OnePlus 5T vs LG V30: first look

The LG V30 might be a distant memory for some, but for others, it remains fresh due to the fact that it brought on significant surprises – one that surely exceeded the expectations of critics! On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T is one of the last devices to be announced right before the impending holiday shopping season, making it a last-minute entrant to an already crowded scene. Both handsets are undoubtedly vying for a piece of the pie, so there's no arguing that these two have the guts in making them standouts this year. Which of the two will be win the hearts and minds of consumers?


This quick first look comparison starts off with their designs, whereby the attraction will depend largely on your taste. Both designs nearly occupy the same footprint and thickness, but the biggest difference is in their choice of materials. With the glass meets metal construction of the LG V30, it shines brilliantly under the light, but is prone to smudges and fingerprints. At the same time, too, this combo makes it feel more fragile than the all-metal anodized aluminum construction of the OnePlus 5T. 

We will say, though, that we appreciate that 3.5mm headphone jacks and rear-planted fingerprint sensors are available with the two, but the V30's design bests its rival in the fact that it features an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.


Needless to say, the two opted to follow the trends by packaging in those near bezel-less screens and 18:9 screen aspect ratios. That's not too surprising, given how it provides for a cleaner look from the front, but as we dive deeper into the specs, it's the V30 that'll probably get the nods for its higher resolution. With its 6-inch 1440 x 2160 POLED display, there's more pixels crammed into the real-estate than the OnePlus 5T's 6-inch 1080 x 2160 AMOLED panel.

Most people wouldn't be able to discern the differences from normal distances, but there's still something to say for being higher in resolution – like being used for mobile VR experience, wherein those pixels become more noticeable up-close and personal. Beyond that, we do like the vibrancy of the V30's display, but it looks like the OnePlus 5T's screen is better equipped at maintaining its clarity at different viewing angles.

User Interface

This section too will primarily be determined by personal preference. At the core of its all, though, they're both running Android. Both feature their particular customizations, but it's safe to say that they're not pervasive to any degree. Favoring simplified interfaces, the customizations that we do see added on top of the regular Android experience only enhances the overall experience – like the V30's floating bar for quick access to certain apps/functions, as well as the new "Parallel Apps" feature of Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 5T.

All told, these added software features only help to enhance the experience. Until we spend a bit more time learning and appreciating the ins and outs of the latest OxygenOS experience, it's tough to say with a certain degree of confidence which of the two is the superior. Time will tell soon enough!

Processor and Memory

On paper, these flagships leverage the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoCs. Quickly checking out the two side-by-side to one another, they both exhibit the same fluid responses with baseline tasks. However, we're impressed that the LG V30, which we've been using for the better part of three months now, still remains as responsive as the day we first got it.

It should be pointed out as well that the OnePlus 5T is graced with a whopping 6 GB of RAM with the base model – and an even more generous 8 GB of RAM with the 128 GB one. In comparison, the LG V30's 4GB of RAM seems quaint and not quite as fitting. Although, it does have the advantage of offering storage expansion courtesy of its microSD card slot.


Another commonality between the two are their dual-camera implementations. Naturally, their purposes vastly differ from each other, as the dual 20MP cameras of the OnePlus 5T are meant for those portrait shots – while the dual-camera setup of the V30 is to offer a wider field of view.

We didn't get the chance to snap up enough shots to make a hasty first judgment, but we can say that if you're into video, you're probably going to want to stick with the V30 for its class-leading video centric feature – like its LG Cine color grading options, full manual video controls, and much more. For those looking to snap up photos, it seems as though the OnePlus 5T is going to be the more logical choice of the two, not only for its creamy looking portrait shots, but also for its potential to do better under low light situations.


Considering that they both pack 3300 mAh battery capacities, it'll be interesting to see if the OnePlus 5T will be able to achieve just a little bit more longevity. We've been content with the battery life out of the LG V30, but you kind of expect just a smidgen more juice with the OnePlus 5T because it's dealing with a slightly lower resolution display. Then again, it's also possible that the optimizations to the platform with the LG V30 are better, which can even things out.

While both handsets feature their own particular fast-charging systems, the LG V30 offers the convenience of wireless charging as well. And that's something you won't find with the OnePlus 5T


The OnePlus 5T can be regarded to some degree as the anti-flagship, mainly because its price indicates to us that today's current trends and hardware can still be achieved in a price point that makes it almost unbelievable. Seriously, the $500 starting price of the OnePlus 5T is mind-boggling, especially when you stack it up against the $800+ starting cost of the LG V30. Then again, the V30 does offer the higher resolution display, a water-resistant construction, wireless charging, and expandable storage.

