Do we have a good one for you today as we compare two dual-camera devices – the LG V30 to the OnePlus 5T. The LG V30 was released in September, while the remake of the OnePlus 5 just hit the streets in November. Both devices are styled very similar to one another with small bezels and the new 18:9 display ratio. The LG ‘V’ series has always enjoyed a dual camera setup, while this is the second dual camera for the OnePlus series (OP5 & OP5T). OnePlus has a strong following of loyal supporters that like the fact that you get a lot of technology for your money. The LG V30 is on its third edition and likes to market itself to users that are into photography and great sound, but also comes with a much higher price tag. Which one of these devices has what it takes to win this comparison? These questions and more are what we hope to answer with this comparison. Before we look at each individual device, let’s take a look at what they have in common.
The LG V30 and OnePlus 5T have many things in common. Starting with their 6-inch displays, which are both using the OLED technology, the 18:9 ratio, and using Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Moving inside we see they both use the Snapdragon 835 for processing power and an Adreno 540 GPU for graphics power. Both have a base of 64GB of internal memory – the LG V30 offers expansion through a microSD card, while the non-expandable OP5T comes in a 128GB model. Both devices come with dual cameras, but each model offers different options. The two devices each pack a 3,300mAh non-removable battery and both offer a rapid charging capability. Both devices have Bluetooth v5.0, WiFi, a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, and both have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. These devices each have Hi-Res audio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and both are running Android 7.1 with an Oreo upgrade on the way – eventually. Physically, both devices are almost identical in size and weight.
Please take a thoughtful look at the detailed specifications comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another. After that, we will look at each device individually in greater depth and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information, we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.
LG loves to do battle with its South Korean competitor, Samsung, which many consider the smartphone to beat. LG tries to do this by being more innovative (like the LG G5 and G Flex) or bringing out niche devices (like the ‘V’ series). LG was not afraid to jump to dual cameras, four DACs, an 18:9 display ratio, and try a G Flex smartphone, so it should come as no surprise that this desire for innovation would carry over to the new LG V30. The LG ‘V’ series has evolved from an all-metal stainless design of the LG V10, an aluminum design of the V20, and now an all-glass design seen on the new V30. This new design forced LG to abandon its long tradition of a removable battery, but the V30 gains both an IP68 certificate and wireless charging. LG chose the top processor for its new flagship, the Snapdragon 835, while also retaining the Hi-Res audio circuitry with four DACs that works great with a pair of headphones, though the new handset lacks stereo speakers.
The LG V30 sports a 6-inch QHD P-OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 with a pixel density of 538 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The company calls this new display, “FullVision” to compete with Samsung’s 'Infinity Display'. LG included support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10. They also moved from the fixed secondary display used on the LG V20 and moved to a floating bar on the LG V30 that can be moved or swept out of the way. The LG V30 packs a Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45 GHz and the Adreno 540 GPU for rendering stunning graphics – also found in the OnePlus 5T. LG kept the standard 4GB of RAM in the V30, with the base model having 64GB of expandable memory.
LG started using dual-cameras on the LG V20, and the LG V30 keeps those dual cameras, along with some annual improvements. The primary camera packs a 16-megapixel sensor, OIS, PDAF and laser autofocusing, a dual-tone LED flash, and a large f/1.6 aperture to help in low-light situations. The secondary camera does not possess the same specifications, but then, it is used for wide-angle photos. It uses a 13-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle 120-degree field of capture and a smaller aperture of f/1.9. The front-facing camera (FFC) is the same 5-megapixel sensor found on the LG V20 but now handles facial recognition as well as selfies and video chats. LG used a 3,300mAh non-removable battery that offers Quick Charge 3.0, as well as wireless charging.
The LG V30 is a combination of features from the LG V20 – like the quad-DAC (Digital-to-Analog) converter, EQ with left/right balance controls and B&O Play certifications, and the MIL-STD-810G certification. The second part of this combination begins with a new glass back that is the reason for the change to a non-removable battery, but now it can offer the V30 IP68 water resistance and wireless charging. More improvements are a larger display with the P-OLED technology. The main camera area improves all around and now adds facial recognition to the V30’s voice recognition. The 3,300mAh non-removable battery will easily make it through the day on a single charge. The device measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4mm and weighs in at 158 grams. The V30 comes in your choice of Cloud Silver or Moroccan Blue and runs Android 7.1.2 out of the box, in addition to starting at approximately $840 outright.
