True to its promise, LG formally unveiled the company’s second flagship device for 2017 the LG V30. There are a lot of things that changes with this version of the “V” series that may put a smile on everyone’s faces. Features, the new handset packs a lot and only limited to that as it literally includes a huge amount of storage to keep contents coming.
On the forefront, the LG V30 comes with a single large P-OLED display and is one of the first from LG to finally include the display technology into their handset. It features the “FullVision” display introduced in the LG G6 and the LG Q6 with almost bezel less on the sides and minimum bezels on both the top and bottom.
On the back, the V30 features a dual-sensor camera setup and a fingerprint sensor that dominates the back plate of the device. In case you might wonder, the new V30 ditched the removable battery and have them embedded this time around, but that’s not without a reason, the new handset comes with an IP68 certification and the move to sealed off the battery sounds practical at this point.
The LG V series are known for competitive and high-grade materials involved in manufacturing the handset. Like its predecessor, the new V30 still comes with a MIL-STD-810G standard compliance to handle all drops and slams but for the first time, LG now also has an IP68 certification for water resistance of up to 1.5 meters for about 30 minutes and dust resistance. Basically with the V30, users can take the handset on various harsh environments and still live to tell the day.
With the V30, LG decided not to include a secondary screen that the V series is famous of but that’s compensated by the large 6.0-inch display. It features HDR10 and an Always On Display which users can also turned off after several minutes specified, thanks to the OLED screen, LG can finally have this features without a hitch and eventual impact on power consumption. What you’d see here though is a flat display on the V30 unlike the competition but with the bezels on the sides are so minimal, one would believe that they are bezel less. The front of the handset is covered entirely of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch resistance.
Power and Performance
Being one of the best flagship devices in 2017, it should also come with top of the line specs, in the lineup, we have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the heart with Octa-core CPU’s and Adreno 540 graphics processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a choice of either a 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. For users that requires more room, the V30 includes a microSD card slot that accepts cards of up to 2TB (if they exist at all this time).
Photos + Videos
Smartphone photography in a smartphone have been widespread and so popular that it has become the primary tool for photography at least for the casual users, leaving the dedicated camera at home while our smartphone takes all the task from still photos up to shooting videos. The need for an improved system camera was highly recognized by LG that with every iteration of their flagship device, they always have a better camera in them. The V30 isn’t just better, it has become one of the best there is in the market with LG working hard to fully optimized its sensor for every shot.
The main dual camera module houses a 16 Megapixel sensor with Hybrid Auto Focus, 3-Axis OIS and features one of the brightest Aperture on a smartphone at f/1.6. The secondary supporting module is a 13 Megapixel camera with wide-angle fixed-focus lens and includes a f/1.9 Aperture.
While the bells and whistles are towards the main cameras, the V30 also includes a front-facing camera but users that loves to take Selfies, the V30 might disappoints as it only comes equipped with a mediocre 5 Megapixel Selfie camera with an f/2.2 Aperture but that’s what we need on the device to turn on its facial recognition feature.
Audio + Sound
The LG V series as always comes with a dedicated audio hardware for optimum sound quality. The V30 comes with a 32bit Hi-Fi Quad-DAC audio support like the LG G6. It also includes a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack and a B&O headphones.
Connectivity + Sensors
The LG V30 comes in both single and dual SIM variants and supports high-speed Wi-Fi with 802.11ac and supports 802.11 b/g/n as well, then there’s Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS and USB 3.1 with USB-C reversible port.
Aside from the facial recognition that we mentioned earlier, the V30 also includes a fingerprint sensor mounted on the back and the following built-in sensor which is included as standard for smartphone devices : Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass and Color Spectrum sensors.
Android + Battery
The new V30 flagship handset runs on a 3300 mAh hour embedded battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support and Wireless changing. The handset is be driven by Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box with LG’s UX 6.0 proprietary user interface on top.