With the almighty Galaxy Note 8 being absent from IFA 2017, we expected the LG V30 to be one of the main attractions of the event. The phone’s leading features being teased by LG itself did quite a bit to increase our appetite for more. So, here it is, the full dose of the LG V30 from the IFA 2017 event.
LG finally having found its groove with the LG G6 decided to scrap the secondary displays and modular designs. Instead, they focused on what’s hot in the industry right now. And of course, the order of the day is “bezel less displays”. Throw in Hi-Fi Quad DAC, a camera lens with the first ever f/1.6 aperture, some waterproofing into the mix and we have the LG V30. LG will definitely need this bad boy to rock all it can as it will go toe to toe with the formidable Galaxy Note 8 and the upcoming iPhone 8.
We leave the specs for later. Here we focus on what’s different in the V30 than the LG G6. First off, the design and components. The LG V30 employs P-OLED displays finally ditching the boring IPS LCD panel tradition with the LG V30. The result is a brighter sharper screen that should be more power efficient as well. Also, a highlight is the glass back instead of the industrial brushed metal look that comes with the LG G6. And we admit, we like it. We admit it will have to be handled with utmost care. Also, the edges are somewhat more smooth. Also, missing is the secondary display, which let’s face it was more of a gimmick than a useful feature. LG does substitute it with a software version of floating bar.
Of course, much was made up of the camera and its low-light photography prowess. If you thought the LG V20 had a great camera, the LG V30 takes it some notches higher. Apart from the much talked about dual camera lens, LG has built in many nice features that make the LG V30 the photo snapper’s go to device. This year LG also focused on video features like Cine Video and Cine effects. Another feature in the same vein is Point Zoom that lets users zoom slowly into any part of the image as opposed to just zooming in the center.
If you are one of the smartphone video production specialists you’ll definitely love Cine Log. This new feature allows users to color grade the video according to professional standards. There is too much to describe here, and it even might get confusing for the average user when he switches to the manual mode. Hence, LG’s new features will mainly strike the fancy of professionals more.
The Hi-Fi Quad DAX while still not being Stereo are again tailored for the audiophile. A while back, LG already teased how users can fine tune audio and choose presets to get desired audio quality. LG v30 is the first to support MQA which allows HD audio in very small files with no noise. Also, the earpiece can double as a mic to record more clear sound.
All in all, there are few devices that can stand up to a Galaxy. And we reckon, this year the LG V30 will be a strong contender. The LG V30 will start selling in Korea from September 21. Thereafter North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Of course, prices aren’t still available but it should be official soon. If you do long to take a look at the number-crunching spec sheet still, we will lay it out for you below.
|Android version||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Screen size||6.0-inch OLED FullVision Display|
|Primary camera||16MP f/1. 61° standard sensor with Laser auto focus, OIS, EIS, PDAF & 13MP f/1.9 120°wide-angle sensor|
|Front camera||5MP F2.2 90° wide angle sensor|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||64GB (U.S.) 128 GB (Select markets)|
|Expandable storage up to||2TB|
|RAM||4GB (U.S.) 6GB (Select markets)|
|Ports||USB Type-C, headphone jack|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4 mm|
|Other features||32-bit Quad DAC, high-sensitivity microphones, IP68 water resistant dustproof MIL-STD 810G certified|
|Color options||Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet|
|Carrier availability||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon|
|In-box accessories||USB-C charging cable, Quick Charge 3.0 wall adaptor, B&O wired earbuds|