A quick comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S9 plus and the LG V30 is insufficient to determine a winner. It’s just that they share so much: immersive OLED panels, dual cameras, glass-on-metal architecture, and so on. However, while these two Android phones are comparable, they are not identical. Let us walk you through the aspects that distinguish them.
Glass and metal are now the most expensive materials found in a typical smartphone. They’re used on both the Galaxy S9 Plus and the LG V30, giving the devices an undeniably premium look and feel. Their glass backs sparkle in the sun, and the sturdy metal frames keep everything in place. Both are dust and water resistant, as all premium phones should be nowadays. Just make sure you don’t drop them. You are aware that glass is brittle.
The Galaxy S9 Plus comes in a wider choice of shades, including stunning tints of blue and purple, which is one design distinction between the two phones. The V30 is only available in black or silver in the United States (pictured here is the purple version that Korea got). The S9 Plus also has a cool – and clickable – home button that is practically under the display, whereas the V30 just has on-screen virtual buttons.
Despite having small bezels surrounding their screens, the Galaxy S9 plus and LG V30 are physically fairly large. They fit comfortably in the palm because of their curved edges and corners, and they have sufficient screen space for their physical size, but if you want something tiny, seek elsewhere.
Samsung smartphone displays are among the best available today. The 6.2-inch OLED display on the Galaxy S9 Plus is bright, colourful, and sharp, offering outstanding graphics under any conditions. We wish we could say the same for the 6-inch OLED screen of the LG V30. It’s not horrible at all — it’s bright, detailed, and vibrant. However, it is hampered by flaws that become apparent upon closer inspection: for example, uneven brightness when a solid colour is presented on our review unit, or abrupt colour shifting even when the screen is seen at a minor angle.
Aside from that, both screens provide the features you’d expect from a high-end tablet. Always-on screens, for example, are available on both phones and display the clock and status information even when the phones are turned off. Both are HDR enabled, so you can watch and enjoy HDR video from Netflix or YouTube.
Functionality And Software
The Galaxy S9 Plus comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, giving it an advantage when it comes to software updates. The LG V30 is only now receiving Oreo updates in the United States, with new features including picture-in-picture support and more functional app shortcuts.
There are several similarities between the S9 plus and the V30 in terms of software. Both, for example, are very customizable: they allow interface styles, you can rearrange the on-screen buttons to your preference, you can change the size of the app grid, and the list goes on. Both have virtual assistants: Bixby from Samsung and Google Assistant from the V30. And, whereas Samsung has the Edge Screen, which allows you to add shortcuts and widgets, LG has the Floating Bar, which accomplishes much the same thing.
Samsung goes above and above by including its S Health fitness companion, DeX Station support, and AR Emoji virtual avatars. Furthermore, the Bixby virtual assistant has its own dedicated button, allowing you to effortlessly use it at any time. So, if you’re searching for the most out-of-the-box features, the Galaxy S9 Plus has you covered.
Unfortunately, with all of its bells and whistles, the Galaxy S9 Plus is also closer to being overpowering. The dedicated Bixby button is a perfect example of this, as it is simple to press by accident and cannot be adjusted to perform anything else.
Biometrics And Security
Both the Galaxy S9 plus and the LG V30 have fingerprint readers, just like any other modern smartphone. These are located in the back, beneath their cameras. Both are quick, dependable, and easily accessible.
Face recognition is also an option, but neither phone has it perfectly handled. Because this feature relies on information from the front-facing camera, it performs best in bright light and struggles in low light.
On the Galaxy S plus, Samsung has also included an iris scanner, which works better in the dark but has a narrower detection angle. In other words, it isn’t as dependable and error-free as we would like.
