LG has finally launched its flagship smartphone, V30+, in India. The smartphone was first announced at IFA 2017 in Berlin at the end of August and it is the first flagship from the South Korean company to feature an OLED display. LG V30+ is priced at Rs 44,990 and will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting December 18. Also Read - OnePlus 5, 5T updates delayed due to Oxygen OS snagAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users facing GPS issues
At the outset, LG seems to have got the price right for V30+ and will compete against other flagship smartphones such as the OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2. Here is how LG’s newest entrant fares against other three flagship smartphones in terms of price, specifications and features. Also Read - OnePlus won't bring these performance features to older phones
Pricing and availability
The LG V30+ is priced at Rs 44,990 and will be available in only one storage variant. It comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and will be available via Amazon India starting December 18. The smartphone will be available in black and white color option.
In comparison, the OnePlus 5T is priced at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage while the higher end version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs 37,999. It is also available exclusively from Amazon India.
Samsung Galaxy S8, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 53,900 and is available in only one storage option of 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone can be purchased from online retail channels, Samsung e-shop and other offline retail platforms. Google Pixel 2 made by HTC is priced at Rs 61,000 for the standard variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the 128GB version is priced at Rs 70,000. The smartphone is available exclusively on Flipkart.
Display and design
LG V30+ builds on the metal and glass design first seen on company’s G6 flagship early this year. It features an aluminium frame with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as in the rear. The front looks similar to G6, but the smartphone is taller with a 6-inch Quad HD+ OLED display and support for new 18:9 aspect ratio. The back is home to dual rear camera setup, fingerprint sensor which also doubles as a home button, and has the LG V30+ branding.
The handset is MIL-STD-810G compliant making it shockproof and comes with IP68 water and dust resistance. The volume rocker is at the left, USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio jack at the top.
OnePlus 5T is a major redesign when compared to its predecessor with a 6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone also features dual rear camera setup and the fingerprint sensor is also moved to the back. The alert slider and volume buttons are on the left while the power button is on the right. The bottom houses the 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port with Dash Charge support.
The Galaxy S8 features an even taller aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and sports a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. It is undoubtedly one of the best display ever packed onto a smartphone. While both LG V30+ and OnePlus 5T sport dual cameras, the Galaxy S8 has to do away with a single camera module.
Google Pixel 2, meanwhile, offers big bezels up front and a smaller 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. It continues to feature a metal and glass sandwich design like last year but the glass window is slightly smaller this time around. It features a rear fingerprint sensor but misses out on 3.5mm audio jack.
LG V30+, being a premium flagship smartphone, is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. OnePlus 5T also uses the same Qualcomm mobile platform based on 10nm architecture and fabricated by Samsung. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, uses company’s own Exynos 8895 chipset which is also based on 10nm FinFET process.
OnePlus 5T can be configured with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage or 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. LG V30+ comes standard with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Galaxy S8 offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage but also supports expandable storage up to 256GB via SD card slot.
All the three devices run a customized version of Android Nougat. LG V30+ is running Android 7.1.2 Nougat layered with company’s UX 6.0+. OnePlus 5T, on the other hand, runs OxygenOS 4.7.4 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Galaxy S8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat with company’s TouchWiz UI.
LG V30+ features dual rear camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor and a 13MP secondary sensor. While the competing devices feature a dedicated telephoto lens, LG is using the secondary sensor for shooting pictured with a wider 120-degree field of view. The primary 16MP sensor also boasts of f/1.6 aperture, the widest aperture on a smartphone yet. The wider aperture should mean the ability to capture more light and reproduce better low-light photos. Up front, there is a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture.
OnePlus 5T also features a dual rear camera system with a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and secondary 20MP sensor also featuring wide f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus says the new dual camera system is designed primarily with low-light photography in mind. It also gets a 16MP selfie camera.
The Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2 don’t feature a dual-camera system, but they are arguably one of the best smartphone cameras. Both the devices feature a 12MP rear camera setup with dual-pixel autofocus and optical image stabilization. The Galaxy S8 uses a wider f/1.7 aperture while Pixel 2 uses a f/1.8 aperture lens. Both the handsets feature an 8MP front camera setup.
Battery and Connectivity
The LG V30+, like OnePlus 5T, houses a 3,300mAh battery with support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and supports connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE and dual-SIM support. In comparison, the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery while Pixel 2 has an even smaller 2,700mAh battery. The Pixel 2 misses out on dual-SIM support but Galaxy S8 comes with dual-SIM.
LG V30+ vs OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel 2: Comparison Table
|Model||LG V30+||OnePlus 5T||Samsung Galaxy S8||Google Pixel 2|
|Display||6-inch Quad HD+ OLED||6-inch FHD+ OLED||5.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED||5-inch Full HD AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core||Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core||Exynos 8895 64-bit octa-core||Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core|
|Storage||128GB (expandable)||64GB/128GB (expandable)||64GB (expandable)||64GB/128GB|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel + 13-megapixel||16-megapixel + 20-megapixel||12-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat (upgradable)||Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradeable)||Android 7.0 Nougat (upgradeable)||Android 8.1.0 Oreo|
|Price||Rs 44,990||Rs 32,999 (64GB)
Rs 37,999 (128GB)
|Rs 53,900||Rs 61,000 (64GB)
Rs 70,000 (128GB)
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