Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a significantly better phone, but the LG G6 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus.

LG G6  Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 
LG G6 Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus
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Excellence Score
62.2
69.8
Value for Money Score
71.6
70.8
Price ₹ 24,994 onwards ₹ 29,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Jan, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 565 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullVision Display, Dolby Vision/HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7885Ranked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Mali-G71
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), Camera 1: F/1.8 Aperture; Optical Image Stabilisation; 125 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Camera 2: F/2.4 Aperture; Laser Autofocus; 1/3" Sensor Size; 1.12 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Video HDR, Square Camera App F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Pro Mode, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 1.12µm Pixel size, 1/2.8” Sensor size, 78° Field-of-view, HDR, Video Digital Image Stabilisation, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Continuous Autofocus video, Face detection, Tracking AF, Playback zoom, Video location tags
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 100 Degrees Wide Angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording Dual Camera (16MP + 8MP), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/3.1” Sensor size; 76° Field-of-view, 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel size; 1/4.0” Sensor size; 85° Field-of-view, Full HD Video Recording, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Video Digital Image Stabilisation
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 163 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 23.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback (AOD on): upto 50 hrs, Audio Playback (AOD OFF): upto 73 hrs, Video playback: upto 19 hrs, Internet use (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Internet use (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet use (4G): upto 14 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Fast Battery Charging: 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0); Shock Resistant; DLNA; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; Wi-Fi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Miracast; Noise Filtration; Google Assistant NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent glass/metal build, premium look and feel, aesthetic design
  • Water and dust protection, and a lot of attention to durability
  • Beautiful 9:18 display, is a welcome evolution to smartphone displays
  • Because of the negligible bezels, feels like the entire thing is one big screen
  • Putting the G6 up next to other 5.7-inch phones, LG's ability to squeeze that much screen real estate onto this small a handset is nothing short of impressive - that it can go head-to-head with the smaller-screened iPhone 7 Plus and make that sleek, sophisticated handset seem chunky and bloated by comparison is real accomplishment for the company
  • The user interface is nice and typical LG with heavy use of colors from the entire spectrum
  • Powered by the solid Snapdragon 821, the performance is top-drawer, and on par with the other Snapdragon 820/821 competition (although some other flagships this year will be launching with the even more powerful Snapdragon 835)
  • Very good rear camera with a dual camera setup - the photos are detailed and with pleasing rich colors - the coverage of the wide-angle cam makes pretty much any scene look dramatic - works well in both daylight and low light
  • 4K video is super sharp too with lots of fine detail, and video stabilization works well
  • The selfie camera is decent too, with decent details
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good audio quality via earphones
  • Good battery life - easily lasts a day (though its not as great as some of the other flagship competition)
  • Premium front and back glass design, with a metal frame sitting in between (similar to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8)
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • Beautiful 6 inch edge-to-edge display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio - you’ll love playing games, watching videos or web browsing on the screen - the display is gorgeous, and the color reproduction is pretty good - sunlight legibility is good too
  • Samsung's UI over Android is pretty lean and includes useful stuff like Secure Folder, and Samsung Pay (which comes with UPI, Paytm and Mobikwik integration)
  • The Bixby AI functionality adds useful stuff like Bixby Vision in the camera app, which lets you point the camera at an object or place to offer relevant results - you can also use Bixby Vision to scan QR Codes and point at text to translate in any given language supported by the assistant
  • Good speed/performance in daily use, as well as in high-end games
  • Decent (though not exceptional) front facing dual camera setup - has a good bokeh effect, especially in daylight
  • 'True' dual SIM experience
  • Good battery life - lasts the whole day even with heavy use
  • Decent 'fast-charging' support - charging from empty to full takes about an hour and 45 minutes
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Software and media still catching up to this new 18:9 world, so you won't find a lot of media content right now that can make full use of the elongated display (for web browsing and multi-tasking though, the extra screen real estate works just great)
  • While the G6 is a pretty great phone in isolation, and in terms of value-for-money, but in terms of pure performance/quality, it doesn't quite match up when compared to what will probably be considered it's top competition among flagships - the Galaxy S8 - which is more elegant, more refined in design, better built, offers better performance, a better camera, a better display, high-quality headphones, and better battery life (although of course it is also more expensive)
  • A little bit on the thick and heavy side, compared to its main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10
  • As in case with all the smartphones with glass panels, it is slippery and a bit of a fingerprint magnet (luckily Samsung has bundled a clear case along with the smartphone)
  • Face unlock is iffy and not too accurate (you are better off using the fingerprint sensor)
  • Samsung's Experience UI, while decent, could do with less of bloat
  • Rear camera is decent but falls behind it's main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10 - handling of details and exposures is ordinary, video recording is average, and low light performance is not great either
  • On the whole, seen in absolute terms, the Galaxy A8+ is a pretty decent all-round phone, but compared to the likes of OnePlus 5T and the Honor View 10 (the prevailing leaders in this price segment), it falls behind - the OnePlus 5T has a distinct edge in terms of software & performance - and the View 10 in terms of camera
Expert Reviews
  1. Call it flagship, call it bestseller, call it whatever you want, then go ahead and call it yours. The LG G6 is the full package with just the right corners carefully filed away pixel by pixel.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG G6 is a gorgeous phone and those wary of Samsung should get it
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. At last, an LG flagship that's (mostly) worth owning
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. A solid mid-range Samsung Android phone...But if you are looking for performance, speed, and a bit more excitement, there seem to be quite a few other phones that fit those ideas better
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Isn't very convincing when seen next to the OnePlus 5T and Honor View 10
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks good, delivers on battery life, has an excellent build quality and offers IP68 certification. If these aspects score higher over core performance and camera quality, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy A8+
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you can do away with some minor issues, and want a premium smartphone without spending much, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) could be a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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