Battle of the Newcomers: OnePlus 6 v HTC U12 Plus v LG G7 ThinQ
As anticipated, May has been an exciting month for smartphone releases. LG kicked things off at the beginning of the month with the G7 ThinQ, before the OnePlus 6 took centre stage two weeks later. That only left the HTC U12 Plus to enter the battle last week. But how do the three devices compare?
To notch or not to notch? The HTC U12 Plus is the only one of the three not to have included a notch on their new flagship device. This will be music to the ears of many fans, who have criticised the feature since Apple released the iPhone X last year. That said, both the OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ come with software that allows you to hide the notch with a black bar on-screen, and the notch inclusion allows for a very high display-to-device ratio.
The LG G7 ThinQ boasts a ‘Super Bright Display’ that is viewable even in direct sunlight, which is perhaps where it stands out from the rest. The 6.1-inch screen comes with a 3120 x 1440-pixel resolution and 563ppi, giving precise colour reproduction whilst simultaneously using less power.
The display of the OnePlus 6 comes in at an impressive 6.28-inches, however has a pixel resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and 402ppi density. Similarly, the HTC U12 Plus has a smaller 6-inch screen, 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution and 538ppi. All three devices come with scratch resistant glass.
All three devices feature dual-lens rear cameras, however OnePlus 6 are top of the pile when it comes to size; boasting a 20MP and 16MP camera in comparison to the 16MP and 6MP of the LG G7 ThinQ and 16MP and 12MP of the HTC U12 Plus.
The LG G7 ThinQ is the only one of the three to use AI-Cam to analyse different shooting environments. This technology works to assign one of 19 scene categories and provides 4 optimised filters to help you take the best photo possible. This similarly helps to take brighter pictures in dark conditions. Despite this, the HTC U12 Plus is the only device with 2x optical zoom, live bokeh mode and HDR boost.
PERFORMANCE AND STORAGE
All three devices use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem. These means fast App launches and smooth performance in graphics and processor-intensive Apps.
The LG G7 ThinQ offers the smallest amount of storage from Clove Technology, with 64GB internal and 4GB RAM. The HTC U12 comes in a little bigger, with the same amount of storage and 6GB of RAM. However, the OnePlus 6 is available in a variety of options; 64GB and 6GB RAM, 128GB and 8GB RAM or 256GB and 8GB RAM.
The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a ‘BoomBox Speaker’ that “increases the bass sound level by more than 6dB with twice the amount of bass’. According to LG, this allows for ten times the volume than that of similar smartphones. LG’s latest device also enables wireless charging and comes with Google Assistant.
Unique to the HTC U12 Plus is Edge Sense 2.0 which utilises pressure-sensitive controls down the edges of the device. This feature allows you to programme your own shortcuts according to different taps, holds and squeezes of the phone’s sides. The U12 Plus has Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
OnePlus have included gesture navigation within their latest device. This allows you to easily access home pages and different apps with different swipes across the screen. Similarly, the OnePlus 6 allows you to create parallel apps to help you differentiate between work and personal accounts.