These features may be enough to sway people into choosing the V30, more so if they prefer having a camera for video recording more than still-shot photography. On the flip side, though, the savings you get with the OnePlus 5T shouldn't be overlooked as well. It's aggressively priced and should prove to be more than enough to lure people in who don't feel as comfortable in dishing out such a huge investment into a phone.

Related phones

  • Display 6.0 inches
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    OnePlus OxygenOS UI
  • Display 6.0 inches
    2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    LG UX UI



29. TMach unregistered

Forgot water resistance....!

28. Blueprintsrecords

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

Even though I’m a big fan of the V30 it doesn’t seem fair to compare phones with vast price differences. The 5t looks like a nice phone for the money but if you can afford the LG go for it.

25. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

V30 is the obvious superior choice. Aside from the criminal backdoor spyware, 5T is ugly as fuq!

24. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Oh, please. There's no comparison. OnePlus is a pretender. * No IP rating (requisite in 2017 flagships), * no Qi wireless charging (which I've had since 2013, and now even Apple has), * no QHD (1440p, which ALL top tier OEMs have had since late 2014. I'm NEVER downgrading my resolution.) The list goes on and on.

33. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

The whole philosophy of OnePlus is to provide users with a flagship-like experience for way less money. If they had all of those features on their phone, that would make it a lot more expensive. My last three phones have had water resistance, so I do agree that's kind of a need for me. However it's not a need for most people, so why should they need to put in on their phone? Most people don't take their phone in the rain or out into water anyway. Wireless charging is actually worse than wired charging in my opinion. If you need to get on your phone while it's charging you have to pick it up and stop charging it. With a wire that's not a problem. You can be on it while it's charging. QHD doesn't really make a difference when viewed from the normal viewing distance. Not a lot of people use VR, so there's no need for that either. What are some other things?

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1564; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd rather use the optimized software from OnePlus any day.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If these two were the same price, I'd give the edge to the V30 for better design, audio, and waterproofing. But $300 is a lot of money.

14. Eclectech

Posts: 364; Member since: May 01, 2013

That V30 has my undivided attention

12. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

V30 all over chinacrap !

9. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Its all depends on personal preference and price.I think Lg V30 has a better design,sound quality, slightly compact than Op5t, wireless charging,quad dac,better customer support,dust and water resistant.Lg V30 has best manual controls for photos and video over any other smartphone till date.Oneplus has best fast charging and pricing is icing on cake.Oneplus also has better performance than V30.

7. pupkin

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

If you want it cheap and CAN live with creepy spying backdoor of Oneplus. Then there you go.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Or you can buy an iPhone or a Pixel served with all sorts of NSA spying behind it.

3. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

if I were to use I would prefer V30

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its 350eur more expensive in Europe, they are not comparable at all. Its not like you are debating between iPhone X and Note 8 which are close in price.

21. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It has South Korea quality. you know. over chinese crap

32. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

OnePlus has proven itself over and over again to be one of the best smartphones in the world. If you really think that just because it's a Chinese company that it's crappy quality, why don't you go actually watch and read some reviews before you say that.

1. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Its like comparing a dog with wolf.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And most people prefer dog :-/

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Fanboys goes to LG. You pay 300 more for uhm..

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For: - better design - ultra-wide angle lens - quad-DAC - wireless charging - MIL-STD - higher DPI screen (with HDR10 and dolby vision support), but it's still an ugly screen :v

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Which for some, design is subjective, durable body over wireless or vice versa. Wide angle camera, quad-DAC and MIL-STD, is that must have feature? even if it's useful for some it still doesn't worth for extra money. And yeah the main concern is LG's screen quality.

8. Peacetoall unregistered

LG RGB Qhd pabel screen quality is way better than full hd pentile display.

15. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But not when it comes to color accuracy or viewing angles.

23. raky_b

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lg also comes with included headphones...

27. Blueprintsrecords

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

Do more research. The V30 no longer has screen or display problems.

31. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Just because they're resolved doesn't mean they're not going to happen again.

20. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

In my country LG v30 was launched last week and reviewers report that screen problems are resolved.

22. xocomaox

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Glass back? Possible the worst choice of materials. The review didn't specify the charging speed comparison. Dash is ultra quick compared to what LG is using.

26. Blueprintsrecords

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

The V30 has a beautiful screen. That’s just a reviewers myth. I own one my wife owns one and I’ve read hundreds of user reviews. It’s a very fine display.

30. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

- water resistance

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