens variant will allow you to capture beautiful images of breath-taking sunsets and views or even just group selfies. The front facing camera on the G6 is 5MP and also has a wide angle option, which will let you take selfies to the next level and is perfect for fitting in a crowd of people without having to leave anyone out! It even has a square camera app for Instagram friendly photos!
The Samsung S8, on the other hand, does not feature a wide angle lens camera on the front or back, and there is also no change in terms of the camera specs from last year’s Samsung S7, as Samsung have chosen to stick with the 12MP camera this year too. This will disappoint some of us who expected a big jump from the 12MP camera, and with the Sony Xperia X7’s 23MP camera it’s clear to see how this is underwhelming in comparison to its competitors.
The iPhone 7 Plus also includes a wide angle lens and telephoto camera on the rear of the phone, with higher quality zoom and ‘portrait mode’ for blurred backgrounds. This follows suit from other phone manufacturers and the popularity of adding options for us, the end user which gives the LG G6 a slight advantage in the LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 battle.
Performance and Features
The G6 comes in a choice of three colours, which include ‘Black’, ‘Platinum Silver’ and ‘White’ and the S8 currently comes in two colour options in the UK, ‘Orchid Grey’ and ‘Midnight Black’, with some people finding the colour options of the Samsung variant too limiting, however both phones may release more colours in the future.
The S8’s Snapdragon Qualcomm 835 processor is newer than the G6’s Snapdragon Qualcomm 821 processor, making the S8 slightly faster than the LG G6, as they have chosen to include the older processor on the LG. Both phones have Android 7.0 Nougat operating systems; both phones are also water and dust proof, just like most other high end competing phones like the iPhone 7, Sony Xperia XZ and even the Samsung S7, understandably so, as an increasing number of us are willing to pay more for durable phones.
The LG G6 comes with Google Assistant built in on the phone whereas the Samsung S8 comes with an all new assistant, Bixby, which has been a clear highlight for Samsung. Where they differ greatly is with the battery and the G6’s larger battery size of 3,300mAh, the Samsung S8’S 3,000mAh wireless charging battery is smaller, however this does not necessarily translate to longer battery life.
Overall, the LG G6 has an array of features which sets it apart from other smartphones; for example the rear dual wide angle lens cameras, as well as the powerful battery, and the display with completely new technologies for a smartphone incorporated within it, make it differ from its competitors and puts it slightly ahead.
As the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are the amongst the hottest smartphone releases of this year and with all the world’s largest phone manufactures having major releases this year, we are yet to see just how successful the LG G6 will prove, especially considering we are still in the first half of the year.
However, it is clear to see that the Korean manufacturer has packed the phone with enough features and specs for it to be a real contender. And it clearly stands out as a must have for 2017, even against the mighty S8.
We hope you enjoyed reading our LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 comparison. Let us know if you’re planning on getting your hands on the smartphone soon, or if you already have one let us know what you think of it, by dropping us a comment below!