LG V30 official battery life numbers tell a familiar tale


What, did you expect a Quad HD flagship with a 3300 mAh battery to last two full days? We hope not, as LG has posted some official battery life numbers for the V30, and they are a mixed bag compared to even its own estimates for the V20 predecessor. The two phones have similar battery sizes - 3300 mAh vs 3200 mAh for the V20 - yet the V30 offers much longer continuous talk time of 20 hours, while the V20 makes do with 16. When it comes to the standby estimates, however, the V20 has 160 hours listed, while LG has measured the V30 to last 120 hours, or about five days in that low-powered mode.


The bad news, however, is that Samsung's official talk time and standby numbers for the Note 8 or S8+, for instance, are higher than what LG lists here, while even the G6 manages to score better. We'll see how the 3300 mAh battery of the V30 holds up after we subject the phone to our own benchmark testing, yet given the powerful hardware and the high-res display, we wouldn't hold our breath for some earth-shattering endurance from LG's newest flagship.

source: LG

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V30
  • 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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36 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As long as a phone gets me 4+ hrs of sot, and supports quick charging, I wouldn't care that much about the battery capacity. I'm sure the V30 will able to achieve that, so yeah, still getting it for now.

19. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Gsmarena tested the V20 and got a phone call time of almost 20 hours. LG produced numbers don't seem to be accurate. Also, most SD835 phones don't do as well in talk time as the 820/821 predecessors. Video and web tend to be a bit better. I wouldn't worry like some are, it'll have better battery than LG's recent flagships.

33. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Yea, these numbers suck, it wouldnt be that bad if they kept the V20 removable battery feature that allows you to go 0 to 100% in 5 seconds. V30 = Flop

2. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

And so begin the bad news. Next one will be reviews of Oled screen that will be sub-par compared to Samsung's. Seems like the Note8 will win this one.

4. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Seems? like you need review to know that Note 8 is a better phone?

8. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's hard to compete with Samsung's Amoled screens with your 1st OLED panel you put on a phone for years. The Note 8's screen will definitely be better, but I doubt the difference will be noticable unless they're side by side and you're trying to nitpick just to find the differences. As for which better, for productivity I would say the Note 8, but for media consumption and photography, hands down the V30. I don't see a clear winner between these two.

13. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

LG knows how to make OLED panels. They produce them for their TVs everyday.

14. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

There is a huge difference between TV screens and Mobile screens even if they are of same technology.

17. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

LG tried their OLED technology on the Flex 2 and it didn't work well, it was way too inferior when compared to Samsung's panels. And it's vise versa when it comes to TVs, LG are known for their stellar OLED TVs, and they're better than those made by Samsung.

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

This is from Android Police ; From Android Police: "Here's the thing: I'm already noticing banding patterns reminiscent of older Samsung OLED panels. They're pretty noticeable at lower brightness, especially on shades of gray. This is far from a deal-breaker - most people will simply never notice - but if you were expecting LG had upped its screen game to Samsung's level overnight, it's probably time to temper your expectations a bit."

25. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And Danny Winget who has had the phone for 7 days, said there is also color shifting when you slightly tilt the phone, something we used to see on older LCD panels.

28. RH234

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

Samsung OLED TVs were actually better than LG as Samsung used individual RGB pixels while LG uses a single color pixel with color filters. Samsung gave up OLED TV because of very high failure rate to manufacture it.

20. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The V30 is a clear win just because it doesn't have the glare-catching curved edges.

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The V30 is a clear lose just because it doesn't have the glare-catchinh curved edges.

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Well I'm disappointed... I wanted a good battery life to buy. Now I'm not so sure.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm disappointed as well because of the battery.. My G6's battery life is nothing to write home about. The rest of the phone is awesome though.

5. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Will just wait for reviews.

6. Jishnusur

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Wow! Nobody got the phone and everyone came to this conclusions. Btw the display is bada$$! Check out Erica's hands on! I would buy this anyday over Blast 8, oops note 8.

