LG, which has been revealing information in bits and pieces about its V30 phablet like it does every year with flagship devices ahead of launch, has finally introduced the handset at the pre-IFA 2017 event on August 31.
The LG V30 comes alongside the LG V30+, which essentially shares the same hardware except for an increased in-built storage. The South Korean tech firm says it will be revealing the price and availability details of the V30 and the V30+ locally. So you will have to wait for the device to hit your region in order to get the information.
LG stresses on the camera capabilities of its LG V30 and the V30+, billing them as the handsets with ‘premium cinematography capabilities’. The third-generation V-series handset also ditches the secondary ‘ticker’ screen this time and instead uses the ‘FullVision’ extended display.
LG has gone with a metal unibody design with the V30 this time around. The phablet until last year came with a removable plastic back panel. The colour variants have also been expanded – Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet. LG has used H-Beam structure to make the handset more durable than before and has also stuffed inside a heat pipe along with a cooling pad to dissipate heat quickly. Matching Samsung flagship smartphones, the V30 too now comes with IP68 certification, which for now is the highest rating for water and dust resistance.
The LG V30 and the V30+ run Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box and is likely to get Android 8.0 Oreo. One of the highlights of the phablet is its display with extended length, leaving minimal bezels on top and bottom. LG calls it ‘FullVision’ display and has already introduced it at MWC 2017 earlier this year with the LG G6. The 6-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) resolution OLED display of the LG V30/V30+ has a pixel density of 538ppi and support HDR10 as well.
Powering the handset under-the-hood is the flagship Qualcomm processor, Snapdragon 835. The octa-core processor is complimented by 4GB LPDDR4x RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. While the V30 comes with 64GB UFS 2.0 inbuilt storage, the V30+ has 128GB inbuilt storage. Both also support up to 2TB storage via microSD card.
The camera is being claimed as another unique offering by the V30. The phablet has broken Samsung’s winning streak by including a camera with F/1.6 aperture. Until now, the lowest was F/1.7 aperture used by Samsung ever since the launch of the Galaxy S7 last year. The LG V30/V30+ includes a 16MP standard angle primary rear camera with a F/1.6 aperture along with a 13MP wide-angle (120-degree) secondary rear camera with F/1.9 aperture. At the front, the device gives a 5MP wide angle (90-degree) camera with F/2.2 aperture.
What’s new on the software side of things is the Cine Video mode that will let users ‘produce movies like a pro’. The mode consists of two elements – Cine Effect and Point Zoom. While the Cine Effect adds cinematic hues (15 presets) of various movie genres on the shot video, the Point Zoom feature lets users shift focus across subjects smoothly.
As for the connectivity, the LG V30 and the V30+ support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible). As compared to the LG V20’s 3200mAh battery, LG V30 comes with a 3300mAh battery, which supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech along with wireless charging. It weighs 158 grams and has a fingerprint sensor at the back below the dual camera setup.
Users will be getting Google Assistant along with the LG V30 and the V30+. Like its predecessor, the V30 also gets the support for 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio playback. It supports Google Daydream as well along with face recognition as an extra layer of security.