LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ first look comparison

It’s that time of year again when new phone announcements start ramping up. This week LG announced their flagship-level V30, which has us looking all sorts of crazy ways at our old devices; for example, the Galaxy S8+. So, we figured now would be the proper time for these two devices to meet cordially, and fight to the death for our hard-earned money, no?




The V30 may be one of the best-looking phones out right now, but the Galaxy S8+ made commendable strides in design, as well – stuffing a 6.2-inch screen into its skinny frame, is no small feat. In fact, the V30 may owe its so-called “truvision” edge-to-edge design to the S8, which precedes it, and looks pretty darn sleek itself. Both devices have plenty of shininess and curved edges to go around, but the V30’s fingerprint sensor (which also functions as the power button) has a much better placement than the S8+’s, too-high-up-and-to-the-left sensor. The V30 is a bit wider, but the in-hand feel of both is great – thinner versus wider ultimately made no difference in comfort.



Both of these manufacturers are well-known for their top-of-the-line televisions, and as such neither skimps on display quality, either. Using the OLED technology of its 4K TV’s, LG’s V30 has a gorgeous screen, with very accurate colors and details. The S8+ uses Super AMOLED technology, which is also very vivid and detailed, making the differences between the two difficult to see without deeper testing – ultimately, that’s a good thing.


Interface and Performance


Here’s where we expect some distance between the two – but not at first. While we’ve not yet done a deep dive on the V30’s performance over time, we know from our own anecdotal experiences that the S8+ can tend to slow down a bit over time – as any phone can. Still, the S8+ and other Samsung’s seem to have a chronic and pronounced issue with this. We hope the V30 doesn’t suffer from such early signs of aging, as it’s a very quick and fluid device that we loved to navigate and watch do its job. The Samsung is too – both of which running on the Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB of RAM – but LG’s animations and motion seem to be just right, not too fast and frantic and not too slow and overly-fancy, again, just right.


Samsung was once known for its ability to take high-spec’d, high-end phones and slow them down with their bulky UI. The Samsung Experience aims to lessen this effect, organizing phone settings, and lightening up animations, and doing so to great effect. Issues with slow-down over time may still persist, but at least initially the device is lightning quick, just as the V30 is.


We’d be remiss in not mentioning the V30’s Quad-DAC Hi-Fi setup. This little goody adds not only the ability to listen to Hi-Res audio, but the ability to record in high quality as well. This is a great addition for those who love music, and those who love to create. Speaking of which..




Now this is where things get a little more interesting. The V30 packs a pair of 16 and 13-megapixel cameras, with the former being a regular lens, and the latter a wide-angle. LG’s done quite an impressive job with cutting down distortion from the wide-angle lens, therefore making it a very usable and fun option. The regular lens also shows great strengths in detail capture and low-light performance – pulling details and colors from dark, underexposed scenes. The lone complaint we have so far, is the sensors tendency to overexpose brighter areas. That little sliver of disappointment is the S8+’s main opportunity to steal the win here, as the Samsung is highly adept in the same areas as the V30 – offering highly-capable low-light performance, and pulling in enviable colors and details. Early on, we may have to give Samsung the edge in a regular lens comparison, since the S8+ does not have dual sensors as the V30 does. LG, however, did not add a bokeh-creating blurry background mode like Samsung’s newest Note 8, and only uses its second lens for wide-angle shots. This leaves the door open for the future S9+ to not only gain a second lens, but bokeh and wide-angle capability to match and exceed the V30, as well.


The V30 is very oriented towards those who like to create videos and photos with their phones, though, and as such would not be outdone (for now) by any phone when it comes to features. Many shooting modes exist for the V30, including a few for fun and social media, but also some for better function. The coolest and most useful addition is a feature named GRAPHY, which allows users to select professionally taken photos (which are similar in composition to the photo they’re about to take) from which the exact settings of the camera used to take the photo will be extracted and applied to the user’s camera, so that they can have the fine touch of a professional in their own shots – pretty nifty stuff. While the S8+ has a few pre-installed shooting modes, and a couple to download, nothing comes close to this in terms of features and function.


