So LG has launched its latest flagship, and what we can honestly call as the media powerhouse, the LG V30 is finally here after a long wait, and it delivers on all of the anticipations.The device has been launched as a direct competitor to the recently launched Galaxy Note 8, and the LG V30 outshines the Note 8 in some departments. Before we shed our thoughts on the device, let’s first get to know the device in detail.
Here are the complete specifications of the LG V30.
|Display||6.00-inch 1440 x 2880 pixels (~537 ppi pixel density)|
|Display Properties||P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Display Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) with Adreno 540 GPU|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB. 128GB( V30+)|
|SD card slot||Expandable up to 2TB via micro SD card|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Protection ratings||- MIL-STD-810G compliant|
|Sensors||Accelerometer,Compass, Proximity sensor, Gyro|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS- GLONASS|
|Primary Camera||Dual 13 MP (f/1.6, OIS, 3-axis, phase detection AF) + 13 MP (f/2.2, no AF), LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP wide-angle|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|Charging Time||0-45% in 15 minutes Turbo charging, 0-100 1:20 hr|
|Battery Life||1 day on light-moderate usage|
|Screen-on Time||5-6 hours|
|Colors||Silver, Lunar Grey, Rose Gold|
Now Let’s take an in-depth look at the LG V30.
LG V30 features 6.0″ Quad HD Display, and this time it is a little different from the previous model, i.e., the V20 has a small secondary IPS Quantum screen. The display this time is P-OLED one which produces much better color gamut along with deep blacks. We found the display to be better than the LG G6 and almost similar to Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED display on the latest flagship, i.e., the Galaxy note 8. The display is future proof as it is fully ready for VR and AR. LG has finally ditched the IPS panels, and the future LG flagships will have P-OLED displays only.
As for the protection, Lg V30 has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection which seems to be right considering that the predecessor has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is said to be much stronger than its predecessor. It can survive falls from 1.6 meters onto hard. Rough surfaces 80% of the time which is much better than what other competitors can do but you should avoid dropping your smartphone at all means.
Everyone who has done even a little bit of research about smartphones knows about Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors. Last year’s Snapdragon 820 was a game changer and then came its successor Snapdragon 821.And now this year, Qualcomm launched their new flagship processor which is the Snapdragon 835, and that is what the LG V30 has under the good. The LG V30 ran on a 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and coupled with 4GB of RAM it works buttery smooth. We had no trouble at all at any times while using the phone. The device runs on the latest version of LG’s custom UI on top of Android Nougat 7.1.2 and will get the Android Oreo update as well.
Adreno 540 handles the graphics demanding tasks and does so with ease, the phone breezes through the benchmarking tests and the games are as smooth as you will expect them to be from a 2017 flagship.
RAM & Storage
LG V30 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. LG V20 had 64GB Internal storage, and it was quiet enough in my opinion but having more internal memory is nothing bad right?
The USP of the phone is going to the dual cameras on the back; the LG V30 uses a combination of wide angle and a normal lens. Thanks to the f/1.6 16MP camera you can take some great looking cinematic shots. We found the camera to be excellent and the Camera app, in particular, has been optimized a lot for ideal photography experience.
LG V30 comes with features like Optical image stabilization and phase detection auto focus and offers you the choice of going pro with a manual mode as well. There are also a lot of video filters as well, which makes the video look professionally shot.
LG V30 is no less than its predecessor and comes with an upgraded Quad-DAC configuration that is a lot better than before. If you are a music lover and like the sound on LG V20, you will love the audio quality of LG V30.
When It comes to smartphones, the battery is a primary concern for most of the people. Usually, most people get one day of battery backup regardless of what smartphone they are using, and that’s because of the balance between battery capacity and other specifications. For an incredibly powerful device like LG V30 you need a bigger battery than usual, and, Well LG V30 is backed by a big 3300 mAh battery, which seems a bit less but still is enough to power the device through a full work day.
The phone comes with fast charging as well, so fully charging that battery up does not much time.
LG V30 Price
When you are talking about a flagship smartphone from LG, you simply can’t expect it to be cheap, and similarly, LG V30 is no such exception, the device is available for a price tag of $749 in the US. This is the price of a flagship device. At this price, LG V30 will be giving direct competition to the Galaxy S8 Plus, and the device offers a better price to performance ratio than the Note 8 which is $300 more expensive.
LG V30 Our Thoughts
We had the device with us for a week, and we pretty much loved using it at all times, the phone is the best you can get at this moment when it comes to wide angle photography and video shooting, the display is mind-blowing, and it outshines the competition when it comes to media consumption. The P-OLED display is the one which LG should have launched with LG G6, anyway, it’s finally here, and it’s as good as expected.
The performance is as expected, there are no stutters or lags whatsoever, games run smoothly on maxed out graphics, and there is no too much overheating as well. The only con of the device is its battery, well it’s not that much of a con, but LG could have put in a bigger battery and given the Note 8 a run for its money.
The device is an ideal choice if media consumption and photography are what you do on a smartphone, we recommend the LG V30 and give it 4.2/5 rating.
That’s it for now.Stay tuned for more updates.