LG V30 goes official: stunning bezel-less design and high-end audio in one powerful package

LG launched its V-series of smartphones in 2015 with the introduction of the LG V10 – a curious device stacked with unique features, some of which borderline experimental, such as a secondary display solely dedicated to displaying notifications, two front-facing cameras for super-wide-angle selfie shots, and of course, an excellent Hi-Fi DAC that has since become a staple of LG smartphones and a fan's favorite. The experimentation continued through last year with the V20, which inherited the “ticker” display from the V10, but added a second wide-angle shooter on its back and upped the audio game with its so-called Quad DAC system. But it seems that 2017 could be the end of wild experimentation for LG and the V series.

LG today made the V30 official and it is a marvel too look at and use. Sporting a trendy bezel-less design, akin to that of the LG G6, the V30 looks even sleeker, thanks to its curved glass front and back, complimented by a polished metal frame. But the V30 is more than just looks and no substance! It's stacked with the latest tech in displays, cameras, and audio, and is also blazing fast with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 CPU on board. But let's cut straight to the chase and go through all the details and sweet new features of the V30.

Gorgeous almost all-display design

Right off the bat, the LG V30 looks striking with its 18:9, "FullVision" display, with almost nothing in the way of bezels around it. V30's display is as pixel dense as the panel that graced the LG G6 earlier this year, sporting a resolution of 1440x2880 and capable of delivering around 564ppi, but it isn't an IPS LCD this time around, it's a crisp and vibrant OLED panel instead!

Around the back, V30's dual-cam array is not completely flush with the panel like it was on the G6, but the bump is not annoying by any means. The cameras are protruding subtly from the phone's back, with the oval visor lined by a thin metal bezel and coated in Gorilla Glass 4.

The display is still not curved, as LG believes that curved screens are more prone to shattering and are tiresome to handle, but the glass covering the display has been nicely curved to the sides, creating a sleeker profile for the V30 as a whole.

The V30 looks fittingly snazzy and fragile for a high-end flagship, but you'll be pleased to hear that it can withstand a bit of a beating, since it is IP68-certified, making it water- and dust-resistant!

The ticker display is dead, long live the Floating Bar!

With the V30, LG is dealing away with the dedicated ticker screen in favor of a larger main display. And good riddance, we say! Hey don’t get us wrong, the ticker displays on the V10 and V20 were a fun gimmick, but why waste space when you can just emulate much of the same functionality on a single OLED display? Ah, we’re sure the dedicated ticker screens have their fans and they but it is what it is – the ticker display is dead, starting with the V30.

In its place, LG has implemented an upgraded version of the G6's always-on display that not only shows the time and your latest notifications, but it can also be set to display Quick Tools, Music Player or a personal photograph to boot. 

But that’s not all! Alongside the revamped AOD, LG is introducing a Floating Bar that it says is the evolution of V20’s ticker display, although it seems more akin to Samsung’s Edge Screen, as far as functionality goes, in that it nests various useful (and presumably customizable) shortcuts, such as “Settings”, “Notes”, and others. The Floating Bar is accessible by swiping from the edge of the screen and is denoted by a small semicircle with an arrow when retracted.

Professional-looking photos and videos straight out of camera

The camera is one of the most important features for every smartphone, and as is the trend these days, the LG V30 sports two of them – a 16MP primary camera accompanied by a 13MP wide-angle shooter. There's not a lot of new stuff on the hardware front, save for the wider f/1.6 aperture on the primary camera, but LG promises to deliver in spades on the software side of things with its new Camera app.

The new app will has a feature, called Graphy, that that lets you emulate the style of your favorite photographer in your shots. Graphy is a sort of an album of images by professional photographers from all over the world, and each one represents a different style for you to choose when taking a photo (or after the fact).

It may sound like a collection of fancy filters, which we don't mind at all as long as they are done well, but LG is planning to create an entire online database for Graphy styles that users will be able to download and use at their own leisure. What's even more interesting is that you can apply filters to your videos as well, but more on that in the coming days!

As is the case with cameras that we've not extensively tested for our selves, we are going to postpone any definitive judgement for until after we get into the nitty-gritty of V30's new camera and software.

High-end audio and capable hardware

Just like last year's V20 and the V10 before it, the V30 sports a Hi-Fi DAC that LG is touting as a game-changer for music-lovers. Developed in partnership with California-based ESS Technology, the Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC of the V30 introduces features like digital filters and sound presets, enabling a more customizable experience, and high-quality, clear sound even with "ordinary" headphones.

LG is also continuing its collaboration with B&O Play (a Bang & Olufsen company), which was tasked with fine-tuning the overall sound experience that the V30 aims to deliver. Moreover, similar to the V20, the new device will come with high quality B&O Play earphones in the box. If the V20 and V10 are anything to go by, the V30 will likely excel not only at audio playback, but recording as well, thanks to the handset's audio receiver that simultaneously doubles as a microphone.

LG isn't cutting any corners with the V30. The phone boasts a Shapdragon 835 CPU on board—Qualcomm's latest—backed by 4GB of RAM and a 3,300mAh battery. It is available in two storage options, with either 64 or 128GB of internal memory, and takes SD cards of up to 2TB in size. The V30 also supports wireless charging.

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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)



1. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

The live stream hasn't started yet lol

2. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Why are all LG'S phones look so generic? This just looks like an s8 ripoff

11. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This just looks like an oversized G6.

13. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

You must get glasses. Get those Crystal clear one's from LG

23. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

They look like S8 from front and LG V30 looks so lovely from front to my eyes even better than S8 cuz no edge screen.

14. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

S8 is a remote control.

20. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

You probably drive a minivan no?

3. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nice solid device.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Love the new display and camera. Just wish they included 6GB of RAM instead.

15. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

6 gb of ram? For what? For 3d rendering on mobile phone?

19. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So they can have 30 apps opened at the same time, instead of "just" 20...

7. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Waiting to see how good its battery life is.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If this phone will get good support from the custom ROM community, this might be my next phone.

10. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The front of the phone looks so good but the back looks like it's been designed by a 7 year old kid

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Very good design except the back looks like disfigured face.

16. SyCo87

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 19, 2013


17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

considering the phone is only 151mm tall, this is a great deal. The side bezels are abit gross in comparison to the note but that's about it

18. limona

Posts: 72; Member since: May 19, 2017

I didn't hear anything about the haptic feedback??

21. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Well done LG...it's a contender if available in the UK.

22. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Pass. This won't sell well. It no longer represents what the v series was. The secondary display was useful as was the ir blaster and removable battery.

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