Do we have a good one for you today – the OnePlus 6 take on the LG V30S ThinQ – two devices that were definitely quick upgrades, making one wonder if they are worth purchasing now or should we wait until the real upgrade arrives. Both devices do look somewhat sleeker and more modern in their design, and we are happy to say that the LG V30S ThinQ is missing the iPhone ‘notch’ that so many companies are including in their Android devices. We will first look at the things these two devices may have in common and then look at each individual smartphone in an attempt to select a winner.
These two devices do have many things in common, starting with the physical size, although the LG V30S ThinQ does weigh in at 19 grams less than the OnePlus 6. Both use Gorilla Glass 5 front and back for protection, but only the V30S ThinQ includes wireless charging. Both displays embrace the OLED technology and are very close in size. They both use a Snapdragon processor and Adreno GPU, but the OnePlus 6 uses a newer model. Both use 6GB of base RAM, but different amounts of base memory. The OnePlus 6 and LG V30S ThinQ use a dual camera setup and a very different front-facing camera (FFC). Both have the same size 3,300mAh-capacity battery for power, and both have a fast charge option, but only the LG V30S offers wireless charging. Both offer Hi-Res Audio, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, a Type-C port for charging and data transfer. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for a stellar listening experience, and both devices come with Android 8.0 Oreo.
Please take a careful look at the detailed specifications comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two high-end smartphones stack up against each other. After that, we will look at each mobile offering in more detail and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information, we will try to determine the winner based on overall specs, as well as the execution of design and functions.
The OnePlus 6 was recently released for 2018, but there is no word on whether a OnePlus 6T may already be in the works to debut later this year. 2018 seems to be a year of refinement and small changes among all of the manufacturers, so in that regard, the OnePlus 6 does not look much different from its predecessor. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, since most have achieved their more modern designs. Gorilla Glass 5 encases the OnePlus 6 with the painted backing offering a better grip that is also kind to fingerprints. OnePlus listened to critics and gave additional functions to the Alert Slider, like zooming in and out when the camera is functioning. OnePlus still refuses to include a QHD display or expandable memory, but does include options to increase the memory up to 256GB. If we have anything to complain about it would be the ‘notch’ in the display – a direct copy from the iPhone, albeit smaller, that is just not necessary.
The OnePlus 6 included a larger 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display, but they included the ‘notch’ – at least OP stuck with the AMOLED technology and Gorilla Glass 5 protects the display. The display does use the latest 19:9 aspect ratio for a better entertainment and multitasking experience, OnePlus’ refusal to jump to the UHD continues with their use a Full HD+ resolution of only 2280 x 1080 pixels and 402 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Their Sunlight Display is present for better outdoor viewing. As with other Android smartphones that decided that a notch is necessary, you can falsely hide the notch by making it look like there is a small bezel across the top, but it is still ‘there’.
Unlike the V30S ThinQ, OnePlus put in the latest processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 – the same one used in most flagship devices in 2018. The SD845 is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.48GHz and is paired with the Adreno 630 GPU to handle the most demanding graphics. The base OnePlus 6 comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable internal memory. OnePlus sells two additional models with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of internal memory with only a $50 increase from the previous model. A 3,300mAh-capacity battery powers the OnePlus and uses OnePlus Dash Charge, that claims to give you a 63-percent charge of your battery in only 30 minutes, but there is still no wireless charging available.
The OnePlus 6 sports an excellent dual camera setup with better software and menus. The main camera is 20-megapixel with an large aperture of f/1.7, with EIS and OIS for stability. The 16-megapixel secondary camera comes with the same f/1.7 aperture and both cameras use PDAF with a dual LED flash. The FFC is a huge 16-megapixel with its own EIS and Auto HDR and should provide great selfies and video chats. More than the dual lenses, OnePlus designed a better interface that allows you to use the Alert Slider to zoom in/out on subject matter when using the camera.
