Now might not have been the best time to launch a pretty standard-looking Android flagship phone.
In recent weeks, both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have been revealed to the world, showcasing impressive new approaches for top-tier smartphones. Both have taller-than-usual screens and scrap much of the familiar bezel, all while packing in top-of-the-line tech.
Meanwhile, Huawei just released its P10, and while there's a lot to like about the Nougat-packing phone, it also feels very familiar. But is there enough behind the glass to keep it under consideration by anyone seeking a new fully loaded smartphone?
With our full LG G6 review now locked in, let's see how it compares against the Huawei P10.
Design: Flagship flash
We alluded to this at the top, but it bears repeating: you've seen a phone that looks like the Huawei P10 before, and it's probably Apple's iPhone 7/6s/6 or one of its Android copycats.
Although Huawei earns points for its wide colour selection, including the appealing Pantone-inspired Greenery and Dazzling Blue options, the actual design of the P10 lacks pop. It looks and feels premium enough, but after seeing how other Android makers are pushing boundaries this spring, it's hard to get too enthusiastic here.
The LG G6 is one of those rival phones, and it's a looker alright. All metal and glass, the G6 is a big step up from last year's modular LG G5, and feels sturdy and strong, not to mention about as stylish as it is expensive.
Cutting out most of the bezel gives the G6 an eye-catching front, along with the rounded, taller screen, although Samsung's Galaxy S8 admittedly makes more of a wow-inducing impression. Still, the G6 doesn't look quite like anything else out there today – and it's IP68 water and dust resistant, unlike the P10. This one's a pretty easy win for LG.
Winner: LG G6
Screen: Quad HD + HDR = Yes, please
Another easy win for LG? Yeah, it's the screen – no doubt about it.
LG's 5.7in Quad HD panel is a stunner here in more ways than one. Not only is it super-crisp, colourful, and bright, but the taller 18:9 dimensions (as opposed to 16:9 standard widescreen) give you more screen to wield without making the phone wider.
Even better, this LCD panel has both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 support. Yes, on a smartphone! As a result, supported content will deliver deeper contrast between light and dark elements, which can make a massive difference in how a scene will look. We should start seeing Netflix and other video apps updated with HDR content support shortly.
By comparison, the P10's 5.1in panel falls short. It's actually a rather nice screen, with great colours, bountiful brightness, and fine clarity for the size. But it's stuck at 1080p resolution, doesn't have HDR support, and doesn't otherwise set itself apart from the pack. LG's screen does, however.
Winner: LG G6
Camera: Sizzling shootout
One main camera wasn't enough for LG or Huawei, as both companies have outfitted their flagship phones with dual-back-camera setups. But even with that similarity, they function pretty differently.
Last year, the LG G5 did the dual-camera thing, but flubbed the landing by having different megapixel counts between them – so you'd get better results from one than the other. This year, the G6 has two 13-megapixel cameras on the back for better consistency.
What's the difference between those 13MP sensors? One has a 71° standard lens while the other goes wide at 125°. With the latter, you can fit a lot more into a scene, although the wide angle lens lacks optical image stabilisation. In any case, you can get pretty brilliant shots with either lens depending on lighting, and both lock on to subjects and adjust exposure quickly thanks to the phase detection autofocus.
The Huawei P10 also does the dual-camera thing, but does so with a 12MP colour sensor and a 20MP monochromatic one alongside it. Not only does this give you stellar black-and-white shots, but it also enables some handy tricks.
For example, you have variable zoom between 1-2x that doesn't lose obvious detail, plus the second sensor helps provide the Portrait mode, which blurs out the backdrops for DSLR-like results. But even the regular snaps are pretty excellent, with plenty of detail and punchy colours.
Both handle their double-camera setups in different ways, but both are ultimately pretty excellent overall. We don't have a clear winner here.