Phone Comparisons: LG V30 vs OnePlus 5

Do we have a good one for you today as we compare two dual-camera devices – the LG V30 to the OnePlus 5. While a few months apart in their debut, these two devices do have many things in common, though not their looks. The OnePlus 5 takes its design cue from the iPhone 7 Plus, while the LG V30 looks more modern with its smaller bezels. The LG V30 has a larger display, yet it has a smaller footprint than the OnePlus 5, mostly due to the 18:9 aspect ratio of its screen. Both devices have a strong following with the OnePlus users and today we are going to look at these devices side by side, comparing the high-priced LG V30 at $840 and the moderately priced OnePlus 5 at less than $500 to determine which one is better. Before we examine each individual device, we will first see what these two flagships have in common.

Despite their large difference in pricing, the LG V30 and OnePlus 5 have many comparable features. They both use the OLED technology for their displays and both use Gorilla Glass 5 for protection on the front. They use identical processors and GPUs, although their RAM (in favor of the OnePlus 5) and memory (in favor of the LG V30) are different. They both use a dual-camera setup, a 16-megapixel sensor for the main camera, but different megapixels for the secondary camera. You will find a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with a rapid charge feature in each device. The physical sizes are almost identical with the LG V30 being just slightly shorter than the OnePlus 5. They even weigh within 5 grams of each other. Both have a form of Hi-Res Audio, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and single speakers. You will find Android 7.1 running on both devices with their own overlay and a promise of an Android 8.0 Oreo update in the near future.

Please take a thoughtful look at the detailed specifications comparison chart below and here you will see just how these two great devices stack up against one another. After that, we will look at each device individually in greater depth and point out some of its pros and cons. From all of this information, we will try to determine the winner based on specs and execution of design and functions.

Specifications

LG V30

LG has to be a very innovative company as it strives to keep up and even surpass its South Korean competitor Samsung regardless of how doing so may seem impossible at the moment. We saw the firm take a chance with the LG G5’s module design, its jump to dual cameras, and four DACs, so it should come as no surprise that this innovation would carry over to the new LG V30. The LG ‘V’ series has evolved from an all-metal stainless design of the LG V10, an aluminum design of the V20, and now an all-glass design seen on the new V30. This new design caused LG to abandon its long tradition of a removable battery, but it gains both an IP68 certificate and wireless charging. LG also scrapped the LCD display technology and jumped on the OLED bandwagon. The LG V30’s display also jumps from the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and adopts a taller 18:9 format. This small design difference allows the V30 to have a larger display than the V20, but a smaller physical footprint and a little narrower viewing area. LG chose the top processor for its new flagship, the Snapdragon 835, while also retaining the Hi-Res audio circuitry with four DACs that works great with a pair of headphones, though the new handset lacks stereo speakers.

The limited LG G Flex used a P-OLED display, but this is the first time LG has put it on its flagship. The LG V30 sports a 6-inch QHD P-OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 with a pixel density of 538ppi. The company included Dolby Vision, HDR 10 support, and a “FullVision” display as competition to Samsung’s “Infinity Display.” The LG V20 used a fixed secondary display while the LG V30 uses a floating software bar that can be moved or swiped out of the way. The LG V30 packs a Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45 GHz that adds speed, more capabilities, and better battery life compared to its predecessor, and also uses the Adreno 540 GPU for rendering stunning graphics. LG kept the standard 4GB of RAM in the V30, with the base model having 64GB of expandable memory.

LG helped start the dual-camera rage with the LG V20, and the LG V30 keeps that configuration with some annual improvements. The primary camera takes the majority of your photos and sports a 16-megapixel sensor, OIS, laser and PDAF support, a dual-tone LED flash, and a large f/1.6 aperture to help capture those low-light shots. The secondary camera used for wide-angle photos does not possess the same specifications. Instead, it uses a respectable 13-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle 120-degree field of capture and a narrower aperture of f/1.9. The front-facing camera is the same 5-megapixel unit used on the LG V20 but handles the V30’s facial recognition as well as selfies and video chats. LG used a 3,300mAh non-removable battery that offers Quick Charge 3.0, as well as wireless charging. Like it or not, non-removable batteries are the growing trend in the industry and aren’t going away anytime soon.

