As expected, at the IFA 2017 show in Berlin, LG has announced their latest V30 flagship smartphone. Like the previous offerings in the V series, the V30 also comes with unique features, some level of experimentation, two super wide-angle lenses, excellent Hi-Fi DAC and more.
Well, the LG V30 is now official and is a marvelous piece of innovation. The device features a trendy bezel-less following the footsteps of the LG G6. The V30 looks sleeker than the G6 as it features curved glass at its front and rear and a polished metal frame as well. It comes with several high-end features and specifications. It is the first smartphone to feature a crystal clear glass-made lens with the highest f/1.6 aperture. Also, it is the first LG smartphone to come with the vivid OLED display.
Design and Display
The LG V30 comes with a bezel-less and all-display design. It looks striking with its 18:9 FullVision display that occupies almost the whole of the front leaving very thin bezels at the top and bottom. The V30 sports a 6-inch Plastic OLED display with a QHD+ resolution of 2880x1440 pixels and 564 ppi pixel density. The screen is a vibrant and crisp OLED panel protected with the Gorilla Glass 5 layer. It is worth mentioning that the V30 does not include the secondary display that was seen on its predecessor. It is in the OLED screen with floating controls.
The curved 3D glass at the edge of the screen on the LG V30 distinguishes it to a great extent from the G6 that was launched earlier this year. Besides these aspects, the smartphone comes with the IP68 certification to make it water and dust resistant.
The LG V30 camera is claimed to be designed with a great focus on cinematography. The smartphone comes with a dual camera setup at its rear. The primary camera is a 16MP sensor with the highest aperture of f/1.6, OIS and a 71-degree wide-angle lens. The secondary camera at the rear is a 13MP sensor with a 120-degree wide-angle lens, EIS and f/1.9 aperture. Up front, the smartphone comes with a 5MP selfie camera with a 90-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.
Interestingly, the rear camera is made using 5 plastic lenses and an additional glass lens, which is the first time in the smartphone industry. Usually, the lenses are made using plastic. The use of the glass lens is said to improve the light transmittance by 4%.
As mentioned above, the Cine Effect feature on the LG V30 lets you select from the various presets before shooting a video. Also, there will be an LG specific Google Assistant camera command on board the smartphone.
The LG V30 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage capacity. The default storage can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. The device runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box and can be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo later this year. This could be disappointing to many as its predecessor, the LG V20 was the first non-Google smartphone to arrive with the Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The device is powered by a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. The hardware is also said to support VR and advanced gaming without any lag.
Customizable audio experience
The LG V30 features a headphone jack and the audio output from the smartphone sounds pretty good with the Quad DAC and B&O (Bang & Olufsen) Play branded speakers. The Hi-Fi DAC output is said to be a game changer for the music buffs. The Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC is developed in partnership with ESS Technology based in California. This technology is said to deliver a customizable, clear and high-quality sound with the bundled headphones.
The LG V30 has been launched in 4 color vairants - Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet. The device will be released in Korea starting from September 21 and the other markets will receive it later. The LG V30 Plus with 128GB storage will be released at the same time as the regular variant.