LG V10 vs Samsung Galaxy Note5: first look

Samsung got things jumpstarted for this upcoming holiday season when they announced the Samsung Galaxy Note5, which has gone on to reach universal acclaim. LG’s response to that is none other than the generically named V10, one that might sound boring, but it’s far from that. There’s a lot of similarities between these two phablets, but we got to spend some time with the two to find out exactly how they stack up against one another.


Looking at the two, it’s instantly recognizable that they have contrasting designs. Samsung favors the premium touch with the Note5, as it exhibits that luxurious look thanks in part to its metal meeting glass construction. In achieving that level of premium, however, they’ve made the phone feel a bit fragile – one that wouldn’t necessarily withstand drops.

And that’s where the LG V10 answers back with a solid response, seeing that it addresses the fragility of the Note5’s package. Boasting a Dura Guard cladded body, further strengthened by 316L stainless steel guard on its sides, the V10 ensures it’s well protected against shocks and drops – while also offering a bit more grip in the process. Indeed, it’s not as premium looking or feeling in comparison to the Note5, but regardless, some folks will appreciate the peace of mind that accompanies its design.


On the specs front, they’re pretty much the same – 5.7-inch sized displays with 1440 x 2560 Quad-HD resolution. What’s different, unsurprisingly, is the type of display technology that both employ. The Note5’s in particular, a Super AMOLED one, has already proven to be amongst the best in the field, dishing up great color accuracy and potent brightness, while still adhering to all of the properties that make AMOLED screens stand out.

Conversely, the LG V10 employs an IPS Quantum display, which is similar to the G4, but noticeably different at the same time. Staring at it, we can’t help but notice some AMOLED-like qualities with its package. At the highest brightness setting, it produces an iridescent glow that gives colors a ton of liveliness. Additionally, it manages to do nicely in reproducing that true black color.

Each phone has its own unique characteristics. For the Note5, it leverages the aid of its S Pen stylus to offer a higher degree of control and interaction with the screen. Meanwhile, LG V10 sports a smaller sized secondary screen tucked into the upper right corner of the panel. Its purpose is mostly related to eliminating the need to constantly turn on the screen to check out the time and date, and when it’s powered on, it’s used to multi-task between apps and offer some additional functions in certain apps.


LG’s customized Android experience meets TouchWiz again. Even though their layouts and overall presentations differ from one another, they’re incredibly powerful and diversified to appease power users who crave a higher level of functionality. From their multi-tasking prowess, to even their one-handed modes, they really cater to a wide range of folks. Until we experience the LG V10 in full form, we can’t specify which of the two offers the superior experience.

Processor and Memory

Superficially, the two handsets provide the necessary power punch to handle all the basic and trivial tasks. The Note5 is propelled by Sammy’s own octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset with 4GB of RAM, which has shown to be excellent in handling graphics processing as well. On the flip side, the LG V10 is powered by the same processor used by the G4 already – a hexacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM as well. While it’s accompanied with smooth responses navigating through the interface, we’re curious to see how it yields in the graphics side.

Sammy’s prized darling is available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, but there’s no room for expansion whatsoever. Well, LG addresses that because not only does it come stock with a generous 64GB of storage, but there's also a microSD card slot in tow for expansion.


The Note5’s 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture lens has proven to be quite exquisite when it comes to capturing all sorts of footage, but if the LG G4 is any indication, we can expect the same, if not better results with the V10. And why’s that? For starters, it’s fashioned with a 16-megapixel snapper with a slightly better f/1.8 aperture lens, but what really sets it apart is the fact that it offers true video manual control – something that’s unavailable with the Note5.

Adding to its arsenal, the V10 comes with two front-facing 5-megapixel cameras – whereas there’s only a single 5-megapixel snapper with the Note5. This tandem of sorts enables the V10 to capture a wider field of view with its front-facing cameras, so you’ll never need to use a selfie stick again.


Samsung has done a commendable job with the Note5, evident in how it has gone on to garner praise and notoriety in the space for being one of the phones to beat this upcoming holiday season. It’s filled from head-to-toe with some impressive tech, such as wireless charging and a heart rate sensor, but the LG V10 comes with an equally impressive package. Some might find the V10’s unique features to be novel, but it’s undoubtedly gunning to become the best all-around camera phone out there. Of course, only time will tell if that’s certainly the case.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good stuff. LG's V10 is like the Note Edge when it first came out with its second display, and a sexy finish that highly reminds me of a super high end Vertu phone. Already can't wait how this will perform.

2. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Note 5 is just mythical..

9. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Here in UK, that is so true. It is something we have only heard about from across the sea. Merriam Webster dictionary : based on or described in a myth : existing only in the imagination

12. chenski

Posts: 782; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

There is a higher class than mythical

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Side note... 2015 imo is probably the hardest year in terms of searching for a phone.

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

True, it's either an iphone, sd810 phone (808 too) or samsung s6, note and edge series. Not too hard if you know what you're looking for and have some knowledge on the subject. Windows and BB are just really not known or unavailable in countries.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Note 5, Iphone 6s/+, Nexus 9 LG V10, Galaxy S6, LG G4, Droid Turbo 2, 6 Edge +... I would have to agree with you

13. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

You forgot about Moto X Style on purpose??

8. fancollo unregistered

i so totally agree. never had such a hard time to find a phone i really want or like - the G4 came close and the lower end moto g as well. i'm curious though about the V10

7. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

V10 or BB Priv... Had my mind set to the Priv but V10 is just so different its sexy

10. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

I'm so torn between these two! On one hand, the V10 has the IR Blaster that it's always nice to have, a more durable build, starts at 64 GB so it will save me some money, and has that "groufie" camera thing, while on the other hand the Note 5 has a much more good looking design AND UI, with some great features like easy to make and share slo-mo videos and the screen off memo, along with it's fantastic one handed mode which shrinks the whole screen down (which I don't think the V10 has, and that poses a problem for usability). Battery life should be a little bit better on the note, and saving it is easier when you got an AMOLED display, but the V10 has a removable battery, so I could just buy a spare one and carry it in my wallet. The Note 5 does have better camera quality though, both on the front and back, unless LG has improved it's software, which makes me lean towards Samsung's side in that regard. Choosing is hard =[

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Of course the V10 has the one-hand mode that shrinks the display down! In fact, that feauture was first brought by LG with it's G Pro2 !!!

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And the Note5 has better camera quality??? Then which smartphone won the EISA 2015 best camera phone award? LG G4!!! google it

19. defcon888

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

I like the fact that it is a little bigger but the thing I like the most is that it has a removable battery and an SD Slot. When I got my G4 T-mo was giving a 128GB card for free (besides LG giving me an extra battery and charger). I so want to upgrade, but I might wait until Jan/Feb when the rumors/announcements start coming out. Maybe the next LG will have a stylus (it was rumored at 1 time).

11. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Much better looking *****

14. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

The fact that V-10 actually has a 5.7" display apart from that 2nd 2.1" display, already sets it in my good book.

17. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Is that a matte plastic surrounding the screen? It's beautiful.

18. ghost135

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Enjoying 264 gb of storage on my v10, not an option on the note 5. Also enjoying the superior design of the v10. Miss the AMOLED screen though.

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