Introduction


2017 will likely go down in smartphone history as the year when the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 seriously disturbed the waters with their arrival, marking a paradigm shift for smartphone design. They are flashy, they look cool, they have top-end internals, and they reside in one and the same segment. Thus, a clash between those two South Korean entrants is inevitable. Which one will end up on top, waving the flag of victory? Let's try to find out!

Design

The future is here, no doubt about it


No beating around the bush – design is an area in which Samsung and LG have invested quite a bit. Both the Galaxy S8 and G6 are a far-cry from the previous representatives of their respective flagship lineups. The reason for that is immediately obvious to anyone who sees either phone on a picture or in real-life — the extremely high screen-to-body ratio introduced by the bezel-busting design makes the duo feel pretty "next-gen".

Compared to one another, the two South Korean wonderboys are rather similar in terms of design philosophy, but differ slightly in the execution. The display occupies the predominant portion of the front of either device, with very thin bezels at the top and bottom. Then again, with its neatly-curved display, the Galaxy S8 feels and looks a bit more futurstic than the boxy LG G6, which is completely flat on the front. The G6 doesn't do away with the side bezels, whereas the Galaxy S8 leaves the impression of being a mostly bezel-less affair. Both phones also sacrifice a bunch of pixels near their corners, which are rounded — the G6 is said to be doing that for added protection, whereas Samsung was pursuing visual appeal.

Beautiful... and slightly impractical — the edge display is prone to accidentally registering your touches, which could end up being an aggravating side-effect of the non-flat screen.

Size-wise, at 2.83” (71.9mm), the LG G6 is a bit wider than the Galaxy S8, which stands at 2.68” (68.1mm). In terms of thickness, the difference is marginal with the LG G6 being just a millimeter thinner than the Galaxy S8; however, the G6 is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S8 but most people won't be able to discern a difference. The height of the two phones is exactly the same (5.86”, 148.3mm) – make no mistake, these are two tall devices, and you will likely have to stretch your hand to reach the status bar even if you own a pair of relatively large hands.

Samsung has ditched its staple hardware set of keys in favor of a software solution because there's simply not enough space to accommodate its signature home button. Mind you, the display area where the software home button resides is pressure-sensitive, allowing you to interact with this one no matter what app you're using at the moment and even if it's running in fullscreen. The LG G6, on the other hand, relies on a set of ordinary software buttons and has none of that pressure-sensitive mojo on the deck.

The Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner is at the back and so is the G6's, but we tend to favor LG's positioning more as it's easier to locate and interact with. It's worth noting that the G6's sensor also doubles as a button, whereas the one Galaxy S8 isn't clickable. The latter has an additional button, though – it's intended for easily launching Bixby, Samsung's fancy new smart assistant.

Another thing we love about both phones is that they are IP68 water- and dust-proof and also boast standard 3.5mm audio jacks.

Which one feels better in the hand? Depends on who you ask. There's no denying the Galaxy S8 looks great and so does the G6, but from a true usability perspective, LG's flagship feels a tad more practical to us, due to the flat screen.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

The Galaxy S8 wins an important victory here


For all intents and purposes, the displays of the Galaxy S8 and the G6 are their one true highlights. And what highlights these two are!

The so-called 'Infinity Display' up front the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED affair that boasts the peculiar resolution of 1,440 by 2,960 pixels, making it delightfully crisp at 570ppi.

In the other camp, the LG G6 is rocking a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,440 by 2,880 pixels that works out a pixel density of 561ppi. Albeit this metric is lower than the Galaxy S8's one, both are so extremely high that there isn't any visible difference.

What's common about both devices is that they are straying away from the standard 9:16 aspect ratio — the G6 is employing the 9:18 one, whereas the Galaxy S8 goes even further with its 9:18.5 aspect ratio. This taller aspect ratio doesn't play too well with most video and games, but it does give developers a bit more real estate to use up for their apps and interfaces. At this time, there isn't much out there to make good use of it.

As far as display quality goes, both devices boast pretty good panels. In its Basic mode, the Galaxy S8 represents colors more correctly than the G6, as the latter's color rendition is a bit off and slightly over-saturated for our liking. Both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 are bright enough, easily clocking in at more that 500 nits of brightness, with the S8 even capable of hitting 1000 nits in certain situations. Measuring at 8639K, the display of the G6 is noticeably colder than the more natural one on the Galaxy S8, which clocks in at 6777K.

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54 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Basicaly there is nothing that G6 does better than S8

4. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

wide angle camera? flat screen? curved looks cool but look at those light reflections. and its cheaper. but i'd buy S8 anyway :P

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The screen being flat vs curved is not better in either case. Just because you liek it doesn't make it better. Curving the screen makes the device less bulkier. Its also lighter because of less material. Whether it is easier of harder to hold is also for debate. I found them to be equally easier to hold, but the Galaxy isn't sharp edged like the G6. Anyone who would argue a "preference" as better already loses an argument. Phones have been flat for years. But how about this. Suppose we never curved the lines of cars? You think cars would look so sexy now? http://www.benzinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/old-mercedes-1-724x443.jpg http://275c1577b75606cf1b22-bb4da59307f092c4c5debf6be2f12317.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com//thumbnails/55SWF4JB8HU210745/00f59d0101564f7fd7fdf0a772c8a2b3.jpg Are you really gonna claim you would rather have the car in the first photo over the second? I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong.

51. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

So you're saying I'm not allowed to have an opinion, and if I do have an opinion, that it's wrong. Out of the two pictures you have the links to, I would have the classic Merc, but that's because I love classic cars. But apparently that's wrong.

33. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Is it really cheaper? It has 32GB onboard storage compared to 64GB and has no headphones included and the S8 comes with quite nice headphones.

43. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

TechieXP, "I'm not debating your choice. I'm trying to understand how flat is better than curved. In many cases it is. But saying its better just because you like it, is wrong." So curved is better than flat? You'd be wrong. As it was stated in the article the flat screen was more practical to use. And did you miss this line as a well "the edge display is prone to accidentally registering your touches, which could end up being an aggravating side-effect of the non-flat screen."? I would say it's probably safe to say flat is better than curved.

47. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I do not agree. Having owned an S7 Edge and now an S8+ I can say from actual experience that touching the edge is not an issue and it is far better looking is easier and nicer to handle.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Better design.

34. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

I RETURNED MY G6 FOR MY S8. Enough said.

49. Foxgabanna unregistered

Thats not an actual issue. mine is fine.

50. Foxgabanna unregistered

You deserve a cookie.

53. Koozini

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

That is actually the opposite.....that says nothing........... that's like me trading a nice car for a newer car, the "newer" car is nicer because its newer. They both have pros and cons but still both very good cars. Cheers!

54. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

But what was said was that if I like the classic one I was wrong.

37. colodius

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2017

since it's still early to have phones in hand, most cmts will just be speculations at this point but how dare you say LG has nothing better? How about dual lens cam? How about envisioning the future by moving the home/finger scan buttons to the back of the phone since forever vs putting finger scanner high up next to the camera and not even on the right side so that your right hand's finger can at least try to reach it? How about including a DAC that excels in music (even though not in US market)? How about including smart 2:1 functions in the core experience itself to utilize the new screen ratio? Curve screen for me is such a gimmick as well since I have a lot of trouble pairing a good screen protector with a case so most of the time I have to stick with film instead of glass for protection, and the decent curved glasses cost a small fortune. I know I'm a big LG fan but at least I'm not so biased/ignorant to refuse the truth.

39. WPX00

Posts: 512; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

LG's always on display is a significantly better implementation than Samsung. By that I mean one thing and one thing only: it drains noticeably less battery. My G5 can sit with AOD on for 3h and not drain even 1%, while Samsung's AOD drains ~2% per hour on Wi-Fi. Samsung standby is already bad in the first place (AccuBattery reports ~3%/hr drain over the course of my device lifetime), so AOD would only make it worse. Back with my G2, it could sit 6h and still be at 100% at the end.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Atleast it doesn't comes out of the box with red tint Super Amoled.

52. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

That's a software problem. You can literally fix it by just going into the display settings.

2. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

The battery on the S8 is a bit over hyped in here considering what other reviewers are saying..! I love the S8 for its design but if I was to buy a phone now, I would get the G6 for being more practical and also because of the wide angle camera..!

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're debating semantics...lol I have the iPhone with a second camera. Its as useless as the phone almost is. Will you even remember to take a wider angle shot? If so then great! I wish Samsung kept the 16MP from the S6, because its angle was much wider. But Samsung went from a 16:9 camera to a 4:3 one and that is where they messed up. If they kept a 16:9 camera, the shot would be wide enough with 2 lens. 2 lens doing what one could do is dumb on any phone. How many wide shots are you going to take vs regular?

35. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I'm a photographer actually (especially landscapes and all), and for me the wide angle lens make a lot of sense. Actually the 4:3 ratio is the best and most efficient (in a sense), and its a bit hard to explain (if you were a photographer or a camera tech enthusiast, you would have known) in a thread like this but just google, and you will know why. The only benefit of a 16:9 photo is that it covers most of the screen on the phone or all the screen if the display is 16:9.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

Eh. You can't really go wrong with either one, though who knows what issues will pop up in the long term. For now, you may as well flip a coin unless there's a particular feature one or the other has that you can't live without. Personally, I'll take the S8 plus.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I think that edge display is way overrated and it's nothing new from Samsung. All they literally did was make the screen taller. It look good, but I just much prefer the flat look of the G6. The G6 should have went OLED and put a faster chip in though.

36. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

You are right about the OLED display thing, but I highly doubt the chipset side. The S821 will be fine for another 2-3 years and it will play almost all games without any issue if there is proper optimization. I admit S835 would have been much better but the gains are negligible in day today use.

6. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Wait, so the G6 can charge up wirelessly in 102 minutes, was the S8 timed at 100 minutes while being charged wirelessly or with its included wired charger?

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It was with the wall charger

7. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I as charging an S8 plus yesterday on a Samsung fast wireless charger and it didn't seem any faster than when I charge an S7. I think it's still just as slow. 102 minutes to charge the G6's battery wirelessly is impressive!

8. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I think if the G6 had an AMOLED screen then I would have bought it already. Definitely prefer the flat screen over the curves. Looks like I'll be sticking to my Pixel XL, until the next Note has the opportunity to impress me.

9. sb311

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

UI could easily become a moot point when you switch out your launchers.

15. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Launchers only change so much, much of the interface you're still stuck with. Also regardless of Samsung call it now, the touchwiz framework is fully integrated.

40. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

this. As soon as you pull the notification shade on a the brand new S8 and see the same cluttered look, I just shake my head and think they still have a ways to go.

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