LG and Samsung are very close when it comes to competition in the smartphone business.
While the former clearly lost the battle against the latter with respect to the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the story will definitely be different when the pair unveils their next flagship phones – the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Both phones will be released in August, with the V30 coming on August 31, a week after the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23.
The huge design changes to the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 have been dominating smartphone discussions lately and as it is, the South Korean companies will not be leaving behind their newly found smartphone designs when they release the LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8. In short, you can expect eye-catching designs from both companies, but LG is ready to step up things as far as the performance is concerned.
One thing that has made sure the LG G6 has been on the losing end of the battle against Samsung Galaxy S8 is the choice of processor. Where the former takes advantage of the older – although slightly improved – Snapdragon 821 chipset that appeared in late 2016, the latter has the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 835. The differences between the two are obvious, where the latter offers more power while consuming low energy compared to the former.
LG did try spicing things up by coming in with a high-end version that packs a massive 6GB RAM alongside 128GB of internal storage, but this did little to change the performance levels of the Snapdragon 821 when compared to the Snapdragon 835. In order to cover up this lost ground, the tech giant will be turning to the Snapdragon 835 with respect to the LG V30. This is the same processor that Samsung will use under the hood of the Galaxy Note 8, something that means these two will be taking each other head to toe as far as performance is concerned.
In addition to carrying the same specs sheet, the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will hit the market at about the same time. The main reason LG chose to go with the Snapdragon 821 chipset for the G6 was because the Snapdragon 835 SoC was not ready in time for the phone’s MWC 2017 launch. Since the company was in dire need for its 2017 flagship handset to get into the market well ahead of the Galaxy S8 and maybe grab the attention of buyers weeks before its rival could counter, it chose to go ahead with the early release even if it meant sacrificing raw power.
The cost of this move has been huge, with sales of the LG G6 not reflecting what the company would have wanted. As a result, the tech giant has reportedly decided to debut the LG V30 a little earlier in South Korea than other markets so as to make up for this lost ground. This time around, LG won’t have the same advantage it had over the release of the Galaxy S8 since the Galaxy Note 8 will, in fact, be unveiled a week earlier and possibly start selling a week or more earlier than the V30.
With this in mind, LG is set to go through a much tougher period than what happened with the G6, but looking at the rumors, the V30 will be a worth competitor to the Galaxy Note 8 as opposed to the threat the G6 posed to the Galaxy S8. Other than the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the phone will come with at least 4GB RAM and another 6GB RAM variant will also be available. The display screen is set to feature a massive 6-inch edge-to-edge panel with a QHD resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio and for the cameras, you get a dual-lens setup on the back.
Samsung is also working on an equally impressive package that includes up to 256GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. The cameras will also be dual on the back alongside a 6.3-inch curved AMOLED display screen with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, same as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With rumors that the Note 8 will command a price tag of more than $1000, it’s possible that the price of these two phones will become the ultimate factor in decision making since they’ll have the same basic hardware package as well as software, which is expected to be Android 7.1 Nougat.
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