The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi film is still a couple of months away, the Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just on the corner and it’s nearly out of question to purchase a mediocre smartphone any more. Worse luck it’s pretty viable to fritter away your hard-earned money on a premium one, with flagships from Apple, Samsung and Google costing as much as a brand new Yamaha Mio or a Honda motorcycle. That’s avant-garde technology inside the iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy S8+, Pixel 2 XL and LG V30+ for your precious money, but which smartphone delivers the biggest hit for its expensive price tag? The one and only way to find it out is to compare them. So how the iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30+ vs Galaxy S8+ compare against each other?
First thing first, the design is the first thing that registered on our brain about a smartphone, and in this iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30+ vs Galaxy S8+ showdown is no difference. Fairly and honestly speaking, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a glassy iPhone 7 Plus with a sheets of Gorilla Corning glasses on both front at back panels. The Rose Gold colorway is completely gone in favor of the slightly pinkish gold hue and the just like the last year’s iteration, the 3.5mm audio jack port is gone for the water and dust resistance.
The Galaxy S8+ is beautiful with 18:9 ratio screen display. The display curving over each side to deliver a nearly bezel-less front panel, and Samsung calls it as Infinity Display. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a nearly identical front screen display design as to the LG V30+. As for the back panel, the Pixel 2 XL got a two-tone back. The front is also bezel-less, but it’s not as pretty neat as the S8+ and V30+. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the Pixel 2 XL does not support headphone jack anymore.
The LG V30+ adopts the appealing design of the Galaxy S8+, the edges are bit curved not as prominent as to the Samsung’s, but former phone retains more of a metal frame.
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus didn’t get an the OLED display equipped in the Apple’s top-of-the-line premium flagship iPhone X. The iPhone 8 Plus sports a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at 401ppi pixel density. The handset also include a TrueTone display, which adjusts the color temperature and balance according to the surrounding light condition thanks to the ambient sensor.
As for the South Korean technology firm, Samsung always gone for a brighter, high contrast Super AMOLED display. The S8+ boasts a whopping 6.2-inch display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution. It also comes with an Always On Display, which allows users to view notifications without unlock or wake up the device. The Google Pixel 2 XL and the LG V30+, on the other hand, are both equipped with 6.0-inch P-OLED display offering an immersive resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels. Both devices also sports an Always-On display for notifications. Among the four handsets, only the V30+ supports HDR10.
The iPhone 8 Plus may not look amazing in terms the overall aesthetic design, but internally, specifically on its core, the device sport the Apple’s new A11 “Bionic” system-on-chip (SoC) processor topped with 3GB of RAM, which delivers an breathtaking benchmarks results. The Apple’s Bionic SoC has two high-performance cores which are 25 percent faster than the Apple A10 and four high-efficiency cores which are up to 70 percent speedy than that of the A10 Fusion.
The United States and Chinese variant of the Galaxy S8+ are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 6GB RAM, but the international version of the mobile device is equipped with Samsung’s in-house octa-core Exynos 8895, which is much faster. The Snapdragon 835 also powers the Google Pixel 2 XL (4GB RAM) and LG V30+ (6GB RAM), so we’d expect their benchmark scores plays on the same level of the S8+.
The Cupertino’s iPhone 8 Plus is currently available on either 64GB or 256GB storage configurations. The Galaxy 8+ is available in 64GB, 128GB and 265GB of on-board storage with microSD support for expanded memory. The LG V30+ is only available in 128GB, the 64GB variant is marketed as v30 only, without the “Plus” sign. Google’s Pixel 2 XL is being offered with 64GB or 128GB storage. Google also offers unlimited online photo and video storage until January 2021.
In this iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30+ vs Galaxy S8+ clash, three smartphones runs the same mobile platform with different skins and the other one, of course, got an iOS. The iOS 11 is the latest Apple mobile operating system that was announced back in June and released lat last month. The iOS 11 is remarkably fast on the iPhone and iPad thanks to the tight integration of software into the hardware – most especially in new processor architecture in-depth workloads such as Portrait Lighting mode.
