LG and Samsung have unveiled their latest phones, and since we spent enough time to come up with near-final conclusions, let’s compare the two hottest phones in the “large display” category. The LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ are leading a new push for large-screen displays with incredibly high display-to-body screen ratios, especially for high-volume devices. How do they stack against one another? Let’s take a look.

Although not required for this article, I may suggest to read the complete Galaxy S8 Review and the LG G6 review if you want the fine details.

Industrial Design

“Design” is one of the 4 to 5 major factors that influence a smartphone choice, so this is a critical aspect that should not be overlooked in favor of “specs.” If you do not care about the appearance of your phone it is completely legit; it’s just not how most people choose theirs.

Beauty (S8 wins)

Both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 phones are agreeable to look at and nice to hold. However, from a pure design standpoint, we would give an advantage to Samsung’s design. The curvature of the Galaxy S screen has proven to be an eye-pleaser (which is why Samsung has now retired the flat design), and The S8 brings even more screen area than the already impressive G6.

The Galaxy S8 is also a bit thinner, and its overall performance/capacity in relation to the internal space is just amazing from an industrial design standpoint.

Durability (G6 wins)

The weak point of the Galaxy S8 is that this beauty and the curved glass makes it potentially/statistically more fragile. It is because the edge design increases the likelihood of a glass-to-surface contact during a drop. You simply cannot have it both ways. It is beautiful, but you have to be mindful that a glass crack is more likely if there’s a drop.

You can read our article on how LG designed the LG V20 to survive drops. It explains the general context of phone drops, and what can be done to mitigate the issue (mitigate, not solve). We have talked to other OEMs, and they agree that the general principles are sound. The G6 has some of those mitigation techniques, although not all.

The LG G6 also has glass on the front and back. However, the absence of a curved edge design and the metal rim all around the sides and corner make it less likely to shatter. Also, the antenna slits have been moved further away from corners (where ~50% drop contact happen) to increase the endurance of the waterproof seals at these locations (the slits could leak after a shock).

"THE GALAXY S8 LOOKS STUNNING, THE G6 IS BEAUTIFULLY TOUGHER"In the end, it depends on your priorities. Protecting the S8 is as simple as using a case, although it is a pity to hide such a nice design. If you are clumsy, the G6 has a beautiful design and large display too (not quite as big). In general, people tend to favor aesthetics over durability (until they drop the phone), so the Galaxy S8 looks better, the G6 is tougher.

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ProductGalaxy S8G6
Display Diagonal (inches)5.8" (14.7cm)5.7" (14.5cm)
Megapixel Count12 Megapixel13 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)3000 mAh3300 mAh
Processor/Soc NameSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 821
RAM Options4 GB,4 GB,
Street Price$575 Galaxy S8 on Amazon$415 LG G6 on Amazon
Link to full specsGalaxy S8 Full specs and detailsLG G6 Full specs and details
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