Huawei P10 vs. LG G6: Battle of the big-brand flagships

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Samsung sat out of this year’s Mobile World Congress, leaving Huawei and LG free to compete solely against each other. Huawei announced the P10 and P10 Plus, the latest in its P series of devices, and LG launched the G6, the successor to last year’s failed G5.

While both smartphones offer killer features, which is superior? Check out a full list of specifications for each of the phones, as well as a quick breakdown of how their features compare to one another.

Specs

Huawei P10

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LG G6

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Size 145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm (5.72 x 2.73 x 0.28 inches) 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (5.8 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 5.11 ounces (145 grams) 5.75 ounces (162 grams)
Screen 5.1-inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
Resolution 1,080 x 1,920 pixels (432 ppi) 1,440 pixels x 2,880 (564 ppi)
OS Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.1) Android 7.1 Nougat (UX 6.0)
Storage 64GB 32GB (64GB in select regions)
MicroSD card slot Yes Yes
NFC support Yes Yes
Processor Kirin 960 2.4 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM 4GB 4GB
Connectivity LTE, GSM, HSPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi LTE, GSM, HSPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel monochrome and color rear cameras with OIS, 8-megapixel front 13-megapixel dual rear with OIS, 5-megapixel front
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.2 Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other sensors Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, compass Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity, compass, barometer
Water resistant No Yes, IP68 rated
Battery 3,200mAh 3,300mAh
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Color offerings Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Greenery Mystic White, Astro Black, Ice Platinum
Availability None in USA AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Price 650 euros ($694) $672 on Verizon
DT review Hands-on 4.5 out of 5

Power and productivity

Huawei P10 Our first take

As both phones are flagship offerings, neither holds a serious advantage in terms of specs. The P10, however, features a Kirin 960 octa-core processor, powered by four ARM Cortex A73 cores alongside four A53 cores. Combined with a Mali-G71 GPU — which is based on the new Bifrost architecture — the Kirin system-on-a-chip is capable of maintaining peak performance for longer than the G6’s Snapdragon 821 chip, making it ideal for tasks such as gaming and video streaming. The Snapdragon is no slouch, though, and it’s the best Qualcomm can offer until the 835 version arrives soon. Qualcomm chips typically outperform Kirin chips in benchmarks, though real-world use is similar.

Both smartphones sport 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of storage. The LG G6 offers wireless charging and 32GB of storage in the U.S. variant, but South Korea and some Asian markets get a quad-Digital-to-Analog Converter for high-quality audio as well as 64GB of internal storage. Europe, sadly, gets neither of these features.

Thankfully, both support storage expansion via MicroSD card slots, and they have nearly identical battery capacities, though the G6’s 3,300mAh battery barely outstrips the P10’s 3,200mAh counterpart.

Winner: Huawei P10

Design and display

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While Huawei looks to break new ground with a vibrant selection of colors curated by Pantone, LG finds success with a radical new look, opting for a nearly bezel-free and glass-and-steel design.

The P10, crafted mostly out of ceramic and aluminum, features a textured “hyper-diamond cut” that really shines (literally) on certain models, and its modest 5.1-inch screen is a nice departure from the ginormous phablet-style displays with which many smartphones are equipped. The phone’s side panels are also on the flat side, giving it a more distinguished feel, and the camera lenses are flush with the frame.

The G6, on the other hand, boasts a 4-to-1 screen-to-body ratio, a result of the 5.7-inch Quad HD screen’s 18:9 aspect ratio. Eliminating the bezel (mostly) allows the G6 to fit snugly into most people’s palms, creating a comfortable experience as it has a smaller frame than most 5.5-inch phones. Texting and navigating with one hand is easy, considering the size of the screen. The G6 also supports a higher resolution (1,440 x 2,880 pixels) than the P10 (1,080 x 1,920 pixels), packing in far more pixels per inch. Still, the P10’s IPS-NEO display ensures that images will look just as good when viewed from an angle.

Winner: LG G6

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