Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 review

The two most anticipated Android phones of the year are now here: Samsung's Galaxy S8 and LG's G6. In this article we aim to discover the key specification differences to help you make an informed purchasing decision, though you should also check out our LG G6 review and Samsung Galaxy S8 review for more in-depth details.

Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 Price

The Galaxy S8 is now available and it's available SIM-free for £689 - you can check out the best Galaxy S8 deals here.

LG has also released the G6 in the UK. You can save a few quid compared to the S8 as it's priced at £649.

With the prices very similar, read on to find out which 2017 flagship phone is best for you.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 Design and build

Following the lead of Xiaomi and its Mi Mix, the trend for this year’s flagship phones looks sets to be bezel-free designs. Not only does this look great, but also means you get a larger screen on a phone that’s not a great deal bigger than before.

The LG G6 boasts an impressive Quad HD 5.7in display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, taller than the standard 16:9. The Galaxy S8 has an even taller screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Samsung has the bigger screen size jump compared to last year's models, from 5.1in to a whopping 5.8in. And this has been achieved without significantly changing the case size, with the physical home button now gone.

LG has moved away from the modular design of the LG G5 and has ditched the removable battery in favour of waterproofing and a more aesthetic metal body. The fingerprint scanner remains on the back.

This is also where you'll now find the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8, sitting to the right of the rear camera, but a software home button remains at the front on a pressure-sensitive area of the display that acts as a physical button.

Samsung's fingerprint scanner placement is one of the worst things about the phone and the Iris scanner still isn't great, either. Also see: Samsung Pay is now available in the UK!

The dual-curved-edge screen seen on last year's Galaxy S7 edge model is now standard across the range, and also new is Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. The 'Infinity Edge' is a key differentiator between the S8 and G6 and a decent reason to pay the extra.

Although the S8 is the nicer phone for look and feel, it's the one which is in more need of a case. Sadly, all the ones we've tried hide the attractive curved and hinder the use of the curved screen. Also see: Galaxy S8 Active latest rumours.

LG G6

Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 Specs and features

You can get a good idea of how the phones compare in terms of specs in the table below but we're going to talk about key differences. The headline feature of both the G6 and Galaxy S8 is the screen, so we'll focus on that to start.

Starting with Samsung, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8in screen with a Quad-HD+ resolution of 2960x1440 pixels and a dual-curved edge. The larger Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2in display, also with a Quad-HD+ resolution.

The LG G6 has a big screen, but it's not quite as large as its rival at 5.7in. Interestingly it has an 18:9 aspect ratio (yes that’s 2:1) with a 1440x2880-pixel resolution.

As previously mentioned, it's the dual-edge Infinity Display that sets the S8 apart. It not only looks and feels nicer but you also get the additional functionality from the edge panels such as shortcuts.

Via the table you can see that these phones largely share similar specs but the S8 has a more up-to-date processor in the Snapdragon 835 compared to the older 821. In the UK Samsung has fitted its own Exynos 8895 which is extremely powerful.

While the S8 takes amazing photos with the 12Mp camera, the LG G6 benefits from a second wide-angle camera which can come in very useful. It also has a bigger battery and newer Quick Charge 3.0. Also see: Best phones 2017.

Specification Galaxy S8 LG G6
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Display 5.8in QuadHD+ (2960x1440, 570ppi) SuperAMOLED, Infinity Edge 5.7in Quad-HD+ (2880x1440, 565ppi) LCD
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
GPU Adreno 540/Mali-G71 MP20 Adreno 530
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD support 32GB/64GB, microSD support
Cameras 12Mp, f/1.7 rear; 8Mp selfie with autofocus Dual 13Mp rear cameras, 5Mp selfie
Security Fingerprint scanner, iris scanner Fingerprint scanner
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB-C
Waterproofing IP68 IP68
Battery 3,000mAh, fast wired- and wireless charging, Quick Charge 2.0 3,300mAh, wireless charging only in US, Quick Charge 3.0
Dimensions 149 x 68 x 8mm 149 x 72 x 7.9mm
Weight 155g 163g

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.8in Quad HD display (2960x1440), 570ppi
  • Dual curved edge display
  • Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • 12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Pressure sensitive home button
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 16
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • IP68 dust & waterproof rating
  • 68x149x8mm
  • 155g
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.8in Quad HD display (2960x1440), 570ppi
  • Dual curved edge display
  • Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • 12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Pressure sensitive home button
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 16
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • IP68 dust & waterproof rating
  • 68x149x8mm
  • 155g

OUR VERDICT

These two phones are, for the most part, closely matched in terms of specs. Even though the Galaxy S8 is a little bit more expensive, it pips the G6 for us with its gorgeous design, Infinity Display and faster processor. The dual-cameras and larger battery might tempt you to go with LG, though.

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