Our Opinion

The LG V30 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the LG V30 Plus!

LG V30 Plus  Samsung Galaxy S8 
LG V30 Samsung Galaxy S8
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Excellence Score
76.5
73.2
Value for Money Score
68.8
61.2
Price ₹ 38,000 onwards ₹ 41,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2017 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 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 6 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, FullVision Display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8895Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 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 16.0 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 (16MP + 13MP), 16 MP: F/1.6 Aperture; 71-degree Wide-angle Lens, 13 MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Rec., HDR Video 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 N/A 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 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.4 mm 8 mm
Weight 158 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 Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging; Military Certified; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by B&O Play 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]
  • Beautiful, streamlined, flagship-grade aluminium and glass design
  • Impressively light for what it has inside
  • Full IPX8 waterproofing
  • Beautiful large, edge-to-edge OLED screen - with vibrant colors and deep blacks - pretty close in quality to Samsung's top-notch Super AMOLEDs
  • LG's Android UI looks decent and works well, although it's not really the best - that position is taken by the likes of OnePlus, and Samsung
  • Speedy, top-end processor - delivers top-drawer performance similar to other Snapdragon 835 phones
  • Very good dual rear cameras - capable of taking some excellent photos - they're crisp, full of life, and comparable to the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • In the daytime, the LG's second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame - you just can't get these types of wide-angle photos with any other phone camera
  • LG also offers a dizzying array of additional camera modes which you will found genuinely useful - this includes an excellent manual mode
  • Video recording is excellent too, with powerful video features - 4K and 1080p/30fps videos out of the primary camera are top-notch
  • Decent front-facing camera too, particularly its wide-angle mode
  • The best headphone jack on a phone period - LG V30's "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) isn't just a marketing gimmick - it actually works - when you plug in good quality headphones into this phone's 3.5mm jack, your music lights up, growing richer, fuller and warmer - a treat for audiophiles - this is the best smartphone for audio today
  • The loudspeaker is pretty good too
  • On the whole, the phone is a content creator's dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles
  • Excellent battery life - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - similar in overall life to the excellent Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Supports quick charging - promises 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • On the whole, the LG V30 is a fantastic phone that nearly does it all - and a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL - it is one of LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, it’s also one of 2017’s best smartphones
  • 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]
  • The front facing camera, and overall low-light photography (of both front and rear cameras), while decent, aren’t industry-leading
  • Wireless charging works fine - but it's not particularly fast. The V30 only supports standard 5-watt Qi charging and a newer 8-watt standard - not the 15-watt Fast Charge variant supported by Samsung and some competitors
  • 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. The V30 has turned out so remarkably well... it's got the most important boxes checked and we can see people running to the stores
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL....If it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won't be disappointed.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. You won’t regret buying it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
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  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 »
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  10. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
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