The LG V30 stands out from the competitors sufficient to be thought of LG’s true flagship telephone for 2017, not the LG G6, its spectacular, albeit immediately outmatched smartphone from six months in the past.
That’s an surprising aid as a result of the LG V20 got here onto the scene final 12 months and its rivals frankly picked aside every part distinctive it had going for it. The HTC U Ultra lifted the second display for notifications, and nearly each flagship telephone now makes use of a dual-lens digital camera.
So how has LG’s experimental smartphone department transfer ahead? By specializing in the subtleties, ditching the divisive design, and producing its most daring, feature-packed system but.
However making all the proper strikes comes at a excessive price. $809 within the US, £799 within the UK when it launches in November, and AU$1199 in Australia for the LG V30+ (the one mannequin this area can be served, which differs solely in its inner storage).
(Replace: The LG V30 is without doubt one of the best Android phones you can purchase, so we might be remiss to omit that you’ll snag one on low cost in the course of the vacation season within the US.)
That amount of cash will mainly get you any flagship telephone in the marketplace, or at the very least most of 1 should you’re on the hunt for the iPhone X. And for some, LG took far too lengthy following the V30’s late August announcement to convey it to market. Since then, the Essential Phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL have been revealed to the world. However even with this stellar 12 months for Android smartphones, LG’s practically bezel-free system simply makes its case for the money.
We’ve now spent greater than sufficient time with the ultimate assessment unit and have labored to scoop by every function (there are various) to be discovered inside LG’s newest smartphone.
LG V30 value and launch date
- Obtainable now in US, coming to UK and AU in early November
- $809 unlocked in US, £799, AU$1,199 (for the V30+)
For the primary time, LG’s V-series smartphone can be extra broadly out there throughout the globe. Having been restricted to simply the US, Australia and a part of Asia, the V30 is making the soar to a number of areas, together with the UK.
As for the worth, LG’s newest retails for $806 within the US. Within the UK? Pre-orders for its early November launch pin it at £799. For these in Australia, you’ll be handled solely to the LG V30+ for AU$1,199. When it comes to variations, there are few. The truth is, only one: onboard storage. As an alternative of 64GB by default in the usual mannequin, you’ll get 128GB built-in together with microSD storage.
There’s particular incentive to select up the V30 proper now within the US: it comes with a free Google Daydream View (2017) and a free improve to the corporate’s Second 12 months Promise guarantee, which protects the telephone from producer’s defects for a complete of two years following the acquisition.
- Understated design lets the display stand out
- Feels very gentle contemplating all the tech inside
- Waterproofing and military-grade toughness are all the time welcome
As an alternative of straying from the pack, the LG V30 blends in with this 12 months’s fleet of flagships. However that’s not such a foul factor. It even takes cues from the LG G6, evolving that design ID ever so barely, all whereas steering itself in a couple of new instructions, too.
Beginning on the entrance, LG’s FullVision 18:9 facet ratio tech is on show right here, full with a stunning 6-inch OLED (lastly!) show tuned at 2,880 x 1,440. Whereas there are nonetheless bezels on the ends and the perimeters of the V30, the presentation renders them to be fairly understated, letting the display stand on the middle of the stage. The truth is, we actually respect having just a bit bezel on the perimeters, because it lessens unintended presses whereas typing or taking part in a sport.
LG’s newest measures in at 151.7 x 75.four x 7.3mm and weighs 158 grams, all of which places it on par in sizing with the Google Pixel XL. That stated, it’s exceptional that LG has match a display that’s a half an inch bigger within a chassis that’s practically the identical dimension. Curiously, it’s only a bit wider than the Samsung Galaxy Notice eight, although the remainder of its dimensions pale compared.
Round its shiny metal siding, you’ll discover a tactile quantity rocker to the left, and a SIM and microSD tray on the proper. Down under, there’s a bottom-firing speaker grill subsequent to the V30’s USB-C charging port. Up prime, there’s a three.5mm headphone jack, which is your one-stop store for experiencing the telephone’s Hello-Fi audio capabilities. LG has by no means been one to allow us to down on this division.
Flipped over on its barely curved glass again, the telephone’s fingerprint sensor, which doubly works as its energy button, sits proper within the center – a extra ergonomic location than Samsung’s selection with the Galaxy S8 and Notice eight.
Glancing upward has us stumbling upon the V30’s middle aligned dual-camera system. This isn’t LG’s first foray into the know-how – the LG V10 was launched in 2015. However this telephone’s duo of lenses places them to the perfect use but. We’ll dive into that extra under.
Lastly, LG has accomplished the V30 a strong by implementing wi-fi charging in addition to making it each water and dustproof with IP68 resistance. It additionally meets army spec requirements, which means it’s very sturdy. Whereas this doesn’t make sure that its glass gained’t break, the powerful body works to stop bending. And for such a reasonably telephone, that’s an excellent factor.
The place’s the second display?
Distinctive to the V expertise, up till now at the very least, was the second display show. The V30 modifications that staple function right into a software program contact known as Floating Bar that appears harking back to Samsung’s Edge function, however operates a bit in another way.
The second display may be gone, but it surely’s nonetheless right here in spirit. On our preview unit, the function was surprisingly not turned on by default, however when activated, it’s tucked away into the aspect of the display. A easy faucet opens the bar and holding on the icon helps you to transfer it wherever you’d like.
Along with letting you customise what kind of app or command goes into the bar slots, the function additionally focuses on surfacing among the telephone’s extra hidden talents, like QuickMemo+ note-taking and capturing an image or GIF of the display.