Pixel 2 XL vs. V30: LG’s best doesn’t stand a chance

by Danny Zepeda | October 4, 2017

Google had a lot riding on the Pixel 2 XL, and it answered the call with an impressive flagship. It’s a similar dilemma LG faced this summer when it introduced the V30. Each is now a fantastic Android device worth considering, but which one is the better buy?

Both the Pixel 2 XL and V30 are strikingly similar devices, sporting 6-inch QHD OLED bezel-less displays (with 18:9 aspect ratio), Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner on the rear. But the similarities end there.

LG equipped the V30 with a sleek glass on glass design fused together by stainless steel band that allows for wireless charging and a dual camera that’s a combination of a 16MP main sensor with f/1.6 aperture and a 13MP wide-angle shooter that takes impressive wide photos and video.

Google maintained the similar aluminum body as the previous Pixel, but added a squeezable frame for easier access for Google Assistant, front-facing dual stereo speakers and stuck with the just one camera, albeit a fantastic one.

It’s too early to make a definitive call on which device is better; after all, the Pixel 2 XL won’t go on sale until November 19. But there are key differences that will sway interested purchasers right away. Is a device with wireless charging more important than one that has the best version of Android? That’s a question buyers will have to answer when deciding between these two devices.

Check out the spec sheet down below for a side by side comparison between the Google Pixel 2 XL and LG V30.

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Google - Pixel 2 XL LG - V30
Display Size 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi) 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2880 2880
Display Type QHD+ pOLED QuadHD+
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) N/A
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12.2MP 16/13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 LE N/A
Battery 3520mAh 3300mAh
NFC Yes N/A
Connectivity
  • USB-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 6.2 inches (15.75 cm) 151.7 mm (5.97 inches)
Width 3 inches (76.2 mm) 75.4 mm (2.97 inches)
Depth 0.3 inches (7.6 mm) 7.39 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 6.2 oz (176 g) 158 g (5.57 oz)
Colors Black, Blue, White N/A
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A

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Danny Zepeda

Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...