LG launches V30 "Signature Edition" with ceramic back, Android Oreo, and 6GB RAM, but you can't have it!


LG is launching a new luxurious smartphone in South Korea. The new handset is called "LG Signature Edition" and is based on the high-end V30 model. 

Many of the Signature Edition phone's specs are identical to the normal version of the 6-inch phablet. However, there are some notable differences between the two. For starters, the glass back of the V30 is substituted with a zirconium ceramic plate on the posh variant. The premium material is known to be much more scratch-resistant than metal or glass, but it certainly isn't immune to cracking. According to the press release, the device will be available in two colors - white and black. 

Hardware-wise, the Signature Edition features 6GB RAM (compared to 4GB on the V30 and V30+) and 256GB of internal storage. It's also worth pointing out that the handset will ship with Android Oreo out of the box despite the fact that LG is still testing the software on the normal V30 models. 

Only 300 Signature Edition units will be produced, meaning that it will be quite hard to get one even if you're living in South Korea. LG will give the few lucky owners the option to have their names engraved on the back plate. Finally, the device will ship with two Bang & Olufsen headsets inside the box - a Bluetooth one, and a wired one. 

LG states that sales will start at the end of the month. While the company doesn't specify an exact release date, we noticed that the device on the official image has the date "December 27" on its display. As you would imagine, this limited edition phone will be accompanied by a hefty price tag. Potential candidates will have to be ready to part with 2 million won, which is about $1820.

source: LG (translated) via ZDNet

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16 Comments

1. tangbunna

Posts: 485; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

get mix2 ceramic. done.

2. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Luxus Design.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

that's okay, LG wont have it either..

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Now that's how you make a great looking device.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

does it still have wireless charging?

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Ceramics are non-conductive, and don't interfere with wireless charging so there would be no reason for wireless charging to not be included.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

oh ok, i wasn't sure if they had issues manufacturing it... i dont think any other ceramic back phone has wireless charging yet... i could be wrong though

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

It sounds like it will include wireless charging from the article below. That being said, I can't find any current phones besides this one that are ceramic and have wireless charging. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/12/7/16745228/lg-signature-ceramic-phone-v30-android

16. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Have stereo speakers and make the price 900, and you have the phone of the year.... although i would like the price to be lower than 900 if possible, but you have to pay to play

7. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

LG really killed it this year in terms of design and build quality. Unfortunately they also killed their marketing, availability timelines, and front facing camera. You're your own worst enemy LG. They need to take the last step and I might just upgrade to the G7 if they can get their act together.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Damn it's good looking. I would buy a compact version in a heartbeat

9. pjp88029

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

I am just wondering; Do 300 people in South Korea have enough income/money to be able to afford to buy this $2M Won/$1820 toy? Call me stupid if it makes you feel better; but I simply don't know anything about S.K. economics. Even here, in the USA, I am flabbergasted that people would spend so much money on what is essentially supposed to be a communications device. Whether or not they are wealthy with large amounts of disposable income. For $1820, I could fence in a couple acres of my property and install a lovely bird bath fountain and feeding stations and create a safe bird sanctuary. I guess my Real Question is: WHY have human beings become So fascinating with spending vast amounts on technological toys instead of using those funds for creating better lives, for people and nature? I just don't "get it". Someone who is inclined to spend their money on very costly things like this; PLEASE explain it to me; What motivates you to do so, when a much less pricey, say in the $300-500 range, will provide multiple forms of communication and has many bells and whistles available. Maybe not as many or quite as good as this model; but will get the job done. Believe me, I am not judging anyone, just really trying to understand what makes people tick, because evidently, manufacturers of these high tech, highly priced products understand, for they know that if they "build it, you will come". No matter What the price. Thank You for reading this and enlightening me if you have anything relevant and insightful to reply.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

My only input is the speed at which things can be done with these devices.. I work in construction now, and 20 years ago i do not understand how they were able to quickly communicate changes on projects.... i can get material changed by email in less than 10 mins if the architect decided to go a different route or maybe a piece of equipment changed in size, i could have my design time change it on CAD in 30 min. these communication devices have allowed this industry to to break scheduling records every year due to the ability to communicate so quickly.

14. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm in the metal building industry and it's great to see the technological advances we've gone through in the past 9 years of me being at this position. We now have "smart" pdf's which are hyperlinked so a builder can look at a section, click on a detail, and the pdf goes directly to that detail. Also, with BIM modeling, creating drawings for the builder could be obsolete one day. The detailer (what I do) would just have to build the model and send the BIM model over once complete. They can schedule off of it, see connections, potential interference's, all in one location.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Some people like Nickelback. Some people like country music. Some people are into conspiracy theories. The lists go on and on. In regards to cell phones, some people think of them as a status symbol. Others look at them as a technological marvel and they want the best possible device out there. What makes civilization beautiful is the diversity of each individual. No two people in this world are the same, and that's something to embrace versus condone them for not liking something you like. I guess to put it in the simplest way possible: to each, their own. :D

12. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Looks great, but this is a damn tease.

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