LG kept many of the good features of the LG V20 and included them in the V30 which succeeded functionalities like the quad-DAC (Digital-to-Analog) converter, EQ with left/right balance controls and B&O Play certifications, and even with the glass back on the V30, the company was able to keep the MIL-STD-810G certification. The glass back forced LG to use a non-removable battery in the V30, but now offers IP68 water resistance and wireless charging. The improvements start with the P-OLED technology and a larger display. The main camera area improves all around and now adds facial recognition to the V30’s voice recognition. The non-removable battery is a suitable 3,300mAh unit and will easily make it through the day on a single charge. The device measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4mm and weighs in at 158 grams. The V30 comes in your choice of Cloud Silver or Moroccan Blue and runs Android 7.1.2 out of the box, in addition to starting at approximately $840 outright.

OnePlus 5

There is a pack of devoted fans of the OnePlus line, so it comes as no surprise that the OnePlus 5 was one of the most anticipated smartphones in 2017. While it resembles the iPhone 7 Plus and is rather boring in looks when compared to the Galaxy S8 or LG V30, the OnePlus 5 is a solid, well-built device that comes with cutting-edge technology. Its body is anodized aluminum with a curved back that makes it easier to grip comfortably. The side bezels are small, while the top and bottom bezels are rather large. The OnePlus 5’s front-mounted fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and has a layer of ceramic over it to prevent scratches. We must mention the value of the OnePlus 5 – the base 6GB/64GB model costs a mere $479 and the 8GB/128GB model is only $539 – if you’re still able to buy it new these days through a reseller, that is. Still, just how well does the OnePlus 5 stack up against the much more expensive LG V30?

As with other OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 5 sports a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and its 5.5-inch display generates a pixel density of about 401ppi. OnePlus does use an Optic AMOLED display that offers a very good viewing experience, just not a QHD experience. There is also no secondary display for notifications whether it is of the Always-On or floating variety. When it comes to raw processing power, the OnePlus 5 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.45GHz. For graphics rendering, the SD835 is teamed with an Adreno 540 GPU. The device comes in two different versions – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable internal storage and another with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. If you need more storage than that, you must look to the cloud.

The OnePlus 5 uses a dual-camera setup whose primary sensor is a 16-megapixel module from Sony with an f/1.7 aperture, EIS, PDAF, and a dual-LED flash, as well as 1.6x optical zoom. The secondary camera uses a 20-megapixel sensor paired with an f/2.6 wide-angled lens. The front camera on the OnePlus 5 comes with a large 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, EIS, and Auto-HDR. A 3,300mAh non-removable battery that includes OnePlus’ Dash Charge feature supplies power to the flagship.

The OnePlus 5 includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and cellular connectivity with support for 34 different frequency bands. The device also includes a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC, a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, and keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack. The OnePlus 5 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with an OxygenOS overlay and a path to an Android 8.0 Oreo update in the future. The device measures 152.2 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, weighs in at 153 grams, and comes in Midnight Black or Slate Gray, not counting its limited editions.

…And The Winner Is…

The Final Word

This was a very tough decision. On one hand, the LG V30 is the more exciting phone; it has a much better look, a better display, better camera, expandable memory, better sound, wireless charging, IP68 certification, face and voice recognition, and a MIL-STD-810G rating, but all of that comes with an $840 price tag.

On the other hand, the OnePlus may not be as flashy, but it is a great bargain at $479 and represents one of the best values when it comes to smartphones. Besides using the same processor/GPU as the LG V30, it offers up 6GB of RAM as standard equipment and for $539, you can have 8GB. True, 64GB or 128GB is the most memory you can have, but even at $539 for the 8GB/128GB model, it is still a bargain and more memory than most would ever need. That much RAM may be an overkill, but it makes the OnePlus 5 fly through its operations, being able to keep much more apps in memory. While the camera may not give as consistently good photos as the LG V30, it does have excellent software for the camera. No, it does not have an IP68 rating or wireless charging, or even facial recognition, but those omissions are understandable given its price tag.

Based on the pros, cons, and price, we have to pick the OnePlus 5 as the winner of this comparison. It has the right parts that matter in a smartphone, and while it may be missing a few items in the comparison, the pricing more than makes up for those shortcomings. The only issue that remains is getting your hands on the OnePlus 5 these days as the Chinese OEM isn’t selling them directly anymore, though resellers like GearBest still have some stock which they’re shipping internationally.

Buy the LG V30 (Verizon)
Buy The OnePlus 5