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FIGHT: V30 vs Note 8

    The third in our series of phone head to heads puts the newly announced LG V30 up against the only-recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Here's how they stack up

Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decissions and some may need explaination. For example, the V30 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating - screen size has been ignored; and the V30  also wins the size  category because it's combination of size vs. weight is more impresive than the others.

The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point)

Feature Galaxy S8 (for reference) LG V30 Galaxy Note 8
Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass
Size 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8.0mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm
Weight 155g 158g 195g
Screen 5.8" 2960x1440 570ppi 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi
Battery 3000 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh
Processor Exynos OctaCore Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore
RAM 4GB 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD
Camera (rear) 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg) DualPixel IOS Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom
Camera (front) 8Mpix f/1.7 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7
Connectivity 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1
Android version Android 7.0 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (left) Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left)
Protection Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68)
Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging
Price £ 689 £ £ 869
Availability Now September 2017 September 2017 (pre-order delivery)
Total points - 19 11

So there we have it; the LG V30 has finally beaten it's major rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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