Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: A tight race for the lead

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs LG V30: A tight race for the lead

Samsung made its first move with the Galaxy Note 8, and LG followed suit with the V30. Both smartphones are flagship devices for the manufacturers and while they may seem pretty similar, they do have their differences.

Until very recently, smartphones from LG and Samsung looked distinctly different from each other, but now both have become more alike with the V30 and the Galaxy Note 8. Curved glass on the front and rear that seamlessly merge with the aluminum bezel and flowing forms neatly characterize the look. Both Korean smartphones look elegant from the outside and the bezel around the display is thin, but only Samsung has a display that is actually slightly curved.

It’s not easy to pick a favorite between these two devices; both smartphones look elegant and have impeccable craftsmanship. Perhaps LG pulls off the rear a bit better with its shimmering color shades, while the Galaxy Note 8 seems somewhat more mundane. LG has also integrated the dual camera in the housing in a somewhat more subtle manner. The position of the fingerprint sensor has been significantly improved, though unfortunately the same cannot be said for Samsung's smartphones.

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In terms of appearance, the LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 look quite similar. / © NextPit

The Galaxy Note 8’s S-Pen is a bonus

The biggest difference between the phones is that the Note 8 has the S-Pen. LG only offers a stylus-equipped smartphone with its mid-range devices, but Samsung is on its own in that regard when it comes to flagships. The market leader has also taken advantage of this, and the Galaxy Note 8’s stylus functions are actually super exciting. You can write and pin notes directly on a powered-off display, create GIFs, draw - the S-Pen lets you do things that other phones cannot. Of course, not everyone needs that, but it is a definite bonus.

There are many similarities (and differences) when looking at the technical specs of both phones. At 6.3 inches, the Galaxy Note 8 has a slightly larger display than the LG V30, although the LG smartphone is a centimeter shorter and - due to the lack of an S-Pen - significantly flatter. Samsung is a step ahead with the resolution of the front camera and RAM, while both devices have an identical battery, which is also interesting because the Note 8 is much heavier than the V30. You can check out a comparison of all the specs in the following table.

LG V30 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 technical specifications

  LG V30 Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 158 g 195 g
Battery size: 3300 mAh 3300 mAh
Screen size: 6 in 6.3 in
Display technology: POLED AMOLED
Screen: 2880 x 1440 pixels (537 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (522 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED LED
Android version: 7.1.2 - Nougat 7.1.1 - Nougat
User interface: LG UX TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 6 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Samsung Exynos 8895
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.45 GHz 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Samsung and LG’s dual cameras show many parallels, but they are fundamentally different. Both have two adjacent cameras, but in addition to the normal one, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a telephoto lens with 2x zoom, while LG uses a wide-angle lens. As a result, the Galaxy Note 8 is more suited for portrait and close-up shots, while the V30 can pack more in a picture than most smartphones.

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Direct comparison of the LG V30 (left), Galaxy Note 8 (center) and Galaxy S8+ (right). / © NextPit

But the battle between Samsung and LG is still exciting, because both smartphones are sleek, well-equipped, fast, and have a unique style despite the similarities.

Both smartphones are currently going through our gamut of tests, and you'll be able to read about the results in the coming days.

We want to know what you think. Which of these two smartphones would be your next one?


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  • Dean L. Sep 8, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm not a Samsung fan but have had many not-so-smart phones from LG (like the Voyager). So you could say I'm an LG fan. My son just got the G6 & loves it. The bottom line comes down to what you need your phone to do and how much do you want to spend to get it. We don't have a price for the V30 yet but I'm thinking it will be less than the note 8. That may be where I finally decide to buy a V30. And also because I find the wide angle camera more useful.

  • nightflyer2131 Sep 6, 2017 Link to comment

    for those who are fans it's a good thing and those who are not o well !

  • itprolonden Sep 6, 2017 Link to comment

    There are enough differences to make these phones for different user types.

    • David Martrano Sep 6, 2017 Link to comment

      I think between both these phones you can't go wrong. What's next the iphone8. What a fall preview this is turning out to be. I prefer the note but the other two are the best offerings you will find. The 11 is no slouch either. This is a great time for consumer's. The best in years!

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