With all the major smartphone companies releasing at least one new phablet device this year, there are just too many options to choose from. LG, Apple, Google, Samsung and more are coming out with at least one new phablet device and while the price matters in making the purchase, a lot of hardcore enthusiasts might not consider the difference among them. Here, we will compare two of the top contenders for the best phablets of this year, LG V30 VS. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
While both devices aren’t officially available in the market yet, pretty much all the details about them are known, including our review of Note 8 which means this LG V30 VS. Galaxy Note 8 comparison should help you make an informed decision when you are considering to purchase a new high-end smartphone.
LG V30 VS. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Below is a comparison of two of the high-end phablet options which will be available in the market before the end of this year.
Both LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. However, for international markets, including Europe and Asia, the Galaxy Note 8 is also available in a different version which is powered by the Exynos 8895 processor. The performance for both these processors is almost the same, so even if you buy the Exynos 8895 powered Note 8, there would be no loss or gain for you.
Although both LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offer expandable storage through a microSD card, the LG V30 storage is limited when it comes to default internal storage space as it is only available in 64GB and 128GB models. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 storage options range from 64GB up to 256GB and can be further expanded using microSD card. However, for the international model of Note 8, the microSD card uses up the extra SIM slot.
While extra RAM doesn’t necessarily improve performance, the Note 8 RAM of 6GB allows it to be better at multi-tasking as compared to that of LG V30 which has just 4GB of memory. Both devices are also powered by 3,300mAh battery that supports Wireless charging using Qi and PMA standards.
There is no clear winner when it comes to raw hardware specifications of LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hardware comparison, although the Note 8 takes a slight edge due to its RAM.
Display and Design
Since both devices, LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8, being compared are phablets, it is understandable that they will have high-end large screens. However, the Galaxy Note 8 screen size has a slight advantage here as the device features a 6.3-inch display compared to the 6-inch offering of LG V30. While the LG uses 2880 x 1440 OLED display as compared to the Note 8 screen which is 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED, LG V30 delivers slightly sharper result thanks to its high pixel density of 537 ppi while the Note 8 pixel density is at 521 ppi.
In terms of design, both LG and Samsung opted for a minimal bezel approach with almost edge-to-edge screens. However, the Galaxy Note 8 screen is slightly curved around the ends while LG V30 display remains flat. The construction of these screens will also undoubtedly play a huge factor when deciding upon what to buy. The LG V30 is protected by Gorilla
Glass shield which ensures scratches won’t be a problem even with some rough usage, however the Note 8 screen isn’t so lucky and is prone to a lot of scratching, especially around the curved screen edges.
Here the winner comes down to personal preference. If you think you will be handling your device roughly and don’t really care about curved screens, the LG V30 clearly wins, however the Note 8 screen is definitely beautiful to look at although not as durable.
While on the surface it might seem as if there isn’t much of a difference when it comes to LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera but despite both of them having dual-lens camera, the technology under the hood is quite different. LG V30 dual-lens camera has one 16MP 10-bit HDR capable sensor and another 13MP sensor with a wide-angle lens. On the other hand, the Note 8 dual-lens camera has both of its sensors operating at 12MP to deliver the world’s first smartphone with two optically stabilized lenses instead of just one.
Although the LG V30 dual-lens camera offers great wide angle shots, the software that comes bundled with Galaxy Note 8 dual-lens camera makes sure that the extra sensor not only delivers DSLR-like bokeh effect but also doesn’t compromise on quality when using features like Dual Capture which takes a close-up shot and a wide angle one altogether.
From the look of things, no one wins this round of LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as both cameras offer pretty much the same features and results.
Both the devices are powered by Android Nougat, although with the manufacturer’s own flavor of the OS. However, the LG V30 software remains pretty close to the stock Android firmware except for a few design changes that in no way negatively impact the experience or make the UI look bloated. Samsung continues to use its TouchWiz UI for Note 8 software with some interesting new additions. One big change in the Note 8 TouchWiz UI is the inclusion of the company’s digital assistant, Bixby.
Despite both being phablets, the Note series has always been about Stylus use and the Note 8 software fully delivers on that with the new and improved S Pen alongside the amazing software capabilities. The Screen Off Memo lets you write on the Note 8 display without having to unlock the device while Air Command provides a list of useful shortcuts to be used with the stylus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the clear winner here as it shows that Stock Android isn’t always the best option and makes full use of the Note 8 TouchWiz UI to make the most out of the hardware and software of the device.
LG hasn’t revealed the launch price of LG V30 but given the premium specifications and hardware involved, the phablet is less likely to be below $800. On the other hand, the Note 8 price is $930 which makes it an extremely expensive smartphone to purchase. If someone decides to buy in installments from their carrier, the total amount they will have to pay would be even higher.
Until the final price of LG V30 is confirmed, there can’t be an actual LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 winner when it comes to pricing.
If all you need from your phone is a good and sturdy device with amazing display and camera quality, LG V30 seems to be the ideal choice as per our LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, this depends on what the final price tag for the V30 would be. If it is anywhere close to $900, the Galaxy Note 8 is clearly the better choice as for just a little bit more money, you get a bigger screen, more RAM and an amazing set of software tools alongside a Stylus to make full use of that large screen.