Memory And Performance
The LG V30 is powered by a Snapdragon 835, the best chip LG had access to at the time of the V30’s debut. The Galaxy S9 Plus, as the newer phone, has a newer – and better – silicon under the hood, specifically the Snapdragon 845. (or an equally powerful Exynos chip in the international model). As a result, according to the standard set of simulated benchmarks, Samsung’s phone has more computational capability. In practise, however, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. Both phones perform admirably in everyday chores, and only the most demanding games may benefit from the 845’s greater strength.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has 6GB of RAM, compared to 4GB in the LG V30. More RAM usually translates to smoother multitasking, but it also makes a phone more future-proof, as app resource demands are constantly increasing.
Both the Galaxy S9 plus and the LG V30 feature 64GB of on-board storage, which is sufficient for a high-end phone, and if you need more, both have a microSD card slot. (Storage on the Sprint-exclusive LG V30+ and the incoming LG V30S is doubled).
The Samsung Galaxy S9 plus has a dual camera arrangement on the back, with a standard 12MP camera and a telephoto 12MP camera. This configuration provides 2x optical zoom and enables for the addition of background blur (bokeh) effects to the image. Furthermore, the S9 plus main camera features two aperture settings, which is unusual for a smartphone. The camera uses F2.4 in excellent lighting settings to boost clarity, but it can go all the way down to F1.5 in low-light situations to absorb more light.
LG’s camera strategy is diametrically opposed. The V30 features a 16MP regular main camera with a fixed 1.6 aperture, as well as a 13MP camera with a super-wide viewing angle. The standard camera is best for basic shooting, while the wide-angle camera is useful if you want to fit more into the frame without having to step back. However, bokeh effects are not available.
We can infer from a quick shootout between the two phones that both perform well in sufficient light. They do, however, function differently: the Galaxy S9 plus favours a warmer colour tone, whilst the V30’s photos are neutral to somewhat blueish in appearance. Furthermore, the Galaxy S9 plus handles dynamic scenes better, keeping greater information in highlights and shadows. When comparing images at 100 percent zoom, it is not uncommon for the LG V30 to provide a clearer image with a touch more detail.
However, in low light, the results favour the Galaxy S9 plus. While the V30’s low-light images are adequate, the S9 plus retains more detail in the shadows and produces a brighter overall image. The improvement isn’t spectacular, but it’s noticeable.
In terms of secondary cameras, it’s impossible to directly compare the Galaxy S9telephoto plus camera to the V30’s wide-angle camera because they serve completely different purposes. But we may claim that they are both useful from time to time. Because they are less sensitive to light, don’t expect them to be your primary shooters.
The battery life of a phone is determined not just by how much charge it can hold, but also by how that charge is utilised. In our scenario, the LG V30 with its 3300mAh battery outperformed the Galaxy S9 plus and its 3500mAh cell by a wide margin in our own battery benchmark test. In truth, both phones should be able to last a full day of moderate use, although the V30 will have an easier time going beyond that. Consider turning off the always-on display function on any device to optimise battery life.
Both the LG V30 and the Galaxy S9 Plus come with rapid chargers that can quickly recharge their batteries. Both devices enable wireless charging, but only the Galaxy S9 Plus offers rapid wireless charging through a compatible charging station.
Frequently Asked Question
What is the greatest screen mode for the S9 Plus?
The Adaptive Display setting is the default and best for most users, but it’s simply a tweak away if you prefer a more accurate colour representation adhering to the DCI-P3, Adobe RGB, or sRGB colour spaces. But wait, there’s an Advanced mode where you can set red, green, and blue levels independently.
Can the S9 support 5G?
We are on the verge of a 5G network appearance, but it will not be broadcast since there will be no revolution in terms of total download speed gains above what existing LTE networks are capable of, at least in the initial 5G version.
Is LG V30 waterproof?
The LG V30 boasts an IP68 dust and water-resistance Ingress Protection grade, which means your smartphone is entirely dust-proof and water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in up to 5 feet of water.
Is wireless charging available on the LG V30?
Wireless charging is supported by the LG V30. Simply place your V30 on a Qi wireless charging station, and your phone will begin charging immediately. Although LG phones do not offer quick wireless charging like Samsung phones, it is still helpful to not have to bother with cords when charging your phone’s battery.