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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

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

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6
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
5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8

LG G6
5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G6


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

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6

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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 570
(Excellent)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6784
(Excellent)
2.11
5.79
(Average)
5.26
(Average)
LG G6 506
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:2164
(Excellent)
8639
(Poor)
2.12
5.68
(Average)
7.55
(Average)
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posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:35 7

1. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Basicaly there is nothing that G6 does better than S8

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:57 4

4. Hyperreal (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Oct 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

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:12 1

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 10:24

51. firebird820 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Jan 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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 19:44 1

33. HomerS (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Sep 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 12:14

43. cthunder (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 05:06

47. ColinW (Posts: 240; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 11:10 3

13. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 420; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


Better design.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 23:20 1

34. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


I RETURNED MY G6 FOR MY S8. Enough said.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 22:56

49. Foxgabanna (Posts: 237; Member since: 11 Sep 2016)


Thats not an actual issue. mine is fine.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 22:57

50. Foxgabanna (Posts: 237; Member since: 11 Sep 2016)


You deserve a cookie.

posted on 03 May 2017, 20:54

53. Koozini (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 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!

posted on 04 May 2017, 09:42

54. firebird820 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Jan 2017)


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

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 02:36 1

37. colodius (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 09:12 2

39. WPX00 (Posts: 462; Member since: 15 Aug 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 14:30

45. Trex95 (Posts: 1101; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 30 Apr 2017, 10:26

52. firebird820 (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Jan 2017)


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

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:36 7

2. R-vjn (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jan 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..!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 12:15

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 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?

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 01:42 1

35. R-vjn (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jan 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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 07:45 1

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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:02 4

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2017, 01:45 2

36. R-vjn (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jan 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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:13

6. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 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?

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:53

10. joeytaylor (Posts: 901; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


It was with the wall charger

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:16 1

7. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 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!

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:27 1

8. Nutcase4u2 (Posts: 30; Member since: 15 Oct 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.

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 08:36

9. sb311 (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 21 Apr 2017, 11:52 1

15. ebilcake (Posts: 947; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2017, 11:28

40. LionStone (Posts: 843; Member since: 10 Dec 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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