LG V20 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Premium much!

LG kept its promise to buyers by launching the V20 last night, a capable phablet featuring best-in-class audio, video recording and durability features.

We take a look at how the LG V20 compares with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 and if it's good enough to offer an alternative to customers who would have purchased the Galaxy Note 7 if sales of the latter didn't freeze just a few weeks post launch.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 epitomised what phablets always stood for- larger hi-res displays, superior processing power, great battery life, multi-tasking capabilities and what not. The phablet was on course to deliver the knock out punch to Apple given its superior design and features within, but that was not to be. A faulty battery which turned out to be Samsung's Achilles Heel has forced the company to freeze sales and recall the ones already sold.

While traditional iOS users may resort to the 'I told you so' quip, all is not lost for Android device users. If last week was a lull, the new LG V20 delivers the storm. The 5.7-inch behemoth arrives with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS on-board, thus denying Nexus devices the honour, along with the best-in-class audio capability, an improved secondary display, a powerful removable battery and other very useful features. Here's how the LG V20 compares with the Galaxy Note 7 in terms of brute strength, looks and features.


Both LG V20 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 feature 5.7-inch primary displays with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixel) resolutions. On paper, the Galaxy Note 7 comes with a Super AMOLED display while the V20 features an IPS Quantum display, but the pixel density, which determines the quality of an image, is almost similar between both phones at 518 ppi and 513 ppi respectively, leaving very little to differentiate both displays.

Winner: It's a tie

Processing power

In Europe, the Galaxy Note 7 arrived featuring an Octa-core Exynos 8890 processor which could clock up to 2.3GHz of power and ably supported by 4GB of DDR4 RAM. Exynos 8890 supports LTE Cat 12 technology and thus supports download and upload speeds of 600 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively. The chip also contains Mali™-T880, ARM®’s latest GPU for enabling superior graphics, 3D gaming and VR experiences.

LG V20 features a similarly-capable Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor which also supports download and upload speeds of 600 Mbps and 150 Mbps along with faster Wi-Fi support and streaming multiple 4K Ultra HD videos at the same time. The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra™ Image Signal Processor (ISP) in the new chip also offers zero shutter lag and the chip supports wireless charging, tri-band Wi-Fi, NFC and Wi-Fi calling with LTE call continuity. LG V20 also features 4GB of DDR4 RAM, bringing in enough memory to support multi-app usage at the same time and HD gaming.

Winner: It's a tie


Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 features a 12-MP Dual Pixel rear camera which, thanks to Optical Image Stabilization, uses each pixel for phase detection and quick autofocus to ensure that pixels do not interfere with each other. The camera also sports a wide f/1.7 aperture as well as larger 1.4 micron pixels to ensure that the lens makes the most of the available light.

Samsung has also introduced Motion Panorama which brings movement to traditional panoramic photos, giving users a completely immersive visual experience. You will also be able to capture videos in slow motion and make a range of adjustments to the camera to click the best shots. These include adjusting the amount of light detected by the image sensor, controlling the shutter speed, controlling the total amount of light the sensor captures, choosing from a variety of pre-set image enhancers, adjusting the colour temperature for accurate colours and adjusting the distance between lens and subject for clearer images.

LG V20 brings in two 8-MP and 16-MP rear cameras working together and a single 5-MP front snapper featuring a 120° wide-angle lens. The 8-MP rear camera lens comes with a field of view of 135° and an f/2.4 aperture while the 16-MP one features Optical Image Stabilisation. In terms of video recording, the Steady Record 2.0 features minimizes shakes and jerks and Manual mode lets you adjust the cameras to get the output that you desire.

Winner: While the Dual Pixel cameras in Galaxy Note 7 performed wonderfully in Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, offering stable videos, crisp pictures and low-light clarity, we will be able to say more about the V20 cameras once we've dealt with an exhaustive hands-on review with the handset.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 arrived with a 3,500 mAh mammoth battery with Fast Charging and Wireless Charging capabilities. However, given the recent fiasco with faulty batteries, reliability could be a key issue here.

LG V20's battery isn't as powerful but comes with a decent capacity of 3,200 mAh, enough to power a phablet for a day-long usage. What's best is that the battery is removable, which means that you can replace it quickly with a new one if it runs out of juice when you're travelling. The phone also features Qualcomm's 3.0 Quick Charge which can juice up the battery by 50% in around 30 minutes of non-interrupted charging.

Winner: LG V20, unless these batteries start exploding too.

 Audio Capability

Long before the official launch, LG revealed that the V20 will arrive featuring B&O PLAY's audio technology to offer the best audio experience to the phone's buyers. The V20 will also be the world's first phone to feature 32-bit Quad DAC audio tech by ESS Technology which no other smartphone possesses so far. Apart from replicating the experience offered by professional home-audio systems when connected with compatible earphones, the technology will also reduce ambient noise levels by up to 50%.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 devices featuring Snapdragon 820 processors (not in Europe) will feature Qualcomm's Aqstic audio codec which uses built-in amplifiers to offer studio-quality audio while reducing noise and distortion at the same time. However, we aren't sure if Galaxy Note 7 devices featuring Exynos chipsets will feature similar in-built audio codecs to ensure crisp audio quality.

Winner: LG V20


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