After months of leaks and rumors, LG V30 & V30+ are now officially unveiled at the ongoing IFA 2017 event in Berlin, Germany. With the LG V30, the South Korean company got everything right on the design front to make it a perfect competitor for the flagship Galaxy smartphones. There are no gimmicky features like secondary display or the removable battery, all these features are now gone to make the LG V30 a much better Android flagship smartphone. It sports an Aluminum frame and the curved glass on the front and rear of the device comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
It sports a large 6-inch Quad HD (2880 x 1440 pixels) FullVision display with an OLED panel and the longer 18:9 aspect ratio. The corners are rounded and the bezels are not only thinner but are also curved. It got 82% screen-to-body ratio and supports HDR10 for viewing HDR content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and others. While the LG G6 also came with a FullVision display, it got that flat LCD panel. Under the hood is the 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 2.35GHz that is built on the 10nm FinFET process.
While the LG V30 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the LG V30+ offers 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage up to 2TB. The LG V30 & V30+ are also IP68 certified making it water and dust resistant. It also got the military grade durability with the MIL-STD-810G certification. With the glass back body, the device also supports wireless charging but it might not support fast charging like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
There is also a thermal pad and heating pipe to make the device cooler even with high-performance usage. If you care about the audio, the LG V30 devices got the 32-bit advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P chip. The advanced Quad DAC now comes with new customizable options like digital filters and sound presets. While the difference in the sound can’t be identified with regular headsets, the Quad DAC with digital filters comes in handy while using the high-end headphones or the B&O Play headset included within the package.
The company also managed to cut the distortion rate down to 0.0002 percent which means there will be very less information lost when converting digital data into analog signals. Apart from offering Hi-Fi audio output, the LG V30 includes HD Audio Recorder that uses the audio receiver of the phone simultaneously as a microphone. In the camera department, there is a 16MP sensor with f/1.6 aperture and 13MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 120-degree wide-angle lens. The rear camera includes Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus along with OIS and EIS.
For selfies, there is a 5MP front camera with a 90-degree angle of view. It measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm and weighs 158 grams. The volume rocker is on the left edge, while the power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear. The device is backed by a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging support. With the Quick Charge 3.0, the devices can be charged from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. The device runs on the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box with the in-house LG UX 6.0+ UI on top.
It also got Google Assistant on board with unique capabilities like capturing selfies with the wide-angle mode in the camera app by saying “Ok Google, take a wide angle selfie.” The secondary display is now replaced with the semi-transparent floating bar customized to feature up to five apps for easy access. There is also Always-on display feature for shows Quick Tools and Music Player without having to turn on the display. The LG V30 and V30+ come with face recognition to unlock using the front facing camera.
It comes in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet color options. The LG V30 & V30+ will be available first in South Korea starting September 21st. It will be later launched in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As of now, there is no information about the pricing of the LG V30 and V30+ smartphones.