Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 full review
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.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 Price
The Galaxy S8 is now available and it's available SIM-free for £689 - you can check out the best Galaxy S8 deals here.
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.
Samsung's fingerprint scanner placement is one of the worst things about the phone and the Iris scanner still isn't great, either. Also see: Samsung Pay is now available in the UK!
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 2960x1440 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 1440x2880-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.
|Specification||Galaxy S8||LG G6|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Display||5.8in QuadHD+ (2960x1440, 570ppi) SuperAMOLED, Infinity Edge||5.7in Quad-HD+ (2880x1440, 565ppi) LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|GPU||Adreno 540/Mali-G71 MP20||Adreno 530|
|Storage||64GB, microSD support||32GB/64GB, microSD support|
|Cameras||12Mp, f/1.7 rear; 8Mp selfie with autofocus||Dual 13Mp rear cameras, 5Mp selfie|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner, iris scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB-C|
|Battery||3,000mAh, fast wired- and wireless charging, Quick Charge 2.0||3,300mAh, wireless charging only in US, Quick Charge 3.0|
|Dimensions||149 x 68 x 8mm||149 x 72 x 7.9mm|
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LG G6: Specs
- Android Nougat 7.0
- 5.7in 18:9 2880x1440 Quad HD display, 565ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- Adreno 530 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 32/64GB storage (region dependent)
- 13Mp dual rear cameras, Wide (F2.4, 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8, 71°) LED flash
- 5Mp front camera, Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 4G LTE
- Nano SIM (Dual SIM in some regions)
- Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Korea only)
- 3,300mAh non removable battery
- Wireless charging (US only)
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- IP68 water resistant
- 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 5.8in Quad HD display (2960x1440), 570ppi
- Dual curved edge display
- Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- Micro-SD card slot (up to 256GB)
- 12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS
- 8Mp front camera
- Pressure sensitive home button
- Fingerprint scanner
- Heart rate monitor
- 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
- 4G LTE Cat 16
- Headphone jack
- 3000mAh non-removable battery
- Wireless charging
- IP68 dust & waterproof rating