The LG V30 has finally been announced and was rumored to be released sometime in September, but September has come and is almost gone, while LG fans have been waiting anxiously. The V series offers a more robust media experience when compared to LG's other flagship, the LG G6. Since the phone has been announced, we do have all of the details for the third flagship in LG's V series, and believe me, it's sounds like it'll be worth the wait.
The LG V30 is coming out to be a multimedia powerhouse, a practical Swiss Army knife. Dual cameras, a dedicated DAC and amp combination for the headphone jack (yes, an actual headphone jack), three microphones, and a brilliant QHD+ FullVision display. Let's take a look at everything announced below.
Let's start off by taking a look at all of the confirmed specifications for the upcoming LG V30:
- 6.0" QHD+ FullVision OLED display
- 64GB of storage with an upgrade to 128GB available
- expandable storage capable of supporting up to 256GB
- an actual 3.5mm headphone jack
- Snapdragon 835
- an upgraded dedicated headphone DAC and amp combo
- 4GB of RAM
- Android 7.1.2
- Quick Charge 3.0
- wireless charging
- dual rear cameras: 16MP + 13MP (standard and wide-angle)
- a 3,300 mAh battery
- IP68 water and dust resistance
- a single 5MP front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 5.0
The iconic second screen of the V series is no longer on the LG V30. I'm personally very disappointed in this, but it seems to have been for the better. In order for LG to provide users with the stunning six-inch bezel-less P-OLED display (try saying that five times fast), the second screen just had to be removed. Now, it is important to note that the second screen on the LG V10 and LG V20 wasn't actually a second physical screen, it was just a cropped/chopped portion of the main display itself. The proprietary software used by LG to make the second screen function doesn't seem to have been completely lost during the renovations, it'll be brought back in the AoD and Ambient settings.
The LG V30 will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. Qualcomm's next-generation CPU wasn't ready for production when LG unveiled the G6 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, so this will be one area where the V series flagship has the edge, as the 835 is a massive step up from its predecessor, the Snapdragon 821. Check out the link below for a thorough walkthrough of the Snapdragon 835.
The V30 comes with dual back cameras, one standard sensor, and one wide-angle sensor. While this might not sound like anything impressive or different, it's actually a massive upgrade from the camera setup on the LG V20. Even the LG G6, Note8, iPhone X and all other dual-camera smartphones can't touch this. The V30 standard camera is made with a glass lens to allow for more light to pass through which results in brighter images with less noise (something everyone knows Android has plenty of room for improvement in). The V30's standard camera also has a 10-bit HDR image sensor which is capable of processing over a billion different colors, this means contrast and definition like never before. And to top it all off... the standard camera will not only have OIS, but it'll also have EIS.
The V30's digital-to-analog converter will be even better than the one currently found on the LG V20. This is just another reason to pick up the V30, especially since a few regions received an upgraded version of said DAC on the LG G6. The V20's DAC has helped the device garner plenty of acclaim from the audiophile crowd, and it's one of the main reasons the V20 ranked at the top of our own list of the best phones for music lovers, so an upgrade on this front can only mean good things for the V30's sound quality.
The V30 will come with the standard 64 GB of base storage with an upgrade to 128 GB up for grabs (which will surely come with at least a $100 increase in price). This is plenty of storage for the average user, with the expandable storage slot good for another 256 GB of storage if an SD Card is purchased and utilized. No surpries or complaints there.
My only grievance with the V30 is the amount of RAM it'll be coming with, 4GB of RAM, which is exactly the same as last year's LG V20 models. An upgrade in RAM would have been more than welcome, considering that the V20 currently does have an issue with redraws (this means that apps refresh more often than one would like while multitasking, especially the home screen and icons). The Snapdragon 835 is capable of handling 8 GB of RAM, so why LG chose to stick to 4 GB of RAM is beyond me when all other OEMs have opted for more.
What do you guys think? Is this phone something worth waiting for, or will you get the LG G6 instead? Let us know how you feel about the V30 in the comment section below, and in the meantime, we'll stay on the lookout for more details and update this article as they come in.