Samsung Galaxy S8 is the current talk of the town.
The phone has already been launched in a number of markets, but it will be heading to more markets in the coming weeks.
The Galaxy S8 has taken the smartphone world by storm thanks to its one-of-a-kind design, but this is not all. There are interesting features on board and so is the hardware and software that ships with it out of the box. While the S8 might appear to be the real deal, it comes into a market that has already received and embraced a number of proven flagships, with one of them being the LG V20.
Today, it’s easy to argue that the LG V series is the company’s flagship device. This is true because over the past two years, the LG V10 and LG V20 have been way better than the LG G4 and last year’s LG G5 in just about every aspect. Given that this year’s LG G6 has already been released with specs that many consider as so 2016, it is possible that the LG V30 will be the main flagship, carrying all the bells and whistles that you see in the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8.
As usual, we expect to see the successor to the LG V20 somewhere in August or September, a date that is quite a distant from now. So, before the supposed LG V30 comes to life, here’s how the current model compares against the new kid in town – the Galaxy S8.
Design and display
As usual, the design aspect of smartphones is something very dependent. Different smartphone buyers have varied tastes, but it won’t be hard to convince many that Samsung Galaxy S8 is much more beautiful to look at than the LG V20. Still, this doesn’t mean that the latter is ugly. In fact, the V20 is one of the most outstanding device from 2016 when it comes to design, especially when you factor in its dual display feature.
Speaking of display, the two phones have just about the same screen size. There’s 5.7 inches of QHD LCD display on the LG V20 and 5.8 inches of QHD+ AMOLED display on the Galaxy S8. The LG flagship gets a MIL-STD-810G body that is way tougher than the IP68-certified S8, but both handsets have Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology protecting them as well.
Hardware and software specs
Being months newer than the LG V20, the Galaxy S8 ships with newer hardware specs, but the software is the same as its 2016 counterpart. The former has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage options while the latter has a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s a microSD card slot on each model.
Both phones have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but the LG V20 has it better placed than the Galaxy S8. There’s a dual-lens camera of 16MP+8MP on the back of the V20 while the Galaxy S8 has a single 12MP lens. Despite the physical differences, you should get stunning shots from either phone, especially the S8. The front of the S8 gets an 8MP shooter while the V20 has a 5MP lens.
To keep the V20 alive is a decent 3200mAh battery that is removable and supports fast charging technology via a USB-C port. On the other hand, the Galaxy S8 has a smaller 3000mAh battery that also supports fast charging via a USB-C port. As noted, the two have the same Android 7.0 Nougat running the show out of the box.
Being a new phone, Samsung Galaxy S8 has quite a number of interesting features to showcase. You’ll find the likes of Samsung DeX for turning the S8 into a PC and Samsung Bixby that emulates the Google Assistant. The good side of the story is that the LG V20 also brings support for the Google Assistant, but it lacks on the aspect of PC connectivity.
Other features such as 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth are also on board, but for the latter feature, Samsung Galaxy S8 has Bluetooth 5.0 while the LG V20 gets v4.2.