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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...