Samsung announced its Galaxy S10 range on 20 February, with three devices in the line up. LG meanwhile, will announce its G8 ThinQ on 24 February but how might the two compare in terms of specifications?
With the Galaxy S10 range now official, and LG G8 heavily leaked, this is a breakdown of the similarities and differences we are expecting to see.
S10 vs G8: What's the difference in price?
The LG G8 ThinQ is reported to cost around £700, which if all details are true, would put it between the S10e and standard S10 models.
- S10 range: Punch-hole front camera, bezel-less display
- LG G8: Notched display
- 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, IP ratings
Samsung's Galaxy S10 is available in three model: S10e, S10 and S10+. All models feature glass backs, a bezel-less screen with a punch-hole front camera and a horizontal camera setup on the back. The S10e is the smallest model, the S10+ is the largest.
The standard S10 and the S10+ both have dual-edge displays along with in-display fingerprint sensors, while the cheaper S10e has a flat display and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. All three models have IP68 water and dust resistance, microSD slots and USB Type-C.
A horizontal camera setup is expected on the back and a circular rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is present below in the leaks, meaning no in-display fingerprint sensor for the G8, like the S10e.
The LG G8 ThinQ will have a headphone jack and USB Type-C based on the rumours. It is also expected to offer official IP ratings for water and dust resistance.
- S10 range: 5.8-inches to 6.4-inches, OLED, 19:9
- LG G8: 6-inches, OLED
Samsung's Galaxy S10 range offers three display sizes. The S10e has a 5.8-inch screen, the S10 a 6.1-inch screen and the S10+ a 6.4-inch display. All are Dynamic AMOLED panels and all offer a 19:9 aspect ratio.
The S10 and S10+ both have Quad HD+ resolutions with HDR10+ on board, while the S10e has a Full HD+ resolution. As mentioned previously, the S10 and S10+ have dual-edge displays, while the S10e is flat.
The LG G8 ThinQ's screen size hasn't appeared in leaks as yet, though it is expected to sit around the 6-inch mark. The company has confirmed the device will switch to OLED over LCD and the screen will double up as a speaker.
Rumour has it the LG G8 ThinQ will also come with a 4K resolution, which might see it offer a higher pixel density than the Samsung devices given these remain at Quad HD+. Support for HDR10 is also expected. It is not yet clear if LG will also offer HDR10+ like Samsung.
- S10 range: Triple rear for S10 and S10+, dual front for S10+
- LG G8: Dual rear, singular ToF front
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ have a triple camera system on the rear, while the S10e has a dual rear camera. The triple system consists of an ultra wide lens, a wide lens and telephoto lens and the resolutions stand at 16-megapixels, 12-megapixels and 12-megapixels respectively. The S10e has the ultra wide and wide lenses, but not the telephoto lens.
On the front, the Galaxy S10+ has a dual camera, comprising of a 10-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. The S10 and S10e have a singular 10-megapixel sensor but no secondary lens.
LG meanwhile, has confirmed its front camera will use Time of Flight technology, allowing it to see objects in 3D meaning it is not affected by light from external sources. The resolution wasn't detailed however.
In terms of the rear camera, leaks suggest the LG G8 ThinQ will have a dual rear camera, though again, resolutions haven't yet been detailed.
Hardware and software
- S10 range: Exynos/Qualcomm, up to 12GB RAM, up to 1TB storage, up to 4100mAh battery
- LG G8: Qualcomm SD855, at least 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3000mAh expected
The Samsung Galaxy S10 range is expected to have either the Exynos 9820 chipset or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, though it is yet to be confirmed which 8nm processor the devices feature officially.
Storage and RAM capacities differ depending on the model with the S10+ being the hero. The top S10+ model has 12GB RAM and 1TB of storage. The top S10e model has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and the top S10 has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. All have microSD expansion up to 512GB.
Battery capacities also differ by model but again, the S10+ is the device at the top of the S10 chart with a 4100mAh capacity, compared to 3400mAh for the S10 and 3100mAh for the S10e.
The LG G8 ThinQ is also expected to run on a flagship chipset - thought to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. At least 4GB of RAM is expected, alongside 64GB of storage and microSD is expected too.
No rumours have indicated what the battery capacity of the G8 ThinQ might be as yet.
All models will also run Android but with each company's specific bloatware over the top. For Samsung, this is the redesigned One UI, while for LG, we can expect the LG UX.
Samsung looks like it will offer the more exciting devices in terms of design, based on what we've seen of the S10 devices and what the rumours suggest for the LG G8 ThinQ. That's not to say LG won't pull a few things out of the bag in terms of screen resolution, software features and camera capabilities though.
We will know more about all handsets by the start of Mobile World Congress and we will be sure to update this feature then, as well as in the meantime if any more information appears.
For now, you can read our Samsung Galaxy S10 initial reviews here to see what you think, as well as our LG G8 rumour round up for more details on what to expect over the next couple of weeks.