Tech giants Samsung and LG will soon come head-to-head with the launch of their new devices the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30. Both devices are expected to launch in September and have been making the headlines for months with rumours of their designs and specs being highly anticipated.
In terms of design, both devices may end up having similar features. Both, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30 are expected to have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen on the front and back while a metal frame will hold the two sides together. Both phones are rumoured to sport super-slim bezels giving the appearance of a sleek ‘bezel-less’ look. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30 will be dust and water resistant. They are expected to have a 3.5mm audio jack each and also on-screen navigation buttons. The fingerprint scanners of both devices are to be located at the back but for Note 8 the scanner is rumoured to be next to the camera, while the LG V30 would have something similar to LG G6. Galaxy Note 8 is also expected to have a button dedicated to Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant while LG V30 will probably rely on Google’s Assistant.
Notable differences rumoured between the Samsung and LG devices are that the Galaxy Note 8 will come with an S Pen Stylus, and the screen sizes of the Smartphones will differ. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will most likely have a 6.3-inch screen with 1440 by 2960 pixels of resolution while the LG V30 will have a relatively smaller display measuring 6 inches with 1440 by 2880 pixels. Both phones will be capable of displaying HDR10 content with 18:9 aspect ratio. They will both most likely be based on AMOLED technology and support always-on display functionality as well.
It is yet unknown whether the devices will run on Android Nougat or the new Android 8.0 O. However, it is certain that both Smartphones will come pre-loaded their makers’ custom software. The features on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are likely to be similar to that as seen on the Galaxy S8 such as split-screen multitasking, facial recognition, Bixby integrated UI, and iris scanning. The UI on the LG V30 is expected to be similar to the LG G6 with a few additions such as facial recognition for unlocking the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be powered by Exynos 8895 chip while the LG V30 is rumoured to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 64GB of fast, UFS onboard storage and a micro SD card expansion slot.
Persistent rumours have made us sure that both the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30 will sport dual cameras. The setup of the cameras will comprise of a primary all-purpose camera and a secondary camera that will work in opposite ways. It is said that the Samsung device will have an additional telephoto lens to capture 2x zoom photographs when desired. In contrast, LG V30 will have a wide angle lens that will allow the photographer to fit in more elements in a single frame.
There is no certain word on the specs of the cameras though but, LG is speculated to throw in a lot of features in its phone to make it ideal for capturing photos as well as videos. It is believed that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have two 12 MP cameras while LG V30 will have 13 MP cameras. LG is also said to use an F1.6 aperture for its primary cam making it more sensitive to light.
A recent leak revealed what was claimed to be the battery for Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The leaked battery was rated at 3300mAh which is a little disappointing considering that the Galaxy S8+ has a bigger cell. Comparatively, the LG V30 will most certainly pack a battery above the 3300mAh mark as the LG G6 already has a battery that big and the V30 will definitely not have a smaller cell. There are no doubts, however, that both Smartphones will support quick charging
It is certain that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be announced on August 23rd while the LG V30 will be revealed at IFA on August 31. The launch dates are not yet specified though speculations are that both will be launched on September 15th in Korea, followed by other countries.
Price-wise, neither phone is expected to be cheap with the Note 8 already slated at around $900, and the LG V30 rumoured to be around $700 which is the same as what the V20 cost last year.