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

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 on August 31. That would be a new phone, naturally – the LG V30, as it will be called. Its purpose: to be the most technologically advanced smartphone LG's mobile division is capable of creating, to be a multimedia powerhouse capable of capturing and reproducing music, images and video with top-notch quality, and to be a worthy successor to the LG V20 from last year, of course. Here's how LG plans on achieving all of this.

Design and display


The LG V20 from last year was a rugged, manly-looking smartphone – large in size and tough in appearance. It was also far from beautiful in any way, and the V10 before it wasn't exactly elegant either. Things are bound to change with the V30, it seems. The new model is expected to be reminiscent of the LG G6 with its design – to have glass covering both its front and back, with slight curves near the edges. A metal frame will hold it all together. Don't expect seeing a removable back cover on this phone. As the V30 is most likely to be IP68-certified for water resistance, its back plate will be sealed shut.

Images of the LG V30 leaked by Evan Blass (@evleaks)
Images of the LG V30 leaked by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

Images of the LG V30 leaked by Evan Blass (@evleaks)



Following in the footsteps of the LG G6, the LG V30 will adopt the 9 by 18 display aspect ratio, meaning that its screen will be slightly taller in shape than what the V20 had. This is good news, as the new proportions could make the handset narrower than the V20, thus easier to hold. The exact diagonal size of the V30's display is highly likely to stand at 6 inches.

Another change we're expecting to see is the retirement of the secondary display – a key differentiating factor for the V-series. But the functionality it offered would remain, at least partially. As it has been pretty much confirmed by now, the LG V30 will make the shift from LCD to AMOLED display technology. This will allow a small portion of the screen to remain lit during standby. Toggles and notifications will be shown there without that ruining the phone's battery life. And when the phone is in use, a small "floating" bar with shortcuts will be at a swipe's distance.

The floating bar and the always-on display on the LG V30

The floating bar and the always-on display on the LG V30


On a technical note, the resolution of the V30's display is rumored to be 1440 by 2880, which is the exact number of pixels the G6 sports. And yes, the corners will be curved slightly for aesthetic reasons. What could be more exciting, however, is the display's rumored ability to sense pressure. Reminiscent of Apple's Force Touch feature, this could allow the integration of various shortcuts and new levels of interaction throughout the interface. This will be paired with some new haptic feedback tech and matching UI animations, according to speculations.   

Processor, memory and software


Leaked render of the LG V30

Leaked render of the LG V30

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. Curiously, it is also rumored that an LG V30 Plus – an even more powerful version of the device, probably with additional RAM and/or storage on board – is being readied. This model, however, could end up launching solely in LG's homeland of Korea. 

On the software side, it is likely to see the LG V30 launch with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, as the newer Android Oreo might not be ready for release so soon. That would be a disappointment, frankly, after the V20 ran Nougat as well when it launched last year. 

That aside, the V30 will bring along numerous software modifications, so the experience wouldn't feel exactly stock. The app drawer, for example, would be removed for simplicity's sake, and you'll have the ability to reorganize the navigation buttons to your liking. Support for Google Assistant and Google Daydream VR will be on board.

Camera and multimedia


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

Not long ago, LG itself revealed plenty of details about the dual camera on the V30. One thing that will make it special is its use of a glass lens instead of a plastic one, which is expected to result in superior clarity and image fidelity. Meanwhile, an F1.6 aperture – the widest on a smartphone to date – will allow more light to hit the sensor, aiding in low-light environments. OIS, EIS, and laser-assisted autofocusing are also on board.

To clarify, the improvements above are to affect the V30's main camera only. But the secondary cam at the V30's back is also getting some love. Again, it will be a wide-angle shooter, but this time with 30% less distortion around the edges. At the same time, the camera module itself will be 30% smaller than the one used on the V20, which explains the much smaller camera bump seen in leaked images.

The camera app on the V30 is expected to be even richer in features than before. Of course, it will retain the options to take full manual control over photo taking and video recording, meeting the requirements of camera enthusiasts. But in addition to that, LG is said to be throwing in advanced, professional video file formats suitable for editing. 


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 as well: advanced microphones, a powerful audio DAC, and equally capable software to drive the process. As a reminder, the V20 came with a sophisticated audio recorder app. A pair of B&O earphones might be included with the phone in the box.

Battery


As we mentioned above, the LG V30 is expected to come with a glass back. This will allow wireless charging to be implemented – a feature that can't work through metal. Again, 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. Quick charging is definitely going to be on board.

Price, announcement, release date


LG has already confirmed that it will be announcing the LG V30 on August 31 in Berlin. 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. In fact, the phone is rumored to be coming to the US in late September. Pricing will be steep and should stand at no less than 700$. 

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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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21 Comments

1. Pheewix

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

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

2. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Note 8 killer =p

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Don't know if its a Note killer as the note fits a special niche, But I must say this is one hell of a phone from LG and I love seeing this competition between manufactures as it pushes tech along. I applaud LG for going all out with Amoled on their devices as they are also a pioneer in regards to this technology. This phone looks great and if all holds up I have to say well done LG well done.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1765; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

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

13. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1344; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

16:9 standard is gone and the new standard is here. Remember when everyone was at the old 4:9 standard before Samsung, LG, HTC started pushing the 16:9 standard. Everyone was yelling "no I want the old 4:9 so my Netflix and other apps don't have to be zoomed in to fill my whole screen losing some of the picture or I hate the black bars on the side. Then Netflix and app developers reveled started moving in the 16:9 standard and today if any app or movie is i the old 4:9 we hate or laugh at it. same thing here. Netflix, Hulu. sling and app developers will all be moving to this standard and these new phones will all be ahead of the curve.

15. andrewc31394

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

4500mAh, keep dreamin :/

4. debugger919 unregistered

don't forget a killer DAC

5. JustRaiHere

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

9. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I am there with you. I loved the no buttons on the sides of my V10. Not sure I like the V20 or V30 enough to move up to those.

6. andrewc31394

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

7. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

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

16. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 637; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

The Note 8 will be faggy for sure. Go for a V30 if you'd prefer your phone to be a straighty.. Otherwise you could go for an iPhone 8 Plus when that comes out, but of course that would be transexually...

8. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

This phone is looking to be one awesome device!

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung should take Note how to implement a finger print scanner.

17. chenski

Posts: 745; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Pun intended haha

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Is it bad I am more excited about this than the iPhone 8?

14. xperator

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

I thought it's supposed to have an OLED panel... If it doesn't have that well that's a deal breaker for me. I hope at least the G7 will have that..

18. ProfessorJER

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

I keep reading that the V30's screen will be curved at the corners and that glass will curve slightly at the edges, but will the screen itself be flat? I really don't like curved-edge screens.

19. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Wow. A Galaxy S8+ knockoff.

20. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

LG bring Android 8.0 not 7.0.

21. Foxgabanna

Posts: 579; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I hope this comes out and just freakin SLAYS the Note 8. Felt like a loser being so hyped for it and finding out its just an S8 Plus.

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