The OnePlus 5T is their upgrade from the OnePlus 5, released earlier this year. It uses a Full HD+ resolution, so it has the same pixel density of the OP5, even with a larger display. It new near bezel-less display and its new 18:9 aspect ratio makes the OnePlus 5T look every bit as modern as the LG V30. The anodized aluminum body offers a good look, a good grip, and no fingerprints. They moved the fingerprint sensor to the back to allow the OnePlus 5T to use very small bezels even at the top and bottom of the device. It still offers great value with the 6GB/64GB model coming in at $500 and the 8GB/128GB model peaking at $560 – you will find no expandable memory in the OP5T.
One has to wonder if OnePlus will ever jump to a QHD display, but the OnePlus 5T uses an FHD+ resolution, but gave it a larger 6.01-inch AMOLED display. Even though OP increased the display size and changed the aspect ratio to 18:9, it still maintains about 401 PPI. You will find no secondary display for notifications on the OP5T, but they did upgrade to a new Sunlight Display that makes the OP5T much easier to view in the bright sun. The new design makes the OP5T look modern from the front, although it still looks iPhone-like from the back.
The OnePlus 5T uses the same processor as the OnePlus 5 and the LG V30 – the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with one quad-core cluster clocked at 1.9GHz and another quad-core clocked at 2.45GHz. This is naturally paired with the Adreno 540 GPU to handle the most intensive graphics. The OP5T comes in two configurations – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable memory and another with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Powering the OnePlus 5T is a non-removable 3,300mAh battery that can charge very quickly with OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charge.
OnePlus changed the dual camera set up on the OP5T to include a 16-megapixel primary camera and a 20-megapixel secondary camera – but rather than keeping the telephoto 36mm lens from the OP5, OnePlus kept the same 27mm of the primary lens to use it for a bokeh effect. Both cameras include a large f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, EIS, and a dual-LED flash. OnePlus also did away with the optical zoom and gave it an inferior digital zoom. The secondary camera would be more useful if it were a wide-angle or a monochrome variety. OnePlus tweaked the software on the camera app, but this time for the better, giving it a Pro Mode and cleaning up the menus. A large 16-megapixel FFC has an f/2.0 aperture, EIS, and auto-HDR for selfies or video chatting.
One former drawback of the OnePlus smartphones was its limited support for US frequency bands, but it now has connectivity support for 34 different frequency bands and should now work on your carrier. The OP5T uses the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and comes packing a lot of RAM, but still no expandable memory. The OP5T offers support for NFC, Android Pay, includes a USB Type-C port for charging purposes and data transfer, and still maintains a 3.5mm headphone jack. Coming out in November, OnePlus should have included Android 8.0 on the device, but it still comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with a light OxygenOS overlay – that gives you a near pure vanilla experience. OP is promising a path to an Android 8.0 Oreo in the near future. The device measures 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm and weighs in at 162 grams, and comes in Midnight Black, starting at $500.
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The Final Word
Even with the new design of the OnePlus 5T, it was a tough decision to pick the OnePlus 5T the winner of this comparison – but the $340 price difference certainly helped sway my decision. The redesign of the OP5T put it in the same looks category as the LG V30. Both uses the same processor, the same GPU, the OP5T offers 2GB more RAM for multitasking and provides a smooth operation, a huge FFC, it has the same size display and is AMOLED – albeit only a Full HD+ resolution.
The LG V30 does offer memory expansion, an IP68 certification, and even a MIL-STD-810G rating, as well as wireless charging, face and voice recognition, and Google Assistant. Only you can determine if those features are worth $340.
While the OnePlus 5T is missing a few features, it has all of the right stuff that one looks for on a smartphone and has a fantastic price. If you are loaded and the extra money means nothing to you, then by all means pick up the LG V30 – an excellent device.