LG’s reserved approach with the G6 was disappointing for a lot of fans. The phone didn’t feel extra ordinary or special in any way.
With the V30, LG has improved on all of that and more, in what looks like a larger, better version of the original G6.
At this time, LG has not mentioned the price and launch date of the phone.
Design and Display
As evident from the image, LG V30 looks similar to the S8 and S8+ released a few months ago.
Design wise its a larger version of the G6 with curved screen on the sides.
The back is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 (the cameras are protected by Gorilla Glass 4) with a fingerprint sensor placed at the familiar spot on the back.
LG V30’s display is a 6 inch P-OLED panel with Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution. The display is HDR 10 compliant so you can view some of the HDR content available on Netflix or YouTube.
Unfortunately LG removed the secondary display and replaced it with a floating bar with several customizable shortcuts.
The phone is IP 68 water and dust resistant and is MIL-STD-810 certified for shock, extreme temperature and drop resistance. The Hi-Fi Quad DAC makes a return from the V20, tuned to B&O Play headphones which LG says will be available in the box with V30.
Internals and Storage
With a flagship build comes a flagship chipset. The V30 has a Snapdragon 835 powering its internals with 4 GB RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot.
The phone will be available in separate single and dual SIM variants. Android 7.1.2 takes care of the software side with a planned upgrade to Android Oreo at a later date.
For the audiophiles, LG has included support for MQA which lets you stream high quality audio files with minimal size and lossless quality.
Camera and Battery
We might have a contender for the best camera on a smartphone in the V30 this year. It comes with a dual 16 MP (f/1.6 with 3-axis OIS with laser & phase detection autofocus) and 13 MP (no autofocus) sensors. The latter is a wide-angle sensor, same as the one on G6.
You can take a look at the camera samples of LG V30 here.
Up front you have a regular 5 MP shooter on the V30.
Battery might be a tad too small with a 3,300 mAh unit (V20 had a 3,200 mAh battery). Quick Charge 3.0 is supported as well as wireless charging. Wireless charging may be limited to select markets only.
LG V30 Specifications
- CPU: Quad-core 2.45 Ghz + Quad-core 1.9 Ghz Kryo
- GPU: Adreno 540
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with LG UX
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; separate Dual SIM model
- MIL-STD-810 certification
- IP 68 Water and Dust Resistance
- Fingerprint scanner
- Quad DAC
- 6-inch P-OLED with Quad HD+ (1440 x 2880) resolution (537 PPI)
- Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal: 64/128 GB
- Card Slot: Yes, up to 256 GB
- Primary: Dual 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS, 3-axis, laser & phase detection autofocus) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), LED flash
- Secondary: 5 MP
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac, NFC, IR Blaster, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE
- Battery: 3300 mAh; QuickCharge 3.0, wireless charging support
- Colors: Silver, Titan, Pink
- Price: TBA