Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a significantly better phone, but the LG G6 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

LG G6  Samsung Galaxy S8 
LG G6 Samsung Galaxy S8
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Excellence Score
62.2
73.2
Value for Money Score
71.6
61.2
Price ₹ 24,994 onwards ₹ 41,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 565 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features FullVision Display, Dolby Vision/HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8895Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 4 GB 4 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 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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, 26mm Focus Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 100 Degrees Wide Angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 8 mm
Weight 163 gm 152 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
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 Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Face Recognition; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; 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)
  • With its bold, exquisite, elongated shape, and borderless "infinity" display, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous piece of technology - arguably the best designed Android phone to date
  • Incredible overall fit and finish
  • Water-resistant (IP 68 certification), and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear
  • Relatively comfortable to hold for a display this large in size
  • Apart from fingerprint recognition, you also have iris or facial recognition options for unlocking the device - iris is blazing fast, but requires some careful alignment - facial recognition works pretty well, but does require good lighting
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • The new on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • The exceptionally bright Infinity display is gorgeous, and a chart-topper in terms of sunlight visibility - and colors are even punchier than before
  • Samsung's TouchWiz software is now more polished than ever, and gives a thoughtfully conceived software experience
  • Samsung's AI Engine Bixby is a decent add-on too, although a lot of the functionality, including voice activation will come in later
  • The Exynos chipset powering the phone delivers a chart-topping performance in both CPU and GPU benchmarks - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is impressive too - overall, the performance is class leading, and brimming with horsepower
  • The camera is state-of-the-art and pretty much the same as the already great camera on the S7, with one notable improvement - low light photography - the new Multi-Frame Image Processing delivers noticeably cleaner and sharper low light photos - overall now, this camera is right up there with the best in the business - the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel
  • The front camera is very good too, and a major upgrade from the S7 in terms of image quality - Samsung has also included a big collection of filters, stickers and dynamic facial effects to raise your selfie game
  • Good audio quality
  • The S8+ is is really versatile when it comes to connectivity too with things like Gigabit LTE support, bluetooth audio streaming to two devices simultaneously, and presence of DisplayPort video output over Type-C
  • You can also use the phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock - creating an Android "desktop" experience - which could be pretty handy
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
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)
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • The new fingerprint reader position at the back will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows - it's too high up and right next to the camera - which is not the most convenient placement
  • While the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is futuristic, and certainly comes in handy while browsing, and gaming, but most video/image content is still not made for such a wide screen, so will usually be wasteful of the extra space
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 »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. tech.firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  19. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. forbes.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8/+ are slam dunks. They are brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and have beautiful screens.
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Samsung has certainly proven that it has the design and manufacturing strengths to pull off absolutely stunning devices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. tech.firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  23. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
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