Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6: preliminary specs comparison (poll results)


The launch of the most important Android phones for 2017 is right around the corner: the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have leaked out in images along with specs and all the details. And they are a big shift for smartphones: after years of similar smartphone design, the pair marks a new era. 

Welcome the 'all-screen' phones of 2017.

Update: You can now see the poll results showing almost equal excitement for these two high-end phones amongst you, our readers. The Galaxy S8 is still the most anticipated phone, but there is a lot of excitement about the LG G6 as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6?

Samsung Galaxy S8
53.75%
LG G6
46.25%

Samsung Galaxy S8


Announcement date: March 29th


All eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S8. After Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery fiasco, the company has pledged to improve its quality assurance process and has delayed the launch of its most important device of the year by one month.

The wait will be worth it: Samsung has not only managed to secure the newest and most powerful chip on the market, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, before everyone else, it is also introducing a new all-screen body for the S8. With an almost bezel-less design, Samsung is maximizing the screen space and rumors say the Galaxy S8 will launch with two much bigger displays, a 5.8-inch version and a 6.2-inch model are in the works. At the same time, the aspect ratio of the display has changed, so that it is narrower and taller, so that overall the phone size does not grow out of hand. In fact, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 is said to have the same width as last year's 5.1-inch Galaxy S7. Remarkable!

The other important improvement in Samsung's next big thing is the new 'Bixby' personal assistant. A smart assistant built by Viv, the company that was responsible for developing Siri back in the day, Bixby is also said to get a dedicated physical key, so that you can easily call it and ask it questions from any place, anywhere. Unlike the not-very-useful S-Voice assistant, Bixby is said to be a big step forward in terms of accuracy and speed.


Interestingly, rumors also say that the Galaxy S8 will feature a pressure-sensitive display, something similar to Force Touch on the iPhone. It's not clear whether it would be the whole screen or just the bottom part as some claim, but the feature is rumored to make it to the S8. The fingerprint scanner, though, might not be under the display glass, but instead could be positioned right along the camera on the back of the phone.

Last, but not least, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is said to support a new DeX docking mode that will allow you to connect it to an external monitor and have it work as a desktop. The concept is similar to Microsoft's Continuum. Sounds useful, but many companies have attempted doing this and failed, so we approach this topic with caution.

  • 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch versions 
  • 80%+ screen-to-body ratio
  • Samsung Bixby assistant
  • Pressure sensitivity built in the screen (or the lower part of the screen only)
  • Samsung DeX to allow docking your phone to a monitor for a desktop-like experience
  • Snapdragon 835
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • 64GB of storage and microSD card slot
  • Similar glass and metal design as in Galaxy S7 / Note 7
  • Water protection
  • 12MP f/1.7 rear camera with Dual Pixel auto-focus

LG G6


Announcement date: February 26th


LG might not have suffered a fiasco as grand as Samsung with its exploding Galaxy Note 7, but its LG G5 was a flop and the company losing money on its smartphone division. A turn-around device is a must.

And turn around LG did with the G6: the company has changed its mind on the 'modular phone' concept, ditching the idea in favor of a more accepted premium glass and metal design. The LG G6 is also expected to turn its back on some of LG's core ideas (it won't have a removable battery, for instance), but will compensate with a mind-boggling, 90%+ screen-to-body ratio. This is even better than on the Galaxy S8 and means that we'll practically have an all-screen phone with the G6. The 5.7-inch display on the G6 will also have a new 18:9 aspect ratio, making for one taller, yet still narrower phone that one can comfortably hold in the hand.

The other big new feature in the LG G6 will be the Google Assistant. The G6 is the first non-Pixel phone to get the powerful and zippy new Assistant. We've tested it on the Pixel phones and loved what the Assistant can do: not only is it capable of recognizing various accents easily, it also recognizes context so that you can ask it more questions and get more answers.


LG is also adding the trendy water sealing to ensure its phone is more durable and keeps the dual rear camera setup with a secondary, super-wide angle lens in tow. Quite handily, the 3.5mm jack is still here.

For the first time in a while, LG also has a golden opportunity: Samsung is delaying its Galaxy S8, so the earlier launch of the G6 gives it a competitive edge. Unfortunately, an earlier launch and Samsung's choke-hold on suppliers has restricted LG to using last year's Snapdragon 821 rather than the new and more powerful Snapdragon 835. At the right price, though, we are willing to live with this.

  • 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 90% screen-to-body ratio
  • Glass and metal design
  • Water protection
  • First non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant
  • Dual rear camera
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • Snapdragon 821 system chip
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Non-removable battery

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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61 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why put the poll in the beggining of the thread?

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

what is it with all those rumor news. we don't give a flying fk about rumors. all this to have more clicks and sell publicity.

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Rumors build hype. It's all marketing.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Rumors also build more clicks for PhoneArena. I like Samsung, but they haven't learned anything over the years about messing with the software. I would rather have Google Assistant, than Samsung's Bixby crap. Also this LG G6 will be LG's first Daydream VR compatible smartphone. Samsung has their own VR software support with Facebooks Oculus. It would be nice if Samsung would also support Google's Daydream VR platform as well. Especially since Daydream VR has added a 9 axis controller to its VR platform, and made it a standard. This also has the added benefit of adding a limited kind of spacial awareness to the platform. I know it's not the same kind of room and object awareness as the Vive. But still it's pretty good for a mobile platform.

50. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree with all but this "Samsung's Bixby crap" we don't really know if it is crap tell we try it.

62. Lsh99

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 26, 2016

Hey, gotta have something complain about.

63. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's comes down to Samsung going half @$$ with Google's apps. Like Google Now, but with Android 7.1.1 Google Assistant. What is Samsung too good to use Google Assistant? Especially since Google's new Search Launcher Services Library replaces Google Now Launcher, which allows any 3rd party launcher to add Google Now or Assistant services to their launcher. So Nova launcher could add Google's Assistant to their launcher, or Samsung could do the same with their launcher. With Samsung continuing to go on their own and do their own thing, they continue to fracture Android, by adding their own twists on Android. So sissy246 are you saying that Google Now, or better yet Assistant is no good?

3. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Don't think G6 will come with SD 821.

25. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Me either... Anyone else absolutely hate the curved screen or is it just me?

26. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I love curve screens. Makes me phone really stand out

27. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I hate it, too. You practically can't find tempered glass screens for those things. I have the 3T and the tempered glass for this thing sucks. None of them fit the screen's touch sensitive area. All this on a 2.5D screen! Imagine an S7E curve! LG is actually arguably returning to its most beloved feature: unmatched screen to body ratio. If the battery life is good, then it's got that checked as well.

31. RoryBreaker

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

No you're not...I thought I was the only one too! I'll drop Samsung like a hot potato if they don't give us a flat edge version!

37. jmonteiro829

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Tell you the truth.. I have the flat S7 and still can't get a good tempered glass screen protector. The screen slightly curves at the left and right side. Only thing that really drives me crazy about the phone.

36. swchrisc

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I like the novelty and looks of it, but its f**king terrible to use. Honestly, the s6 edge was awesome because it wasn't bigger than the regular s6 and it wasn't exactly uncomfortable to use unlike the s7 edge because its such a reach over the screen with your thumb given its bigger chassis. But hey, I use s7 edge haha (from s7)

51. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't hate them but I do like flat better. Will it stop me from buying a phone with it, nope.

55. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

They look kind of nice but I just switched from galaxy s6 edge to the s7 and do not miss it at all. Battery life, camera and snappy ui are all more important. Waterproof is a must as well.

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's just you. The sales number show the "edge" is edges over its flat display sibling. Now Samsung is going all in with curved displays. Its an aesthetic that looks good, make the phone overall smaller than phone with similar sizes. I mean the iPhone 6S Plus for example is only 5.5", yet its bigger than any phone on the market with the exact same sized display, and Samsung put a 5.7" inside the Note 5 and 7 and both phones are smaller than the iPhone Plus models. That's because Samsung has skill and spends a little extra money and time to perfect a design to make what is already a big phone, easier to handle. Apple doesn't give a crap about design anymore. Pisses me off too because, for the past 2 weeks I have been on Swappa and eBay trying to get an iPhone 6 128GB. When I find one that has the price I want to pay, there is always something wrong with it. The paint they use is so cheap, it rubs off from just slipping the device in an out a case. Then a lot of the phone, on at least one of the corners, the display has separated from the frame. I have never seen that with any Galaxy unless it was dropped, run over with a car or the battery inside exploded or has swollen up. Then these fools are trying to sell said phone for $300. They must be smoking some good @$$ weed if they think someone is going to pay that. Then when you do fiond one in excellent or very good condition, they are trying to rip you off trying to sell it for $400. The phone is only $649 brand new. Its now 2 years old. Its not worth 50% its cost due to age. Anyoen who pays that is dumb. I wouldn't even buy a Galaxy for that cost for a 2 year old phone. Foe XMAS I was shopping for an S6 Edge to gift. A brand new one was still $500 while a very good one in clean condition was roughly $475. Still more than I want to pay. Its probably worth 50% the cost of a new S7, I just didn't want to pay that much. I think $350 is my cap for a now 3 year old device. These resellers must be sniffing some very good acid or something...lol

40. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Yes it will. Samsung bought the first big batch as they're building it. 835 won't be available for other manufacturers until after the launch of the S8, so that's no earlier than May.

47. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

That's the rumor.

6. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Now that I think of it, didn't Samsung recently, like two months ago or so, ask for leakers to not leak anything about their upcoming S8? What if perhaps they purposely let loose a fake prototype just to throw people off in case of someone not abiding by their request to not leak the device? This is probably just wishful thinking, but yeah...it isn't entirely out of the realms of possibility. Remember back when the real HTC One M9 leaked and the CEO tweeted that the device we were seeing was not the One M9, and that the real M9 would shock us....and the leaked device ended being the real deal. Samsung hasn't said a thing so far about the alleged leak, which makes me wonder...

7. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

g6 for me

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

LG will need to hit this one out of the park, after the G5 didn't live up to expectations. I will need to see the S8 to determine what the size difference is between the S7 and S8. I know we've heard rumors the size will be the same, but I'm seriously doubting this.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Maybe g6, if their battery is as good as on s8.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

LG G6 >>>>>>

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

You guys surely do ride on samsung and LG coattails despite never giving their product a fair shake. Maybe hire a dedicated android author that will not mention apple more than the reviewing product itself

12. shield

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G6, S8 is S7 but no bezels and Bixby.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm gonna be picky. Placement of the fingerprint scanner and a good old fashioned headphone jack will be dealmakers for me, followed by a clean UI. After they dropped the app drawer, I'm highly skeptical of LG. But I've also never liked TouchWiz. Or I just wait and see what Google offers on the next round of Pixels.

20. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

My V20 has an app drawer. LG gives the option

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's encouraging. I think it was a dumb decision to begin with and LG should have gone closer to stock like they did with the G3, but I'm not in charge.

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Getting both...

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