LG V20  Samsung Galaxy S8 
LG V20 Samsung Galaxy S8
Buy Now N/A Buy
Excellence Score
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35.3
Value for Money Score
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51.6
Price N/A ₹ 28,489 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2016 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieNo more updates expected Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS Quantum Display, Secondary display (160 x 1040 pixels; 2.1 inches), Always on Display, Miracast Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.15 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820Ranked #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 8895Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 8PM: F/2.4 Aperture; 135 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus, Contrast Autofocus (For Photos & Videos), Optical Image stabilization (OIS), Auto Smile Capture, Panorama, HDR, Video HDR, Video Recording with Stereo Sound, Hi-Fi Video Recording, 75 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Low Cut Filter (LCF) 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 5.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, 120 Degree Wide Angle Lens 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 Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.6 mmSlim 8 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 155 gmMedium
Width 78.1 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 68.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3200 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 Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Quad DAC and B&O Play Speakers; HD Audio Recorder (StedyRecord 2.0); DLNA; NFC; TV Out; Infrared Port; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Drive (with 100 GB Storage) Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality - one of the best phones LG has ever made in this regard - built for durability and longevity
  • Bright, attractive, flagship-level screen
  • Unique (and useful) "secondary screen" functionality, that can be customized to your needs - serving notifications when the phone is in standby, and listing recent apps/favorite apps/most common contacts etc, when the phone is active
  • LG's highly customizable UI over Android is fairly pleasant to use
  • The performance with the Snapdragon 820 chipset shines, even compared against other S820-powered phones - the phone is fast and fluid throughout
  • Dual-FoV cameras on the front and back are very good with excellent microphones and Qualcomm's EIS image stabilization
  • Having a wide-angle view in addition to the normal camera FoV for both the main camera and the selfie cam is fun leaving room for lots of experimentation in creative framing
  • The extensive manual controls offered by the V20 for both photos and video taking are matched by none other (not even Lumias)
  • The V20 loudspeaker is among the loudest on a phone, and the sound quality is excellent
  • The sound quality is excellent via headphones too
  • Very good call quality
  • Decent battery life - though lower than what the best phablets offer
  • Quick charging support and a replaceable battery
  • Transit drop compliant / shockproof
  • On the whole, the LG V20 is more a niche audience device, than a mainstream device - it is built for power users, camera fanatics, audio enthusiasts, and content creators - they’re the ones who would appreciate the full package of features that the V20 has to offer
  • 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 on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • 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 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
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
  • 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 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
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The phone is really well built, but it is not the prettiest, or most elegant phone out there - the focus is more on durability than aesthetics - so it doesn't look as premium as its price
  • Misses out on water resistance that is present in some other flagships
  • Not particularly easy to use with one hand
  • The phone has bit of a tendency to heat up when put under stress
  • Although manual video controls and Hi-Fi sound recording are great for photography pros/enthusiasts, the average user might find them a bit of an overkill for a phone
  • 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
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • 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
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