Apple has taken the world by storm with the announcement of the iPhone X. However, the company also announced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which are pretty good in their own right. Although it’s pretty small in terms of display size, the device matches up to conventional 6-inch phones in terms of overall size. Keeping this in mind, we figured it would be a good idea to compare the device and its hardware with the LG V30, which is one of the best looking Android smartphones in the market today, complete with the bezel-less design that the market loves and adores.
The comparison is pretty fair given that both devices have only recently been launched, and feature the latest and greatest hardware on board. However, we feel the iPhone 8 Plus is at a disadvantage given that it’s basically a marginally upgraded successor to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus. So how does the new iPhone fare in terms of a spec comparison? Well, let’s find out.
Display and Design
Both handsets feature an appealing design, but one feels that LG has put in a lot more thought into the design of the LG V30. It features a 6-inch Quad HD (2880 x 1440) P-OLED display, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD panel. Despite the disparity in display size, the LG V30 is significantly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. This is mainly due to the non-existent bezels on the V30, which cuts down on the unnecessary bulk from the smartphone. The V30 weighs 158 grams, while the iPhone 8 Plus is a whopping 202 grams. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that Apple has put in all the innovation into the iPhone X, and offered iterative upgrades to the iPhone 8 lineup.
In terms of screen-to-body ratio, the LG V30 has the iPhone 8 Plus beat with 81.2% compared to 67.4% on the iPhone 8 Plus. If we were to pick a winner here, it’s clear that the LG V30 will make the cut nine times out of ten.
This is an area where Apple enjoys unparalleled dominance in the mobile industry right now. Thanks to the new Portrait Mode features on board the iPhone 8 Plus, the camera has received a significant bump from the iPhone 7 Plus. With the ability to select Portrait Lighting for your Depth Effect shots, the customization options have been heavily increased now. Apple is using the same 12-megapixel dual rear cameras and a 7-megapixel front camera on the iPhone 8 Plus.
The LG V30, on the other hand, comes with 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel rear cameras, accompanied by a 5-megapixel front camera. The dual-camera works slightly differently on the LG V30, as it is capable of taking wide angle shots. There are no bokeh effect images here, although you can use third party apps to get the desired blur effect on your photos. The two lenses work in tandem to offer amazing wide angle pictures, something that most dual-camera phones cannot do. It’s tough to pick a winner in this area given that each user will have their own preferences with regards to the camera the desire.
The LG V30 is using the octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is also found on a handful of other Android flagships. This particular chipset uses four Kryo cores clocked at 2.45 GHz and four Kryo cores clocked at 1.9 GHz. The chipset uses the Adreno 540 GPU by default, which is capable of great things. In terms of RAM, the LG V30 is offered with 4GB of RAM by default, with no higher RAM capacity available.
The iPhone 8 Plus uses the new Apple A11 Bionic chipset, which is designed to be the fastest mobile SoC in the market. The chipset has already beaten some MacBooks and even modern day smartphones in terms of raw performance, so Apple has clearly done its homework with regards to the CPU. The A11 Bionic features 2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral CPU cores, with a three-core custom designed GPU handling the graphics side of things here. Much like the iPhone 7 Plus, the 8 Plus too comes with 3GB of RAM by default.
Apple is using a 2675 mAh battery with the iPhone 8 Plus, which also supports wireless charging for the first time. You can use conventional Qi based chargers, although the company will also offer its own wireless charging mat, known as the AirPower in 2018. Since the iPhone 8 Plus uses the same display and a faster CPU on board, we expect the battery life to be pretty much on par with the predecessor, but somewhat lacking compared to the LG V30’s 3,300 mAh battery unit. The V30 also comes with standard wireless charging on board, so both smartphones are on level pegging with regards to onboard features.
The LG V30 will be available in Cloud Silver and Moroccan Blue, while the iPhone 8 Plus can be snatched up in Gold, Space Gray, and Silver. Both phones come with reversible charging connectors, although the V30 uses the USB C whereas the iPhone 8 Plus uses its conventional Lightning charging port. The V30 has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner while the iPhone 8 Plus has a front facing Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
The LG V30 is offered with 64GB of storage by default, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64 and 256GB options at launch. Both phones come with water/dust resistance, although LG offers IP68 protection while the iPhone 8 Plus offers IP67 certified protection. The LG offering is MIL-STD-810G certified for added durability against the forces of nature. Lastly, Apple is debuting the iOS 11 operating system with the iPhone 8 Plus, while the LG V30 features Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
The 64GB version of the iPhone 8 Plus will be offered for $799 while the 256GB variant will sell for $949. As for the LG V30, no carrier has announced the pricing of the new handset, but one feels that it will retail for around $699 in the region, based on the South Korean pricing of the handset.
When it comes to picking the best flagship handset in 2017, the choices are plenty. However, if you’ve narrowed it down to these two handsets, you will be pleased to know that you can’t go wrong with either handset. The iPhone 8 Plus features an identical design as the predecessor, but the changes made under-the-hood make it a worthwhile upgrade. The LG V30, on the other hand, is a spectacular flagship with the latest hardware and a fairly new operating system. If we were to pick one device, it will have to be the LG V30, simply for the design and other hardware features.