LG has just announced the LG V30 and long story short… It’s beautiful! It includes a huge host of new features and a much-improved design over its predecessor, the LG V20. So let’s break down the top 5 features the LG V30 has to offer.
The OLED Display
This is, without doubt, the best screen that LG has ever used on a smartphone – possibly the best screen over on a smartphone? It’s a 6 inch Quad HD (1440 x 2880) OLED display with a 21 by 9 aspect ratio. OLED displays offer incredibly deep blacks and superb dynamic range, which basically means the display looks incredible!
The display is also surrounded by tiny bezels allowing the overall footprint of the LG V30 to not be too overwhelming. For those interested, the screen to body ratio is 82% which is is the same region as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The LG V20 had an okay dual-lens camera, not terrible, but not great either. The LG V30 takes everything that was good about the V20’s camera and improves on it. The LG V30’s dual-lens camera consists of a 16mp sensor with f/1.6 aperture and a second 13mp wide-angle (120°) sensor with a f/1.9 aperture.
Let’s talk about the main 16mp sensor to begin with. An f/1.6 aperture has never been seen on a smartphone before, previously the largest aperture was f/1.7. But what does this mean? Well, it essentially means that the sensor can get in more light which in turn means better low light photography. The second sensor (the wide-angle one) is also improved over the LG V20, this time losing the ‘fish-eye’ distortion that was present previously. It can now also take much sharper pictures meaning that you’re not sacrificing much quality when opting the use the wide angle lens instead of the main one.
Video recording has also been much improved; you now have the option to colour grade video both during and after recording a video. The ability to record in Log format is also a new feature which helps to preserve the video’s data, such as HDR. This gives you much more options when editing a video after it’s been taken. It’s something typically seen in high-end cameras.
This is the best looking LG phone ever. Period. The LG V30 has a glass and metal design which is very reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s a big step up from the all metal industrial designs of the LG V10 and V20 (which I did actually quite like). As mentioned previously, the screen to body ratio is excellent and unlike the LG G6, the glass curves slightly at the edges. This makes the phone look better, and it feels much better than the LG G6 when holding it.
It’s also worth noting that despite the LG V30 looking like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the finger print sensor has been placed in a much more suitable location. The S8’s fingerprint sensor is placed in a high up and hard to reach position on the back of the phone. The LG V30, however, has its fingerprint sensor in the centre about three-quarters of the way up the back of the phone. Well done, LG.
Some of you may be thinking, ‘what on earth is a DAC?’. It’s a digital-to-analogue-converter, and it’s used to convert the digital music on your phone to an analogue format that we can then hear as music. The better the DAC, the better the quality of the music.
The LG V10, V20 and certain variants of the LG G6 all had high-quality QUAD DACs and the trend continues with the LG V30. You’ll notice a significant improvement in the audio quality when listening to music on the LG V30 compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5 for example. It’s not something that will appeal to everyone, but it’s a great feature to have and something that’s pretty hard to come by in most modern day smartphones.
Inside the LG V30 you’ll find top of the line specifications. These include the ultra-fast Snapdragon 835, 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and the Adreno 540 GPU. LG did a good job optimizing the LG G6 so that it ran smoothly even with the older Snapdragon 821 chip. This can only mean that the LG V30 will be even quicker thanks to the newer Snapdragon 835 chip on board. The Snapdragon 835 is already a proven performer so the LG V30 will no doubt be among the fastest smartphones available.
LG V30 – Conclusion
Overall, the LG V30 is the best smartphone LG has ever produced. There are no gimmicks like a second screen or half baked modularity – ‘features’ that we’ve seen before from LG. Instead what you get is a truly perfected smartphone that LG has clearly put an incredible amount of thought into. Powerful processor, superb camera and stellar design combined with other features such as IP68 dust and water resistance and wireless charging show that this device is not compromising on features in the slightest.
The LG V30 will be available on the 21st September in South Korea and will be available later in other markets. Though the price has not yet been announced, you can expect it to be around £700 / $800.