LG V30+ review: Plans, pricing and specs

Quick Verdict

The LG V30+ is a great premium handset for the most part and easily LG's best own-brand handset for 2017.

The good

  • Smooth and light design
  • Good video camera performance
  • Good processor performance
  • Great audio quality

The bad

  • Blue tint on screen
  • Garish icon choices
  • Only Android 7 at launch
  • No contract options in Australia

LG V30+ at a glance
When did the LG V30 come out? It's available outright as the LG V30+ now.
What’s new about the LG V30? 6 inch OLED display, Snapdragon 835, f 1.6 dual lens camera.
How much does the LG V30 cost? $1199 outright.

LG's V30+ shares much of its DNA with the impressive Pixel 2 XL, but it's a premium phone that truly stands on its own.

LG was able to grab more of the spotlight than usual at 2017's Mobile World Congress for the launch of the LG G6, thanks to Samsung's decision to launch tablets in Barcelona instead. The LG G6 was a fine premium device, but there was no ignoring that it was working off older processor technology.

The next LG premium handset to hit the market wasn't specifically labelled as an LG device, but instead as the Google Pixel 2 XL, a superb handset with a rather bland design.

The Pixel 2 XL's DNA is essentially what LG's thrown into its effectively third premium handset for 2017, the LG V30 and LG V30+.

The only difference between the regular and plus editions is the onboard storage. Here in Australia, we'll only officially see the V30+ variant which comes with 128GB of onboard storage where the regular model has only 64GB.

Design

  • Thin and light design.
  • P-OLED display has definite blue tint issues.

Camera

  • Choice of standard or wide-angle lenses.
  • Best suited for landscape photographers rather than portrait takers.

Performance

  • Good app performance, but not a standout against other 2017 premium handsets.
  • LG's standard user interface is garish.

Battery life

  • Easy all-day battery life, impressive for a phone this light.
  • Wireless charging is handy but predictably slow.

Verdict

  • A good premium phone, but one that doesn't compare well against its premium competition.
  • The lack of contract options is also problematic if you don't like buying outright.

Pricing and availability

LG V30+

LG's V30 offers power and great battery life.

LG combines a high-end Snapdragon 830 processor with a thin and light design in the premium LG V30+.

    Promoted
    • LG sells the V30+ in Australia on an outright basis only for $1199, with no currently available carrier options for picking one up on contract.
    Back to top
    OS Android 7
    Display size (inches) 6
    Display resolution (pixels) 2880 x 1440
    Pixels per inch (PPI) 537
    Processor Snapdragon 835
    Height (mm) 151.7
    Width (mm) 75.4
    Depth (mm) 7.4
    Weight (g) 158
    Battery size (mAh) 3,300
    Wireless charging Qi
    Internal storage 128GB
    MicroSD expansion 4TB
    Fingerprint scanner Yes
    RAM 4
    Water resistance IP68
    Rear camera (1) resolution 16
    Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.6
    Rear camera (2) resolution 13
    Rear camera (2) aperture f/1.9
    Rear camera (3) resolution
    Rear camera (3) aperture
    Front camera (1) resolution 5
    Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
    Front camera (2) resolution
    Front camera (2) aperture
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Network category speed Category 16
    NFC support Yes
    Back to top
    Updated August 22nd, 2018
    Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
    LG G7 ThinQ
    LG G7 ThinQ
    Snapdragon 845
    6.1
    3120 x 1440
    64GB
    128GB
    LG V30+
    LG V30+
    Snapdragon 835
    6
    2880 x 1440
    128GB
    LG Q6
    LG Q6
    Snapdragon 435
    5.5
    2160 x 1080
    32GB
    LG K4
    LG K4
    MT6737M
    5
    854 x 480
    8GB
    LG K8
    LG K8
    MT6737
    5
    1280 × 720
    16GB
    LG G6
    LG G6
    Snapdragon 821
    5.7
    2880 x 1440
    32GB
    LG V20
    LG V20
    Snapdragon 820
    5.7
    2560 x 1440
    64GB
    LG X Power
    LG X Power
    MT6735
    5.3
    1280 × 720
    16GB
    LG K10
    LG K10
    MT6750
    5.3
    1280 x 720
    16GB
    LG G5
    LG G5
    Snapdragon 820
    5.3
    2560 x 1440
    32GB
    LG Stylus DAB+
    LG Stylus DAB+
    Snapdragon 410
    5.7
    1280 × 720
    16GB
    LG G4
    LG G4
    Snapdragon 808
    5.5
    2560 x 1440
    32GB

    Compare up to 4 providers

    Back to top

    Latest LG news

    Image: Shutterstock

    Alex Kidman

    Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

    Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

    Get the best deal on your mobile phone

    Ask an Expert

    You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

    • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
    • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
    • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
    • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

    Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Privacy & Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy.
    Ask a question
    Go to site