After hundreds of leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally official. This is one of the most important phones in the history of the South Korean company, given that it’s the first major flagship after the huge debacle with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. So far, the company seems to have done a very good job with the S8, at least on paper, and that’s why let’s check out Samsung Galaxy S8 versus its most direct rival, the LG G6. Both phones are different in multiple aspects but the Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 comparison will highlight where they are similar as well.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Design
Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like the winner. The LG G6 and the Galaxy S8 have very similar basic design and it’s clear that both the companies are trying to limit the front bezels as much as possible. But the S8 comes with dual curved display, which limits its bezels as well as makes the phone look better than the G6.
Coming to the back, the Galaxy S8 comes with a glass body, much like the LG G6. So, both should attract a bit of fingerprint. But in my personal opinion, the back of the Galaxy S8 looks a bit messy, especially because of its weird fingerprint placement. The LG G6 looks much better in this regard with a bit of symmetry thanks to the dual cameras at the back.
In case you noticed, both phones have onscreen buttons to minimize the bezels on board.
The dimensions are almost the same, including the thickness. However, the S8 is lighter in terms of weight.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Display
The display is one of the highlights of both the models. The bezels are limited, which means you get more real estate in a relatively small body.
The screen on the S8 is an inch larger, featuring a 5.8-inch display (2960 x 1440p) as opposed to the 5.7-inch one on the LG G6 (2880 x 1440p). Both have slightly different screen resolutions and their aspect ratios are also different. The aspect ratio on the S8 is a bit weird:- 18.5:9. The LG G6 has an 18:9 screen.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Specs
This is really where the S8 blows LG G6 away. First of all, the phone boasts of the brand new 10nm Snapdragon 835 @ 2.3GHz / Exynos 9 @ 2.3GHz CPU options, both of which are the two best Android processors in the market right now. On the other hand, the LG G6 features the capable yet old Snapdragon 821.
|SAMSUNG GALAXY S8||LG G6|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155 grams||148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 grams|
|DISPLAY||5.8-inch 2960 x 1440p (570 ppi)|
|5.7-inch 2880 x 1440p (564 ppi)|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 @ 2.3 / Exynos 9 @ 2.3||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 @ 2.35GHz|
|MEMORY||4GB + 64GB|
|4GB + 32GB / 64GB|
|CAMERA||12MP f/1.7 OIS|
8MP f/1.7 Front Camera
|Dual 13MP f/1.8, PDAF, 1/3" sensor|
5MP Front f/2.2
|OS||Android 7 Nougat||Android 7 Nougat, LG 6.0 UI|
|SPECIAL FEATURES||IP68 Certification||IP68 Certification|
|COLORS||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.||Black, White, Titanium|
Both phones have 4GB + 64GB memory options with MicroSD expansion. However, it’s very likely that the S8 comes with a 6GB RAM version in China, which is still unannounced officially.
The battery on board the Galaxy S8 is smaller at 3000mAh. It’s one of the areas where the S8 lacks the punch on paper. To compensate, there’s fast charging as well as wireless charging. The LG G6 has a slightly larger 3300mAh battery with fast charging. Only after a real world test can we decide which one has the better battery life.
Other features on the S8 include IP68 certification, the brand new Bixby assistant, face recognition and Cat. 16 Gigabit LTE support (only in certain models). On the other hand, the LG G6 has IP68 certification as well as Google Assistant.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Camera
For some reason, the Galaxy S8 retains the same capable camera as in the S7 Edge. Now, the S7 Edge had one of the best cameras of its time — a 12MP f/1.7 OIS setup. But the Google Pixel managed to top that after its launch. Samsung has promised faster and better performance with the same setup through software optimizations, but we can’t say how much better it is, as compared to the already powerful S7 Edge’s camera setup. In comparison, the LG G6 takes a leap in the camera department as compared to G5, its predecessor, with a dual 13MP f/1.8 setup. The photos from the setup come out pretty good. But only a real life camera comparison would give us better insight on who’s better.
Up front, the S8 has a capable 8MP f/1.7 camera while the LG G6 features a 5MP f/2.2 setup.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Price
Galaxy S series has always been one of the priciest of Galaxy models in the market. The same continues with the S8, as the expected starting price is around $750. If this is the case, the LG G6 should be a bit cheaper, coming at around $720.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: Conclusion
If you are obsessed about the specs, the Galaxy S8 is definitely the phone for you. In fact, considering the specs, features, infinity display and the small price difference between the S8 and the G6, the former seems to offer better value for your money.
Which one would you pick?