As four smartphones all appear over the horizon this year, the mobile industry can ready itself for a mainstream Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30 vs Apple iPhone X (iPhone 8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battle. The recently release Galaxy Note 8 is obviously getting a sales head start, with the South Korean electronics giant having already made its oversized smartphone available in the global market.
The Cupertino-based tech titan’s iPhone X, on the other side of the niche, is expected to follow next, as Apple is slated to host a special media event on September 12th at which its flagship handset will be launched. Another South Korea-based competitor already announced the LG V30 and expected to hit the shelves later this month. And the search goddess Google will likely release the Pixel 2 XL next month, completing what is a very zealous time for the high-end smartphone marketplace. Apple vs Android is a classic tug of war of the tech companies, but each and every manufacturers will be vying for a leading market share and supremacy in high-end smartphone category.
So how will these four major smartphones compare? Here The Velvetiere analyzes the key features and specs of four of the biggest mobile releases of this year.
There is no more significant combat zone in the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs LG V30 vs Galaxy Note 8 top-end smartphone war than the screen displays included in the handset phones. Samsung’s brand has always been identified with superb display technology, and the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 unquestionably doesn’t differ this impression. The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch of Super AMOLED display with a resolution that exceeds 2560 x 1440 pixels or 2K. The Note 8 is is equipped with 1,440 x 2,960 pixels with 521 ppi pixel density, which is more than essentially any other smartphone already available in the market.
Meanwhile, the LG V30 will be shipped with P-OLED 6-inch display (~81.2% screen-to-body ratio) topped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The V30 comes with 1440 x 2880 pixels but got 537 ppi pixel density, which is higher than that of the Note 8.
As for the Pixel 2, it is believed that Google will sell a standard model of the phone which will benefit from a 5-inch screen display, while the larger sibling of the iteration — the Pixel XL 2 — will be shipped with a 6-inch display. The Google Pixel 2 and XL 2 will reportedly features a full HD and quad HD technology, respectively.
Similarly, the OLED-equipped iPhone X will be the first ever device from the product line to adapt Quad HD display resolution. The total display dimension of the iPhone 8 should measures 5.8-inches. The iPhone 8, some other calls it iPhone X and we prefer to call the latter moniker, will also feature an always-on display.
The world’s most valuable company in terms of market cap will unveil its next-generation mobile 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC) — the new A11 processor — on the iPhone X, with the intention of seriously improving the overall performance of the flagship. It is not yet exactly celebrated what statements this SoC processor will have.
Back in 2016, Apple unveiled the A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which has a 64-bit ARM-based SoC. The A10 is the first Apple-designed quad-core chipset, with a couple of high-performance cores and a pair of energy-efficient cores. It has 40% greater processing performance and 50 percent greater GPU performance compared to the A9. So it is safe to say that it will have an eight-core SoC processor with improved clock speed.
The LG V30 runs on the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor topped with a 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 8 also runs the Snapdragon 835 only for the USA & China markets. Like in the past flagships including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Note 8 is equip with Samsung in-house CPU (an Exynos 8895 Octa) for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets.
The Google Pixel 2 and its larger sibling Pixel 2 XL has been associated with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, which would be a major lead for the Mountain View-based search giant. The aforementioned smartphones should vaguely outshine the 835-equipped devices’ performance including the Galaxy Note 8.
Mobile camera technology has increasingly becoming a crucial in the smartphone pigeonhole, and the Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs LG V30 vs Galaxy Note battle will relatively be defined by the shooting capabilities of the handsets.
Apple has reportedly been developing on a major enhancement on the dual-camera in the new iPhone X flagship, which will utter improved capturing in a much lower-light conditions. With that said, is is very much a straight response to the Galaxy Note 8, which already considered by pundits to be much superior to the iPhone 7 Plus.
While the first-generation Google Pixel wowed the crowd in the photography section, it is in some measure disappointing to hear that Google reportedly has dump the idea to include a dual-shooter in the Pixel 2 and XL models.
The LG G5 had one of the greatest camera in its generations, as do the G6 and V20 so the mere fact that a dual-camera has also been embraced on the LG V30 comes as no surprise.
The LG V30 sports an f/1.6 16-megapixel fro the normal lens on the rear panel with a 70-degree field of view and OIS, paired with a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens that offers a wider field of view of 120-degree.
LG opted for wide-angle lens over a telephoto lens, because the bokeh effect on the images can still be fabricated digitally through a software. While the wide-angle lens on the back of the V30 has an aperture of f/1.9, the other one has f/1.6 lens which LG claimed it allows for 25 percent more light.
Storage has increasingly becoming one of the cores in mobile technology, upgrading the capabilities of multimedia channels and increasing the size of files and documents requires a bigger room of storage. Thus, the internal storage of a smartphone dominoes with their respective retail pricing.
Normally, the retail pricing will be pivotal in choosing between the Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30 vs iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 war most especially the unlocked ones, yet apiece of these tech giants has its own distinctive means to this significant field. Apple can consider itself to be the most premium industrialist among the four, even Samsung converted a huge figures of units and ships remarkable devices. Apple, to be honest, devices are always sold at a premium price, and this will continue once more with the iPhone X and iterations to come.
The 2017 iPhone X (iPhone 8) will cost a whopping $1,000+, with the most expensive smartphone likely priced exceeding $1,100. This is far expensive that the Galaxy Note 8, which is priced at $950.
The Google Pixel 2 XL can be considered more of a high-end smartphone with a mid-end retail pricing, with base prices for the entry-level smaller Pixel 2 and larger XL model anticipated to be priced at $649 and $749, respectively. Moreover, LG’s latest flagship handset V30 is likely to set back consumers $749, offering a competitive price when compared to the likes of the iPhone X as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ and Note 8. This will allow the Google and LG to destabilize the competition.
So who’s the victor in the Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone X (iPhone 8) vs LG V30 vs Galaxy Note 8 competition? Well all know that Samsung has always been providing outstanding and higher specifications to its Galaxy S and Note product lines, and this will be the situation once more with the Note 8.
And the LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL represents an outstanding value for your hard-earned money, most certainly with the latter includes the latest Snapdragon 836 CPU.