Do we have a good one today – we will compare the new LG V10, just announced today, with the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Samsung Note 5, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and the brand new Huawei Nexus 6P, just announced two days ago. This is not an in depth comparison, just a quick look at the main areas of the devices to see how they stack up against one another…and no 'winner' will be proclaimed.
Since we are mainly introducing the new LG V10 to this mix of devices, we will look a little more closely at the LG V10. This batch of smartphones we are looking at are the cr¨me da la cr¨me – every one of them is a premium device and made with premium materials and solidly built. However, the LG V10 takes this to new heights with a fully stainless steel body – tougher and more expensive than the typical aluminum – along with a textured silicone back for a firm grip, that translates into a really beautiful looking device. The LG V10 is designed for those that enjoy taking photos and videos and then editing those videos.
This interesting device has a 'Secondary Display' that is place at the top of the normal display and can be turned on all of the time while the main display is off. It works not unlike the curved display on the Galaxy S6 Edge, only it's larger. Through it you can receive notifications, the weather, various shortcuts and more – allowing quick access no matter what you are doing on the main display. It also has dual front-facing cameras (FFC) allowing the user to incorporate special effects with their selfies, although we will know more about its features after we have one in-house to review – you can only do so much with a quick 'hands-on' at the announcement.
No pricing was announced as that will be up to the individual carriers, but we can tell you that it is rolling out to South Korea this month on October 8th and the US, China, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East countries will soon follow. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile signed up to carry the new LG V10 and it will be available in Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue and Opal Blue color options. One other thing to note is that it will come out of the box with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with LG's custom UI installed on top – no word about a Marshmallow update.
The displays in this group vary from the 5.1-inch on the Galaxy S6 to the 5.5-inch on the LG G4, and then the remaining devices jump to 5.7-inches – the Galaxy Note 5, Moto X Pure Edition, Nexus 6P and the LG V10. All displays are of the QHD variety, sporting 2560 x 1440 pixels – the Galaxy S6 has 576 pixels-per-inch (PPI), the LG G4 has 538 PPI, the Galaxy Note 5 has 518 PPI, the Moto X Pure Edition comes with 520 PPI, the Nexus 6P has 518 PPI and the LG V10 sports 513 PPI in the main display and the secondary display is 160 x 1040 pixels. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and the Nexus 6P all use the AMOLED display technology and the LG G4, Moto X Pure Edition and LG V10 all use the LCD IPS technology.
Four of the six devices use some model of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 use their own Exynos 7420 processor. The Samsung Galaxy S6 uses a homegrown Exynos 7420 octa-core model with 3GB of faster DDR4 RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of faster UFS 2.0 flash memory and no microSD card slot to expand. The LG G4 bypassed the Snapdragon 810 and instead went for their 808 hexa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, however, it does offer expansion via a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Note 5 uses the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor found in the Galaxy S6 – however, it is packing 4GB of DDR4 RAM and only has a 32GB or 64GB option for internal memory and no microSD card slot to expand. The new Moto X Pure Edition has 3GB of RAM and offers up 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, but also has a microSD card slot to expand that memory. The Nexus 6P uses the most powerful Snapdragon model, the 810 octa-core processor v2.1, 3GB of RAM, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of internal memory and no means to expand the internal memory. The LG V10 went with the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor like the LG G4 but added 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card.
The camera area is a tough item to nail down – it is almost impossible to tell which camera is better only by specifications as the design and software make a lot of difference. We know from professional testing and reviews that the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, LG G4 and Nexus 6P cameras are top-rated and we see no reason that the LG V10 will not be right up there with the others based on LG's past history.
The Galaxy S6 has a 16MP sensor with autofocus, flash, OIS and a large f/1.9 aperture and LIVE HDR. It also has a 5MP FCC comes with the f/1.9 aperture, wide-angle and Live HDR for great low-light shots. The LG G4 also uses a 16MP sensor, Laser autofocus, OIS and a large f/1.8 aperture. It uses a large 8MP FFC with the large f/1.8 aperture. The Galaxy Note 5 uses the same camera setup as the Galaxy S6, although Samsung said that all Note 5's use their ISOCELL sensor. The Moto X Pure Edition has a very large 21MP sensor and autofocus, dual LED flash, no OIS and a 5MP FFC. The Nexus 6P uses a 12.3MP sensor, Laser autofocus, dual LED flash and no OIS and a rather large 8MP FFC. The new LG V10 starts with a 16MP sensor, and then adds the large f/1.8 aperture, Laser autofocus, a dual-tone LED flash and OIS. It sports dual-5MP front-facing cameras (FFC) for special selfies and video chatting.
The battery life is a very important and integral part of a smartphone and many will not consider buying a device with poor batter life. Today's manufacturers are constantly striving to refine the design of the display, processor and memory to put less strain on the battery and naturally, they are working on designing better batteries that last longer and charge faster. All of these devices, including the LG V10, all have a quick or rapid charge battery, allowing you recharge the battery in much less time.
The Galaxy S6 has a 2550mAh battery and is the smallest of the bunch, but still will outlast some of the other devices. The LG G4, Galaxy Note 5, the Moto X Pure Edition and the new LG V10 all use a 3000mAh size battery. The Nexus 6P uses the largest battery at 3450mAh. The LG G4 and the LG V10 have a removable battery, while the rest all have non-removable batteries…an important feature for the LG V10 if you intend on using it powerful video capabilities.
A few extra notes regarding this comparison – the Nexus 6P has a fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device as well as allow you to make mobile payments via Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android Pay. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 also have fingerprint sensor that are PayPal certified and Samsung Pay ready (unless you are with Verizon), but once upgraded to Marshmallow 6.0, they too will be able to use Android Pay through the fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy Note 5 also has an S-Pen and associated functionality and software…it is the only phablet here that sports a stylus. The new LG V10 comes with a fingerprint sensor and once it is updated to Marshmallow 6.0, it will be able to use its sensor to make mobile payments…until then it can still use Android Pay via its NFC capabilities. The LG G4 and the Moto X pure Edition do not have fingerprint sensors, but are NFC capable. The Moto X Pure Edition has a nano-coating for water resistance. The Nexus 6P has dual front-facing stereo speakers and is the only device running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and the rest are running 5.1.
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