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LG V30 rumor review: design, specs, price, release date, and all we think we know so far

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The LG V20 – the best LG phone for 2016

The LG V20 – the best LG phone for 2016


LG has something big and powerful to show us later this year, or at least that's what rumors are pointing at. That would be a new phone, naturally – the LG V30, as it is expected to be called. Its purpose: to be the most technologically advanced smartphone LG's mobile division is capable of creating and to be a worthy successor to the LG V20 from last year. How is that going to be achieved isn't exactly clear yet, but there's plenty of rumors to fill in the blanks with. Here's what we think we know about the LG V30 so far.

Design


UPDATE: A series of computer-generated images, said to depict an actual LG V30, have surfaced recently. These suggest that the phone would have a lot in common with the LG G6 in terms of design language. As for "Project Joan" mentioned below, well, that idea may have been put aside for now. Original article text and comments follow below the slideshow. 


Until now there have been no leaks claiming to depict an actual LG V30. What we do have instead is a set of concept renders brought to light by Evan Blass (@evleaks). Embedded below, these show a handset with a secondary touchscreen display at the bottom. Part of the additional screen is shown at all times, acting as a ticker for notifications, and sliding vertically allows it to be fully accessed. 

Concept renders showing what the LG V30 might look like
Concept renders showing what the LG V30 might look like

Concept renders showing what the LG V30 might look like


Now, before you get too excited, there's an important note to be made. While these are said to be official concept images of "Project Joan", as the V30 is believed to be referred to internally, there's absolutely no guarantee that the final product is still headed in that direction. For all we know, the idea visualized here could have been long scrapped. But if you're wondering what this rather unique form factor would be useful with, here's another set of images showing a few practical examples where the secondary screen hosts the virtual keyboard or shortcut buttons to various features. 



Our thoughts? It is certainly great to see that LG is experimenting with novel ideas, but we're left wondering if the slide-out form factor would be a suitable match for a device of this caliber. After all, the LG V10 and V20 both shipped with 5.7-inch screens, and we doubt that the V30 will ship with anything smaller. Adding a sliding mechanism to a device would make it thicker, heavier, and quite tall when extended, all while being a potential point of failure. But then again, the size and weight of the 5.4-inch BlackBerry PRIV were acceptable, so a vertically sliding LG V30 is certainly not impossible to design. We just hope that the practical benefits would be worth the complication if LG chooses to follow that trail.

On the topic of design, rumor has it that the LG V30 will sport a glass back, which can be interpreted as both good and bad news, depending on what your priorities are. On one hand, a glass back could end up looking quite fancy and would allow LG to add wireless charging as a standard option. But on the other, glass would be quite easy to crack, so while the V10 and V20 complied with military-standard drop tests, the V30 might not.  

At this time we have no clues indicating that the LG V30 would be water-resistant like the LG G6. It will most certainly lack any kind of ingress protection if it is built around the sliding form factor conceptualized above. 

UPDATE: The component below is said to be the mid-frame for the LG V30. It includes a coil that is most certainly there to enable wireless charging. It also appears to have cutouts for two camera modules and a fingerprint scanner/power button positioned at the back.

LG V30 rumor review: design, specs, price, release date, and all we think we know so far

Display


The LG V20 had a 5.7-inch screen

The LG V20 had a 5.7-inch screen

As we mentioned above, the LG V10 and V20 came with 5.7-inch LCD displays, and the V30 isn't likely to sport anything smaller. But for now, the exact diagonal size of the LG V30's display remains unknown. Its aspect ratio is also shrouded in mystery: it could stick to 16:9 proportions, as seen on phones like the LG V20, or might adopt the taller, 18:9 ratio of the LG G6. We don't mind the latter, actually. This would make the phone narrower, thus easier to hold, and we have nothing against that, knowing how tricky to wield the V20 was.

While the size and proportions of the V30's screen are still in the air, we know with certainty that its going to be of the AMOLED variety. This has not been officially disclosed, but we have Google's confirmation that "LG's next flagship", which is coming later this year, will support its Daydream VR technology. One of the technical requirements for Daydream compatibility is an AMOLED display. 

