LG pitches the V30 as the must-have premium smartphone for 2017, with high quality dual cameras, fast processor and second screen display.
When does the LG V30 come out? Announcement on 31 August, expected availability September/October
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? Expected in the $1000 price range outright or on contract.
What is the LG V30?
Every year, LG promotes two primary "premium" handsets to market, with its G series phone usually announced around Mobile World Congress, and the secondary V series phone making its debut at the IFA show in Berlin. That's where LG launched the LG V30, its latest dual-screen dual-camera smartphone.
The V series phones have differentiated themselves by the inclusion of a small strip secondary display, and one of the key differences for the V30 is that while it's present, it's in the form of a floating bar, rather than a fixed presence.
That's on top of a curved 6-inch 1,440x2,880 pixel OLED display that largely eschews bezels. LG is using a plastic OLED display underneath Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for durability.
The V30 is compatible with Google's Daydream VR standard, and it's also capable of quite high quality audio thanks to an integrated 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC.
Is the LG V30 powerful?
Samsung's exclusive on that processor has passed, and we've since seen it in handsets such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and OnePlus 5. LG will power the LG V30 with a Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM. There's also an upgraded version, the LG V30+, although the difference there is purely one of onboard storage.
Does the LG V30 have a good camera?
LG led the way in dual camera technology, and it's a lead it doesn't intend to give up any time soon, even though it faces very stiff competition in the premium smartphone space.
For the LG V30, it's equipping the phone with Dual sensors. The standard lens is a 16MP F/1.6 sensor, with a wide angle F2.2 13MP sensor alongside it. They'll be glass covered, which is a step usually only taken by DSLRs, pointing to some serious camera chops, as does that exceptional f1.6 aperture. That should deliver some of the best low light camera performance found in any smartphone currently on sale.
How do I charge the LG V30?
Like other premium handsets on the market, the LG V30 will charge via USB C cables. USB C is a newer standard that uses a fully reversible cable end as distinct from microUSB where there's a definite "wrong" way to try to plug in a cable. With the Snapdragon 835 on board, the LG V30 also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology for even more rapid charging, as well as optional wireless charging.
In terms of battery capacity, the LG V30 features a 3,300mAh battery, which should see it through at least a day's usage.
Is the LG V30 water resistant?
Like the LG G6, the LG V30 is IP68 rated. So what does that mean?
It means that the V30 should be able to survive accidental immersion just fine, and even short form dunking, although it's worth noting as always that water immersion ratings are for clean lab water. Or in other words, go surfing or swimming in a chlorinated pool with the LG V30 at your own risk.
When will the LG V30 be available in Australia?
The LG V30 was be announced at IFA on 31 August 2017, and it's expected to go on sale in September, although it's not clear at this stage if Australia will be part of the first wave of countries to see the device. It's certainly likely that we'll see it either in September or October.
How much does the LG V30 cost?
LG is staying mum about precise pricing, but it has typically been very aggressive with its premium device pricing, tending more towards the $1,000 price point rather than the $1,200-$1,500 that many other flagships command. That's the price point we'd expect the LG V30 to launch at.
LG V30 Specifications
- Product Name
- LG V30
- Display Size
- 6.0 inches
- 2880x1440 pixels
- 537 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 64GB/128GB (V30 Plus)
- Operating System
- Android 7.1.1
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual 16 MP f/1.6 standard + 13 MP f/1.9 wide angle
- 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
- Expected around $1000