LG V30 announced, going head to head with the Note 8
Two years ago, LG surprised us with a second flagship for the year: the LG V10. It was meant to tackle the phones that come out in the second half of the year, like the Note and the iPhone. However, it was never meant to be a beautiful phone, but a rugged powerhouse. At least, that’s how it started… Though, this year, it’s a much more refined approach. There’s equal importance to form and function this time, with the LG V30.
Announced today at IFA Berlin, the LG V30 is the third iteration of the beefier brother of the G6. Moving around to the front, we find a 6” P-OLED screen that covers 82% of the front. It is HDR10 enabled and supports Always on Display as expected. The secondary screen is gone, replaced by a combo of the Floating bar and the Always on Display functionality.
On the back, instead of a rugged rubberized back, we have a 3D curved glass. But, it’s not just pretty, as it is MilSpec 810G certified along with IP68 certification. This back houses a similar dual-camera setup, as in the G6, but with improved Camera optics!
The 18:9 FullVision display returns, now at 6″ across with a P-OLED panel. There are subtle curves to the sides. This should be one of the easier 6″ phones to handle. The display is covered with Gorilla glass 5 and is Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant.
Even before LG officially announced the phone at IFA, the company had revealed that the V30 would be the first phone to feature an f/1.6 lens aperture, which deliver 25% more light compared to the f/1.8 lens you’ll find on most modern smartphones.
The phone comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64/128GB of internal memory (with SD card support up to 2TB), 3,300mAh battery, wireless charging and IP68 water and dust resistance. The V30 also has a dual camera setup on the back (16-megapixel telephoto lens and 13-megapixel wide angle lens) as well as a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It’s also worth noting that the resolution of the display comes in at 2,880 x 1,440.
It ships with Android 7.1 out of the box, but will be upgraded to Oreo pretty soon. In terms of ports, you have a USB 3.1 over type C and the best Audio jack in the market. Certified by Bang & Olufsen, which can playback in 32-bit High fidelity audio.
LG will launch the V30 in South Korea on September 21st, with North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East to follow soon after. The 64GB model of the V30 will be available in four colors: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet, though not all colors will be available in every market. The LG V30+ with 128GB of storage will be available in limited markets as well.
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