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LG G7 vs. Galaxy S9 Plus: Samsung has something to worry about

by Danny Zepeda | May 2, 2018May 2, 2018 11:00 am PST

LG has announced its latest flagship, the G7, and tossed its name in the arms race for best Android flagships available. It offers everything you look for in a modern Android flagship: a stunning glass and metal design, top-of-the-line specs and all the features users want.

For all that is great with the G7, it will inevitably be compared to its biggest competition – Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus. Surprisingly, the two are more alike than you may think.

First off, it’s best to call build quality a tie because both of these feel fantastic in the hand. Each has a front and back glass panel melded together by an aluminum frame with a seamless finish. Spec-wise, the Galaxy S9 Plus takes the crown because it does have an OLED display (the G7 settles for an LCD panel), more RAM (6GB versus 4GB) and it has a much bigger battery (3,500mAh versus 3,000mAh).

That being said, in previous years, Samsung mopped the floor with LG’s smartphones. This year, that’s not the case. The G7 makes a much more robust argument and it’s up to users to make the choice ultimately. Check out the spec shootout between the Galaxy S9 Plus and G7 down below.

LG - G7 Samsung - Galaxy S9 Plus
Display Size 6.1-inch, 1440 x 3120 pixel display (563 ppi) 6.2-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (531 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 3120 2960
Display Type QHD+ Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) Android 8 (Oreo) at launch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
RAM 4GB/6GB 6GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 2TB
  • microSD up to 400GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP Dual 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 8MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 BLE Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2mbps)
Battery 3000mAh 3500mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • MST
  • USB type-C
Height 153.2 mm (6.03 inches) 158.1 mm (6.22 inches)
Width 71.9 mm (2.83 inches) 73.8 mm (2.91 inches)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz) 189 g (6.67 oz)
Colors New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
Supported Video Formats N/A MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Other Features
  • FM Radio

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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