The LG V30 was announced recently by the company, although the pricing for the handset hasn’t been revealed yet. What we do know is that the device is going to be one of the hottest devices of the year, just as we lead up to the launch of the iPhone 8 in less than a week from now. But what about the current Apple flagship, the iPhone 7 Plus? How does it match up against the V30? Well, we’re going to have a detailed look at the two flagships today to ascertain which phone has the upper hand as it stands.
But wait, the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display, and we’re talking about a 6-inch phone comparison? Well, given the sheer size of the iPhone 7 Plus (which we’ll talk about in a bit), this comparison makes complete sense. While the iPhone 7 Plus is almost a year old in the marketplace, the comparison might seem a bit unfair to a few. However, this will give us a very good idea of how Apple’s best compares with LG’s latest and greatest flagship. So let’s dive right in.
LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus Best 6 Inch Phone Comparison
Display & Design
The iPhone 7 Plus comes with dimensions of 158.2 x 77.9mm, while the LG V30 has dimensions of 151.7 x 75.4mm. No, that’s not an error. Despite sporting a 6-inch display compared to the 5.5-incher iPhone 7 Plus, the LG V30 is actually smaller in size than the Apple flagship. This is thanks largely to the bezel-less design, which is currently the trend in the industry with Samsung already releasing two flagships with the said design. The V30 excels in every department, and it’s clear that the company has put in a lot of thought into the design of the handset. The handset uses a metal frame with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front and the back panel.
The iPhone 7 Plus goes for a more streamlined design, which is an upgrade over the iPhone 6s Plus. The company sacrifices a lot of the bezel area for the home button and the earpiece, however. The back consists of soft touch metal, which can be a tad slippery at times. In terms of the display size, the iPhone 7 Plus packs a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD panel, while the LG V30 comes with a 6-inch 2880 x 1440 P-OLED display. LG calls this the “FullVision” display, while Apple sticks to the “Retina Display” moniker that’s been around for a few years now.
The camera is certainly the highlight of the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s 12-megapixel rear camera accompanied by the telephoto lens is surely one of the best mobile cameras going around right now. However, the company has also made some key changes to software features to accommodate the new camera. Known as “Portrait Mode”, this particular feature has revolutionized mobile photography, leading several manufacturers to implement the feature. LG’s 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel arrangement, however, doesn’t come with such flamboyant software tricks. Instead sticking to wide angle photography, which has a charm of its own.
On the front, the LG V30 comes with a 5-megapixel sensor, which pales in comparison to the 7-megapixel shooter on the iPhone 7 Plus. Overall, the Apple flagship appears to be a better cameraphone, at least on paper.
LG is using Qualcomm’s high-speed Snapdragon 835 SoC with the V30. This chipset is currently seen on almost every Android flagship available in the industry. It is interesting to note that Samsung initially had exclusivity over the chipset when the Galaxy S8 was launched. This meant that LG had to go with the older quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipset with the G6. But with the exclusivity period ending, LG went all guns blazing with the V30, using the new chipset on board. This chipset uses the Adreno 540 GPU under the hood.
The iPhone 7 Plus uses Apple’s custom A10 Fusion quad-core chipset, which is an interesting addition to the A-series roster. Apple’s chipsets have been well ahead of their time, and tailored to work perfectly with the iOS software. This is something that Android manufacturers can seldom talk about, although LG has made great strides with the LG V30.
When we talk about RAM, the LG V30 has the iPhone 7 Plus beat here with 4GB of RAM. The iPhone 7 Plus settles for 3GB on board. If we’re talking about raw speed here, we feel the LG V30 has a slight edge here.
The LG V30 comes with a 3,300 mAh battery under the hood, which should be good enough to last you more than a day with moderate usage. The iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh unit on board, which should be enough to last a day.
Apple offers features like 3D Touch, Siri, Apple Pay, and Touch ID (fingerprint scanner) with the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone also features a reversible lightning port. The device unfortunately lacks a dedicated headphone jack, with Apple taking a big gamble to use the onboard lightning port as a headphone connector. This move has been widely criticized, although Apple offers a lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter with every unit of the handset. The phone runs iOS 10 out of the box, with an update to iOS 11 on the horizon. The iPhone 7 Plus is available in 32/128/256GB storage variants.
The LG V30 comes with a rear facing fingerprint scanner, a reversible USB C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a slew of attractive features. The phone comes with Android 7.1 Nougat by default, with the company probably planning for the next major update over the coming months. The phone also comes with MIL-STD-810G certification for durability and IP68 certification for water/dust resistance. You can get the LG V30 in 64 or 128GB (V30+) storage variants.
LG hasn’t officially announced the pricing of the LG V30, but multiple leaks have suggested that the phone will be priced at $749 off contract. LG hasn’t confirmed this, so we’re taking it with a grain of salt. For the iPhone 7 Plus, however, you will have to shell out $769, $869, and $969 for the 32, 129 and 56GB variants respectively.
As you can probably guess from the hardware specs sheet, it’s a tough contest between the two phones. But if we were to pick a winner in this comparison, it will have to be the LG V30 simply for the kind of upgrades it’s packing. The presence of a P-OLED display is a massive shift for LG, as the company predominantly used LCD panels in the past. Apple is expected to make some big changes with the iPhone 8, but until then, the LG V30 will have to remain the best flagship in town.