These two phones are, for the most part, closely matched in terms of specs. Even though the Galaxy S8 is a little bit more expensive, it pips the G6 for us with its gorgeous design, Infinity Display and faster processor. The dual-cameras and larger battery might tempt you to go with LG, though.
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The two most anticipated
Android phones of the year are now here: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and LG’s G6. In this article we aim to discover the key specification differences to help you make an informed purchasing decision, though you should also check out our
LG G6 review and
Samsung Galaxy S8 review for more in-depth details.
LG has also released the
G6 in the UK. You can save a few quid compared to the S8 as it’s priced at £649.
With the prices very similar, read on to find out which 2017 flagship phone is best for you.
LG has moved away from the modular design of the
LG G5 and has ditched the removable battery in favour of waterproofing and a more aesthetic metal body. The fingerprint scanner remains on the back.
This is also where you’ll now find the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8, sitting to the right of the rear camera, but a software home button remains at the front on a pressure-sensitive area of the display that acts as a physical button.
The dual-curved-edge screen seen on last year’s Galaxy S7 edge model is now standard across the range, and also new is Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. The ‘Infinity Edge’ is a key differentiator between the S8 and G6 and a decent reason to pay the extra.
Although the S8 is the nicer phone for look and feel, it’s the one which is in more need of a case. Sadly, all the ones we’ve tried hide the attractive curved and hinder the use of the curved screen. Also see:Galaxy S8 Active latest rumours.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 Specs and features
You can get a good idea of how the phones compare in terms of specs in the table below but we’re going to talk about key differences. The headline feature of both the G6 and Galaxy S8 is the screen, so we’ll focus on that to start.
Starting with Samsung, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8in screen with a Quad-HD+ resolution of 2960×1440 pixels and a dual-curved edge. The larger Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2in display, also with a Quad-HD+ resolution.
The LG G6 has a big screen, but it’s not quite as large as its rival at 5.7in. Interestingly it has an 18:9 aspect ratio (yes that’s 2:1) with a 1440×2880-pixel resolution.
As previously mentioned, it’s the dual-edge Infinity Display that sets the S8 apart. It not only looks and feels nicer but you also get the additional functionality from the edge panels such as shortcuts.
Via the table you can see that these phones largely share similar specs but the S8 has a more up-to-date processor in the
Snapdragon 835 compared to the older 821. In the UK Samsung has fitted its own Exynos 8895 which is extremely powerful.
While the S8 takes amazing photos with the 12Mp camera, the LG G6 benefits from a second wide-angle camera which can come in very useful. It also has a bigger battery and newer Quick Charge 3.0. Also see:Best phones 2017.
Tech Advisor's Reviews Editor, Chris has been reviewing all kinds of tech for over 10 years and specialises in audio. He also covers a range of topics including home entertainment, phones, laptops, tablets and more.