Pressing onward into the list of camera-related features which the V30 lords over the S8+, video shooting also proved quite important to LG, and topping their competitors seems like slight work here – at least in terms of offering such useful features. LG’s Cine Video feature adds four main components to the video shooting, and producing prowess of the V30. This suite includes; Point and Zoom, which locks focus on a specific part of the screen and allows the user to zoom in on it smoothly; Cine Effect, which contains 15 different movie-genre-inspired filters to film with; Cine Log, which facilitates easy editing in programs like Adobe Premiere; and Video Studio, an on-board editing software which allows you to work with multiple photos and videos, as well as add after-effects to your mobile masterpiece. Please excuse us while we try to remember the other phone in the comparison here.


Oh, that’s right, the S8+. Well, like we said. The camera on the S8+ is one of the best in the game, but is that enough still? With the V30 closely behind it in performance, the answer to that question may be easier for some than others. Of course, part of it will come down to preference, but at the same time, why not gain a great wide-angle lens, and deep video creating options? That may be the harder question to answer.



Ultimately, the S8+ and V30 represent some of the best that the mobile market has to offer right now. Designs are beautiful and increasingly functional, while performance is a category in which it’s becoming harder to create meaningful distance – which is great for us customers! That doesn’t mean some manufacturers can’t screw it up, with confusing bloated software, or bad battery life, but these issues don’t seem to afflict either device. The camera, and the features within, are easily the biggest separators between the two. So, which one of these gorgeous devices checks all the right boxes for you?

Related phones

  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I like V30 overall but the front camera on S8/8+ has larger aperture and sensor size.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"but the front camera on S8/8+ has larger aperture and sensor size." Along with a higher resolution too... LG just cheaped out the sslfie shooter of the V30... A 1/5" sensor, really! V30 is still dope, anyways.

11. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

yeah, LMAO for the selfie shooter!

16. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

True that. That is the only general flaw in the V30 though personally I dont care about selfie cams..!

14. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Google showed us in its Pixel the software can mean much more than hardware. So let's wait for the official review...

2. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

V30, take my money lol

3. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 293; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Definitely the V30.

4. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The GS8 is sexier but the V30 is nice too. I hope the Pixel XL 2 is an exact carbon copy of the V30 but with pixel software actually. I would love that

15. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

It won't have any of the camera modes and content creation options, and it certainly won't have the amazing sound that V30 has. Pixel XL 2 will only have the same screen. Nexus and Pixel phones have always been plain vanilla phones that have 2 years of fast updates. If that's your thing then go for it.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That would be a tough choice for me. The V30 is every bit as sexy as the S8 Plus, but Samsung's UI is killing LG's. It's the software that would put the S8 Plus over the top for me.

6. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

They look like twins lol

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Each devices' wins imo: Software (speedwise): LG Software (featurewise): Samsung Camera: tbd as LG has preproduction unit. Video recording: LG, hands down. Audio: no contest, LG Audio (speaker): both Mono. fml. Draw Design: LG (imo, not a fan of the curved display really), and actually doing the right job in placing the fps where it should be. Other extra specs: Samsung: Iris scanner, better selfie camera specs, Samsung Pay, Bixby LG: B&O Hi-Fi Quad DAC, ML-810G shock resistant and many other environmental hazards Honestly if am to choose, V30 is my ideal device.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Good points, legiloca. But as it currently stands, the Galaxy S8 is cheaper than V30, so it's the better bang for buck.

10. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I agree with your comparisons... but I will hold off getting V30 and wait until the year end.

13. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I never own LG device but i think all my previous Samsung device isn't laggy like some ppl said, well that's something everyone expected from flagship device. So maybe more feature over a little better performance for me. But against S8+ i think V30 is better, simply because it's newer device.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You counted audio twice.

26. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

the 2nd one is about the speakers :)

21. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

But LG has Android pay.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android Pay isn't nearly what Samsung Pay is.

12. foreverNOOB

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

"TruVision" was first appeared in G6 announcement day and that was happened before S8, so LG was first in this design.

17. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

No , dont forget Xiaomi Mi Mix

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And don't forget Sharp Arquos Crystal.

20. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

V30..look better to me,even smaller top and bottom bezels,i prefer a flat screen aswell,only flaw from the v30 is 5mp front cam, and no ir blaster.mein the ir blaster would make it a complete phone.

22. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

the V30 is a media beast, good to see LG really make an exciting phone. If only they had the Apple secret formula then they'd sell in millions.

24. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

It's quite easy to figure out the formula. All you need is marketing, announce features like it's a new thing, and a whole lot of mindless sheeple.

23. droggo

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

review unit is already with reviews and software won't change much for the retail unit so they should be posting about front cameras soon

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