LG V30 launches with a hearty price, US release slated for October

LG just sent us a press release about the V30 global launch today, and it is starting with its home turf of South Korea, of course, but the phone will be gradually rolled out to North America, Europe and other markets in the coming weeks, tips LG. In fact, Korean media claims that the V30 will land in the US "next month," which is two weeks from now, so not much left to wait. 

Unfortunately, there are no pricing details for the Americas or Europe, but in Korea the LG V30 is landing with a tag equivalent to $840 for the 64 GB version, and $885 for the 128 GB V30 Plus model. There, the V30 will be available in four colors - Morokan Blue, Cloud Silver, Aurora Black, and the new Lavender Violet option that is coming in October.

As a reminder, amidst all the bezel-less controversies surrounding Apple's "notch" on the iPhone X, or the 2:1 form factor of phones like the Galaxy S8, the LG V30 actually manages to stuff a 6" HDR display (albeit also in the trendy Univisium aspect), into a body that is no bigger than that of a compact 5.5-incher, which is a sweet feat. 

It also sports dual cameras with zoom and depth of field tricks, excellent audio prowess, a comfortable rear-placed power key/finger scanner, and an exquisite glass chassis that is a pleasure to feel or simply look at. LG might have a winner on its hands with the V30 this time around, as, in the era of thousand-dollar phones, its relatively high price might very well go down unnoticed.

source: LG & ETNews

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1. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Eh? The iPhone X notch is horrible yes but the GS8 display loses nothing to the LG V30 display. Another poorly worded and written article by iPhonearena. Great job!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Note 8 for 50.00 more and get a gears 360 camera or a memory card and a wireless charger, S pen better screen with outstanding visibility in direct sunlight. Samsung pay to boot.... This is a pick your poison hardware decision. Fwiw I am tired of hearing about the size of the Note as a factor. The size of the Note has always been its key attraction besides the S pen. In fact the Note is the real reason there are large phone factors on the market including iPhones as well. At best all the rest are followers but LG is finally defining itself

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Agreed Note 8 is a great phone and performance has been great for me so far

9. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Man haters are trying to find any reason to hate. What phone can u really hold with one hand these days? Do u think the iPhone 7 plus is one hand use. Nahh

21. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree with that about the Note. I have the Note 5 and I love it, the screen size, the S-Pen, etc.

22. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

1) Well, do you know how many times you check your phone everyday? That transfers to how many times you unlock your phone. The position of the Galaxy finger print sensor is unnatural and is the pain to use. 2) The both sides of the Note 8/ S8 are unable to be covered by the cases... good luck not to break the most expensive part of the phones.

12. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 919; Member since: May 07, 2014

At $840 no it will have poor sales despite how great and beautiful this device is... LG has lost its brand value when it comes to smartphones. They should better lower the prices and grab market share to stay relevant. LG smartphones have poor resale value because very few people want to buy LG smartphone. LG phone's prices drop very quickly, therefore, people will think thrice before buying any LG phone for above $800.. They should drop the price to $700 if not 650 and grab some market share, let people see LG smartphones in hands of more and more people... This is the best marketing... seeing actual smartphones in hands of lots people..

14. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Let the price drop fast so i can get few of them loool !!

34. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

I don't think that was meant as an insult. However, I don't understand Samsung's decision to use an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It's just plain weird, not bad, just weird. The screen is much more fragile also. So in terms of display quality, I'm sure the GS8 may be better since LG is just barely getting going on the OLED screens again. In terms of build and engineering, the V30 is better! IMO! By the way, calling phone arena iPhone Arena doesn't work in an article not about an iPhone. Just saying!!!

3. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

"or the form factor of the Galaxy S8, the LG V30 actually manages" The V30 actually nothing, they have the same form fact, so if it's an issue for the S8 it will be one for the V30 too.

8. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Actually, the V30 is even wider than the S8+ which still had a bigger screen. My guess is that the writer assumed by comparing screen sizes, that the V30 is narrower than the S8+, which is totally unacceptable from someone who's supposed to fact check before presenting his ideas to the readers.

23. torr310

Posts: 1661; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wider screen is more uncomfortable to hold but easier to type and browse the websites. It has both pro and con.

26. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The S8+ still has the wider screen(6.2" vs the V30's 6"), it's just that the S8+ has much slimmer side bezels.

31. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

After all the phantom touches on my S7 edge, I can't wait for the flat screen of the V30.

35. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

Interesting you should mention this because all that Samsung managed to do to pack a bigger screen on a slimmer phone was to make their screens with a weird aspect ratio! Why the 18.5:9? It makes it hard to reach up that high for the notifications screen! Also, you're either going to have pillar boxing forever, or lose some of the video by stretching the videos. With the V30, Dolby Vision will fit exactly into the 18:9 aspect ratio screen. I bet if the V30 would've been a 6.3" and had an aspect ratio of 20:9 while being just as slim as it is, and better than the GS8, you would've still found something interesting to say like "It's only slimmer because it's taller", as is the case of the GS8. Tell me one useful thing about that 18.5:9 aspect ratio! Go ahead, I'll wait...

4. freddyttt

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Im waiting on the mate 10 or v30. the note as well as the s8+ to me was an epic fail.

5. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Too late LG. I was so hyped, would have instantely ordered. But no, you had to wait 3 weeks before giving information about the releasedate and it still isn't clear when we can expect the phone. Another long wait and still no pricing info. Well too late, you lost me as a customer. Went with the iphone 8 plus. (Found a nice cheap deal)

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I was hyped at the v30 too but like you said lack of release date and with no way to preorder I went with the note 8 instead.

10. treypoundz

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Never was going to buy it. But. Big ups mate. note 8 bosses

15. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

We can always sell our phones in a few months an buy the v30 :) Contrary to the lg, the note 8 and iphone 8 plus dont lose much of their value.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its the difference between big great company like apple and samsung vs laughably unprofessional one like LG. They present a phone. Have no clear release date. Then release a month later just in home country. Still no specific release date for rest of the world. They make great phones but get f**ked by this kind of tactics.

37. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

If 3wks was a deal breaker for you then I'd argue you were never interested in the first place. Dang ppl have no patience these days, 3wks is nothing. If you have been without a phone all this time then I retract my statement.

39. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

3 weeks is not a dealbreaker if they announce it. I dont mind waiting. What I do mind is getting hyped up by LG, them sending LG V30 phones to all the major tech reviewers so we keep reading articles about how great this phone is and feeling like a release is upon hands. Then total silence from LG. No news on a release date, no news on pricing, if my source is correct, it will be released in november in Europe. More than 2 months after announcing the phone and sending phones to reviewers. But thats the whole problem isn't it.... we dont know. Its like dangling candy in front of a 3 year old telling him/her he/she can have it. And when they try to grab it, whoosh you take the candy away and tell them they have to wait at least 2 months to get it :P After 3 years eating the same candy, I want my new one now.

11. TechGirl90 unregistered

Incredibly stupid marketing on this device LG! October??? What the hell was the point of announcing the device on August 31st just for folks in other markets having to wait a whole Month while South Korea is enjoying this Device and in the meantime constantly posting tweets and YouTube Videos of a unavailable device???? I hope it's not going to be released in the middle of freaking October! Such BS! I'm really getting tired of LG doing this crap every year! They need to get their act together next year and follow Samsung and Apple's marketing by announcing a device and making it available for preorder a week later or sometimes the following day and ACTUALLY giving a Release Date during their Conference and make the freaking device available to ALL Markets and not just South Korea! Stop doing the Pre-Production Unit CRAP and announce the Product in it's finalization and have it be shipped out! Market the ever loving crap out of the V30 at the Level of Samsung and Apple combined, no stupid marketing either, keep the device as the highlight of your Ad! True you don't have the Marketing Luggage as Samsung or Apple but take the risk! Don't whine about having poor sales from your Mobile Division LG if you're not going to change your business practice! Some will say I'm pissed and yes that's true, I am pissed, I was excited about this Device ever since the first Tease from the Company was posted on the Web and no news about it's release date or nothing has come out concerning other markets just either "in coming weeks or days" from their Article, that's not enough! Give us a damn date! Come the closing of the Third and Fourth Quarter of the Month, your lack of sales will be your fault and nobody else!

16. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah, they lost alot of customers because of this s**t. Me included.

17. Swiff

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Well said. You are a die hard LG fan but not afraid to say it like it is. I respect that.

19. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Excellent points. I have been so frustrated with LG and this release. I was really looking forward to the V30. I am done waiting. I am getting the Note8 instead. Not that LG cares, but they have lost me as a customer. How can they expect different results employing the same strategies?

13. Eclectech

Posts: 351; Member since: May 01, 2013

I'm completely over Samsung. I endured so much lag with the Galaxy S6, so I switched to the HTC 10, then I gave them another chance and bought the Galaxy S8 and now I can't wait to get rid of this lagtastic device. I am getting the V30.

18. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah right lol

20. Joosty

Posts: 475; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

The current V20 is a great value @$350USD. This phone will be a steal around $500ish

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