The Galaxy S8+ ships with Android 7.0 Nougat and Samsung’s own UX skin the top of the aforementioned ecosystem. Additionally, the S8+ comes with Bixby, Samsung’s Google Assistant-esque virtual assistant. The V30+ ships with Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box topped with LG LG UX 6.0+ skin. Both the V30+ and S8+ are expected to get Android 8 soon.
Google goes all for pure Android 8.0 Oreo mobile operating system. With Google has the full control of the Android, the search company has tightly and fluidly integrated the software into the Pixel 2 XL.
The iPhone 8 Plus’s shooter is one of the best, if not the best,, with a 12MP dual-camera sensor that allows users to get SLR-style portrait photographs and the new lighting effects. The iPhone 8 has a wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture coupled with a telephoto lens with f/2.8. The camera on the rear got an optical zoom and optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as the True Tone flash. As for video recording, the 8 Plus is capable of shooting UHD 4K at 24 to 60fps.
The Galaxy S8+ camera is also one of the best cameras on a smartphone in the market. The S8 Plus include a single 12MP sensor, dual pixel image processor and f/1.7 aperture are certainly designed for bad light condition, and video recording up to 4K at 30fps.
LG has opted to go for a a dual camera setup on the back, and it uses one wide angle and normal lens. The latter has 16-megapixel with f/1.6 aperture, which is good on taking photos under low light conditions. The wide angle lens has 13MP at f/1.9 aperture. The dual-camera is now covered with Crystal Clear Glass, created to provide more consistent color in photographs. The V30+ sports with both electronic- and optical image stabilization, as well as laser autofocus.
The Pixel 2 XL has the best single-lens camera in the market. It include a 12.2MP with an f/1.8 aperture, optical and electronic image stabilization and the ability to shoot videos of up to 4K at 30fps. The search engine goddess has managed to achieve the Bokeh Effect similar to the Portrait Mode of Apple and Samsung’s Live Focus through a software enabled feature and the results are astonishing. The Pixel 2 XL have set a new record-shattering milestone for overall smartphone camera quality, according to DxOMark.
At 2,675mAh battery capacity, the iPhone 8 Plus’s storage cells sounds significantly small as compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, but the Cupertino is in the favorable advantage of having a total control over both software and hardware. Apple has finally adopted the wireless and fast charging support too. The latter will only be attained if you’re using USB Type-C to Lightning port.
Wireless and fast charging is not new to Samsung and LG as both technologies were being offered for ages. The Galaxy S8 Plus and V30+ include a 3,500mAh and 3300mAh battery, respectively. Google’s Pixel 2 XL looks a bit more generous with 3,520mAh battery.
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Additional capability of the iPhone 8 Plus’ camera is the new Lighting Portrait. LG V30+ include the 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P a great addition on the device for audiophiles out there. Samsung and the LG retains the 3.5mm audio jack support, while Apple completely dumped it on the iPhone 8 Plus and Pixel 2 XL. Additionally, the Pixel 2 XL has a two front-firing stereo speakers.
iPhone 8 Plus: 64GB/$749, 128GB/$949
Galaxy S8+: 64GB/ $840 – $850
Pixel 2 XL: 64GB/$849, 128GB/$949
Without a doubt, all iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30+ vs Galaxy S8+ smartphones are superb in their respective aspects, but if we were concluding on the appearance of the design alone it’d be the Galaxy S8+. As for software, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus running on the iOS 11 and Google’s Pixel 2 XL runs pure stock Android Oreo have the huge advantages, simply because both have the complete control over the software and hardware. The Pixel 2 XL has the huge battery, a 20mAh bump compared to S8+. Both the Galaxy S8 Plus and V30 have the biggest RAM. The Pixel 2 XL is one smartphone consumers need to consider, but it’s relatively more expensive than the iPhone 8 Plus and V30+, and Galaxy S8+ in some markets. For an absolute power and performance, the iPhone 8 Plus is the king. And for camera, both the iPhone and Pixel got the trophy.