A OnePlus smartphone is always a tremendous value when compared to other smartphones, but it has slowly crept up in price. It may not have a QHD display, but with today’s technologies, do we really need that much resolution when we are looking through the human eye. The lack of expandable memory has always been a downside of owning the OnePlus 6 – now OnePlus adds the notched display to its list. OnePlus gives you 6GB or 8GB of RAM, it comes with an excellent dual camera setup and a 16-megapixel FFC. The inclusion of NFC allows you to use Android Pay. The OnePlus 6 uses its own light user interface, OxygenOS, on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, making it easier/faster to receive Android updates. The device measures 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm and weighs in at 177 grams. It comes in Midnight Black, Mirror Black, or Silk White. It will cost you $529 for the 6GB/64GB version, $579 for the 8GB/128GB version, and $629 for the 8GB/256GB version.
LG V30S ThinQ
LG did their lightweight makeover of the LG V30 into the V30S ThinQ, and then made another LG V35S ThinQ for what appears to be only for AT&T – it is not a wonder that LG buyers are confused as to what model to purchase. The V30S ThinQ has a modern design to it with a large P-OLED display that uses the QHD+ resolution, and packs 6GB of RAM. But when it comes to the technical side, it uses the older Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 530 GPU. When it comes to cameras, the dual cameras have a hefty megapixel count, but the FFC is only a 5-megapixel afterthought. It is comparable in size and many other features found on the OnePlus 6, and while it offers great sound through the 3.5mm headphone jack, it only has one speaker for mediocre sound. It does offer an IP68 certification and is MIL-STD-810G compliant. Besides Quick Charge 3.0, the V30S ThinQ also includes wireless charging.
The LG V30S ThinQ sports a 6-inch P-OLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a QHD+ resolution with 2880 x 1440 pixels and 537 PPI. This device is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 for all around protection. The display sports Dolby Vision and is HDR10 Compliant, and uses the Always-On notification bar, which saves battery life and makes it more convenient for the user.
While using the newest Snapdragon 845 in the LG G7 ThinQ, for the V30S ThinQ, LG only used the Snapdragon 835 – the same one used in most flagship devices in 2017. The SD835 is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz and is paired with the Adreno 530 GPU from last year. The base V30S ThinQ comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable internal memory. LG sells one additional model (LG V30S+) with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory. A 3,300mAh-capacity battery powers the device and provides Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging.
The LG V30S ThinQ has an excellent dual camera setup. The main camera is 16-megapixel with an large aperture of f/1.6, OIS for stability, and both Laser and PDAF, and Dual LED flash. The 13-megapixel secondary camera comes with a wide angle lens and a smaller f/1.9 aperture, no autofocus, and dual LED flash. The FFC is a huge 16-megapixel with its own EIS and Auto HDR and should provide great selfies and video chats. More than the dual lenses, OnePlus designed a better interface that allows you to use the Alert Slider to zoom in/out on subject matter when using the camera.
The LG V30S ThinQ comes in gorgeous new colors and a great overall camera. The extra RAM makes for some improved multitasking and a smooth operation. You get great battery life and one of the best vibration motors you will fine on any smartphone. You will also get a single bottom firing speaker, a small FFC, and an older processor. The device measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and weighs in at only 158 grams. It comes in Moroccan Blue or Platinum Gray. It will cost you $930 for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, although B&H is having a sale on the device.
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The Final Word
While I do detest the notch in the OnePlus’ display, based on its technology and pricing, I have to pick it as the winner of this comparison. The display is slightly larger and uses the AMOLED technology, but the real difference is the Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630 – the LG V30S ThinQ only has last year’s SD835 and the Adreno 540. While those are excellent components, they do not compare to the upgraded SD845 and Adreno 630. The OnePlus 6 does not include expandable memory, but for only $100 more ($629) you can have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of memory and still pay less than buying an LG V30S ThinQ. The dual camera area has more megapixels and the FFC is 16-megapixels compared to only 5-megapixels on the LG.
Both devices are well-built and look modern, but with a price tag starting at only $529 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of memory, it is tough for the LG V30S ThinQ starting out at $930 – although B&H has a limited time special price of $600 – with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory to justify its pricing.