Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are two of the best smartphones launched this year. As of now they’re more powerful than any other thing offered till date in the smartphone market, and as a result their clash in the market was obvious.
While Samsung piped LG in terms of specs sheet, it turns out that thanks to some of its own problems (i.e. location of fingerprint sensor, fragile design) and lack of major differences in many departments it hasn’t been able to win over LG G6 as decisively as it could.
In such a scenario it becomes even more difficult to choose a device – both are great, none of them is clear winner over the other and both are expensive. Which one should you choose? We’ll try to help you decide through our comparison given below:
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 : Specs
As far as specs sheet of both devices is concerned, Samsung has the upper hand in some major areas. But that doesn’t matter much – because LG also has its own advantages in equally important areas. The specs sheets of both G6 and Galaxy S8 look something like this when put against each other:
|Device||Samsung Galaxy S8||LG G6|
|Processor||2.3 GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 835||2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 821|
|Display||5.8-inch AMOLED with 2k resolution (1,440 x 2,960 px)||5.7-inch IPS LCD with 2k resolution (1,440 x 2,560 px)|
|Primary Camera||12mp||13mp dual-lens|
|Android version||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
As you can see, Samsung Galaxy S8 is better than LG G6 in processor and display departments. However, LG looks better when we look at primary camera and external storage capabilities. While that makes Galaxy S8 look better than LG G6, the devil, as always, is in the details. Take a closer look on comparison of each of these things given below and you’ll come to know.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 : Display and Design
The first thing that you should know about the design of these devices it that they’re radically different. While Galaxy S8 tries to look as shiny, cool and futuristic as possible with its Infinity display running around the edges, LG G6 keeps the affair relatively simple and more practical.
It’s more practical because it provides better grip on the device, and makes the device less prone to breaking down when it falls. Galaxy S8 may look cool in your hands, but it’s a fragile piece of tech that you should handle with utmost care even in your day to day usage.
Coming to the display, both devices are packed with HDR ready displays and both companies have tried to install their best possible displays in these devices. However, the problem (for LG) is that Samsung makes the best smartphone displays in the world. When it decides to install its best AMOLED display in something, it can be incredibly difficult to win over that device.
LG G6 has got an incredible LCD display that’s super smooth on eyes and something worth looking at, but unfortunately, it doesn’t stick in front of AMOLED display loaded in Galaxy S8. Put both devices next to each other and you’ll come to know. The colors in Galaxy s8 appear more vibrant than the ones in G6.
Performance and Configuration
Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are interesting examples of what a difference just one month can bring in the world of technology. LG had launched G6 in February, while Samsung launched Galaxy S8 a month later. LG had to ship G6 with Snapdragon 821 because it had learned that SD 835 manufacturing had delayed and no devices will be able to get it before May. However, much to LG’s surprise, Samsung got its hands on SD 835 and shipped GS8 with it in March itself to spoil LG’s party.
But does that make a significant difference? Perhaps not. The benchmark scores of both devices seem to say so. While there’s a good enough difference in the benchmarks of both Galaxy S8 Plus and LG G6 with scores of 136,814 vs. 164,626, the difference is also not as large as that of sky and ground. Yes, SD 821 is a generation behind SD 835, but for most day-to-day use it really doesn’t matter at all.
However, gaming and heavy media streaming are areas where you may feel the power of Galaxy S8. Battery life is another area where the difference becomes clearly visible, as you’ll see in battery life section given below. Plus, you may also not like the idea of getting a smartphone with outdated specs at premium price.
Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 : Camera Quality
Just like two different approaches to design, LG G6 and Galaxy S8 take two very different approaches to camera as well. Different approaches mean different capabilities, and since camera acts as a major deciding factor for many smartphone buyers, understanding the different capabilities of both devices in detail is very important.
First of all let’s talk about Galaxy S8. It comes with a single lens 12mp camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), phase detection autofocus (PDAF), f/1.7 aperture and pixel size of f/1.4µm. These things and Samsung’s powerful Camera app developed with years of R&D collectively produce images extremely pleasing to the eyes.
You’ll find a lot of detail, vibrant colors and enough light in all images captured with this device – including those captured under poor lighting condition. Most of the time it captures images in a way that’s pleasing to the eye rather than the way that thing looks in real life.
LG G6, on the other hand, takes more lifelike pictures. It captures objects the way they’re, and with a dedicated wide angle lens it’s capable of taking images with very wide angle views without requiring any extra effort on your part. With G6 you can capture a wide angle view of anything while remaining in the exact same position from where you took the normal shot, and the image will come in such a way that no one will be able to tell that it was taken with a smartphone. Transitioning between normal and wide angle view is also a breeze, thanks to the dedicated lenses for both purposes.
So which one produces better images? To the average eye, Galaxy S8 provides more pleasing images. However, if you love wide angle views, LG G6 is also not a bad choice.
Operating System and UI
Two different devices, two different companies and therefore two completely different user interfaces. While both interfaces are lighter, faster and less bloated than they’ve ever been, that’s the only similarity between them.
The UI of LG G6 is what you’d expect in an LG phone, and that of Galaxy S8 is what you’d expect from Samsung. While former largely follows the line of stock android with some minor adjustments here and there, Galaxy S8 does what it has always been known to do – customizing as much as possible and making things the Samsung way.
LG’s skin atop Android is close to the stock Android experience. Yes, some differences exist – like the frames around icons to make them more symmetric, but largely the overall experience remains close to what you get on stock Android. There’re also some choice additions by LG to make things look and work the way it wants them to work. It’s also the lightest ROM that LG has loaded into any of its devices till date.
Samsung Experience, on the other hand, is also lighter than any other variant of custom ROMs made by the company till date. It’s very refreshing with its white-blue looks and popping icons, but Samsung has once again tried to provide its own alternatives to all major Google apps. Fortunately, many of them now look and work better than the options offered by Google itself. This is especially true for Contacts, Dialer and Calendar apps.
Overall, LG G6 is a simple handset with (sort of) minimalist UI, while Galaxy S8 is completely packed with customization options. You can alter virtually every aspect of its UI without having to download any customization app from Play Store.
Conclusion: Which One Should You Get?
Well, that’s a tough question to answer. As you can see yourself, except for performance and display there’re not too many differences in both smartphones. And even in those two departments the differences aren’t as huge as they could have been. In such a case, which one is right for you depends a lot on your own personal preferences.
- LG G6 is right for those who like the appeal of stock android, love taking wide angle photos or those who want a phone more practical for day to day use than a cool piece of eye candy;
- On the other hand, Galaxy S8 is for all those smartphone buyers to whom every small difference in any department matters a lot and who are in love with the cool design approach that Samsung has followed to craft this piece of marvel. It’s also a phone for those who’re not that much into wide angle photography and just want pictures that look good to the eyes.
So there you’ve it – both are better than each other in certain ways, and with the info provided in our comparison given above now you can choose the one that suits your needs. So make your choice, go ahead with either of these flagship products and do let us know your thoughts about these devices in the comments section below.