Hardware


We highly doubt that LG will be cutting any corners with the V30. Rumors have named the Shapdragon 835 as the chip of choice, along with 6GB of RAM. Built-in storage should be no less than 64 gigs, and microSD card support is not out of the question. 

Software


When the LG V20 launched, it was the first phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Therefore, it seems logical to assume that the V30 will ship with Android O pre-loaded. Knowing that the next major Android version is coming later this summer, this could very well be the case. 

Camera and multimedia


This LG V30 concept hints at a multi-camera setup on the phone's back

This LG V30 concept hints at a multi-camera setup on the phone's back

There's no doubt that the LG V30 will be equipped with an advanced set of cameras – probably one similar to what we have on the LG V20 and the LG G6. In other words, one regular, all-purpose camera would be your primary shooter, while the secondary camera will boast a wide-angle lens that captures more of the scene from the same distance. Rumor has it that two cameras will be also present on the front of the device, but their advantage over a single-camera arrangement isn't known. 

Just like the LG V20 and the LG V10 before it, the LG V30 is expected to be equipped with plenty of features that allow it to capture high-quality audio and video: advanced microphones, a powerful audio DAC, and equally capable software to drive the process. As a reminder, the V20 came with full manual camera controls while shooting photo and video, as well as with a sophisticated audio recorder app. 

Battery


As we mentioned above, the LG V30 is expected to come with a glass back in order to allow wireless charging to be implemented. That's because neither the Qi, nor the Powermat wireless charging standard works through metal. Having a glass back will most certainly mean that the V30 will have a non-removable battery. As far as capacity goes, your guess is as good as ours.

Price, announcement, release date


Most major smartphone announcements happen during trade shows, and this is likely to be the case with the LG V30. The phone is rumored to be announced at IFA in Berlin, which starts on September 1. The announcement of the V30, however, is expected to be made on August 31, which is a day before the event kicks off. Korea is likely going to be the first market where the LG V30 will launch, followed by other markets soon after. The V-series has been available in a limited number of countries, presumably due to it being a niche device, but we're confident that a US-launch is in the cards. Pricing will stand at no less than 700$. 

UPDATE: LG confirmed that it will be sharing something with us on August 31. Judging by the teaser image below, that is very, very likely to be the rumored LG V30.

LG V30 rumor review: design, specs, price, release date, and all we think we know so far

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posted on 28 Jun 2017, 02:36 5

1. Pheewix (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


I am very excited with this device, especially from LG. Topnotch specs along with timely software updates, this'll b... Oh wait....

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 03:50 1

2. chenski (Posts: 543; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Note 8 killer =p

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 05:12 2

3. Cat97 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


A nice, bezel-less design with 16:9 OLED display and 4500 mAh battery...one can only dream :)

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 08:52 1

4. debugger919 (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


don't forget a killer DAC

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 12:39

5. JustRaiHere (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2017)


Love my V10 and I love the fact that it was easy to add wireless charging to it, which works even through my metal incipio case. I avoided the V20 it hopes of the next model being better, but truthfully the V30 is not inspiring me. Anything slide out is prone to environmental issues (dust, lint, etc) - I remember early android phones.

posted on 30 Jun 2017, 16:11

6. andrewc31394 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Switching to a non-removable battery just to include fingerprint-magnet glass and gimmicky wireless charging would be one step forward and two steps back.I bought the V20 so i could pop in a fresh battery (not to mention these batteries always lose capacity within a year thanks to rapid charging) at any time and have an amazing sound experience because of the DAC. Take away those 2 features and I'll bite the bullet of losing replaceable battery and leave LG in a heartbeat for someone who actually implements decent software skins or just jump over to the next Pixel.

posted on 10 Jul 2017, 21:26

7. frozz (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jul 2017)


I might get the V30 should the Note 8 turn out to be faggy with the sensor at odd position.

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