In terms of specs, LG V20 is ahead of the latest iPhone but would that be enough?
Display and Design
Starting with the design, the new iPhone 7 Plus comes with the similar ergonomics but minor welcome changes in the design especially the new placement of antenna bands at the back now moving to the top and bottom of the device giving it a cleaners look. Interestingly, the new iPhone 7 plus will be available in two new colours â€“ Matte Black and Jet Black which has glossy finish to it. On the other hand, LG V20 on the other hand comes with a metallic design rather than rugged back design which we saw in the V10.
Regarding the display, iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display similar to the iPhone 6s Plus. LG V20 sports a 5.7 inch display with much better QHD or 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution which offers much higher pixel per density of 513 ppi.
Processing department is where these phones differ a lot but to be fair, they cannot be compared. While the iPhone 7 Plus comes with the new A10 64 bit chip with 2GB of RAM, LG V20 comes with this year's standard flagship processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 which is clocked at 2.15 GHz and has Adreno 530 GPU along with 4GB RAM.
At the unveiling event, Apple claimed that the A10 is the fastest smartphone chip till date. Well, we will find that out in coming times.
Apple this year dumped the 16 GB variant and jumped straight to 32 GB model. Users will also get an option of 128 GB and 256 GB storage model. LG V20 on the other hand comes with 32GB and 64GB options and both models have expandable storage slot for up to a 256 GB micro SD card. Expandable storage is certainly an advantage for LG V20.
Interestingly both of these phones come with dual rear facing cameras. LG V20 has a 16 MP primary camera that has f/1.8 shooter. The secondary rear camera in the V20 is of 8 MP resolution and it has f/2.4 aperture. The LG V20's camera is equipped with laser & phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, OIS and dual-LED flash. In the V20, you will get a 5 megapixel front camera.
The iPhone 7 Plus comes with Dual 12 MP rear cameras (one with f/1.8 and the other with f/2.8 aperture) with phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash. Both the camera set ups concentrate on optical zoom and bokeh effect though the later one still needs to be introduced in the iPhone 7 Plus.
Connectivity and Battery
LG V20 rocks with a solid 3200 mAh which, LG claims, can last you whole day without any issues. On the other hand, Apple didn't reveal the exact battery specifications but claimed that the iPhone 7 Plus will offer 1 hour extra battery life than the iPhone 6s Plus
Both the phones come with connectivity capabilities such as built in WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. Though NFC on iPhone 7 Plus is only compatible with Apple Pay.
Other Features and Availability
LG V20, just like the V10, comes with an extra screen on the top edge which can be used for various notifications and other useful controls. Both the devices come with fingerprint scanner which is as quick as it can get. Apple also has ditched that traditional hardware home button to capacitive touch sensitive button which is an interesting move. While LG V20 is the first phone to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, Apple iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10. LG has also invested quite a lot in Audio input as well as output
As far as availability is concerned, iPhone 7 Plus might come in India on October 7 while LG V20 is expected to enter the Indian market later that month. India Prices of both the devices haven't been revealed yet.
Well, based on the specifications, certainly LG V20 looks much better but one should note that Apple's iOS platform doesn't need massive specifications to run smoothly. So end-to-end performance will be quite similar. However, it will be interesting to compare the camera optics once we get our hands on the device. Operating System preference is the key here for the decision. Let us know your opinions in the comment section below.
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