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We only have a few weeks before two of the best Android phones of the second half of 2017 are unveiled.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 are these two phones. The former will be announced on August 23 while the latter will come out a week later, on the final day of this month, just before the IFA 2017 event kicks off in Berlin, Germany.

Unlike the unbalanced rivalry between the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the battle for supremacy between the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note and LG V30 is on a different level. We all know what happened between the S8 and G6, where the former has been emerging out as the winner on whatever front the two are pitted. However, LG is out to make a statement with the incoming V30 and this is not just based on the performance specs, but also on other essential aspects of a phone – photography.

LG V30 VS Samsung Galaxy Note 8

We know that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be the first in the family – and probably the first from the South Korean tech giant – to come with a dual-lens camera on the back. LG has been offering this feature for a while now. In fact, the LG V series was the first to debut with a dual-lens camera, but this appeared on the selfie shooter.

With the release of the LG G5, the company went dual and so did the LG V20, which is the predecessor to the incoming LG V30. Since the company has already made the dual-lens camera feature a mainstay on its high-end LG G and V family, we are sure that the LG V30 will debut with a similar setup on the back.

Now, according to the latest reports, the tech giant has audacious plans to topple the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and even the current leader, at least according to DxOMark, HTC U11, to the crown of the best smartphone in photography matters. The report, which comes courtesy of Slash Gear, claims that the LG V30 will debut with a camera lens featuring a massive aperture if f/1.6, bigger than the current f/1.7 that appears on the Galaxy S8 and is also expected to feature on the Galaxy Note 8.

LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8

Apparently, the phone will still feature a dual-lens setup where one sensor will capture “normal” shots while the other will handle wide-angle shots, just like the 13MP dual setup on the LG G6. The report further adds that the normal sensor of the LG V30 will be the one carrying this huge f/1.6 aperture, but there is still no word on what aperture size will be used on the second wide-angle lens.

So, what does such a large aperture size mean for the LG V30? For starters, many smartphones really struggle when it comes to low-light performance. With a lens that has a large aperture, it means that more light will be entering the sensor, thus allowing for enhanced performance when taking shots in poorly-lit conditions. This is what every smartphone buyer wants to see in a high-end phone and if LG succeeds in doing it well, the V30 could easily become the best in photography this 2017.

LG V30

Ever since Samsung switched to using an aperture of f/1.7 on the Galaxy S7 and now the Galaxy S8, the results in low-light conditions have been amazing. With the company set to jump to a dual-lens camera, expect the performance of the Galaxy Note 8 in similar conditions to be even better than what the S8 and S8+ have to offer.

The leak also shed some light on the features to expect when the LG V30 shows up. As it is, the phone will be the first to debut with an OLED panel, leaving behind the LCD panels that LG has been using on its high-end phones. The same 18:9 aspect ratio used on the LG G6 will also be retained and even though it was not mentioned, you can expect the handset to be powered by the new Snapdragon 835 SoC with up to 6GB RAM alongside the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, unless LG is ready to surprise us like it happened last year by turning to the latest Android O.

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