The Samsung Galaxy S8 was unveiled not too long ago. In the meanwhile, LG’s flagship is already a few weeks old in the industry, and has set the benchmark for what should be a very good flagship.
For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 is incredibly important as there’s a lot of pressure mounting on the company post the dismal showing of the Galaxy Note 7. It will be interesting to see if the two can hold their own against each other.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
However, there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S8 has the upper hand over the LG G6 in terms of design as well as display technology. But can LG catch up to its Korean rival in the other departments? We’ll try to find out in this article. It goes without saying that the two handsets are perhaps the most evenly balanced smartphones in the market today.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 specs comparison
The Galaxy S8 is using a revolutionary 5.8-inch-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED “Infinity Display”, with two curved edges on either side. This is a game changer in the industry and it will be interesting to see if the market can catch up to this.
The LG G6, on the other hand, comes with what the company calls, the “FullVision” Display, which offers a better body to screen ratio on the handset. The handset comes with a slightly smaller 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD panel. Naturally, the Galaxy S8 is the better of the two, but it all comes down to the kind of design you want in a handset.
It is important to note that Samsung hasn’t made a lot of changes in this area. This is simply because the camera on the Galaxy S7 was just that good, it didn’t need to be changed further. It comes equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera, with a f/1.7 lens that promises to take some amazing pictures.
The LG G6, on the other hand, uses an equally good sensor. The handset comes with a 13-megapixel f/1.8 lens on board, which gives the Galaxy S8 the upper hand, but very slightly.
In terms of front cameras, the Galaxy S8 comes with Smart Auto Focus by default now, which will help you get the best kind of self-portraits or group selfies. The company is using an 8-megapixel f/1.7 sensor for selfies.
LG, however, is using a 5-megapixel f/2.2 lens on board, which is significantly behind the Galaxy S8 in terms of quality. We’re not sure if this will be a deal-breaker for many, given that selfies don’t matter much for a few customers.
LG played it safe with the G6 and went with the quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipset. Samsung however, took the challenge and went with the Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset. Needless to say, Samsung has LG beat here.
The Snapdragon 821 uses a quad-core CPU structure with two cores clocked at 2.35 GHz and two cores at 1.6 GHz. The Snapdragon 835, however, comes with four cores of 2.35 GHz and four cores of 1.9 GHz each, thus making it very clear that the Galaxy S8 takes this round quite comfortably. Both chipsets use the Kryo cores for optimum performance.
In terms of RAM, both phones come with 4GB of RAM, which should be enough to handle whatever you throw at your device. However, the real world performance can only be ascertained when we have both of them side by side for an in-depth comparison.
On paper, the LG G6 houses the bigger battery in the form of a 3,300mAh unit. Samsung is going with a more moderate 3,000mAh unit with the Galaxy S8. This is perhaps a consequence of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster that’s still fresh on many minds.
But when we compare the two in terms of the kind of technology they’re using, one would say that the two devices will have similar standby times or display-on times. But the fact that Samsung is using a Super AMOLED panel with the Galaxy S8 might enhance the battery life somewhat, not by a big margin, though.
Both phones are water-resistant (IP68 certified), so you know rains or accidental splashes will not bother these handsets. This is quickly becoming a norm in the mobile industry, so we’re not particularly surprised.
Samsung is using the octa-core Snapdragon 835 variant of the Galaxy S8 only for the American markets. The rest will get the Exynos 8895 chipset that’s developed by Samsung.
The Galaxy S8 is available in just the solitary 64GB variant, but the storage can be expanded with the use of a microSD card. The LG G6 comes in 32 and 64GB variants, also with a microSD card slot, so users don’t have to worry about the storage, or its lack thereof.
The one feature that I personally liked on the Galaxy S8 is the Bixby voice assistant, which is basically Samsung’s version of Google Assistant. In addition to answering your regular queries, Bixby is also capable of performing image searches (very much like Google Now on Tap), so those who haven’t tried out a few of those features before will be very pleased to know about its presence.
The company has also made some important changes to the user interface, which was imperative given that this is a new flagship. The two curved edge panels will now have some new apps that can be used.
LG too has made some massive changes to its user interface as compared to the predecessor. The change was also necessary to accommodate for the new 18:9 screen that the flagship uses. Other software tweaks like multi-window, as well as the neat customizations done to the camera app, makes the LG G6 a treat in terms of software experience.
It’s pretty clear that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has the upper hand in almost every department here. However, if you’ve already been in the Samsung ecosystem for a while and want to consider a switch, you can’t go too wrong with the LG G6. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio on the display, the smartphone is one of the better-looking flagships in the market today. Not to mention the fact that the Galaxy S8 might be slightly on the expensive side when it is launched in the markets later this month.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6