The entire world thought that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be boss till the iPhone 8 anniversary edition arrives. But LG has spoiled the party of Samsung by launching its best phone ever – the LG V30.
The all new LG V30 outsmarted the Galaxy Note 8 in many ways possible, especially it dethroned Samsung in its own game. Samsung’s Note series has been phenomenal for the brand since its existence. But LG V30 is just a third smartphone in the LG V series, created to compete with the Galaxy Note series.
Samsung Note 8
The LG V10 and LG V20 were different phones with secondary ticker screen, and sort of aimed at audiophiles with dedicated DAC inside them. But the LG V30 ditches the secondary screen and retains all the best features of the LG G6 and previous LG V smartphones.
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 are yet to reach the Indian market, but which one’s going to arrive fast is the point here. Surely, Samsung will bring the Note 8 ahead of LG, but the price is another factor. The LG V30 is reportedly said to cost just Rs. 51,990 in the Indian market, whereas the Note 8 is claimed to be priced at Rs. 70,900.
Surely, both the smartphones will arrive in India before the festive season, but which one should you choose? Let’s find out in detail.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 looks identical to the earlier Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with an Infinity display dominating the front. But the shape of the smartphone itself has gone rectangular- more like earlier Note smartphones.
The smartphone is built out of glass, and Samsung managed to add the wireless charging feature because of the same. The glass at the back and front is prone to fingerprint smudges, which is expected.
LG V30 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Coming to the LG V30, this smartphone is also made out of glass. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the device on both front and back. Same as the Note 8, the LG V30 also features wireless charging along with the back prone to scratches.
The Galaxy Note 8 has a slightly larger top bezel, whereas the LG V30 doesn’t feature large bezels on top and bottom. As stated up front, the Galaxy Note 8 looks just like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, whereas the LG V30 is the best-looking smartphone available right now.
Dimensions wise, the Galaxy Note 8 measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm and weighs 195 grams. The V30 is considerably thinner at 7.4mm and weighs just 158grams. The LG V30 is a winner in the design segment.
I personally feel that the Lg V30 is a more easy to use device considering it is much less bulkier and has a smaller form factor compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. On the other hand the Note 8 has a bigger display for media consumption.
The Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 both feature bigger displays of 6.3-inch and 6-inch respectively. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, they both feel like holding a 5.5-inch bezelled smartphone. Though the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a taller profile and is longer by the LG V30 by almost 11 mm. The Lg V30 is slightly wider compared to the Samsung Note 8.
Both are QHD+ panels. The Galaxy Note 8 is rated to have the best display in any smartphone by DisplayMate, but the V30 also has a great display. Both the panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protective glass.
Top-end hardware is what these both phones feature. They both are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. The Note 8 will come with Exynos 8895 chipset in India. The Note 8 comes with 6GB of RAM, but the LG V30 has just 4GB of RAM. So, Samsung has an added advantage of extra 2gigs. The Adreno 540 GPU will handle the graphics in both phones.
Samsung Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 comes with additional hardware in the form of S-Pen with which you can perform several actions. The Note 8 and V30 both feature IP68 water and dust resistant properties. The LG V30 comes with a dedicated Quad DAC for enhanced audio.
Camera (Cameras suits better)
These are cameras masquerading as smartphones. They both have the industry’s best cameras you can find in a smartphone. Numbers wise, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with dual 12MP rear cameras.
The primary 12MP sensor has f/1.7 aperture and 52 mm lens.
The secondary 12MP sensor has a f/2.4 aperture. The highlight of these sensors is they both have optical image stabilisation support. The secondary sensor has a telephoto lens and captures depth images as well. The Note 8 has an 8MP front-facing camera.
The LG V30 also comes with dual camera setup. The smartphone has two sensors of 16MP and 13MP at the back. The 16MP sensor has the industry’s first f/1.6 aperture, whereas the 13MP sensor shoots wide-angle shots of 120-degrees. Both the Note 8 and LG V30 can record 4K videos. The V30 has a 5MP wide-angle selfie camera.
Operating System and Battery
The Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1 Nougat based Samsung TouchWiz UI. The LG V30 also runs Android 7.1 Nougat based LG UX 6.0+. Both come with different features, and the Note 8 has an advantage in the form of S-Pen, which allows you to take notes directly from the lock screen itself.
The LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 has a 3300mAh battery powering them with quick charge support and even has wireless charging support.
Conclusion: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs LG V30: Which Flagship Phone Is Better?
The LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 are probably the best Android smartphones money can buy right now. The V30 has several features such as industry’s first f/1.6 camera, excellent design, slim bezels. The Note 8 has the trademark S-Pen support, which itself is enough to lure the customers.
You can go with any of the smartphones between the Note 8 and V30, and you will get the best Android experience ever. But we think the LG V30 offers more value for money if LG keeps the price close to Rs. 50 to 55k in India compared to a 68k price for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
The price difference of Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 is a big deal, and for most flagship phone buyers, it can tilt the decision towards the LG V30.
Key Specs for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 :
- Screen Size – 6.3-inch QHD+ display, with 18:5:9 Aspect Ratio.
- Resolution- Quad HD+ Display with (2960*1440) Pixels resolution
- Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 64-bit (Indian variant)
- Ram and Storage – 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage
- Rear Camera – 12 MP Dual Rear camera with one lens with f/1.7 aperture and other f/2.4. OIS on Dual lens and 4K videos.
- Front Selfie Camera – 8 MP front Camera
- OS – Runs on TouchWiz UI with Android OS 7.1, Nougat
- Finger print sensor at the back
- Water and Dustproof with IP 68 Rating.
- Battery – 3300 mAh battery with fast charging technology and USB-C port
- Additional Features – Bixby Assistant, Face Recognition, S-Pen Support, Samsung DEX support.
- Price Rs. 70,000 or $900
Key Specs For LG V30 Smartphone
- Processor QualcommSnapdragon 835 Octa-Core Processor Clocked at 2.35 GHz.
- GPU – Adreno 540 GPU.
- Display and Screen Size : 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED Full Vision Display with 2880 x 1440 & 538ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, 83% Screen to Body Ratio.
- LG V30: 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64 GB UFS 2.0 Internal Storage, MicroSD support (up to 2TB)
- LG V30+: 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM / 128 GB UFS 2.0 Internal Storage, MicroSD support (up to 2TB)
- Rear Camera: Dual 16 MP Standard Angle (F/1.6 aperture / 71°) + 13 MP Wide Angle (F1.9 aperture and 120°)
- Front Selfie Camera: 5 MP Wide Angle (F2.2 aperture camera with 90°)
- Battery Capacity: 3,300 mAh with Qnovo technology and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with the LG UX 6.0.
- Thickness – 7.3 mm, Weight: 158 grams
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- Others Features: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / Wireless Charging
- Sound – 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC /
- Day Dream Ready
- Voice & Face Recognition
- Colours: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet
- Fingerprint Scanner at the back of the device.
- Expected Price – Rs. 51,990.