The LG V30 Review

The LG V30 looks to be a confident step forward LG V series line, which in fact if well price will end up be one of the best 2017 smartphoneLG will be unveiling the V30 at IFA 2017 in Berlin, but did release the pre-production unit for review.

First look at the LG V30, you definitely notice that LG is sticky with bezel-ness 2017 trending design. But LG did pay attention to details by adding all the essential features of 2017 smartphone – a 33m headphone jack, expandable storage, USB-c, wireless & fast charging, IP68 waterproof.

 

LG V30 PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

It’s not been confirmed yet, but the LG V30 price is expected to be $749. Which sounds like a lot but it’s actually not bad. The Galaxy Note 8 staring in at $849 and the iPhone 8 could be $1000+.

The V30 will arrive first in South Korea on 21 September followed by other markets

 

LG V30 DESIGN AND BUILD

Overall, the V30 looks very much like the LG G6 in design with very little to differentiate the two. With a larger screen, the V30 is a bigger phone than the G6 but it doesn’t’t really feel like it.

The V30 measures in at 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and weighs 158 grams which is impressive for a 6in phone. It’s also 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower than its predecessor despite a bigger screen. Speaking of the screen, it a 6-inch OLED at 2,880 x 1,440 display with LG’s FullVision 18:9 aspect ratio.

Around its glossy steel siding up top, you’ll find a   3.5mm headphone jack, which is your one-stop shop for experiencing the phone’s Hi-Fi audio capabilities. A tactile volume rocker to the left, and a SIM and microSD tray on the right. Down below, there’s a bottom-firing speaker grill next to USB-C charging port.

LG  V30

Flipping over to the curved glass back, you’ll find the V30’s center aligned dual-camera system and below fingerprint sensor, which doubly works as its power button.  Which is a more ergonomic location than choice than Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

The V30 is available in four colors: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet.

 

LG V30 SPECS AND FEATURES

The V30 is a 2017 flagship devices, and as you should expect to depute with latest specs – Qualcomm’s snapdragon 835 chip with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB, 7.1 Nougat, wireless charging, duel-lens camera set setup, 6-inch OLED display, LG’s UX 6.0 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Screen

The screen on the V30 is very large, but also looks incredible good. It a 6-inch 2,880 x 1,440 P-OLED rather than IPS LCD. The ‘P’ stands for plastic, the tech means that you get excellent contrast, with blacks being especially impressive.

It get reasonable bright and has nice color reproduction which you can also switch to others if you prefer.

 Cameras

LG  V30 camera

First look at the V30, there have the same set of camera setup as the G6 but it has been upgraded.

The main camera view is a 16MP f/1.6 aperture with optical image stabilization (OIS).

The second camera is a wider view – 120 degrees instead of 71 a wide angle 13MP with f1.9 aperture.

In general shot from the V30 are great, punch, good contrast, high dynamic range and detail.

And having about f/1.6 aperture means, when you close to a subject you can get a decent bokeh.

And then the camera App itself, which is really impressive. One of new interesting new feature is Point Zoom which allows you to zoom in between the cameras, which is   what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Note 8.

Than coming to rest of plenty features like auto-HDR, Timer…, but what will caught your eye is the modes.

There are plenty of modes to play around with, regardless of having two cameras. Which camera enthusiast will really appreciate.

Processor, Memory and Storage

Well with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, should expect a fluid performance over the LG G6 with Snapdragon 821.

There’s 4GB of RAM with no 6GB model in sight and there’s 64GB of storage. A V30+ has 128GB but it’s unknown if this model will make it outside of Korea.

Also another good feature with the V30 is it offers expandable storage via a micro SD card slot.

 

Connectivity and Audio

LG  V30

This 2017, and part from the trending bezel-less smartphones in mobile industry, another trending feature is ditching of the headphone jack, which even so called Essential Phone missed.

The V30 comes with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with tuning from B&O. There’s also B&O Play headphones included in the box.

LG says the V30 is the first phone with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology that allows high-resolution audio streaming.

But with LG focus on audio, it a letdown there are no stereo speakers but that may been due to the  bezel-less design which can makes this very difficult to archive.

The LG V30 is also packed with the latest tech including 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and also has Gigabit Cat 16 LTE.

Battery life

The V30 has a 3300mAh battery capacity, supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, so you should be able to get 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. And of course support wireless charging.

 

LG V30 SOFTWARE

One the software side of the V30, it a surprise that it doesn’t come pre-loaded with Android 8.0 Oreo. Instead it has 7.1 Nougat but we assume an update will arrive soon.

It comes with LG’s UX 6.0, which is not that bad. With good performance, fast transition with some many settings to tweak.

But the biggest thing here is that the second screen is gone. But the V30 do have an optional Floating Bar, which can keep app shortcut.

The Floating Bar is can be used when you’re using the phone and can be moved around like a Facebook Messenger Chat Head. Which works just like the new Samsung Edge feature.

The screen also support Always on display, which can provide information without being fully switch on such as the time, date and battery level. You can also scroll through options for things like music control quick settings.

VERDICT

General impressions of the LG V30 are extremely positive. With LG V30, It’s like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and also LG effort to all essential feature like the headphone jack and the expandable storage.

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