LG V30+ review: Plans, pricing and specs

LG V30+

LG V30+
  • Display

    6 inches


  • Storage

    128GB

  • Battery size

    3,300 mAh

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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'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.
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Camera

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

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  • 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.

LG V30+ specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 537
Rear camera megapixels 16MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.6 + f/1.9
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.4mm
Weight 158g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 7
Internal storage

128GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 3,300mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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