7. sonyfail

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

sd835 and hifi dac are the only "upgrades" which the g6 should have already had since it was a downgrade to the v20 in very possible way. Still 4gb ram and crappy battery life. lg still getting all the hype from the fanboys though

9. Jishnusur

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Oh i just saw the tests results by android authority. Poled demolished the SAMOLED! Samsung's best vs Lg's first. I am just waiting for trolls to deny it now!

22. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Demolished? HAHAHAHA Wait a minute ; oh lord!!! LMAO SO, according to tests results by android authority the Samsung panel is close to the perfect 7500 kelvins, with 7471K, when the V30 is 8542K. Even the G6 is better with an IPS screen. That's not good at all, and AA says this : "It could also be the fact that we’re testing on a preview unit that wasn’t running final retail software". In their tests the V30 have the highgest brigtness ,that's all. And you say the Poled demolished the Amoled??? LMAO Also, according to Max Lee test on his YouTube Channel, The full brigtness of his S8 plus is 771 nits, when the V30 have the same as the S8 651 nits. I think it's better to wait for a real test of a retail unit or wait for Display mate tests, before saying some crappy statement like that. So , you're the troll here dude.

27. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Magic temperature is 6500K not 7500K.

30. Vador225

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Yes my bad, i know that, is the stupid auto correct lol

10. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Im Sorry its 2017 & screens are getting bigger so Battery on these phones should be 3500 MINIMUM

11. azazellov

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I got the LG V20 since I had to return the Note 7. I was willing to give LG a chance.... Well here's my experience. I got it when it just came out back in October. The first thing is the camera sucks, especially in low light compared to the Note 7/S8/S8+. Yes you can take decent photos in manual mode but it should be able to take good photos in auto mode. Next the battery life was never great to begin with compared to the Note 7's but it got absolutely terrible in a few months. Now it's up to the point where i have to charge it several times in a day. I reset the phone, installed Greenify, still sucks. I know I could replace the battery but I don't want to since I'm getting the Note 8. Also the phone is not even a year old, I shouldn't have to. Cell reception is also sub-par, definitely not as good as Samsung's phones'. The screen is decent once you adjust the colors but still well below the Note 7's, and I had to always lower the brightness since it uses up so much battery. Last, LG never updated the software. They never fixed a few glitches (including the camera app) and it's still stuck on Android 7.0. I got a few security updates (never really up to date by the way), and that's it. It's sad because it could have been a great phone but it seems LG doesn't really care. Anyway I pre-ordered the Note 8, without even considering getting the LG V30. I am disappointed about the lack of support for the T-Mobile 600 Mhz band and the 3300 mAh battery but I'm sure it will be a great phone.

15. torr310

Posts: 1676; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am waiting for the time lasts for video playback and screen on time.

16. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Two days? I will be thrilled with a phone that, in two years, will get me through a solid day.

18. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

For folks who end up near chargers often enough I suppose it's fine, but working trade shows and other full day events battery life has become the most important spec I look at. Had a galaxy s6 that could barely last 2 hours of screen time, felt like I was constantly looking for an outlet. And I hate carrying both a phone and a battery brick or thick charging case (which still didn't help my constantly dead S6). Now I'm using the Zenfone 3 Zoom because it was the best big battery phone I could find. 5000mAh battery, dual cameras, snapdragon 625, and I get about 8hrs of screentime, even figuring an hour and a half using the gps. And it has quick charge so on the odd day that I'm really pushing it I can juice it up quick (quick charge doesn't work well with the screen on or GPS though, always seems an issue with snapdragon). Wish I could get a phone with SD835 and a 5000mAh battery - that would be a flagship I could use.

21. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Sammy phones have that problem of running Maps for instance and not really charging that fast...HTC has no problem having the display on and fast charging so it's not really a snapdragon issue.

23. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LG really had a chance to rake in sales from those that just want a flagship phone with higher battery capacity. They should make a V30 Max with a 4000 mAh juicer, even if the phone is a mm or 2 thicker. Why is it that many of the Chinese manufacturers are putting in 4000, even >5000mAh batteries in many of their phones, but the big names are too afraid to? Is it just that the high capacity numbers the Chinese manufacturers are quoting are bogus and don't reflect reality?

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