Early LG V30 design shown off in leaked images

Early LG V30 design shown off in leaked images
Following the LG V10 of 2015, and the LG V20 of 2016, LG is expected to release a V30 smartphone sometime later this year. While both the V10 and V20 feature secondary ticker displays in addition to their main screens, the upcoming V30 might differ slightly in this regard.

According to two leaked images that reportedly show "old-ish mockups of Project Joan, a.k.a. the LG V30", LG seems to have envisioned the new handset as a slider phone. More exactly, the device would sport two independent touchscreen displays, with the lower (and smaller) one sliding out to reveal a larger area for interacting with apps. Naturally, thanks to its larger footprint, this slide-out screen would provide a better user experience than the small, rigid ticker screens of the V20 and V10. The secondary screen could even include a virtual keyboard, leaving more room for content to be shown on the main display.

These newly leaked images - embedded below - come from Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), one of the industry's most reliable sources. He says that it's "not clear if the project is still headed in this direction," so the real V30 could certainly be different - it all depends on how practical LG ultimately saw this slider idea. 

Update: Another image has been added below, showing possible use-case scenarios for the slide-out screen (including a keyboard).

If we're actually getting an LG V30 that resembles the device seen in these mockups, this would be a very modern take on the LG Chocolate slider series (phones from this series were extremely popular about a decade ago).

A previous report had it that the LG V30 would be officially announced this September, roughly one year after the V20. The handset should be compatible with Google Daydream, and might become LG's first flagship phone to use an OLED screen (or, well, maybe two OLED screens).

We're looking forward to seeing if LG can surprise us in any way with the V30. What about you? Do you think you'd like a modern LG slider like the one presented here?


source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

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58 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

No way a sliding phone would make sense today! I cant see any practical real world usage advantages..

3. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I agree just slap the latest specs in the v30 keep everything that's great about the v series, headphone jack great audio and so on. put a bigger battery in there and I'll pick one up. If lg would stop skimping on the battery their products would be way more appealing!

12. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So this is clearly an lg phone with a 'touch bar' on steroids! Hmm, color me ready. This is quite refreshing in a world of same ol same ol. I just hope this project isnt canceled tbh. Btw, i'm curious abt the primary screen size of this phone (without the slider).

25. andrewc31394

Posts: 295; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

buy a spare battery battery like i did for my v20.....

28. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

exactly. why the feck arent people puching for swappable batteries? I never connect my phone to anything. I have 2 extra batteries charging in cradles. switch the battery on the go. go from 5% to 100% in 1 minutes. I keep a battery in my wallet. I keep the screen at full brightness all the time. no need for a charger or cable or brick. a slim battery that sits in my wallet. feck waterproofing. im certain it can have some wp and have a swappable battery. or at least a 4000mah battery. this 3000 shet needs to stop for such huge phones.

45. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

@you_suckk_it . i guess most people want removable swappable batteries , but the manufacturers want to make super slim devices with s**tty battery capacities. Waiting for a top manufacturer to make a new high specced phone with hot swappable battery.

50. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

thats why i keep one of my android that has a replaceable battery as my main video streaming device...i have two spare batteries that are fully charged and just swap out when down to 5%...like you, i have screen brightness jacked up to 100%. i have an office job and have alot of time to watch videos online LOL...videos are playing non stop on my 8hr shift...just a few seconds to swap out the battery when i need to...much better than having to take out a usb cord to charge my phone...have never used my phone to charge the batteries...always used a charging craddle...bring back replaceable batteries please!!!

56. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

I understand what you are talking about, but all flagships are resistant to water and dust now and psychologically we are much more comfortable with a ip68 smartphone without removable battery than with another one that has. Finally the argument of being able to change battery directly is good, but today it is light. Let me explain ; It requires that you turn off your smartphone and also have a charged battery and ready to use on you. In this case why not invest in a powerbank with fast charge? With a powerbank no need to turn off the smartphone and you can recharge it several times for a single charge. I use the EasyAcc 20000mAh Power Bank, and I can recharge my S7 Edge 4 times in a row. It was very convenient when I was in my village and we did not have electricity for 5 days, I was able to use my smartphone for a whole week without using any socket (make some call, take so many pictures, listen my music, use 3G for internet, social network , emails) . It's even more convenient when you go camping or when you're on a long drive. In addition it avoids accidentally buying a bad battery..

4. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Also having the time and stuff in the bottom right is extremely awkward.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is the v30. A leak from blass is like an 'unoffcial' official info.

30. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Blackberry Priv wasn't a total failure...

38. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

If you look at the second picture, you will see multiple practical real world usage advantages.

39. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The article on the phone is from 2014....so i have a couple Doubts.

40. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Also the finger print reader is missing. Also no front facing camera. But it does look to have a symmetrical charging port, indicating USB C. Viewing the picture close up shows no evidence of the usual photos hope job. Sooo.... Who knows what to think.

43. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Thats because you've lost your imagination. We need more than more of the same.

48. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It's actually refreshing to see a company innovate and take risks like this. all the phones were seeing today are a slab of glass(some curved, wow so practical much innovation such amazing).

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This could be interesting but it makes cases awkward and it will no doubt lead to another LG V series (or LG in general) device with a smaller battery than it needs.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A slider, like Blackberry Perv... Ahem... Priv... Albeit with a small touch-screen instead of that 'gimmicky' keyboard...? Ah! Now that sound interesting... Go LG...! Anyhow, I'm certainly glad to see that the latest mock-ups of The Note 8 and now The V30 suggest a 'regular' 16:9 aspect ratio, which is certainly a good news... The 18:9 ratio of The G6 and 18.5:9 ratio of The S8 is just too slim for my taste... The 5.8" S8 (Regular?) just somehow feels 'tiny' compared to The 5.5" OnePlus 3T in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxStsKhefTk Oh well, G'Day!

6. Joosty

Posts: 475; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Interesting and weird. Does make case makers job a little challenging lol.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

If this design is true than this phone gonna be way too expensive on because of the dual Oled display.

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

*only

18. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is the year of interesting design choices. From the v30, to the essential phone, to the iphone 8 to the galaxy s8 to the lg g6 to the htc u11 (chip of the old block). My body is ready, mxy style.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have to give them credit at least they're trying something new instead of being a "Me too!" in both design and features. What I don't think people noticed though is that it appears this takes the display from what looks like a 16:9 ratio and makes it into that 18:9 ratio. And this may actually be a smart idea. You see, when those images of the Note 8 revealed it was going to take on the same 18.5:9 ratio I commented that it made the device look a lot longer which could be awkward for both carrying it in your pants and for thumb travel. But if LG did it this way then you would basically be carrying around a regular 16:9 phone (more comfortable to carry and use) and then it could switch into that 18:9 mode. Very interesting.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

God, u make so much sense. If this actually comes to life then it will be an instant buy for so many people tbh. Although, i think that while weird, the 18:9 screen is easier to hold and use, as its width makes it more pocketable and manageable as against the more traditional and wider 16:9 aspect ratio.

55. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I did some quick math, and if you took a normal 5inch diagonal device with 16:9 ratio, and extended it to 18:9 (keeping the width of the screen when vertical the same) it would only grow about .63 inches long. comparing that to the keyboard height when in portrait mode, and it looks like the keyboard takes up a solid inch on my HTC10. This means that it will most likely slide out more than a 16:9 to 18:9 which doesn't ruin the 18:9 idea you have, but doesn't add up exactly either.

11. shield

Posts: 843; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Excelent design.

13. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Looks interesting and fresh... I always said that the ticker display was out of place at the top of such a big device. Put it at the bottom and it's easier to interact with... But going one step further and making it a slide out display in theroy looks nice... And it looks like it'll be able to extend what ever is on the screen to the slide out portion as well, ie a movie or more browser/viewing space... LG might me reeling me back in...

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Literally the coolest looking phone I've seen all year! Hope this is an accurate representation, I love the slide look.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is evan blass we're talking bout here so absolutely legit. The only issue here is if this project is not cancelled at this stage. Although its quite late to start changing things up at this time of the year. Imagine this having a replaceable battery, and metal back (mind blown)!!!

15. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I don't like the 1st or 3rd mockups of it, but the 2nd one, which is also the main pictured featured for this article is REALLY nice. The only thing is, it's not like that screen is big enough to really make typing on a touch screen that much better, or maybe I'm wrong. About a centimeter or 2 bigger, it'd be great. I'm excited for anything different about now. Smartphones were pretty boring to me last year. I want something that excites me, outside of specs. Specs are all mashing into sameness at this point.

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