OnePlus is about to launch the OnePlus 6, and LG is about to G7 ThinQ in the coming months. The OnePlus 6 and the LG G7 ThinQ will compete directly with the Galaxy S9. So let us have a look how these devices hold up against each other.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Price in India
The 64GB storage variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 costs Rs. 57,990, the 128GB storage variant costs Rs. 61,990, and the 256GB storage variant costs Rs. 65,990. While the 64GB and 128GB storage variants are available in all the colour options, the 256GB storage variant is available only in Midnight Black colour option.
The OnePlus 6 and the LG G7 ThinQ haven’t been announced, so the exact pricing isn’t known yet. The OnePlus 6 is expected to be slightly costly than its predecessor; it will most probably carry a price tag of Rs. 40,000 for the top-tier variant, and Rs. 35,000 for the base variant. The LG G7 ThinQ is expected to be priced around Rs. 50,000.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution, HDR10 compatibility, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The display of the Galaxy S9 is regarded as the best Super AMOLED display in the smartphone industry.
OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch at the top of its bezel-less display, which can be hidden with a software trick. We expect that the display size will be larger than that in the OnePlus 5T; it will most probably be a 6.2-inch AMOLED unit with Full HD+ resolution. The display of the OnePlus 6 might not be as good as that of the Galaxy S9 due to the lack HDR, and due to the lower resolution.
The LG G6 ThinQ is rumoured to feature a 6-inch IPS LCD display with RGBW sub-pixels, QHD+ resolution, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The LG G7 ThinQ might also feature HDR10/DolbyVision support. We suspect that the display of G7 ThinQ will not be as good as that of the Galaxy S9 as it is an LCD unit, and LCD displays lack the true back colours that the AMOLED displays offer.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a single 12MP primary camera with OIS, dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, and LED flash. Though the device has only one camera, the image quality is excellent. The device can also record 4K videos at 60 frames per second. The secondary camera of the Galaxy S9 is an 8MP autofocus unit.
The OnePlus 6 is expected to feature an updated dual-camera setup. The dual-camera setup might have 16MP + 20MP configuration with phase-detection autofocus and LED flash. The OnePlus 5T lacked the OIS; we expect the OnePlus 6 to feature it. The OnePlus 6 is also expected to feature 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The OnePlus 6 is rumoured to carry-over the existing 16MP front-facing camera.
The leaked specifications of the LG G7 ThinQ show that the device has a dual-camera setup at the back. However, the resolution of the cameras isn’t confirmed yet. We expect the primary cameras to feature OIS, dual-pixel autofocus, and dual-tone dual-LED flash. Similar to the OnePlus 6, the LG G7 ThinQ is also expected to sport 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. As for the front-facing camera, we expect LG bring a big upgrade as the front-facing camera in the LG G6 was very disappointing.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Performance
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features an in-house developed Exynos 9810 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Though the processor of the device is very powerful, it doesn’t reflects in the performance. The device isn’t as smooth as the OnePlus 5T, or even Galaxy Note 8 for that matter. However, Samsung’s customisation over the stock Android 8.0 Oreo OS is excellent; it has tons of features and most probably the best-looking UI in an Android smartphone.
The OnePlus 6 will feature Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 8GB of RAM. The OnePlus 5T was among the smoothest Android smartphones we ever used, so there is no doubt that the OnePlus 6 with its more powerful SoC will perform even better. The device is expected to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo OS.
The LG G7 ThinQ is also expected to sport Snapdragon 845 SoC along with 6GB of RAM. We expect the device to have a fast performance along with smooth animations. The LG G7 ThinQ will most probably come with Android 8.1 Oreo OS customised with LG UX user interface. The current LG UX user interface looks outdated, and it also lacks additional features that the Samsung Galaxy S9 offers. We hope LG fixes the user interface design with the LG G7 ThinQ.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3000mAh battery, and it is the weakest point of the device. The power-hungry display and processor drain the 3000mAh battery very fast, due to which the device does not last for more than 24 hours on a single charge. The Galaxy S9 features Samsung Adaptive Charge, and it charges the device quickly.
The OnePlus 6 is rumoured to sport a 3450mAh battery. The device will most probably carry over the existing DashCharge fast charging technology. Though the OnePlus 6 may have a larger battery the OnePlus 5T, we expect the battery life to remain the same as the larger display will consume the extra battery power.
The LG G7 ThinQ is expected to sport a 3000mAh battery along with Quick Charge 4 fast charging. If the rumour about the battery capacity is true, the device might not have very good battery life. Also, in the past, the LG flagship smartphones have suffered from low battery life. However, we can’t be sure if anything until we review the device.
OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 ThinQ: Verdict
The OnePlus 6 might have a similar camera performance as the Galaxy S9; it might also have faster performance and longer battery backup than the Galaxy S9. However, the OnePlus 6 might lack behind the Samsung Galaxy S9 in display quality, build quality, speaker audio quality, and UI features.
The LG G7 ThinQ might also have a better camera performance, smoother UI, and longer battery backup than then Galaxy S9, but it might lack behind then Galaxy S9 in display quality, UI design, and UI features.
We can’t say for sure which device will be better among the three until the OnePlus 6 and the LG G7 ThinQ are launched. What we are sure is no matter how good the OnePlus 6 and the LG G7 ThinQ might be, they can not beat the Samsung Galaxy S9’s premium design, premium feel, and beautiful UI design.